Tom Davey

"To this day, I still haven't experienced the level of coaching excellence that Professor John Will delivers at his Redcat academy. Be it kids classes, MMA or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this club stands at the top of the martial arts landscape. That is why I always ensure I make time 3 times per year to drive the 9 hours to Redcat even if it is just for a night or 2 of training. If you are looking for the best coach, the best techniques or just a crazy high level of martial artists with positive attitudes on one mat, Redcat is the place to visit. If you live in Australia and haven't been to Geelong to train at Redcat, add it to your bucket list! The senior students are always there to usher in newer students and a professional, safe environment is never compromised."
- Tom Davey, Head Coach, South Coast BJJ & MMA

Mark

“In my former roles as an Australian Military Self Defence instructor and as a Police Defensive Tactics trainer I have been fortunate enough to engage with John Will for specialist technique development and for train the trainer mentoring programs. I have found John to be the consummate subject matter expert who will work tirelessly on any problems we encounter to come up with innovative and highly effective answers. The vast depth of experience and knowledge that John possess only comes from decades of training and coaching.  I look forward to a strong ongoing relationship with REDCAT Academy”  
⁃ Mark (Current serving Australian Police Officer)

Inger Craven

I attended a seminar taught by John Will in New Zealand in 2006, this was one of the best decisions of my life and I have not looked back since.  John is a world-class coach with the ability to breakdown techniques making them uncomplicated to practice.  John and Melissa have created a welcoming mat culture at REDCAT Academy, this school will change your life for the better, I guarantee it.
Inger Craven (mother of two)

Grant Hustler

My three Boys have been training at Red Cat Academy now for 2 years Just the other day Noah mentioned to me “you know dad, I'm not that good at sports, I can't really run that fast and can't play football that good but you know what I'm really good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and my coach Melissa is really great she explains everything really well and is very helpful, it makes Jiu Jitsu a lot of Fun and makes me want to get better and better….”
Grant Hustler - Geelong

Kathy Willowson

Each time I leave the mats after training with JBW I have a renewed sense of respect and passion for the amazing sport of BJJ. I have never seen such energy and detail when teaching, and it is remarkable the effect it has on his students. JBW allows every student, regardless of their skill level, to understand the mechanics of a sweep, pass or submission, and his unique drilling style allows the time on the mats to be spent with maximum efficiency. Not only does he teach BJJ with amazing insight, but also extends the same principles and problem solving skills to life in general, which results in a truly thought provoking class. Coupled with his sense of humour and catchy names (if coach yells 'Boston Bun' we all know what to do!), training with JBW is an enriching experience for any martial artist.
Kathy Willowson

Anna May Kichakov

I have been attending REDCAT Academy for approximately 2 years. Several circumstances have taken me off the matt for varying periods of time including: a wedding, study and minor injuries. For me returning to a physically active class especially one as demanding and foreign as BJJ can be extremely daunting. However each time I return to the mat for one of my classes with John Will and his team I am rewarded. Not only by the physical fitness and strength I am developing, but by the self-confidence and friendships with the range of diverse individuals that are the REDCAT Academy family. It’s a club with good old fashioned values of looking after one another and celebrating the intricate successes. 2 years ago I joined REDCAT Academy as a shared activity that I could do with my now-husband, what I have now is a challenging and inspiring passion lead by an amazing coach.
Anna May Kichakov

Nick Dokos

Since my 4 children, aged between 8 and 17, began at John Will’s Redcat Academy a few years ago, they have developed a number of skills in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Shoot Fighting. They can apply these skills on the mats during training, and if needed, in self defence situations. Even more importantly to me as a parent though, through this training, and the culture that exists at Redcat, my children have further developed many life skills such as, problem solving, confidence, focus and respect which they can take with them into daily life. The environment at Redcat Academy is safe and the instructors are dedicated to making each class valuable, challenging and lots of fun. We love being part of this school and community.
Nick Dokos

Cam Rowe

As a long time student of John Will’s, I’ve found his guidance and passion for teaching to be second to none. His experience and technical understanding of the martial arts, along with his ability to pass on this information,  even to the absolute beginner, is what makes him an a class above the rest.

 Cam Rowe
Rise MMA

Vincent Perry

John B Will has been my BJJ/Grappling coach since 1992. John’s passion for his art is infectious and the precision with which he coaches it is inspirational. His ability to decipher the complexities of the grappling arts and present it in terms and concepts accessible to new players, and appreciated by advanced practitioners, is quite remarkable. For me he is the embodiment of the phrase Passion & Purpose. A day on the mats with John Will is a good day indeed.
Vincent Perry
1st Australian Coach to have two fighters in the same UFC

Craig Moorfoot

I have been training at John Wills Red Cat Martial Arts Academy since January 2008; studying both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Shooting Fighting. In my opinion the instruction and club culture is second to none; absolutely world class. When I started in 2008 I was 42 and hadn’t been involved in any type of structured exercise for many years.. I was overweight and out of shape. I needed to find a sport that would not only improve my fitness but also keep my mind interested. I didn’t want to just exercise for the sake of it because I knew that wouldn’t last. I needed to find something that would not only keep me physically fit but also engage my mind and where I could acquire a new set of skills ..that’s when I found Red Cat!

I have known John for many years and have followed his martial arts journey for over four decades. I had previously trained with him for two brief periods; as kid in the 70s and again in the 80s and I knew that if I was going to study martial arts especially at my age it had to be through John. He has travelled the globe training and teaching since he left school and his reputation for excellence is unprecedented. His instruction goes well beyond the standard martial arts school, having been As soon as I stepped on the mat that first evening, my concerns about starting martial arts again as an older guy were alleviated. Young, old, male, female, large or small; it didn’t seem to matter as the culture had been set. We were all there to learn new skills and help each other.

Aside from the skills that I continue to acquire I have made many friends, some that will remain lifelong. This is a great side effect of Red Cat Martial Arts Academy! If you have a busy lifestyle, your training can slot in to suit your needs; with some people training five days a week, others just two nights. I run a business where I travel interstate regularly so my training timetable is built around that. I’m now fifty and love training more than ever! If you are thinking about training martial arts, I cannot recommend John Wills Red Cat Martial Arts Academy enough, it’s such a great place to be.

Sincerely,

Craig Moorfoot

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John Will's Redcat Academy is the home of one of Australias premier Martial Arts coaches. John Will is known throughout Australasia and the world as the coaches coach. Prolific blogger, writer and seminar coach, John Will is on the cutting edge of the martial arts world.. And his home academy is right here.. in Geelong...