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Mike Featherstone is the owner, operator and 2nd degree black belt head coach at Legion 13 Perth Hills located in Midvale near Midland. Closely involved, he leads most of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes and spars with students at every opportunity. He has dedicated the last 16 years to training, competing, coaching, researching and studying jiu-jitsu.
After a working holiday around Australia in 2001, he arrived back in Perth overweight and unfit. Mike had been fit and active for most of his life and understood very clearly that if he wanted to get back into shape he should take up something that would not only get him back into shape but also, something that would give him skills to maintain consistency and interests for a long time. That's when he turned to various martial arts (including kickboxing, boxing, Aikido and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu). In 2003 he attended his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. Within just a couple of months, even as a complete novice, he saw the results he wanted. What he also, saw was how much more effective BJJ was (shaving years off other forms of martial arts training). Thus, BJJ became his number one priority and passion.
He began training as a blue belt at Legion 13 Perth in Cannington (formally Gracie Barra) in 2007. One year later he started teaching on a regular basis. In 2010, now a purple belt, Mike's coach encouraged him to accept the position of head BJJ instructor at Legion 13 Success. In 2012, now holding the rank of brown belt, he (along with his wife and children) moved to the Perth Hills to bring the Legion 13 team to Kalamunda and foothills areas.
However, as the academy become so popular and with students travelling from areas outside the Kalamunda shire a move had to be made to a more larger, and central location. In April, 2018 the academy after 7 years moved to a full-time facility in Midvale in the shire of Mundaring and very close to Midland.
Checkout the start of the new facility here - https://perthhillsbjj.com/check-out-our-new-mats/
In March 2013 after 10 years of training, Mike received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from 5th degree black belt Professor Peter de-Been and 1st degree black belt Professor Grayson West, an honour considered extremely hard to attain. During all these years, Mike trained at Western Australia's most successful BJJ school under the guidance and support of Professor Grayson West, one of the State's most experienced international coaches and competitors. Mike has honed his craft and fine-tuned his skills: training with a vast array of partners, experienced coaches and world champions like the Mendes Brothers, Andre Galvao, Rigan Machado, Caio Terra, Ryon Gracie and Augusto “Tanquino” Mendes.
Mike has been an active competitor and has won and been placed in several State and National titles. Mike's undoubted talents, knowledge and dedication underpin all that he does to help others exceed their own expectations. He believes in modern Jiu-Jitsu style with an emphasis on self-defence. As he says...
"Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has had a profoundly positive effect on my life, instilling confidence and self-belief. For me, it is a privilege to teach. I want to share the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, so you can gain what I have, on the mat and off. I pride myself on seeing my students achieve competency, especially the non-athletic and or physically ungifted." ~ Mike
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2nd degree black belt
Senior First Aid
Working with children
Diploma trainer and assessor
Rebecca James (Bec) - BJJ Teens, Kids Women's Coach and Purple belt masters WORLD CHAMPION
Bec first started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in August 2011 after a year of kickboxing training at Legion 13 Cannington, and some gentle pressure from her husband :-). Three months later she won gold in her first competition for WA's State no-gi Championships. Firmly cementing herself into her new passion, she went on to win gold again in 2012 and was awarded her blue belt by Professor Grayson West in December 2012. Since then she has competed in both State, National & international competitions - recently winning Gold at the WORLD MASTERS! in Las Vegas in 2017 and now currently holding the rank of brown belt.
At the beginning of 2014 her son started training in the three to five year old class. This provided her with the opportunity to assist with teaching. Subsequently, she took a more permanent role teaching teens and juniors. Bec is a fantastic mentor and role model for female practitioners and BJJ is a huge part of her (and her family’s) life. She is passionate about helping younger and older students find their passion for BJJ too.
Brenton started in 2010 with no prior knowledge of any martial arts in a smaller academy as he was interested in mixed martial arts. However, being punched in the face was not all it seemed to Brenton, discovered another alternative style was offered in the art of BJJ, with only few weekly classes.
As his passion grew Brenton needed to up his game and transitioned as a blue belt to Legion 13 Midland. Where Brazilian Jiu - Jitsu was is the Core principle at heart. Under Mikes guidance Brenton felt at home achieved his purple won several state championships and is now teaching the legion 13 method.
Brenton's unique and fun style of teaching helps others learn in a variety of way that they are able to remember the techniques and apply them to their Jiu Jitsu game. He is highly regraded mentor & leader to all students and assistant instructors.
"If you force the opportunity it will never arrive. Create your opportunities and they will come by the dozens"