Matt O'Dea

Matt O'Dea

Matt O’Dea - Professor / Founder Coast BJJ

Matt relocated his family to Red Beach in 2014, bringing with him his
passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Matt has been involved in some form
of training from the age of 14 after a back injury left him unable to play
traditional kiwi sports. His earlier years were spent learning Tae Kwon Do
in order to gain some movement and flexibility, then progressed to weight
training and competitive bodybuilding.

Matt then set his sights on boxing and began training under national coach
Dr John McKay. He had his first amateur boxing fight in 1997. Matt then
teamed up with Monty Bhana (a well known New Zealand kickboxer and boxer) at
the Glenfield Recreation Centre, and started pad work and fitness sessions
at his home in Beach Haven. This attracted a group of local lads whom also
wanted to train and eventuated in the creation of boxing gym, The Zone.

The increasing numbers at the gym outgrew the space in the Beach Haven
garage, and Matt and Monty took the leap to leasing a building in Hillside
Road, recruiting other martial art instructors Dale Marsters (San Shao and
Wing Chun) Ivan Walker (lee gar kickboxing) and Danilo Santana (Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt at DS BJJ). The amalgamation of the instructors became
one of New Zealand’s first MMA clubs. The Zone is still operating under Head
Instructor, Ivan Walker one of New Zealand’s kickboxing legends still
teaching in Beach Haven.

Matt’s passion for continuing to learn the art of BJJ eventually moved him
away from The Zone, joining Steve Oliver from Oliver MMA in 2007. During
this time Matt initiated the growth of the kids club and co-coached boxing
and kicking-boxing at Oliver MMA North Shore.

Now Training under one of New Zealand’s most respected Black Belts and owner
of Tu Kaha, Pedro Pacheco Fernandes, We are excited about the future and the
direction of the club.

Matt looks forward to sharing his extensive knowledge with you and your
family and welcomes everyone old, young, beginner or advanced to come and
join one of the fastest growing sports - First Week is FREE!

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie >
Antonio Collares > Pedro Pacheco Fernandes > Matt O'Dea

Matt O'Dea and Son, Jaden O'Dea

MATT O’DEA Professor / Owner