Fateh Belkalem Black Belt Coach
Bio: Fateh Belkalem is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gracie Barra's Professor Bruno Fernandes.
Fateh is also an IJF 2nd degree Black Belt and former Algerian National team member and 3 times National Judo champion with extensive competitive experience at International level: Coached Algerian Junior National Team, 5 Year degree in theory and methodology of sports training at the University of Algiers. Fateh currently works as a school counselor with Children with Learning Disabilities.Book Private Sessions Now!
Robert Palanuk Black Belt Coach
Bio: Robert "Bob" Palanuk is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gracie Barra's Professor Bruno Fernandes.
Bob has over 17 years of experience training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.He has competed extensively across North America and is the holder of several IBJJF medals. Bob's teaching style can be described as friendly and relaxed. He is a huge believer in technique over brute strength. His love of Jiu-Jitsu can be summed up by following quote:
"Men are made in different shapes and sizes with different athletic ability, Jiu Jitsu makes us all equal." - Helio GracieBook Private Sessions Now!
Gustavo Ruthes Program Director/Assistant Instructor at the Future Champions Program (kids class) - Blue Belt
In addition to his BA in "Physical Education and Sports" from UDESC (Santa Catarina State University) in southern Brazil where he is originally from, Gustavo holds a Master's Degree in Kinesiology from Western University, with a specialization in "Sport Psychology and Coaching".
Bob G. Brown Belt
Bio Coming soon.
Jacob Gardiner Blue Belt
Began training in 2011 and received blue belt from Professor Bruno Fernandes in 2013. Jacob is an instructor for the future champions program.
Katie has over 15 years of experience training and competing in freestyle wrestling. She is a former national team member and has had the opportunity to represent Canada at several international events. Highlights include two top-ten finishes at the World Championships, a silver medal at the World Cup, and a gold medal at the Commonwealth and Pan-Am Championships. Katie currently teaches at H.B. Beal S.S.
Steve Turnbull Assistant Instructor - Purple Belt
Bio: Steve Turnbull was first exposed to the art of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu in 1994 while attending a clinic conducted by a travelling Aikido instructor who was also a direct student of Rorion Gracie. He then met Fateh in 1996 and trained with him on and off for a number of years. Steve returned to BJJ training full time in 2005 and received his Blue Belt from Mario ‘Esfiha’ McCord in 2007.
Steve Turnbull began training in martial arts in 1982, at the age of 18. He received the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Aikido as well as a 5th level teaching license in September 2002, directly from Yoseikai founder, Amos Lee Parker Shihan. Both his Dan certificates and teaching licenses are registered with the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to Aikido Steve holds the rank of 1st degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and has had extensive training in other martial arts including several styles of Karate as well as Judo. Steve is married and a father of three children and work in the telecommunications.