John Will

John Will

John Will (born Birth date|1957|4|17|df=yes) is a notable martial artist from Australia. Will won gold in the first World Silat Championships held in Jakarta in 1982, the only non Indonesian to have won the championship at that time. Will also completed his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado in 1998; making him one of the first twelve foreign nationals to have won a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

John Will's background includes training in amateur wrestling, Goju Kai Karate and Taekwondo, training with Benny Urquidez, Gene LeBell, Pete Cunningham, Rorion Gracie and Rickson Gracie and the Machado brothers and teaching Shootfighting. During a trip to India, John Will trained in the art of Vajra Mushti under the Jyesthimalla clan in Gujarat, India. Will is also credited with publishing a rare first-hand account of the ancient Indian martial art in western media.

John is noted for taking more than 30 overseas martial arts training trips; including training in Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S. and Brazil. Currently John Will is the Australian national director of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Australia. He teaches the style, as well as Shootfighting, at his Black Belt Studios in Geelong. John also runs RADIX Training, a distilled, accelerated learning-based defensive tactics program designed to deliver results in short amounts of time. It is a functional, and holistic approach for high stress situations for individuals with very limited experience.

John is a self published author, with 4 instructional books directed at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self-defence market. His first 3 books are purely BJJ orientated and cover: Fundamentals, The Guard and advanced attacks & escapes. His 4th Instructional Book is "Fight ~ Logic" a book that covers Johns passion for all aspects of the self defence game. From Pre-Fight scenarios right through to taking the fight to the ground and conclusion.

John's recent writing focus has been the penning of his autobiography, which is to be released as a 3 part series entitled "Rogue Black Belt". As with his instructional Books, John is publishing these works himself and selling them via his websites and through his extensive network of Martial Arts friends and practitioners.

* "Book 1: Rogue Black Belt: Fear & the Engine" focusses on John's early years growing up in Australia and the path that led him to the Martial Arts and onto Bali and his Silat World Championship win in 1982.

* "Book 2: Rogue Black Belt: Challenge & Ownership" continues the story after the Bali years and through the forming of Blitz Magazine in Australia and his subsequent travels to India, Thailand, Japan, the USA and Brazil, where he interacts with some of Martial Arts' biggest legends and most famous practitioners, leading to his discovery of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

* "Book 3: Rogue Black Belt: Passion & Purpose" will take John's story from his fledgling BJJ and Defensive Tactics teachings to the full blown instructor of instructors of today.

External links

* [ John Wills autobiography Rogue Black Belt: His life from his perspective]
* [ John Will's Personal Blog]
* [ John Will profile]
* [ Will/Machado BJJ Australia]
* [ Vajramushti The Ancient Vale Tudo of India by John B Will]
* [ John Will. Articles and interviews]
* [ John Wills distilled, accelerated learning-based defensive tactics program]

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