About Victor Harbor BJJ

We cater to people looking at BJJ for fun, fitness, competition, life improvement and even just those there for the team environment and camaraderie. We offer separate classes for adults and children, and private sessions for students who desire personalised learning.

Victor Harbor BJJ is part of a bigger picture. We train under the Will/Machado BJJ organisation which represents schools in Australasia that are able to trace their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lineage directly to the Machado brothers, originally of Brazil. The organisation maintains quality control of training and teaching standards among its members.

Victor Harbor BJJ lineage

Victor Harbor BJJ, under the tutelage of Coach Matt Rice, are committed to bringing the best of BJJ to every student under the Will/Machado BJJ organisation.

Coach Matt Rice

Coach Matt Rice
​I have been training as a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Coach Tom Davey for 4+ years. After receiving my blue belt, I started thinking about how I could immerse myself even more in the world of BJJ. Realising that I had always had a passion to help people improve in other sports I have been involved in, I wanted to help people explore the world of BJJ that I enjoy so much. So I started Victor Harbor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Coach Tom Davey


​MMA Black belt and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt, Coach Tom Davey is ‘Head Instructor’ and owner of South Coast BJJ & MMA. Receiving his grading from World Champion and Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Professor, Carlos Machado, Coach Tom’s teaching mythology is a reflection of his gym’s ethos. He believes in a detailed and enjoyable learning environment.

Professor John Will


​​Founder of BJJ Australasia and pioneer of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Australia, original member of the Dirty Dozen (first 12 non-Brazilian Black Belts). Prof. John Will is one of the most influential martial artists of the past two decades. Coach Tom is the state head for BJJ Australasia under John Will who has mentored him since white belt.

Professor Carlos Machado


Eldest of the legendary five Machado brothers, 8th Degree Coral Belt Professor Carlos Machado started BJJ at the age of four under the tutelage of his uncle’s Carlos and Helio Gracie. Notable students of Prof. Machado include Chuck Norris, Rafael Lovato jr & UFC Fighters Travis Lutter, Elvis Sinosic and Anthony Perosh.