Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors
“Jiu Jitsu is not just a martial art, it’s a lifestyle." I make BJJ an integral part of my life. Jiu Jitsu not only trains my mind and body but it’s a great stress relief for a hectic life and my passion for BJJ gives me the opportunity to meet great people throughout the world”. Gary has been training BJJ since 1997. He was honoured to receive his black belt from Tim Shears ( Gracie Barra Vancouver) and Marcio Feitosa (Gracie Barra) in 2009. He has had the opportunity to train with many of the great competitors and world champions of Jiu Jitsu including Marcio Feitosa, Flavio Almeida, Braulio Estima and Bibiano Fernandes to name a few.
John began his training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Team Megaton in early 2000. After a split in the association John left Team Megaton for Gracie Barra. In March 2011 John was promoted to Black Belt by Tim Shears and the Gracie Barra Association. John can be found teaching and rolling on the mats at Burnaby BJJ or refereeing for the Canadian Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation (CBJJF).
Will started his Jiu-Jitsu training in 2000 in Ontario under Royler Gracie black belt, Professor Dan Moroney. In 2006 he relocated to Vancouver and continued his training under Professor Tim Shears of Gracie Barra Vancouver. In March of 2012 he was honored to receive his black belt, notable attendees were Professors Marcio Feitosa and Flavio Almeida.
Zac Loftus started training at Burnaby BJJ in 2011. He fell in love with the sport and started competing soon after. We were honoured to give him his brown belt in 2019. Zac is an active competitor and his dedication to fitness and BJJ has earned him many victories in tournaments throughout BC. Zac can be found teaching the no gi program and the fundamentals program at Burnaby BJJ. His dedication and passion for the sport makes him a great representative of the art.
Owen started training in 2012. He is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and is now a registered massage therapist. Owen was balancing being a full time student, work and bjj. He took some time off of the competition scene to focus on his education and career. A perfect role model for all children and adults in Jiu-Jitsu, showing that a balance of education and mat time can bring in results similar to those who only train full-time, which makes his technical ability and acheivements even more amazing.
Wrestling has always been a sport that has had a big role in Julio's life. Ever since he was introduced to it when he was 12yrs old, he passionately studied it throughout my years in school and even into his college years. Attending countless tournaments in Greco and freestyle along with scholastic. Now he honours it by passing down his knowledge to those in need of strong fundamental techniques. He has been involved in teaching and coaching for the last 10 years helping grow individuals both technically and physically.