Brian is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Team Marcus Soares Canada and the head instructor at Tiger Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He began training martial arts, as an adult in 2001, discovering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 and dedicating himself completely to the martial art shortly after. Brian began teaching BJJ in 2012 and has since been working on perfecting teaching as his craft. Brian has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to train under many high-level practitioners including 9th degree Red Belt Fernando Pinduka and many other notable practitioners from across North America, Europe, the UK, Japan and Brazil. This has helped to develop Brian's unique teaching style, thanks, in-part, to the wide array of influences on both his technique, and his approach to teaching.
Nelson, as a lifelong student of Martial Arts, has trained in various disciplines such as Boxing, Wing Chun, Kickboxing, San Shou, Thai Boxing, Wrestling & Bjj. Nelson competed in many Kickboxing, BJJ and pro MMA bouts and is a common sight in the Toronto club and bar scene where he has worked as a bouncer for many years which has helped him shape a practical approach to his Martial Arts experience. Since retiring from active competition Nelson has focused on sharing his knowledge and helping others find their Martial Arts path whether it be through teaching classes, private lessons or helping fighters get ready for competition and cornering them on the day of combat.
Sangwook “Justin” is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt under Professor Brian Martin and Tiger Academy's Wrestling Coach. Justin has studied grappling for 6 years; primarily in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and through varsity wrestling while at York University. Using appropriate technical progressions and regressions, Justin emphasizes understanding fundamental principles and concepts in order to ensure their application regardless of a students individual style.
Chris “Doc” Keefer is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt and Emergency Medicine Physician. His interests lie in meta-learning and teaching effectiveness. He trains flexibility and mobility under Coach Rob Pretorius. http://www.robpretorius.com/workshops/
Professor Mark Stables has been studying Martial Arts for almost fifty years, and a member of Carlson Gracie Team for almost twenty years. Mark Stables awarded Brian his purple belt in 2010 and in conjunction with Omar Salvosa, awarded Brian his black belt in 2017. Retired from competition Professor Stables now resides in the Riviera Maya still flying the flag of Carlson Gracie Sr. He also has affiliate schools in Toronto and St Thomas Canada.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was pioneered in Ontario by a small group of practitioners in the early 1990s, of which Professor Omar Salvosa was a key member. He competed in the some of the first competitions, winning five (5) National titles from 1996-2000 and represented Canada in the World Kobudo Federation's Grappling Championship, winning Gold twice in 1999 and 2000. After awarding Brian his brown belt in 2014, Omar focused on his return to competion after a 10-year hiatus, winning Gold at the IBJJF No-Gi World Championship and again at the IBJJF Pan-American Championship in 2015 (Masters Black Belt, Featherweight Division). Salvosa was among Canada's first International MMA competitors with bouts in France (Ultrafight) and Japan (Shooto).
Master Marcus Soares is an 8th degree Master and delivers the highest level of training and instruction and has been studying the art for 47 years and is widely referred to “the encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” or ““Father of Jiu-Jitsu in Canada”. Marcus’s strict attention to detail and expert level experience in Brazilian Vale Tudo assist in ensuring that his fighters are fully prepared for all ranges of Mixed Martial Arts competition. Marcus has extensive knowledge of teaching “Authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that is effective” and has taught all over the world. He has trained and continues to train world class fighters and coaches. Master Soares awarded Brian his blue belt in 2008 and oversaw his development under Professors Mark Stables and Omar Salvosa.
Carlson Gracie Sr.
Grand Master Carlson Gracie (August 13, 1932 – February 1, 2006), the greatest fighter in the history of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlson was the oldest son of Carlos Gracie (founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu), and learned the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his father Carlos Gracie, and his uncle Helio Gracie. Carlson reigned for 30 years (‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s) in MMA with 18 vale-tudo (no holds barred) matches with only one controversial loss. Carlson wasn’t only a top competitor in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, he also was one of the finest Jiu-Jitsu and MMA coaches to ever live. Carlson left the Gracie Academy in downtown Rio de Janeiro to open his own academy around 1968 and it was the most successful TEAM ever created in Jiu-Jitsu history, staying undefeated for over 30 years (‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s). We continue to lead by the example he has set.