About us

We teach differently

At Workshop we train collaboratively - we workshop our Jiu Jitsu. We believe that people learn best through discovery, so we facilitate your development through that process. We seek your feedback and questions during and after formal instruction because it helps everyone to learn and us to be better coaches. 

Focussed on Jiu Jitsu, not on tradition

There is no bowing, no titles, deference by rank, or other out of place rituals at Workshop Jiu Jitsu. Our belt ranks represent growth, and vague ability but not privilege. We train both Gi (canvas uniform) and NoGi (rash top and shorts or leggings). We want to provide you with a safe environment to have fun and get really good at BJJ!

Your coaches

Pat and Amy are huge Jiu Jitsu nerds and respected competitors known for technical jiu jitsu. We were awarded our black belts training under the formidable and wonderful Geoff Grant at the mighty GSW.  

Our lineage is: Kanō Jigorō → Tomita Tsunejirō → Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Hélio Gracie → Rolls Gracie & Carlos "Carlinhos" Gracie Jr → Rigan Machado → John Will → Geoff Grant → Us

Amy Barratt-Boyes

Amy likes non-human fungi, knitting and perfecting small person Jiu Jitsu.
Amy was awarded her black belt by Geoff Grant and John Will in 2019 after 9 years with two children in between. Amy was the 7th woman to be awarded her black belt in Aotearoa.

Patrick Te Tau

Patrick likes Sci Fi, programming computers, and running. He describes his jiu jitsu ethos as "the little engine that could".
Pat is a 2nd degree black belt and was awarded his black belt by Geoff Grant and John Will in 2014 after 7 and ½ years. Patrick was the one of the two first black belts ever awarded by Geoff Grant.
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