Instructor Profiles

Gracie Armstrong Martial Arts Chatham Head Instructor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MMA Professor Thomas Armstrong Kids Youth Program Black Belt BJJ Bruno Fernandes Fateh Belkalem
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

Personal Summary:
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.
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.

Qualifications/ Achievements:
2019 Certified Newaza (BJJ) Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association (OJA/IJJF) Referee
2018 Completed IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) Rules Seminar
2018 Certified Activity Leader - Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association
2015 Started promoting Amateur MMA - Maple City Cagefighting
2012 Grapplers Quest Toronto Championships Bronze in BJJ Purple Belt
2012 IBJJF World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships Competitor in Long Beach California in Purple Belt
2009 Armstrong Submission became affiliate school of Gracie Barra Association
2009 Opened Armstrong Submission BJJ & Submission Fighting on St. Clair St. in Chatham
2008 Kombat Arts BJJ Open - Gold

Kickboxing Boxing Fitness Armstrong Chatham MMA Mixed Martial Art Muay Thai Striking Instructor Jay Hallatt
Kickboxing Instructor: Jay Hallatt
Started Training: n/a
Personal Summary: n/a
Qualifications/ Achievements: n/a

Armstrong Martial Arts Instructor Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Grappling Submission Fighting Chatham Joe Thomas
BJJ Instructor: Joe Thomas
Belt: Brown Belt under Rodrigo Carvalho Silva (Gracie Barra Vancouver)
Started Training: 2006

Personal Summary:
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.

Qualifications/ Achievements:
2019 NextGen Niagara - Gold - Brown Belt
2018 OJA Provincial Championships - Bronze - Brown Belt
2018 IBJJF Toronto IO - Bronze - Brown Belt
2009 Western Canadian Championships - Gold Nogi Advanced
2009 Joslin's Canadian Open - Silver Nogi Advanced/Silver Blue Belt
2009 IBJJF Pan-Am Competitor - Blue Belt
2008 Grapplers Inc - Silver Blue Belt
2008 North Vancouver BJJ Championships - Gold Blue Belt
2008 IBJJF Pan-Am Competitor - Blue Belt
2007 Grappling Inc. - Gold White Belt/Gold Open Weight
2007 Maple Ridge Submission Championships - Silver (Sub Only) White Belt
2006 Tiger Balm Internationals - Silver Open/White Belt

Armstrong Martial Arts Kickboxing Boxing Muay Thai Karate Striking Coach Chatham MMA Mixed Art Instructor Nick Whittal
Kickboxing Instructor: Nick Whittal
Started Training: Oct. 2010
Personal Summary: n/a

Qualifications/ Achievements:
2014 Trained at Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand) for month of Feb
2013 170lb TXC Champion defeated Ace Sears
2013 Apr TXC (Mixed Martial Arts) defeated Trevor Nelson
2013 Feb TXC (Mixed Martial Arts) defeated Floyd Jones
2012 Seasons Beatings Kickboxing Competition defeated Mark Fenton

Guest Instructors

Gracie Barra London Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Judo Black Belt Martial Arts Master Professor Fateh Belkalem
Instructor: Prof. Fateh Belkalem
Started Training: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Practitioner since 1994

Qualifications/ Achievements:
IJF Second Degree Black Belt
BJJ Black Belt Second Degree under Prof Bruno Fernandes, Gracie Barra
5 Year degree in theory and methodology of sports training, University of Algiers
Former Algerian National team member and 3 times National Judo champion
Extensive competition experience at International level in Judo
Coached Algerian Junior National Team
Owner, operator Gracie Barra London BJJ Academy

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