Meet the Team

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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 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 1 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 full time & part time 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

 

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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.


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Robert Dupont
Academy Manager

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 Jujitsu/Defence Black Belt
  • 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 

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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.


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Jo Rincon Coach

I started martial arts at a young age then soccer took over, after countless knee and ankle injuries I turned back to martial arts in particular muay thai kickboxing I have trained with some of the absolute best in the sport firstly at Valhalla muay thai then the world famous nuggets thai boxing I have also trained with seanchai (the no1 pound for pound best muay thai fighter) I have traveled to Thailand the home of muay thai kickboxing and have gained a wealth of knowledge throughout my time and still look to grow

Japanese Jujitsu and self defence is a passion of mine and I wish to pass down the knowledge I have gained from sensei Matthew Cugola on to all of the students at Martial Arts Queensland running many satellite schools at primary schools around Brisbane and classes at our main academy in Toowong and our dojo at Jamboree Heights if your see me around don’t forget to say hi!

      • Trained, studying and competed in Muay Thai (kickboxing)
      • Cert 3 in Fitness
      • Studying Mixed martial arts
      • Trained and competed in Full contact kung fu
      • Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
      • Training and studying Japanese jujitsu
      • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People
      • First aid

 

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Richard Miles Coach

  • 1st Degree Jujitsu/Defence Black Belt.
  • Blue Belt BJJ & BJJ kids Coach
  • 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.


 

 

 


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Chao Zeng Coach and Admin

  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • Certificate 3 in Coaching
  • Bachelors Degree in Science from University of Queensland

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Sean Hawthorn Coach

  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • First Aid & Resus trained.

I started martial arts when I was 7, but when I turned 13 I joined a Taekwondo club and from there that’s when I really started getting into Martial Arts. I’m still training in Taekwondo and it’s been over 10 years now. And from there I’ve started I train in MMA, Muay Thai, BJJ and BJJ (no-gi). I started working at MAQLD to further my understanding and improve myself in many aspects in other arts and to Challenge/inspire Kids and adults as a coach.


 

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Natalia Dor’e Coach

Natalia moved from Brazil in 2016.  After 4 years competing all over the world she decided to follow her dream to spread the benefits of self defence as much as possible. Another strong characteristic of Natalia’s is her passion for children and for that reason she is also studying Early Childhood Education at QAT to increase her knowledge.

  • BJJ Purple Belt.
  • Studying Early Childhood Education at QAT.
  • Certificate in community coaching general principles. certificate
  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.
  • First Aid & Resus trained.

Competition record

  • World Champion IBJJF (2014).
  • Best Athlete of the World White Belt IBJJF – Ranking (2014).
  • Two-time Brazilian Champion CBJJ (2013 and 2014).
  • South American Champion IBJJF (2013).
  • Champion of the Trial Abu Dhabi Pro Gramado (2014).
  • Best Athlete of the State Rio Grande do Sul FGJJ White/Blue Belt – Ranking (2013).
  • Eight-time State Champion FGJJ (2012, 2013 and 2014).

 

 

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Brett Richie Coach

  • Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness
  • CEC Qualified Boxing and Kickboxing Coach
  • Blue Card Issued by the Commission for Children and Young People
  • First Aid and Resus Trained

Brett has 4 years experience as a personal trainer and has extensively studied Boxing and Muay Thai. Brett has a passion for Japanese Jujitsu and trains regularly to keep his skills sharp. Following a physical injury in his earlier life Brett trained heavily in Muay Thai to rebuild his hip strength. Brett aims to one day run a program helping kids from troubled homes gain confidence through martial arts.

 


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Justin Turpie Customer Service

  • Blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.

 

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Brandon McNamara Admin and Assistant 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 an assistant coach and for administration work. Brandon also competes in amateur kickboxing through the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO).

  • NCAS  Coach Level 2 Jujitsu awarded from 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 Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing

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Quinton Cugola


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Tarik Cirkic

 

I’ve been studying Martial Arts since 2011, and never once have I not enjoyed it. My interest in martial arts started at a pretty young age. I’d see Judo bouts and think to myself “hey, that’s pretty cool” and want to try it so badly, but my mother being that caring woman she is, didn’t want me to pursue it because she didn’t want me to get seriously injured and decided to make me start playing football (or soccer) instead. I enjoyed it up until a point but it wasn’t what I was interested in. When I was having confidence issues at school, she agreed (with a little persuasion from Dad who did Zen Do Kai Karate in his teens and early twenties) to put my younger brother and I, into a martial arts school. That was when we started training Jujitsu and learnt more than just self defence but also how to be confident which helped us develop precious life skills and attributes.  I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to further my knowledge, understanding and myself. Outside of that I’m mainly a guitarist, but also a percussionist, pianist and avid reader.

Our School based trainees all study

  • Certificate III in Sports Coaching (Martial Arts) .