Luke Beston

Luke was first introduced to Gracie Jiu Jitsu when Prof. Carlos Gracie Jr visited Australia in 1995. Over the next 10 years Luke travelled countless times to train at many of the best academies throughout Australia, Brasil and the U.S.A.

During this time Luke has won a number of Grappling titles as well as being crowned the 2001 NSW Pankration Champion.

In December 2005, Luke was awarded his Black Belt by Gracie Academy head instructors Prof. Royler Gracie & Prof. Rolker Gracie and Gracie Sydney head instructor Prof. Bruno Panno. This achievement made Luke the first ever person from New South Wales to receive a Black Belt from the Gracie family.

As a grappling coach Luke has produced many champions at the state and national level, as well as winning the overall 2005 & 2008 NSW BJJ Federation team championship.

Ranks and Certifications

Luke studied martial arts for over 25 years, and holds the following ranks and teaching certifications.

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Prof. Royce Gracie
  • Certified Instructor – Ginastica Natural Level 3 under Master Alvaro Romano
  • Certified Instructor – Nobre Arte under founder Mestre Claudio Coelho
  • Certified Instructor – Level 10 FFS & Kali Ilustrisimo under founder Ray Floro
  • Black Belt – Modern Arnis
  • Battlefield Kali Stick/Knife – Level 4 under Guro Burton Richardson
  • Certified Instructor – Knife Defence FTS under Guro Burton Richardson
  • Certified Instructor – Red Zone Knife Defence
  • Certified Instructor – RBPP under founder Jim Wagner
  • Certified Instructor – ISR Matrix PM
  • Certified Instructor – MMAXFIT (MMA Fitness) under founder Ian Schaffa
  • Level 3 Kinetic Fighting under Paul Cale
  • Level 2 NCAS Government Accredited Coach – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Certificate III in Sport (Coaching) SRS30303 – Sport specialization: Martial Arts
  • Certificate III in Security (Guarding)
  • Senior First Aid (St John Ambulance)
  • Member of Royce Gracie Network
  • Member of Australian Ju Jitsu Federation (AJJF)
  • Member of International Martial Arts Alliance (I.M.A. – Industry Peak Body)
  • Qualified Punchfit Trainer
  • Certified Instructor: Level 1 The Wrestling Foundation
  • Certified Instructor: Level 1 Mixed Martial Arts Coach under the IMMAF