Empire Martial Arts

est. 2012

about us

Empire Martial Arts:

the home of

Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA & 

Muay Thai on the northern Gold Coast.


We are a professional and family friendly environment with group and private lessons available in Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai.

We pride ourselves on our team culture of putting our training partners first and welcoming all ages & skill levels.

We invite travelers whatever your rank, affiliation or experience and believe we benefit from your visit as much as you from us.



boxing gold coast

We train boxers at all skill levels. Looking to change up your training or destined to box professionally? 

We have a training plan and experience to suit your goals.

Empire Martial Arts specialises in boxing with a proven track record for competitive success.

MMA gold coast

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world that is synonymous with the UFC. MMA blends the striking and grappling arts to create a fuller combat experience. 

With a number of coaches with various disciplines, look no further than Empire to improve or start your MMA training. 

BJJ gold coast

A ground based form of submission wrestling born in Japan and perfected in Brazil. Brazilain Jiu Jistu, or BJJ, was designed to give the smaller fighter the advantage using leverage without strikes.

Fantastic for self defence and confidence for people of all ages. Our coaches have vast experience and hold a wealth of Australian titles. We are your go-to for BJJ on the Gold Coast.

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Ricky Budgen
Boxing, MMA Striking & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ricky began boxing in 1985, turning professional in 1992 winning the Australian Strawweight and Queensland Light Flyweight Title. Ricky also challenged for the Australian Flyweight Title and travelled to Bangkok Thailand to challenge the (PABA) Pan Asian Boxing Association champion. 

Ricky is an AIBA International Boxing Association 1-Star and level 2 Australian boxing coach, a Strength & Conditioning Coach and a Sportsmind Trainer (NLP based psychological skills training for athletes).

Coach Ricky is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Vincent Perry after beginning his Jiu Jitsu training in early 2008.

Rocky McLaren

Rocky McLaren
Boxing & MMA Striking

Former Australian defence force soldier Rocky McLaren is a true mixed martial artist. In 1987 he started out in Kung Fu & Karate igniting a passion for competition which saw him compete in “All Styles” tournaments, Kyokushin Karate, Professional Boxing, Kickboxing, No Gi BJJ, Judo, Greco, Freestyle and Sumo wrestling.

Rocky’s love for coaching has stemmed from his work in various schools on the Gold Coast in special education and behaviour management programs.


Jemma Peart
Ladies Only Boxing

Jemma is the A class Golden Gloves champion and has competed at the Olympic selection trials mixing it with some of Australia’s best boxers. She’s the winner of several novice state titles in boxing. Jemma is at the gym every day with her infectious hard work and dedication. In her class you will get correct boxing technique along with a great work out.   

Jemma is always available for support or just a chat. Come in and try out her women’s only boxing classes Wednesday night.


Joel Ingles
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Combining traditional martial arts culture with a modern style of coaching, Joel uses a systematic approach to help develop each student to a skilled and competent level, quickly. 

Joel’s love for coaching and Jiu Jitsu began in 2008 training under some of the biggest names in Australian BJJ such as John Will and Vincent Perry.

Dan Evans
Kids MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Dan has been training MMA, Boxing and BJJ since the tender age of 5 years old under Pumma head coach Vincent Perry. Dan began coaching at Empire in 2012. At just 20 years old Dan holds a purple belt in BJJ & is an active BJJ competitor. 

Dan is our kids coach & feedback tells us that our young ones relate and respect Dan having accomplished so much at such a young age.

Stu Barlow

Stu Barlow
Kickboxing & Family Fitness

Stu is a great motivator with strength and conditioning being one of his passions. He has a wealth of Martial Arts experience, beginning training back in 2000 with kickboxing, Judo & Wing Chun Kung Fu & weapons training. 

Stu runs striking & family fitness classes.

Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson
Muay Thai & MMA

Jake started Thai Boxing in 2008 and has over 10 years experience in mixed martial arts, having competed in both. Jake is an active qualified personal trainer and  strength & conditioning coach who provides private sessions in BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing & MMA. 

Jake has been fortunate enough to train under legendary coaches such as Vincent Perry & Sam Nest and alongside many former and current UFC , Bellator & ONE Championship fighters.

Nick Grant

Nick Grant
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

With a degree in teaching and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Nick is a well rounded coach with a passion and knowledge of the sport that could rival the most eager of competitors. 

Paired with his generosity and willingness to communicate the benefits and intracacies of Jiu Jitsu to others, Nick has a unique ability to coach to all skill levels in a logical and effective manner.