Norman Hemi

Owner and Head Coach

Norman is the owner and head coach of Vally BJJ. He started his journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in 2009 under the guidance of Brian Morris (black belt and founder of the Combat Room Wellington) and Prof. Vanderson Pires (black belt and current owner of the Combat Room Wellington). He trained with the Combat Room Wellington for seven years before he, as a purple belt, decided to start Valley BJJ in 2016. He continues to train under Prof. Vanderson and was blessed to receive his black belt in 2019. 

Normans coaching style reflects that of the people who have guided him along the way. This involves a strong emphasis on patience, technical skills and helping students to feel relaxed and confident. He takes great pride in sharing the mats and training spaces with people from all over the world and all walks of life and believes it is a privilege to learn and share the knowledge and skills that people bring to the team at Valley BJJ.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that allows you to explore new ways to move and get fit. It encourages good mental and physical well-being and you will learn a selfdefence system that is applicable to real-world stituations. It is also a sport that values good friendship and mutual respect.