TEAM

All our Instructors have at least 10 years of grappling experience

Matt Kuris

Head Instructor | BJJ BLACK BELT

Matt has been training in combat sports since 1999 and started his martial arts training with Boxing and Muay Thai, then progressed to mma and submission wrestling. In 2004 he took his first Brazilian jiu jitsu class and over the next few years decided to dedicate himself to the sport. Matt has started many bjj programs around the city but is best known for being co-founder and one of the head coaches of Grapple Lab bjj. In January 2018, he achieved the rank of bjj black belt by his original Prof. Cesar Rezek to whom he owes much of his knowledge.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Cesar Rezek Alves

Mani J.

Head Instructor | BJJ BLACK BELT

Mani has over 15 years martial arts experience. Originally a striking enthusiast, Mani began his journey with Jeet Kune Do, and subsequently Muay Thai, which he trained for 6 years. Mani then trained under the tutelage of Cesar Rezek Alves, from whom he was awarded his black belt. Mani is one of the head instructors and co-owner of Grapple Lab Bjj. 

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Cesar Rezek Alves

Matt Soroka

BJJ BLACK BELT

Matt has over 25 years grappling experience. He holds a rank of brown belt in Judo, and later in his teens transitioned into no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu training with former UFC champion Carlos Newton and UFC veteran Mark Bocek. Eventually he started to focus more on traditional Brazilian jiu-jitsu with his teacher, Cesar Rezek, and was awarded his black belt from Cesar at the Nova Uniao headquarters. 

Matt is also co-founded Jits Magazine, one of the premiere jiu-jitsu media networks in the world with several million views on their Youtube channel. 

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Cesar Rezek Alves

Anderson Andrade

BJJ BLACK BELT

Anderson has over 15 years of BJJ experience. He started training in Recife, Brazil as a teenager with Nova Uniao where he stayed for his entire BJJ journey until he moved to Canada in 2013.

He holds multiple state championship titles in various states in Brazil, multiple time regional championships of the north and northeast region. Additionally he won two silver medals at the Pan-American tournament and two silver medals at Abu Dhabi trials.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Victor Hugo Trigueiro > Anderson Andrade

DAVE MENCELES

BJJ BROWN BELT

Dave’s practical and accessible approach to both learning and teaching focuses on helping students to continuously improve their understanding of jiu-jitsu concepts, over memorizing specific technique sequences. As co-Founder of Jits Magazine, Dave is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and has spent more than 2 years training in Brazil.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Cesar Rezek Alves > Matt Soroka

Becca Gill

BJJ BROWN BELT

Becca is a highly motivated passionate person who loves being faced with a challenge. She began training Jiu Jitsu 8 years ago and since then has competed at the highest level locally and internationally. Her goal is to get more women involved in the sport and build a strong community where we can support and empower each other.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Cesar Rezek Alves > Mani J. / Matt Kuris

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