Rank: Black Belt (Under Prof. Peter Fazekas/Prof. Filip Matos)
Years Training: 12
Favourite Technique: Lapel choke from the back
What Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means to me: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the synthesis of physical combat, art, and strategy – all rolled up into one activity that can bring positive physical and mental benefits to anyone’s life, whether they are a casual practitioner or professional athlete.
Bio: Matt began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2011. Since then, he has had the opportunity to train and compete under several notable instructors coast to coast. Matt received his Brown Belt in 2019 under his Professors Peter Fazekas (New Era Combat Sports) and Filip Matos (Roll Jiu-Jitsu Academy) and his Black Belt in September of 2022 under Fazekas and Matos.
Prior to co-founding EJC, Matt was proud to serve as coach and manager of New Era Combat Sports’ Orleans location where he instructed the adult and kids programs.
- IBJJF Seattle Open Champion (2017 Purple)
- Ontario Open Champion (2018 Purple)
- UAEJJF Canada National Silver Medalist (2019 Purple)
- IBJJF World Master Bronze Medalist (2019 Purple)
- Submission Arts United Champion (2019 Brown)
- GTA Classic Silver Medalist (2021 Brown)
- Kalsamrit Superfight Winner (2022 Brown)
- Submission Arts United Champion (2023 Black)
- Ottawa Open Silver Medalist (2023 Black)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (2021)
Rank: Black Belt (Under Prof. Daniel Guillemette/Evolution)
Years Training: 15
Favourite Technique: Loop choke from half guard
What Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means to me:
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu trains us to find the best, most efficient and effective ways to do things. Everybody has different goals when it come to training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Your goals might be to defend yourself better, to compete in high-level events, or just to get in better shape while having fun and learning. For me it's about finding inner peace and focus in all areas of my life. But most importantly it's about sharing with others the knowledge I have gained from my 15 years of training to others. Sharing my knowledge is probably the most rewarding thing I can ever experience. Seeing my students succeed not just on the mat but also in life because of the lessons we as teachers have shared with them is priceless. This is what Brazilian Jiu-jitsu means to me.
Mike started his training in 2008. Since he has had the opportunity to compete in Canada and the United States. He also has had the privilege to teach in both North America and Europe at various International and World martial arts conventions and training camps. Mike has also officiated at numerous competitions in Canada and the United States in submission only venues, grappling and BJJ tournaments and for Mixed Martial Arts.
- Rank of Black Belt (4th degree) in Japanese Jiu-jitsu
- Member of W.E.B.B.S (World Elite Black Belt Society) and accredited International Instructor
- Member of Organisation Jiu-jitsu International and accredited International Instructor
- NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Certified Wrestling Coach
- OGA Certified Referee
Years Training: 6
Favourite Technique: Rear triangle
What Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means to me: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is my happy place. It's where I burn off all my stress. It's where I've made my closest friends as an adult. It's where I stay healthy in mind and body, always looking forward to my next training day.
Bio: Rachael began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kingston in 2016 after watching her kids train and being inspired by the other moms training. She received her Purple Belt in 2021 from Professors Peter Fazekas (New Era Combat Sports).
Rachael is always excited to introduce other women to jiu-jitsu and thinks everyone should try it.
- Ontario Provincial Champion (2016)
- Ontario Open Champion (2017)
- Ontario Open Champion (2019)
Rank: Purple Belt
Years Training: 4
Favourite Technique: Anaconda choke
What Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means to me: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is my quiet respite from noise and responsibility of daily life. On the mats, I develop strength and humility. I learn technique while expressing athleticism. I test myself mentally and physically while developing resilience and confidence. The community and friendships I’ve developed since beginning this journey are truly remarkable. Jiu-Jitsu has made me a better person in all aspects of my life and I’m grateful for every day I’m able to train.
Bio: Jayson began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to train at a number of schools around Ottawa in which he’s learned a lot and established great friendships in the community. Jayson received his Blue Belt in 2019 from Professor Guilherme Reis Pereira and recently received his Purple Belt from Professor Peter Fazekas and Matt McKay.
- UAEJJF Canada National Gold Medalist (2019)
- Submission Arts United Champion (2019, 2022)