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Herbert Burns
Herbert Burns

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Last Name: Will
City: Geelong
State: Victoria
Country: Australia
School: Black Belt Studios

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1. Submitted by Daniel on Monday December 19, 2011 11:32 AM
John has not only the most extensive knowledge about BJJ but has a great understanding and respect of many martial arts and as a result of his hard word and dedication has found a way to add to BJJ. His step by step instructions are easy to follow and with a very good fundamentals curriculum that can be used for street, sport or MMA its no wonder he is highly regarded and respected by martial artists, defense agencies, celebrities and his students.

2. Submitted by Bengt on Monday December 19, 2011 11:30 PM
John is one of the best teachers (of anything) I have ever had. He can explain it so that you know what he's talking about, rather than thinking that you know what he means. Awesome teacher with amazing experience

3. Submitted by Chris Wilson on Monday December 19, 2011 11:31 PM
I love the frequent seminars that John gives at our club up here in NSW. John makes the lessons fascinating and lively. The hardest part is trying to remember the plethora of techniques, entries and counters at the end of the seminar.

4. Submitted by Perry on Monday December 19, 2011 11:37 PM
I have found John to be one of the best instructors I have had the pleasure to train with, not only has he a very broad minded approach to martial arts, but he has a profound way of relating to people and the way of the world. In the true essence and meaning of being a warrior, he has gleaned more than most and productively incorporated that into his way of being. After achieving all he has for himself he has then chosen to share his incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom with his students, in a very open and inclusive manner, bridging the great divide that is often seen and felt amongst martial artist. Not only is he prepared to show you the way to success on the mats, but more importantly, happy to show you the way to a successful life. What a great role model, I'm sure he will leave a huge impact on the world, he deserves all the praise and success that he gets.

5. Submitted by Tahi Reihana on Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:32 AM
If John was my maths teacher at high school I'd be a rocket scientist by now. His understanding of all facets, skills and concepts of bjj and then his ability to teach it so you understand is second to none!

6. Submitted by Roger Gilbert on Tuesday December 20, 2011 4:37 AM
Deeds speak louder than words and no less so when rating an instructor! John visits my club - Fighting Fit Martial Arts in Cheltenham, UK - once a year. I was fortunate enough to start my BJJ journey the first year he came to Cheltenham. His annual grading/seminar is inspiring, linking the physical with the mental not just in BJJ terms, but between martial arts and the rest of your life. I was so inspired by his teachings that this time last year I flew to Australia with my coach Mark Collett to spend six weeks at Black Belt Studios. Today, I consider BJJ an important part of my life, that ranks in importance right alongside my work. I am so pleased that my club is affiliated to John’s teachings and Black Belt Studios. I rate John second to none in his martial arts knowledge, abilities, teaching techniques and how he inspires a student to learn and develop.

7. Submitted by Michael Fooks on Tuesday December 20, 2011 2:44 PM
The quality of a coach can be seen not just in what they can do but more importantly in what they can inspire and coach others to do. John is in a class of his own.

8. Submitted by Patrick Te Tau on Tuesday December 20, 2011 3:49 PM
John is _the_ most effective teacher I have ever had. I think this is because he is very analytical and self reflective.

9. Submitted by Andrew Craven on Tuesday December 20, 2011 4:05 PM
Undisputed The Best Coach on the Planet

10. Submitted by Tony Morris on Wednesday December 21, 2011 4:46 AM
John has a fantastic ability to pass on knowledge. I've trained with John for over 16 years and when watching John teach basics to a white belt class, he is just as motivated and enthusiastic as he was 16 years ago. I have no doubt he is one of the best teachers in the world.

11. Submitted by Richard Sargeant on Wednesday December 21, 2011 11:40 PM
The Trainers Trainer.

12. Submitted by Jill Futcher on Saturday December 31, 2011 10:35 PM
I couldn't believe my luck when I started the fundamental classes at Geelong’s blackbelt studios recently, to be instructed by someone with such a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm is fantastic. I love listening to John Wills during the classes, not only is he an excellent trainer that is able to break down the basics in a way that is fun and easy to learn but his life experience and stories he tells are very entertaining too.

13. Submitted by rigan machado on Saturday January 28, 2012 1:13 AM
Best off the best, my brother john will

14. Submitted by Melodie on Friday June 28, 2013 3:40 AM
Best trainer to have on the mat! He makes learning interesting and fun. I love Happy John Will Days! A shame they only happen three times a year!

15. Submitted by Drew Donovan on Friday June 28, 2013 9:58 AM
Absolutely phenomenal coach, inspiring, and knows how to break down a technique better than anyone I've met. Belts mean something with John and he is passionate about his students all over the world. When you learn a technique you "know" from John you realise you have only begun to scratch the surface. If you get a chance to train with him, do it.

16. Submitted by Not the happiest former student on Monday March 23, 2015 8:39 PM
As a former student under an affiliated instructor I have been to a few seminars of John and was not really impressed with his teaching. I found him to be not very approachable and he was more interested in imparting his knowledge to those clingy type students or instructors that would suck up to him and be in his inner circle. He never even spoke to me or other students when we attended his seminars so you felt like you were on the outer, just his inner circle of admirers. It seemed political, crony-ism, rather than educational. It was hard to put your finger on really, but just a weird awkward semi-educational experience. After my experience with John I would never be a student or attend any seminars he would give again, you just don't get what you pay for or expect. Anyway that's my experience with him.

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