Matthew McKay

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.

Notable credentials:

  • 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)



    Rachael Daniels

    Rank: Purple

    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.

    Notable credentials:

    • Ontario Provincial Champion (2016)
    • Ontario Open Champion (2017) 
    • Ontario Open Champion (2019)


    Jayson Brown

    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.

    Notable credentials:

    • UAEJJF Canada National Gold Medalist (2019)
    • Submission Arts United Champion (2019, 2022)