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Getting To Know Lachlan Giles

Lachlan Giles is an Australian grappler and black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under John Simon, having also worked extensively with Tyrone Crosse as well as Thiago Stefanutti and known as one of the top Aussie competitors of his generation – a reputation earned through podium placements in prestigious tournaments which include the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational, Lachlan Giles is also revered for his work as a grappling coach, aiding athletes such as Livia Gluchowska and Craig Jones.

They say that heel hooks are the great equalizer. Well, Lachlan Giles BJJ certainly proved that at the last ADCC.

Lachlan Giles is an Australian first degree BJJ black belt under John Simon. Last weekend, he became the first-ever Australian to medal at the prestigious ADCC tournament when he took the bronze medal in the absolute.

This was even more impressive when one considers that Giles is only 5ft5 tall and weighs 77kgs. Giles shocked the world when he submitted 3 world-class heavyweights (Kaynan Duarte, Patrick Gaudio and Mahamed Aly) all by heel hook.

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Giles is also a 2017 NoGi Worlds Bronze Medallist, and Pan Pacifica and Victorian Jiu-Jitsu Champion multiple times.

He also recently made a big impression when he competed at Kinektic Invitational 1 2019, a five vs five grappling events like o Quintet. He single-handedly submitted the entire team, submitting them all. He had 4 heel hooks and 1 armbar.

Lachlan also has a PhD and works as a physiotherapist.

​​Lachlan Giles Biography

Lachlan Giles was born on June 17, in Melbourne, the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.

Inspired by Jet Li's martial arts films, Lachlan joined a kung fu class during his teens. About 1 year into his martial arts training, Giles saw a tape on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC I) and was immediately in awe of Royce Gracie's jiu-jitsu technique. Believing this was the best form of self-defence for himself, 15-year-old Lachlan decided to join a BJJ academy, slowly distancing himself from kung fu throughout the following months to focus solely on his grappling.

Giles' first BJJ instructor was Tyrone Crosse, a coach that developed the young Australian from white to purple belt. Unfortunately for Lachlan, this was a time when he was forced to stop his training due to a severe knee injury. Upon his return (one year later), his local club had suffered a few changes, and there was a new coach taking care of the workgroup. His name was John Simon.

Simon awarded Lachlan his brown and black belts (2012) but was forced to retire due to an injury soon after. At the time, Giles had already initiated his coaching career, a job he started in early 2013 at Renegade MMA (1 class per week). His new vocation quickly progressed to regular morning classes at the Absolute MMA academy located in the Melbourne City Center (CBD), a gym that had Thiago Stefanutti as a head coach – Thiago quickly became a strong influence in Lachlan's jiu-jitsu game, awarding him his first BB degree.

After showing his talents as a jiu-jitsu coach at CBD, when the Absolute MMA association opened a second branch in St Kilda (2014), they invited Giles to be the instructor. Again, an offer was accepted by Lachlan.

Lachlan worked with numerous successful grapplers from the St Kilda location, including big names such as Livia Gluchowska and Craig Jones. While developing his well-praised jiu-jitsu program at Absolute MMA and growing himself as a competitor – particularly in the no-gi mainstream circuit, Giles also achieved a PhD in physiotherapy, completed in December 2016, having four peer-reviewed publications focusing on patellofemoral pain.

Lachlan Giles Backstory

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BJJ was not the first martial art Lachlan Giles trained. He was inspired by Jet Li's martial arts films and joined a kung fu class as a teenager. However, the breakthrough came after about a year of training. Because then he saw a tape on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC I) and was immediately in awe of Royce Gracie's jiu-jitsu technique. You can say that his life changed at that moment. After that, 15-year-old Lachlan decided to join a BJJ academy and focus on his grappling.

His BJJ journey started with Tyrone Crosse, a coach that developed him from white to purple belt. Then, unfortunately, Lachlan Giles had a break from training due to a severe knee injury. He returned one year later, but his local club had suffered a few changes at this time. For example, there was a new coach. His name was John Simon. It's him that awarded Lachlan brown and then in 2012 black belt. Another person who had a strong influence on Lachlan's jiu-jitsu game was Thiago Stefanutti. It is him that gave Giles his first Black Belt Degree.

Now he is known as one of the top Aussie competitors of his generation. Lachlan Giles earned his reputation through many podium placements in prestigious tournaments. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Lachlan Giles

Unfortunately for Lachlan, this was a time when he was forced to stop his training due to a severe knee injury. Upon his return (one year later), his local club had suffered a few changes, and there was a new coach taking care of the workgroup. His name was John Simon.

About 12 months into his training, his coach showed me a video of UFC 1, and that got me interested in Jiu-Jitsu. After his first BJJ class, I was hooked and had been training since then. I received his black belt in 2012 from John Simon.

This was even more impressive when one takes into account that Giles is only 5ft5 tall and weighs 77kgs. Giles shocked the world when he submitted 3 world-class heavyweights (Kaynan Duarte, Patrick Gaudio and Mahamed Aly) all by heel hook.

Coach Lachlan Giles Beats Nathan Orchard and Submits Rani Yahya at EBI! A legendary performance by Absolute MMA South Yarra's Lachlan Giles in the Eddie Bravo Invitational! Lachlan went into the 16-man elimination comp as an unknown, and the bookmakers listed him with the highest odds of winning the tournament.

Lachlan Giles Techniques 

Before we get to his super abilities, it's worth mentioning his hero name. According to rumours, Giles is sometimes referenced by his training partners as Velociraptor. A mixture of Lachlan and velociraptor. Rumours are a tricky topic, so better let's get back to his skills. First of all, it is worth mentioning that he can use the strength of opponents against themselves.

Another thing is the fact that Lachlan Giles does what he assumes. He realizes his plans from beginning to end. This was also the case for ADCC in the absolute category.

However, as with superpowers and superheroes, nobody believes it until they see it with their own eyes. Therefore, it is worth not only reading what a smaller grappler's hero Lachlan Giles has to say. It's also deserving of listening to and seeing. So here you go, watch and appreciate this real-life superhero. 

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