Empire MMA Academy

Empire Martial Arts


about us

Established in 2012, Empire is 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 Brazillian Jiu Jitsu on the Northern 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-Start and level 2 Australian Boxing Coach as well as a strength and conditioning coach and sportsmind  trainer (NLP based psycholigical skills training for athletes).

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

Nick Grant
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

With a degree in teaching and a Black 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.

Coach Joel Ingles

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.

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 a qualified personal trainer and  strength and conditioning coach who provides private sessions in BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA. Jake has been fortunate enough to train under legendary coaches such as Vincent Perry and Sam Nest and alongside many former and current UFC, ONE Championship and Bellator fighters.

Vish Naidoo
Kids MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Vish is the coach of the kids and junior classes on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as the female only Jiu Jitsu class. Vish began training in 2008, is currently a brown belt and has competed in both MMA and BJJ. Vish has a Bachelor of Primary Education, Majoring in Special Needs, which makes him the perfect coach for the kids classes. He is also currently studying a Masters in Education Specialising in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Shaun Johnson
Muay Thai & MMA

Shaun coaches Mixed Martial Arts and has a combined MMA, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition experience. Shaun has a Certificate 3 in Fitness and a Certificate 4 in Personal Training.


Jemma Peart
Ladies Only Boxing

Jemma is the current Australian Professional Light Flyweight Champion. As an amateur Jemma has won QLD and Golden Gloves championships and has competed at the Olympic selection trials mixing it with some of Australia’s best boxers. 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 class on Thursday nights.