Meet the Team


Matthew Cugola

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Matthew began studying martial arts at the age of 10. He has trained extensively with Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has also trained with various martial arts styles such as , Boxing, Karate and Kickboxing / Muay Thai.

Matthew also worked as a security officer and crowd controller in various entertainment venues and events. This has given him the opportunity to see what types of Martial Arts techniques are most effective in dealing with aggressive people who were often larger and heavier than himself.

Matthew still actively studies Martial Arts acquiring knowledge about modifications and techniques.  He continues to enhance our Martial Arts program and pass these new skills on to his students.

  • 5th Degree Black Belt Japanese Jujitsu (Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2nd Degree Black Belt (Machado Jiu Jitsu under Vince Perry) Pumma
  • NCAS Level 3 Coach Jujutsu (Australian Sports Commission)
  • NCAS Level 2 Coach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Australian Sports Commission)
  • NOAS Level 2 Official  (Australian Sports Commission)
  • Level 1 general coach (TAFE CN418).
  • Instructional Skills (TAFE CN404).
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • 9 years instructing at Police Citizens Youth Clubs.
  • First Aid & Resus trained.
  • Instructing Martial Arts since 1996.
  • 10 years as a professional crowd controller & security officer. 

Some recent competition record

  • 2005 Australian Federation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Queensland Titles gold medalist.
  • 2006 Australian BJJ Champion. Blue Belt
  • 2007 Australian Jujitsu Team (World Jujitsu Titles Jersey, Channel Islands)
  • 2008 Asia Pacific Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Silver Medal (purple belt division).
  • 2010 Australian Jujitsu Team captain (World Jujitsu Titles Las Vegas, USA)
  • 2010 World Jujitsu Championships. Grappling gold medal (Las Vegas, USA)
  • 2010 World Jujitsu Championships. Sport Jujitsu individual silver medal (Las Vegas, USA)
  • 2016 World Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships Las Vegas (Black Belt division)
  • 2016 Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Asia Pacific Championships. Silver and bronze medals
  • 2017 Australian Jujitsu Team captain/coach Team silver Medal (World Jujitsu Titles Gold Coast, Australia)



Angelique Cugola

Born and raised in Queensland I grew up in Yeppoon in Central Queensland.  Shortly after high school I met Matthew and soon after in 1994 we headed to Brisbane to start our life together.

I spent the first 4 years working with a shopping centre management firm at a number of shopping centres around Brisbane doing marketing. I followed this by working 2 years as a personal assistant to a Director and his team of sales agents at a top international commercial property firm.

Matthew and I married in 1999 and in 2001 had our first baby, Quinton.  A Few short years later had their next baby, Paige.  In 2005 Matthew decided to follow his life long dream of starting a full time Martial Arts academy and I assisted him in the background to start with as Paige was only 3 months old at the time. When Paige was about 1 (Quinn about 3 at the time), I took a more hands on position at Martial Arts Queensland assisting members/customer service off the mat at the academy in Toowong.

A few years on, Matthew and I decided that our family was not complete and along came Austin in 2008. I took a step back to behind the scenes again in head office so that I could work and juggle the kids.  We decided one more baby was needed and ended up with twins (didn’t see that coming) and we found ourselves in 2010 with 5 children, three under 14 months.  If we weren’t busy before we certainly were now.

So for the last few years I have juggled 5 kids (with Matthew’s help of course) and running the office.  It has been a great experience so far and I wouldn’t change a thing.


Robert Dupont
Assistant Director

Robert moved from South Africa with his wife and two sons in 2004.  Since this time Robert has been a huge part of the western suburbs community, coaching Ruby and Cricket teams, was President of the P&F at OLR – Kenmore for 4 years and is now on the school board. He is minister of the Eucharist at his local church.  In 2009, Robert was nominated and was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Pride of Australia’ awards.

Robert has been training with Martial Arts Queensland since 2005 and has attained his NCAS Coaching accreditation from the Australian Jujitsu Federation.  Robert was appointed the manager and head instructor of the MAQLD Defence, Junior Warriors and Little Warriors system in 2010.

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ronin Ryu Jujitsu
  • Coach for Cricket, Rugby Union and Soccer for juniors.
  • Head Rep Coach for Brisbane Junior Rugby Union State.
  • Vice-president of Kenmore Rugby Bears club for 4 years
  • NCAS Level 2 Coach Jujutsu Australian Sports Commission.
  • Level 1 Australian Rugby Union Accredited Coach.
  • 2 years military service.
  • Attained accreditation from George Washington University for Project Management.
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • President of the P&F at Our Lady of the Rosary School for 4 yrs.
  • Teacher of religion in the state schools and sacramental leader.
  • 2009 – Finalist in the “Pride of Australia” Awards 



Shane Philpot Coach
Jamboree Heights Manager

  • Executive Master Trainer, Australian Institute of Fitness,
  • Cert III and Cert IV in Personal Training
  • Cert III in Sports Coaching specialising in Martial Arts
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People
  • First Aid and Resus trained
  • Blue Belt BJJ & BJJ kids Coach

Shane came a bit later in life to martial arts, having come to MAQLD originally as a parent when his son started as a Little Warrior in 2009. As his son progressed through the Defence ranks, he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After watching this for a few years, Shane decided it was time to gi up, and get on the mat himself. As his skills increased, Shane would often help out during his son’s class, so becoming a Trainee Coach was a natural progression. His 7 years as a Personal Trainer stand him in good stead leading the fitness component of the classes, introducing some innovative exercises to keep interest, and fitness, levels up.

Shane holds his New Zealand Trade Certificates 751, 752, 753 in Professional Cookery, and has worked in New Zealand, England and Australia as a Head Chef, before changing careers to the Fitness Industry in 2007.





Richard Miles Coach

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ronin Ryu Jujitsu
  • Purple belt BJJ
  • NCAS Coach level 2 Jujutsu awarded from Australian Sports Commission.
  • NCAS Coach level 2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu awarded from Australian Sports Commission.
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • First Aid & Resus trained.

Richard graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy in 1992, gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation) in 2002.  Since graduating Richard has worked primarily in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, both in Australia and the United Kingdom.  During this time he has continually sought out opportunities to expand his knowledge base and experience in a variety of traditional and non-traditional manual therapies.  This has led Richard to undertake courses across Australia, the USA, England and France.




Brandon McNamara Administration and Coach

Brandon started out as a student at Martial Arts Queensland in 2010. After a few years of training he loved it so much he began volunteering helping the younger kids classes. After a few more years Brandon was hired to be a coach and for administration work. Brandon also competes in amateur kickboxing through the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO).

  • NCAS Level 2 Coach (Australian Sports Commission)
  • Certificate 3 in Provision of First Aid
  • Certificate 3 in Business
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People
  • Trains in Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing


Quinton Cugola




Kiarrah Stratford

Maverick Day