ACSA is the home of one of the longest-running MMA Teams in Melbourne. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the ultimate fusion of combat sports and has become hugely popular due to the growth of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). MMA uses a combination of the most effective techniques from all styles of martial arts and combat sports.

MMA combines striking arts such as Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Karate with Grappling arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo. Our ACSA MMA classes place a strong emphasis on combat effectiveness, technique, confidence and personal development. You will get fit and learn new self-defence skills while training in a safe, structured, and professional environment.
ACSA MMA is renowned for its quality coaching and training. Our head MMA coach Denis Kelly is one of the most experienced coaches in Australia with over 25 years of experience in competing and coaching.
ACSA MMA is home to several state and national champions. We cater to all different levels from complete beginners who have done no martial arts training before to experienced Professional MMA Fighters.


How we train at ACSA MMA

At Australian Combat Sports Academy, we have a unique approach to Mixed Martial Arts training.

MMA Specific Striking

  • Shoot-Boxing (Combinining Striking with Wrestling)
  • MMA Specific Clinch Fighting
  • Fighting & Grappling against the Cage
  • Ground & Pound (Striking on the Ground)
  • MMA Specific Wrestling & JiuJitsu

Each week students focus on a different aspect of the sport and learn the specific techniques, combinations, and drills related to that area. They then combine all the skills together in supervised controlled sparring sessions.



ACSA MMA Grading Syllabus

We follow a fully graded system to allow MMA students to progress all the way through the ranks from White Belt to Black Belt. The first belt level of White Belt to Blue Belt requires the MMA student to show proficiency in all the basic skills of striking and grappling before they are allowed to progress onto more advanced techniques. Prior martial arts training and fight experience are also taken into account for grading requirements.

Our Background & Coaches

Our system was developed over many years through the experiences of our coaches fighting all over the world as well as training and coaching high-level MMA champions. We have also been lucky enough to train with and learn from some of the best MMA champions in the world in the USA, Brazil, Japan and all across the world.



  • – 25 years of Martial Arts experience
  • – Brazilian JiuJitsu Black Belt
  • – 16 Professional MMA Fights
  • – Holds Black Belts in several styles of martial arts including Karate & Judo
  • – Extensive competition background including MMA, BJJ, Judo & Muay Thai.
  • – Certified Sports Coaching and Strength & Conditioning Association Level 1 Coach
  • – Has coached several Australian and international MMA champions
  • – Has trained all across the world including USA, Brazil, Japan, Thailand & Europe

He has competed extensively in many styles of combat sports including MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Judo & Karate. He has competed and trained all over the world and has won championships in MMA, BJJ & Judo. Since becoming a coach he has produced multiple BJJ and MMA Champions who have competed all across the world.

Coach Denis is the co-owner and head BJJ/MMA coach at ACSA. He has been training in Martial Arts since the early 1990s and has been a full-time coach since 2010. Denis is one of the most experienced MMA coaches in Australia and had his first amateur MMA fight in London in 2000. He was awarded his BJJ Blackbelt in 2012 by Carlson Gracie Jnr

ACSA Bushido MMA

Bushido Contenders & Bushido Fight Night

Australian Combat Sports Academy is also the home of the Bushido Mixed Martial Arts Promotion.

We regularly hold novice-level Bushido Contenders events on the mats at ACSA. These events have quickly become one of the best platforms for young up-and-coming local MMA fighters to take the first steps on their MMA journey. Bushido Contenders competitions are professionally organized and highly supervised to ensure the safety of all fighters and there is a strong emphasis on skill development.

We also hold Bushido Fight Night events at the nearby Thornbury Theatre several times per year. These events feature Professional and Amateur mixed martial arts fights in the cage while still maintaining the connection and feel of our traditional martial arts background. Bushido Fight Night has quickly established itself as one of the most popular local MMA events and has been featured on local TV across Melbourne.