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-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt (2 Stripes)
-Masters in Adult Learning and Assessment.
-Registered Nurse

Chris Bishop


Educated primarily as a Registered Nurse, Chris has found himself in numerous roles teaching others.  He is able to break down things into its technical and principle/conceptual basis and articulate it in a way which promotes better understanding to the client.  He has also studied Learning and Assessment to a Masters Level under Chester University in the UK.  Chris started his Martial Arts journey as a teenager in traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, after a hiatus he started training Western Kickboxing in 2004, and then the Crazy Monkey Defence Program in 2006 which is a boxing based system for stand up, clinch and ground.  It was also at this time Chris was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well.

Chris genuinely enjoys seeing people develop.  "It’s a simply awesome experience seeing the ‘light bulbs’ switching on in people’s eyes when they have a breakthrough in their game and knowing I helped to get them there.   Also seeing the camaraderie formed between people on the mat as they polish their game and try to outwit one another is great.  To be able to provide an environment, coaching and fellow martial artists that positively affect a person’s life is immeasurable and priceless.  I love what I do"

Contact Chris
or call on 0467642447


Nathan 'Nate' Kuhnert


Born and raised on the Coast, Nate always had a fondness for martial arts.  When he was stationed in Adelaide during his time with the Armed forces, he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and studied under Matt Jones at ISOHEALTH.  Nate would come back to the coast to visit his family and would tour the various BJJ clubs on the coast, but it wasn't until he found us (previously Crazy Monkey Sunshine Coast) that he found a home up here, instantly loving the environment and welcoming nature of everyone on the mats.  Over the years Nate and Chris developed a great relationship on the mats and when Nate relocated back to the coast Nate came on as a Trainer and together they formed Forge Martial Arts.

He is an extremely passionate practitioner and trainer of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has had to act in many leadership roles through his time with the Army, Security, and working within the Mining industry.  He 'keeps Jiu-Jitsu honest', honouring the 'old school' BJJ philosophy for self-preservation as your foundation, and then branching out from there. Nate looks forward to seeing you on the mats.

Email Nate
or call on 0437951887

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-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
-Cert III and IV Occupational Health and Safety.


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Jason Vaughan

-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt (3 Stripes)

Jason trained under the Crazy Monkey Defense Program for 7 years prior to the birth of Forge Martial Arts in 2018. With a very in depth knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Kickboxing alike, he has been a consistent Mat Mentor to all the students in the gym while training under Chris. His continuous willingness to learn and grow has proved him to be a great asset and friend to everyone. Jason has now taken up the role of trainer at Forge and will be coaching his impressive take on Stand Up and MMA.


Hayden Smallwood

-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt (4 Stripes)

Another OG member of the Sunshine Coast Jiu-Jitsu family, Hayden also trained under the Crazy Monkey Defence Program for 7 years prior to Chris and Nate creating Forge. Hayden has an incredible gift for Jiu-Jitsu as well as being an incredible friend to all. His passion for the sport and seeing people thrive on the mat gives him an incredible knack for coaching, so Hayden will also now be taking up a role as trainer at Forge coaching Jiu-Jitsu.

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Sam Hoogvliet

-Assistant Coach
-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt (2 Stripes)

Sam started training Jiu-Jitsu in 2015 at the old Crazy Monkey studio in Nambour with head trainer Chris and the help of all the Mat Mentors. Her dream is to one day be a full time coach, focusing on kids and women’s Jiu-Jitsu to help build self defense and self esteem to everyone on the mats. Sam is currently taking on an assistant coaching position helping train local teens.


Mat Mentors

At most Martial Arts clubs senior clientele will aid in the classes.  At Forge, this is no exception and this is something we actively encourage as it's a big part of martial arts and their personal journey to 'give back' and foster new clients.  

This enhances the learning of both the mentor and the beginner.  The mentor has to conceptualise and communicate what and how they are doing things which reinforce their learning, and the beginner gets a different perspective on what being coached by the Trainer is, which aids in their learning.  We have found that the beginners develop exponentially quicker through this process and ultimately end up giving back by pushing the game of their peers, mentors and coaches. Steel sharpens Steel.

 Contact us for our kickboxing, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainers/ coach on the Sunshine Coast.

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