About | Integrity Martial Arts Academy

At Integrity Martial Arts Academy, we pride ourselves on having an outstanding culture.

 

 

At the heart of everything we do is – well – how we do it.

We learn, train, eat, speak, win, lose and do everything we can the right way – with ‘integrity’. Integrity defines who we are. We even named our academy after it.

We dedicate ourselves to quality training with a strategic mindset, and then build our confidence as well as the confidence of those around us by sharing the experience.

We focus on growing together as a group rather than individual achievements. We make sure nobody is alone on their journey.

Our Pledge

To exercise dedication and consistency in applying ourselves to training and progressively learning new skills.

To always show respect to each other on and off the mat.

To have a positive attitude to life, ourselves, others, training, skills-based problem solving and to love the experience.

To learn and gain self empowerment through martial arts.

To gain the confidence to enter any environment with a relaxed mind yet an awareness to our surroundings.

To train only in tried and proven styles and techniques that work effectively in real life situations.

To be part of a supportive team of like minded people.

To train with Integrity.

 

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Our location

2/30 Bridge Street
Eltham VIC 3095
Australia

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Head Instructor

craig donaldson

 

Owner and head coach of Integrity Martial Arts Academy

3rd Dan Advanced Fighting Arts (Freestyle MA with Filipino Kali stick and blade, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, close quarters combat)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt directly from John Will (Will-Machado BJJ Australasia)

Category/Level 9 Floro Fighting Systems directly from Raymond Floro

ACP 1 instructor directly under Paul Cale (Australian Combat Program currently used by ADF)

KEF-IC instructor level Echo directly under Paul Cale (Kinetic Fighting Integrated Combat)

Extensively trained in submission wrestling, MMA and Vale Tudo (no holds barred)

 

Craig's credentials

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Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Will-Machado)

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Floro Fighting System Level 9 Instructor

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Kinetic Fighting – IC instructor

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3rd Dan Black Belt in Advanced Fighting Arts & Self Defence (AFAS)

Craig's journey in martial arts

1974


Craig is born via an epic hip escape

1990


Started Australian Freestyle Combat Karate with Sensei Robert Reid, directed by Mick Nichols

1993


Earned Black Belt in Australian Freestyle Combat Karate

1993


Attended John Will’s ‘Shootfighter 2000’ seminar series and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with John Will

1993


Robert Reid creates his own style: Advanced Fighting Arts & Self Defence (AFAS)

1994


Earned 1st Dan Black Belt in Advanced Fighting Arts & Self Defence (AFAS)

1994


Started enhancing weapon training with stick, blade, and flexible weapons with Guru Nino Pilla

1996


Earned 2nd Dan Black Belt in Advanced Fighting Arts & Self Defence (AFAS)

1996


Started working in crowd control and personal protection

1998


August 1998 started taking private lessons from John Will in BJJ. This would continue for the next 20+ years gaining Craig a mentor, coach, and friend

2000


Earned 3rd Dan Black Belt in Advanced Fighting Arts & Self Defence (AFAS)

2002


Started instructing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Taipan Muay Thai (now Greensborough Mixed Martial Arts)

2007


Earned Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

2009


A back injury halted Craig’s training but provided an insight into the fundamentals of BJJ's leverage that translated into his teaching style

2011


‘Integrity BJJ’ is introduced as the group’s name

2014


Integrity Martial Arts Academy opens

2015


Earned Floro Fighting System Level 1 Instructor

2015


Started training in Paul Cale's new system: KEF-Integrated Combat

2016


Earned Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

2017


Earned Floro Fighting System Level 2, 3 & 4 Instructor

2018


Earned Floro Fighting System Level 5, 6 & 7 Instructor

2018


Earned Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

2019


Qualified as KEF-Integrated Combat Instructor

2019


Earned Floro Fighting System Level 8 & 9 Instructor

2019


Qualified as Australian Army Combatives Program (ACP) Instructor

2020


Upgraded KEF-Integrated Combat Instructor level to Charlie

2022


Upgraded KEF-Integrated Combat Instructor level to Delta & Echo

 

 

Our reviews

Integrity Martial Arts has a happy and very welcoming atmosphere. A great place to train and learn for adults and children.

I can’t recommend them highly enough!

– Matthew Bordignon

Craig is an amazing instructor!

Kind, fantastic with kids, patient and very knowledgeable. Best martial arts centre around with a very welcoming atmosphere.

– Kate Tay

Great instruction, with a mountain of knowledge.

– Justin Qubrosi

Great, friendly culture. Fun and engaging environment.

I train and compete under head coach Craig. Highly recommend Integrity for Martial Arts training and a positive environment.

– Jack Veselovski

Great gym, great coach, fantastic learning environment. No ego training...I like it!

– Michael Strawman

I have been training with Craig at integrity for just over a year now and I can't recommend it more highly, friendly, great instruction and awesome culture,

I'll be an intergrmaniac for life!

– Trent Richardson

Train any combination of styles in a relaxed atmosphere and discover the benefits martial arts training can have on your life.

..And most importantly – have fun!

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