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.
- ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion (2015/2017)
- IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion (2016**/2017**)
- IBJJF Pan Pacific No-Gi Champion (2016**/2017**)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2017)
- Boa Super 8 1st Edition 2nd Place (2015)
- Boa Super 8 2nd Edition 2nd Place (2015)
- EBI 5 3rd Place (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 a 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.
Lachlan Giles Grappling Record
8 SUBMISSIONS WINS
4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Lachlan Giles Fight History
|6558||William Dias||L||Adv||Boa Super 8||85KG||4F||2015|
|6567||Roberto SatoshiRoberto Satoshi||L||Choke||Boa Super 8||77KG||F||2015|
|7820||Gilbert BurnsGilbert Burns||L||Armbar||ADCC||77KG||R1||2015|
|7904||Leon Amancio||L||Pts: 2x0||Boa Super 8||70KG||F||2015|
|9808||JT TorresJT Torres||L||Choke from back||World Champ.||76KG||R2||2016|
|10716||Francisco IturraldeFrancisco Iturralde||L||Pts: 8x4||NoGi Worlds||79KG||4F||2016|
|12798||Otavio SousaOtavio Sousa||L||Mounted X choke||World Champ.||82KG||8F||2017|
|13494||JT TorresJT Torres||L||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||77KG||E1||2017|
|14195||AJ AgazarmAJ Agazarm||L||Pts: 2x0||NoGi Worlds||73KG||SF||2017|
|14295||Flavio Vianna||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Grand Slam AD||77KG||F||2018|
|15455||Jake MackenzieJake Mackenzie||L||Referee Decision||World Pro||77KG||R1||2018|
|16144||O. Taza||L||Referee Decision||Polaris 7||77KG||SPF||2018|
|6563||Marcio Lemos||W||Crucifix armbar||Boa Super 8||77KG||4F||2015|
|6565||Leo Arruda||W||Referee Decision||Boa Super 8||77KG||SF||2015|
|7902||Edwin NajmiEdwin Najmi||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||Boa Super 8||70KG||4F||2015|
|7903||Peter Vela||W||Armbar||Boa Super 8||70KG||SF||2015|
|8628||Nathan Orchard||W||Points||EBI 5||70KG||R1||2015|
|9802||Renan Borges||W||Americana||World Champ.||76KG||R1||2016|
|9947||William Dias||W||Choke from back||Pan Pacific||82KG||RR||2016|
|9948||William Dias||W||Pts: 4x2||Pan Pacific||82KG||F||2016|
|12789||Samuel Snow||W||Pts: 5x0||World Champ.||82KG||R1||2017|
|13556||Tyrone Coppedge||W||Anaconda choke||Pan Pacific||82KG||SF||2017|
|13557||Diego Colino||W||Pts: 10x0||Pan Pacific||82KG||F||2017|
|13558||Michael Tohme||W||Crucifix armbar||Pan Pacific||ABS||SF||2017|
|13559||Robert Frias||W||RNC||Pan Pacific||ABS||F||2017|
|14185||David Garmo||W||Crucifix armbar||NoGi Worlds||73KG||R1||2017|
|14193||Frederico Augusto||W||Pts: 6x2||NoGi Worlds||73KG||4F||2017|
|14293||Raphael Mello||W||Pts: 4x0||Grand Slam AD||77KG||4F||2018|
|14294||Julio AnjosJulio Anjos||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Grand Slam AD||77KG||SF||2018|
|14762||Renato Silva||W||Pts: 3x0||Continental Pro||85KG||RR||2018|
|14763||Burak Sarman||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Continental Pro||85KG||F||2018|
Lachlan Giles vs Edwin Najmi