Coaches Information



Joe Lopez – Windang

Freestyle Head Coach/owner

Pro Team Co-ordinator

BJJ Black Belt

Cert III/ CERT IV Sports Coaching

National Jiu Jitsu Champion

Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Champion

Multiple Karate titles at a regional state and national level

Senior First Aid certified

Working with children certified

NSW Certified Manager/Matchmaker/Promoter/Second

Owner/Matchmaker Wollongong Wars MMA

Multiple Black Belt accreditation


Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski – Windang

Currently ranked the best lightweight and featherweight mixed martial artist in Australia

Currently signed to the UFC

PXC Featherweight World Champion (Vacated due to UFC contract)

Featherweight AFC Champion (Vacated due to UFC contract)

Roshambo Lightweight Champion (Vacated due to UFC contract)

Cage Conquest Welterweight Champion (Vacated due to UFC contract)

Wollongong Wars Lightweight Champion (Vacated due to UFC contract)

Former Roshambo Welterweight Champion (undefeated)

Australian national titles in wrestling, Jiu Jitsu (Gi and No Gi) and MMA

Winner of a Tiger MMA full scholarship

Coach on the Malaysian Invasion reality series

Blake Barden – Windang

Multiple national and international wrestling titles

National representation in USA, Canada, South Africa and Fiji

Multiple State divisional Jiu Jitsu titles

National Gi and No Gi titles

Luke “Viper” Vella – Windang

Current UCU Heavyweight MMA Champion

Silver medal at the Commonwealth Sambo Championships (2014 – England)

National ISKA and Kodokan Judo titles

ISKA, Kodokan and IJF Judo state titles

National Pankration championship

4th place Grapplers Quest – Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas (USA)