Whanau has become a familiar colloquialism in New Zealand culture and language. Literally translated it means ‘family’ in Maori, but has plenty of metaphorical implications such as team, squad, group or tribe. For us Whanau has come to mean people we support and encourage, whether through sponsorship or recognition, in addition to highlighting and helping those doing good works either through their athletic endeavors or within their communities.
Oceania wrestling champion, jiu jitsu brown belt, Commonwealth medallist and Olympic hopeful. Second son of Russia. When not hunting Kimuras on the jiu jitsu mats you can usually find him abroad in Russia and Hungary honing his craft.
Head instructor of Axis Jiu Jitsu New Zealand and a jiu jitsu black belt under the legendary Takamasa Watanabe ( himself the only Asia black belt under the iconic Rickson Gracie, and founder of the Jiu Jitsu Federation of Japan). Yoga advocate. Often spotted in his second home of Japan making the most of the local cuisine.
Jiu jitsu brown belt. National champion at both brown and purple belt. Frequent competitor in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Lapel choke enthusiast.