Sam Traish wins on top level stage

Subversion, a ground breaking invitational Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competition, recently set a new standard for the sport in Australia.

Making his formal debut as a Black Belt at the show, Leura's Sam Traish displayed his signature creative style to secure victory in his match against Brisbane-based Rafael Miyashiro.

Held at the UNSW Roundhouse, the top class event boasted some of the best BJJ fighters in the country in a submission only format and was attended by a crowd of more than 500.

Known as "the gentle art", the non-striking martial art is rapidly growing in popularity due to its foundation of technical skill, sense of community and overall fitness benefits.

Traish, 27, who has been training since the age of 10, teaches at Blue Mountains Martial Arts Centre, Leura, along with three other BJJ Black Belts. His father and centre owner Chris Traish was fundamental in expanding BJJ in Australia.

Traish said of his success at the Subversion event: "BJJ in Australia has come such a long way and it's a privilege to be involved in such a high calibre, exciting event."

Anyone interested in giving BJJ a try is welcome to attend a free trial class in a fun learning environment at Blue Mountains Martial Arts Centre, Leura.