Head Instructor: Prof. Thomas Armstrong
Belt: Black Belt under Prof. Fateh Belkalem (Gracie Barra London) and Prof. Bruno Fernandes (Gracie Barra Montreal) since Mar 2017
Started Training: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Practitioner since Mar. 2007 and Muay Thai Sept. 2009
Over time I have had the opportunity to train with some of the best teachers and athletes in the world; Fateh Belkalem (many time international Judo champion, Judo Black belt as well as BJJ Black belt) and Bruno Fernandes (most popular for giving Georges St. Pierre his Black Belt in BJJ, multiple time BJJ Champion) both of Gracie Barra. Now training under the greatest American Grappler of all time, multiple time IBJJF World Champion and current Bellator Champion Rafael Lovato Jr.
One of the things that really attracted me to BJJ is the ability to remain mobile while working off the back. The facts say that 90% of fights go to the ground, so for self defense or competition purposes it is a good idea to know how to get around on the ground weather you want to get back to your feet or not. There is no other workout quite the same; learning to control your breathing, remaining calm in dire situations and mastering a game based on your own body type.
I have been honoured to have such great students over the years who have accomplished more than I could have ever imagined. Proud to have coached students to National, International and World BJJ Championship level, MMA fighters to titles and Pro MMA fighters.
Kickboxing Instructor: Jay Hallatt
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BJJ Instructor: Joe Thomas
Belt: Brown Belt under Rodrigo Carvalho Silva (Gracie Barra Vancouver)
Started Training: 2006
After finishing school in 2006, I moved to Vancouver and began studying BJJ under Tim Shears at Gracie Barra Vancouver. The gym became my second home. I trained almost every day of the week for as long as I could each day and competed as much as possible. Unfortunately, because of health reasons I had to stop competing in 2009. This is when discovered my true love – teaching BJJ. I was an instructor for 2 years, teaching kids and beginner classes. Eventually, I earned my brown belt at GB Vancouver under Rodrigo Carvalho Silva in 2013. Unfortunately, I had a few more health issues and I was unable to continue teaching. After a few years off, I’m back on the mats doing what love again. My classes focus on the basics. I’m a firm believer that that strong fundamentals are what it takes to succeed in BJJ. I don’t teach the flashy stuff, I teach high percentage moves that focus on establishing control of your opponent by using good body positioning and technique.
Kickboxing Instructor: Nick Whittal
Started Training: Oct. 2010
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