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Lachlan Giles is an Australian grappler and black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under John Simon, having also worked extensively with Tyrone Crosse as well as Thiago Stefanutti. Known as one of the top Aussie competitors of his generation – a reputation earned through podium placements in prestigious tournaments which include the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational, Lachlan Giles is also revered for his work as a grappling coach, aiding athletes such as Livia Gluchowska and Craig Jones.

Lachlan Giles Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Lachlan Sven McDonald Giles

Nickname: Giles is sometimes referenced by his training partners as Velachiraptor. A mixture or Lachlan and velociraptor.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Jean Jacques Machado / Rigan Machado > John Will > John Simon > Lachlan Giles

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials (2015 / 2017 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan-Pacific Championship (2016** / 2017**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan-Pacific No-Gi Championship (2016** / 2017**)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Continental Pro (2018)
  • 2nd Place Boa Super 8 1st Edition (2015)
  • 2nd Place Boa Super 8 2nd Edition (2015)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place EBI 5 (2015)

Favorite Position/Technique: Crucifix Armbar/Inside Heel-Hook

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Absolute MMA

Lachlan Giles Biography

Lachlan Giles was born on June 17, in Melbourne the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.

Inspired by Jet Li’s martial arts films, during his teens Lachlan joined a kung fu class. About 1 year into his martial arts training Giles saw a tape on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC I) and was immediately in awe of Royce Gracie‘s jiu-jitsu technique. Believing this was the best form of self-defense for himself, 15-year-old Lachlan decided to join a BJJ academy, slowly distancing himself from kung fu throughout the months that followed to focus solely on his grappling.

Giles’ first BJJ instructor was Tyrone Crosse, a coach that developed the young Australian from white to purple belt. Unfortunately for Lachlan, this was a time when he was forced to stop his training due to a severe knee injury. Upon his return (one year later) his local club had suffered a few changes and there was a new coach taking care of the workgroup, his name was John Simon.

Simon awarded Lachlan his brown and black belts (2012), but was forced to retire due to an injury soon after. At the time Giles had already initiated his coaching career, a job he started in early 2013 at Renegade MMA (1 class per week). His new vocation quickly progressed to regular morning classes at the Absolute MMA academy located in the Melbourne City Center (CBD), a gym that had Thiago Stefanutti as a head coach – Thiago quickly became a strong influence in Lachlan’s jiu-jitsu game, awarding him his first BB degree.

After showing his talents as a jiu-jitsu coach at CBD, when the Absolute MMA association opened a second branch in St Kilda (2014) they invited Giles to be the instructor. An offer accepted by Lachlan.

From the St Kilda location, Lachlan worked with numerous successful grapplers, including big names such as Livia Gluchowska and Craig Jones. While developing his well-praised jiu-jitsu program at Absolute MMA and growing himself as a competitor – particularly in the no-gi mainstream circuit, Giles also achieved a Phd in physiotherapy, complete on December 2016, having 4 peer-reviewed publications focusing on patellofemoral pain.

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Lachlan Giles Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
27
4
#86e620
Crucifix armbar
20
3
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
13
2
#d1212a
Armbar
13
2
#fad11b
Americana
7
1
#f58822
Choke from back
7
1
#224aba
Anaconda choke
7
1
#ff9124
RNC
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
40
2
#86e620
Choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Mounted X choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lachlan Giles Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6618William DiasLAdvBoa Super 885KG4F2015
6627Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLChokeBoa Super 877KGF2015
7893Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLArmbarADCC77KGR12015
7977Leon AmancioLPts: 2x0Boa Super 870KGF2015
8716Garry TononGarry TononLArmbarEBI 570KGSF2015
9906JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR22016
10839Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
13003Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13742JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
14498AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2017
14628Flavio ViannaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KGF2018
15899Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KGR12018
16643O. TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
18150Mansher KheraMansher KheraLReferee DecisionPolaris 877KGSPF2018
18253Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
6623Marcio LemosWCrucifix armbarBoa Super 877KG4F2015
6625Leo ArrudaWReferee DecisionBoa Super 877KGSF2015
7975Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 4x4, AdvBoa Super 870KG4F2015
7976Peter VelaWArmbarBoa Super 870KGSF2015
8706Nathan OrchardWEBI/OTEBI 570KGR12015
8713Rany YahyaRany YahyaWArmbarEBI 570KG4F2015
9900Renan BorgesWAmericanaWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10045William DiasWChoke from backPan Pacific82KGRR2016
10046William DiasWPts: 4x2Pan Pacific82KGF2016
12994Samuel SnowWPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR12017
13804Tyrone CoppedgeWAnaconda chokePan Pacific82KGSF2017
13805Diego ColinoWPts: 10x0Pan Pacific82KGF2017
13806Michael TohmeWCrucifix armbarPan PacificABSSF2017
13807Robert FriasWRNCPan PacificABSF2017
14488David GarmoDavid GarmoWCrucifix armbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22017
14496Frederico AugustoWPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14626Raphael MelloWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2018
14627Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD77KGSF2018
15120Renato SilvaWPts: 3x0Continental Pro85KGRR2018
15121Burak SarmanWPts: 2x2, AdvContinental Pro85KGF2018
17673Rida HaisamRida HaisamWInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
17674Rida HaisamRida HaisamWOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
18882Bradley HillWOutside heel hookGrappleFest 4ABSSPF2019
19937Shinji MoritoWInside heel hookADCC Asia Trials77KGR12019
19938Hayden LimebeerWInside heel hookADCC Asia Trials77KG4F2019
19940Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionADCC Asia Trials77KGSF2019
19941O. KassimovWInside heel hookADCC Asia Trials77KGF2019
20225Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019

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