Jiu-Jitsu Club

About us...

Monash University Jiu Jitsu Club Incorporated is a not-for-profit club affiliated with Monash University. We teach the martial arts of Tai-jitsu Ryu Jiu-jitsu and a modified form of Kawaishi Judo under the auspices of the Australian JiuJitsu, Judo and Chinese Boxing Federation of Instructors. The Club was founded by Renshi (then Sensei) Tony Papenfuss in the mid-1990s when he was a graduate student at Monash University.

The Club has two ryu (schools) - Tora Do Ryu (Way of the Tiger school) at the Clayton campus and Tenchi Ryu (Heaven & Earth school) at the Caulfield campus. Sensei Tim Wilkin (2nd Dan) is the principal instructor at Tora Do Ryu. Sensei Dan Prager (3rd Dan) is the principal instructor at Tenchi Ryu and also the chief instructor of the Club.

The Club is led by passionate people, from students to instructors, who all volunteer their time solely to share with others the benefits of training martial arts.
Meet the team.

The Australian Federation of Instructors was founded by Kancho Barry Bradshaw in 1981 to teach the complementary disciplines of Tai-jitsu Ryu Jiu-jitsu, a modified form of Kawaishi Judo and Sil Lum Hung Kuen Chinese Boxing. The combination of Martial Arts we believe not only creates a complete self defence system, but also develops the whole person: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

We achieve this by using the martial art as a vehicle to the ultimate aim of our teaching, which is in the perfection of the character of its participants. We provide students with more than just a physical activity; we strive to provide an individual good health, intelligence, good character, and an ability to know worth. Ours is a physical and mental education based on a system of barehanded combat, not limited to just sport.

Why learn Martial Arts?

Our martial arts make you fit, are fun, excellent for self defence, improve your physical coordination, teach new you skills, make you more aware, more disciplined and challenge your mind and body.

What are classes like?

A typical JiuJitsu & Judo class begins with a warm up using various breakfalling exercises.  This not only teaches proper falling techniques, but conditions the body to take an impact from a fall or strike. This is usually followed by practicing the basic throwing techniques and various hand arts including restraint and control techniques.  Towards the end of the class, groundwork is practiced to develop skill in ground-fighting and body movement (tai sabaki) and to further condition the body. A cool-down phase involving rolling techniques and a traditional bowing ceremony finish the class.

What to wear?

No special uniform is needed initially; just wear loose fitting clothing (track pants and T-shirt) and you can borrow a jacket from us. Later you may like to buy a uniform (judogi).

Within this framework, classes are incredibly diverse and dynamic. Classes are varied from week to week, with some repetition to develop basic skills, but with advanced techniques from Aiki-jiu-jitsu or Judo-do and other arts often mixed in so the student always has something new to think about.

Who can learn?

Our members consist of High School students right through to the working class community members. Currently the club is serving the University student community as a duty to its affiliation and constantly seeking new Monash University students. Nonetheless if you are not a Monash student but deeply interested, please email us directly and we will be in touch.

Come along and see for yourself.

Beginners are welcome to try out our beginner courses. Outside of those times we highly recommend you come and watch to see what's in store before you step on the mat.

Monash University - Caufield Monash University - Clayton
Group Fitness Room
Monash Sports Fitness (Building S / Ground level)
Caulfield campus, Monash University
Multi Purpose Room
Monash Sports & Rec (Building 42)
Clayton campus, Monash University
Class held:
Wednesday 7:45-9:45pm JiuJitsu & Judo
Class held:
Monday 7:00-9:00pm - Jiu-Jitsu & Judo

Principle Instructors(s):
Sensei Daniel Prager, 3rd Dan

Principle Instructor(s):
Sensei Tim Wilkin, 2nd Dan

Assistant Instructor:
Sensei Lejoe Kuriakose 1st Dan
Sempai John Low ShoDan Ho

Assistant Instructor:
Sempai Hayden McMaster, ShoDan Ho
Sempai Neb Lojanica, ShoDan Ho



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