Rank: Brown belt under Jamie Murray (Renegade MMA) / Ninos Dammo (AET)
Where it all began:
Back in 2012 when I was a uni student and pretty overweight (about 120kg) a friend invited me to come and try a class at Renegade MMA. It was their first birthday so still pretty new on the scene. I fell in love with BJJ from that first class- but being a broke uni student I had to wait a couple of months until I’d finished up a contract with a weights gym before I could sign up. Even so, I became totally obsessed with the sport. Since then I have lost more than 30kg and competed in BJJ more times than I can count.
I was never the most naturally talented athlete but my hard work and love of jits started to pay off when I was a four-stripe blue belt and I won my first gold medal. I had the opportunity to travel all around Australia and also to Japan and the US for competitions and would bump into Jordan and the Hyperfly crew along the way. I always really loved their gear and so when they asked me to represent their brand I was stoked.
In late 2019 I suffered a severe neck injury requiring emergency surgery for spinal cord decompression which has put me on the sidelines for most of 2020. It was really scary- I couldn’t even lift my right arm or leg off the bed and I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to train or even walk properly again. It was a big blow for me, because of how much the sport and BJJ community has changed my life. I didn’t stay down for long though and found a love for Muay Thai as a way to help me keep fit and recover from my injury. I got to spend a month training in Thailand before I had to come down because of the pandemic. Now I’m fit and hoping to get back to BJJ by the end of the year!
In my professional life, I am an osteopath. I run my own business, Mixed Osteo, out of Renegade MMA where I treat amateur and professional combat sports athletes recover from and prevent injuries while training.
Relationship with Hyperfly team:
I got to know Jordan and the Hyperfly brand as they were always representing at different competitions around Australia. I remember when I got my first Hyperlite Gi- it was the best Gi I’d ever owned and after that I stuck to the Hyperfly brand for just about everything from my rashies to my backpacks. In 2019 when Jamie told me that Jordan had offered me a sponsorship, I was thrilled. Starting out as an overweight and underconfident kid, I couldn’t believe how far things had come. I can’t wait to get back on the mats to show heart and, hopefully, win a few competitions along the way.
Favourite Hyperfly product:
It’s hard to choose just one. For daily wear, I love my Hyperfly Flash hoodie- it’s the warmest hoodie I own. I wear my Icon shorts for all my S&C and No-Gi training. For Gi, I absolutely love the JudoFly which is excellent for competition and frustrating for my training partners because it’s so hard to grip.
Here are some of Luke's amazing results.
x2 gold Gi and No-Gi weight, x1 Silver No-Gi Open - Sydney Open
x3 Gold Gi/ No-Gi weight and No-Gi open, x1 bronze Gi Open - Victorian State Championships
x1 Silver in Gi weight, x1 bronze in Gi Open - Grappling industries Melbourne
x1 Silver No-Gi weight, x1 bronze No-Gi open - Australian National Championships
x1 Bronze Gi weight – IFBJJ Asian Open
x2 Bronze No-Gi weight and open – IFBJJ Pan Pacific Championships
X1 Gold Gi Weight x1 Silver in No-Gi - UAEJJF Melbourne Pro
X2 Gold Gi and No-Gi Open weight, x1 Silver Gi weight x1 Bronze No-Gi weight
- Arnold Classic
X1 Silver Gi weight, x1 bronze Gi Open weight – Adelaide state championships
X2 Gold Gi and No-Gi weight, x1 Silver in No-Gi open weight - Canberra state championships
X2 Gold No-Gi weight and Open, x2 Silver in Gi weight and Open - Tasmania state championships
X3 Silver Gi weight, Gi Open weight and No-Gi weight - Pan Pacific Championships 2017
X1 Silver No-Gi Open, x2 Bronze Gi and No-Gi weight - Victoria State Championships
X1 Gold No-Gi weight x2 Silver No-Gi open and Gi weight - Pan Pacific Championships 2018
X1Gold, x2 Silver, x1 Bronze - Newcastle Open