First officially affiliated RFT Team in Australia

RFT Luta Livre Black Belt Nico Welko visits Australia.

Nico Welko showing some principles of the staggered stance position

From the 12th of April to the 2nd of May, Sports Scientist and RFT Luta Livre Black Belt Nico Welko is doing his annual visit to his Luta Livre students at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The Sunshine Coast is located 100 Km of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline. The instructor of the Welko Academy Australia, Matt Hull-Styles, organized this visit in conjunction with the University’s Student Guild in order to undergo the trainer education program. Hull-Styles commented “It is a great honor and privilege to receive this high level of education and know-how from this program developed by Welko”. He continues “as well as superb Luta Livre instruction, the program also covers biomechanics, physiology, pedagogic and didactic skills, which in my opinion make that program an unique and excellent asset as a practitioner and coach”. Welko added “It is a great pleasure for me to bring the RFT affiliation to Australia and also to formally establish Luta Livre in this country”. He continued “We are confident that this trainer educational program will enhance the ability of our instructors to develop their athletes’ potential even more and to keep representing our Luta Livre and flags in competitions, because this is the exact reason the program was designed”. Welko finished saying “With the help of this program we also hope to further expand throughout Australia in the future, as the demand has already increased […] but for me to do so it is all about integrity and respect to our discipline and flags”.

Luta Livre class under the direction of RFT Luta Livre Black Belt Nico Welko

It is worth mentioning that this team is the first ever in Australia to represent Luta Livre and in doing so is creating history for our discipline. Next week the visit will conclude with the official graduation ceremony.

Having painful fun in class