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Our story

Welcome to MMALab, where we prioritize fitness, discipline, respect, and teamwork.

Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and friendly martial arts training facility suitable for all skill levels. At MMALab, we provide the opportunity to work towards becoming the best version of yourself. We believe in building a solid foundation in martial arts, strength, and conditioning, while also advocating for mental health. We understand that life can be overwhelming and challenging, but learning martial arts doesn’t have to be. 

At MMAlab our goal is to positively influence and educate people to be the best version of themselves both mentally and physically. Located conveniently in Milton, five minutes from Brisbane CBD, MMALab offers a range of mixed martial arts and fitness options. Catering to beginners, intermediate, and advanced training levels. We teach various types of mixed martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi and no Gi), Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling. We also run functional fitness training as we believe in a holistic approach to martial arts as a lifestyle choice.

Our trainers


“The IronChopstick”

Undefeated MMA Pro (3-0) , BJJ Brown Belt

Matthew Lee-Manwar, also known as “The IronChopstick,” is an accomplished and versatile martial artist who has made a name for himself in professional mixed martial arts. He is undefeated in his professional MMA career, with a record of 3-0, showcasing his exceptional skill, determination, and resilience in the octagon. His dominance in the lightweight division ranks him among the top 15 professional lightweights in Australia and New Zealand.

Jamie Sporne

Jamie “Wu-Tang Orangutan” Sporne

MMA Pro (2-1), BJJ Black Belt

Jamie is a dominant Professional Mixed martial Arts Fighter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under ADCC Veteran Roberto Frias. Currently residing in Sydney and training out of Igor MMA under Igor Breakenback. He trains alongside UFC stand out Josh Caulibao. 

Jamie is highly regarded for his dominating grappling and vicious ground and pound style in the Octagon. He has been training BJJ for 11 years, achieving a black belt in only 6 years making him one of Australia fastest earning black belts. 

Tim Schultz

“A martial arts fanatic”

MMA Pro (4-0) , BJJ Brown Belt

Tim is a highly accomplished martial artist with an impressive track record. He started his training in karate at the young age of 7 and quickly progressed to mixed martial arts at 12. At 16, he began Muay Thai and had his first fight at 17, which he won by knock out against an opponent 10 years his senior. Tim continued to fight in several more matches in both boxing and muay thai before moving to Queensland and earning the Australian title in MMA.

He also dominated Muay Thai fights in Thailand, winning all 4 bouts, including a championship bout, and impressively defeating the top 8th fighter in Australia and New Zealand. In total, Tim has fought in over 30 fights, including 2 pro boxing fights, 4 pro-MMA fights, and 7 Muay Thai fights, earning the coveted titles of Sub of the Night, Knock out of the Night, and Fight of the Night twice. He also won state championships for BJJ and earned a scholarship to train with UFC-level athletes in Thailand.

Tim is a seasoned coach, having cornered for 50+ bouts, and is highly respected in the martial arts community.

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Matthew’s martial arts journey is marked by numerous accolades, including “Fight of the Night” recognition at prestigious events like Eternal MMA and AfterShock MMA. He has also consistently displayed grappling mastery, securing gold medals in advanced divisions at Grappling Industries and Lockdown tournaments and a silver medal in the Contender Grappling Series’ Advanced division. Matthew’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills have shone through with multiple medals in the Queensland circuit, earning him a Purple Belt.

Coaching and Mentorship:

Apart from being a successful athlete, Matthew is also a dedicated coach who passionately mentors the next generation of martial artists. He coaches kids’ martial arts classes, instilling discipline, respect, and self-confidence. He has been the cornerstone of success for amateur debutants and professional MMA fighters, guiding them in the cage.

Overall, “The Iron Chopstick” is a formidable force in martial arts, and his unbeaten record, grappling finesse, and commitment to coaching make him an exceptional martial artist and mentor. Whether you seek MMA mastery, grappling refinement, or life skills through martial arts, Matthew is the epitome of excellence, ready to lead you on your path to triumph.


Matthew’s martial arts journey is marked by accolades:

Jamie sporne

Coaching and Expertise:

Jamie has been coaching BJJ for a decade, since blue belt. He holds the position of Head Coach for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at MMAlab and is actively participating in MMA and BJJ events both nationally and internationally.  

Jamie is renowned for his friendly coaching style and meticulous attention to detail. As an experienced competitor, he has imparted his knowledge to numerous people and has helped them grow their skillset to a high level.

BJJ ACCOLADES & Achievements:

Gi and no gi medium heavyweight divisions.

Earning gold medals in both gi and no gi medium heavyweight (88kg) and absolute divisions.

Over his BJJ career of 11 years Jamie has one multiple gold medals in the local state circuit. Ranking him as one of the highest regarded competitors in QLD and Australia.

Jamie has achieved multiple gold medals in grappling industries BJJ competitions both QLD and interstate.

MMA ACCOLADES & Achievements:

As an ammeter MMA fighter Jamie achieved 3 Australian titles. Included undisputed Coastal Combat champion (defending the belt once) and XFC super light weight championship.

Jamie is known for his outstanding submission in his second Pro MMA fight in Eternal MMA where he secured a brutal standing rear male choke rendering his opponent unconscious. 


Over the years, Tim has engaged in over 30 bouts, showcasing his skills and resilience in both local and international settings. His abilities are diverse, having made a name for himself in professional MMA, boxing, and the discipline of Muay Thai. His efforts resulted in remarkable results, including a coveted position among Australia’s top 15 boxers.

Coaching and Mentorship:

Tim’s path isn’t limited to the glory of the ring. He realised his passion as a coach early on, molding the careers of UFC-level fighters and lending his unique experience to several local shows. Tim’s coaching journey began in his adolescence when he successfully led gymnastics teams to victory. Tim accepted teaching responsibilities in numerous martial arts disciplines, including MMA, boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling, as he transitioned into his early twenties. His love is witnessing others’ victories, both inside and outside the ring.

Tim’s journey continues to be a source of inspiration, leaving an everlasting impression on those fortunate enough to see the developing chapters of his incredible story, whether in the heat of competition or the corner of a ring.


Tim’s illustrious career is adorned with accolades and achievements that reflect his persistent dedication.