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 
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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. 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.

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Kickboxing Boxing Fitness Armstrong Chatham MMA Mixed Martial Art Muay Thai Striking Instructor Jay Hallatt k1 low kick sport fighter self defense trainer classes
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 Judo trainer Wrestling brown belt
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 K1 Low kick sport trainer classes training ckont
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


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Armstrong Martial Arts
3-480 Riverview Dr Chatham, Ontario N7M 0N2 CA
Phone: 5193508774 Website: www.martialartsck.com