Sydney, Australia — Let the road trip begin! After Vietnam and Cambodia, I returned to the land of kangaroos and koalas. My friend and I rented a van for two weeks and planned to drive up the east coast of Australia, and our initial point was Sydney. Before picking up the camping van and spending the first night at the Mcdonald’s parking lot on the way to the next destination, I had an opportunity to train at Legacy BJJ.
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Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. It is commonly referred to as the Harbour City as it is known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House and iconic Harbour Bridge that illuminates the city every night. With its setting next to sandy surf beaches and modernized skylines, Sydney possesses its own unique color.
Legacy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy was founded by Thiago Braga who is a 3rd-degree black belt under Paulo Guimarães. The academy initially started with a few classes a week in a small space in the Sydney suburb of Glebe, and now Legacy BJJ has multiple branches under its flag around Australia including Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast with its headquarter in Chippendale, Sydney. The Academy has competition-proven black belt instructors leading 3–4 sessions of gi and no-gi classes every day, and its program is catered for all levels from beginners to competitors.
Although I wanted to train a few times before living out of a van and driving all the way up to Gold Coast, I could only squeeze one no-gi session. The gym’s proximity to the Sydney Central station made it easily accessible, and the surrounding area was lively with restaurants and shops next to the University of Sydney. The gym entrance made the facility look like a fire station. However, as I stepped in, the spacious white mat caught my eyes.
At Legacy BJJ, I was welcomed by Professor Caio Tamura and the Legacy BJJ family. The session was led by Professor Caio Tamura, a 2x Australian national and 3x Pan Pacific champion, whose BJJ competency has been proven by his competition records. As bright as its white mat, the academy has a vibrant atmosphere. Everyone was friendly and approachable, and Professor Tamura created a cheerful environment for training. I was pleasantly surprised to be in such a large class for a lunch session, and I could only assume that the academy would be full of students for evening sessions.
Sydney is a city that has a lot to offer, but I would recommend you to drop by Legacy BJJ and receive a top-notch Australian BJJ training from friendly and expert instructors. Thank you, Legacy BJJ family. Until next time!
Location & Facility
Legacy BJJ is located between the Sydney Central station and the University of Sydney campus, and the academy is within a short walking distance from the Sydney Central station. The facility includes a clean white mat space with a boxing ring. (Google Map: Link)
Legacy BJJ’s most recent training schedule is posted below:
– Legacy BJJ’s Website
- Syndey Opera House — This architectural masterpiece is the most iconic landmark in Australia and one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. The famous urban sculpture sets on beautiful Sydney Harbor next to the Sydney central business district. If you are in Sydney, you cannot skip visiting the Sydney Opera House.
- Bondi Beach — Located next to the Icebergs pool, Bondi Beach remains one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. The white-sand beaches and curling waves draw surfers and visitors from all over the world, and the beach is surrounded by trendsetting cafes and laid-back pubs. You should go grab fish and chips and head out to Bondi Beach for a nice picnic!
- Sydney Harbour Bridge — Connecting between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore, The world’s largest steel arch bridge provides a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. If you are brave enough, you can climb to the summit of the bridge.
- The Blue Mountains — The region gets its name from the distinctive blue horizon created by droplets of eucalyptus tree oil mixed with water vapor and sunlight. It is located about 2 hours west of Sydney, and it is known for its dramatic scenery with cliffs and forests. The views from the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation is simply astonishing.