Our story

What we do

In short, Grapple Isle is an advocate of jiu-jitsu, ambassador of mental health and the first and only provider of specialised, trauma-informed jiu-jitsu and self-defence programs in Tasmania. 

But it’s so much more than that.

Along with promoting and sponsoring Tasmanian martial arts events, we are continuously working to raise the profile of jiu-jitsu and increase awareness and participation in the sport on the island. 

We are an all-inclusive community and our Facebook member-only forum connects grapplers from across the state so they can engage in conversation, get advice or recommendations, share news and promotions and let people know about upcoming competitions, seminars and open mats.

The community is open to all affiliations and skill levels as well as spectators. If you would like to join our forum, head over to Facebook and request to join our closed group.

How it began

Grapple Isle was founded in February 2017, originally as an online community that promoted events across the state, with the hope that one day it could become a platform that gave back to the wider community.

To date, Grapple Isle has sponsored and assisted with community events and spent hundreds of hours researching and developing ways in which it could give back to the community.

Grapple Isle was a major sponsor of the Tasmanian Round Robin Series – Round 2

It soon became clear that trauma-informed jiu-jitsu was not being offered in Tasmania and that it could play a key role in assisting with better mental health, trauma recovery and empowering women.

Having spent numerous hours on the mats and undertaking every mental health and trauma-informed course available, Claire has – with advice from high-level practitioners, mental health experts and even police – put together a handful of specialised programs.

In early 2020, we are launching our first specialised trauma-informed jiu-jitsu program along with a number of practical information sessions designed to give a solid introduction to jiu-jitsu as a sport and for self-defence. If you are interested in attending one of our informational, trauma-informed or women’s only sessions, register your interest and we’ll let you know when new sessions are released.

The goal? To help people feel more confident and empowered, promote healthy living and, in turn, reduce the risk of them developing chronic diseases.