Jiu-Jitsu Changed My Life...
I owe my mother a debt of gratitude for recognizing the potential
that Jiu-Jitsu had to build my self-confidence. I was a shy and socially awkward child and Jiu-Jitsu offered me a way to not just train my body and develop new physical skills, but to be a part of something greater than myself.
I had an amazing teacher during those formative years who nurtured me (even though I had two left feet to begin) and made me realize that I was capable of more than I ever thought I was. His greatest lessons were the ones that helped me understand that Jiu-Jitsu isn't about violence, rather, it is a way to control and even prevent aggression - a truth that has been obscured behind modern "versions" that defy its original intent and spirit.
Over the years, I worked my way up through the ranks acquiring my black belt at the age of 16 and subsequently, my 3rd degree black belt certification through the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Council in 1993. Since that time, I've been teaching the traditional style of Jiu-Jitsu that was taught to me, all those years ago .
As an Ontario certified Special Educaiton classroom teacher, I recognize the importance of a student centered and individualized approach. to learning. I believe in cultivating inner strength and balance, without which, the "moves" are inconsequential.
It is my great privilege to have this opportunity and am confident that I can do for you or your child, what traditional Jiu-Jitsu did for me - it took a withdrawn boy and showed him that there is a warrior within us all.