THE Illawarra received a rare visit from one of global BJJ’s cult figures Kurt Osiander on Saturday, and he brought all the energy and expertise that has made him a YouTube sensation.
Osiander’s YouTube channel has 80,000 subscribers who tune into his ‘Move of the Week’ blog that demonstrates various BJJ techniques and has immortalised phrases like “shut up and train’ and “you f--- up a long time ago.”
A student of Ralph Gracie, Osiander visited Illawarra BJJ pioneer Craig Sinclair’s Groundworks MMA gym to conduct a seminar and pass on the knowledge that’s made him a world renowned practitioner. Sinclair said getting instructors like Osiander to Australia is important for a rapidly improving local scene.
“That’s why we were keen to get him here, he’s a genuine pioneer,” Sinclair said.
"We were keen to get him here, he’s a genuine pioneer.”
“He’s got a bit of a cult following if you’ve watched his YouTube stuff. He doesn’t hold back and he loves the art. Australia for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is behind [globally] a fair bit but it’s definitely starting to catch up.
“He’s been doing it for over 30 years, he’s a fourth degree black belt. It’s important to get these guys here because of that knowledge. We’ve already talked about him coming back and we’ll definitely be booking him in again.”