Armstrong Martial Arts | Instructor Profiles


Gracie Armstrong Martial Arts Chatham Head Instructor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MMA Professor Thomas Armstrong Kids Youth Program Black Belt BJJ  
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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 Instructor: Jay Hallatt
Started Training: n/a
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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:

  • 2019 Certified Level 1 National Coach - Ontario Kickboxing (WAKO)
  • 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


Armstrong Martial Arts Kickboxing Boxing Muay Thai Striking Coach Chatham MMA Mixed Art Instructor Chase Mason K1 Low kick sport trainer classes training ckont
Kickboxing Instructor: Chase Mason
Started Training: N/A
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BJJ/No-Gi Instructor: Chadd Murphy
Belt: Brown Belt under Prof Thomas Armstrong
Started Training: 2010
Personal Summary: As an athlete in multiple sports, took up Jiu Jitsu as method of being able to stay in shape and remain competitive.

Qualifications/ Achievements:

  • 2019 IBJJF Toronto International Open - Silver Gi - Purple Belt
  • 2016 OJA Provincial Championships - Bronze NoGi - Blue Belt
  • 2016 Niagara Open - Bronze Gi - White Belt
  • 2015 GTA Classic - Gold Gi - White Belt


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BJJ/No-Gi Instructor: Rain Pfaff
Belt: BJJ Purple Belt under Prof Thomas Armstrong, Orange Belt Judo
Started Training: Martial Arts 2005, BJJ 2016
Personal Summary: As a women, I feel the practical self defence skills that Jiu Jitsu teaches you is the absolute best you can get for real world situations! It teaches you how to protect yourself when pinned on the ground in various position; How to escape grabs & holds using your leverage; And, how to move yourself around bigger & stronger opponents. This is originally what drew me to the sport, and is one of the main reasons I keep coming back. I’ve gained a tremendous amount of confidence since my first day at the Academy. It has truly changed my life for the better!

Qualifications/ Achievements:

  • 2019 OJA Provincial Championships - Gold Absolute / Silver Gi & NoGi - Blue Belt
  • 2019 London Open - Gold Gi & Absolute - Blue Belt
  • 2017 Ontario Open - Gold - White Belt
  • 2017 2nd Deg Black Belt American Kenpo Karate
  • 2016 OJA Provincial Championships - Gold Gi/NoGi - White Belt
  • 2016 Ontario Open - Bronze - White Belt


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BJJ/No-Gi Instructor: Kyle Fairweather
Belt: Purple Belt under Prof Thomas Armstrong
Started Training: 2011
Personal Summary: Canadian Veteran, 6 years in Canadian Armed Forces with 1 tour in Afghanistan

Qualifications/ Achievements:

  • 2020 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Canada - Gold - Blue Belt
  • 2019 Provincial Championships - 4 Gold Gi/NoGi + Absolute Gi/NoGi - Blue Belt
  • 2013 Amateur MMA bout


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BJJ Instructor: River Pfaff
Belt: Purple Belt under Prof Thomas Armstrong
Started Training: Martial Arts 2005, BJJ 2016
Personal Summary: Jiu Jitsu is a fun / social way to keep active and stay in shape.

Qualifications/ Achievements:

  • 2017 2nd Deg. Black Belt Kenpo Karate


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Yoga Instructor: Meghan Barnes
Started Training: N/A
Personal Summary: N/A

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