To guarantee the highest standards of teaching , all our instructors are :

  • ICP certified (Gracie Barra Instructor Certification)
  • First aid and CPR certfied
  • Background checked

 

Professor Rodrigo Mendanha – Head Instructor

Rodrigo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The first martial art he practiced was wrestling, a discipline he perfected during the years he lived in Chicago, IL. When he returned to Brazil in 1996, Rodrigo wanted to find a school in order to continue his training in martial arts. He found Gracie Barra BH, founded by Vinicius Magalhães ”Draculino”. Rodrigo already knew about the Gracie family’s story and was happy to have the chance to practice the art with some of the most respected masters in the world.

 

"I am very proud to say that I went from the white belt to the black belt under Draculino. He is committed to teaching more than the technical aspects of martial arts, but also emphasizes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a lifestyle involving social responsibility, respect and friendship.”

Professor Yannick Loof - Instructor

Yannick started in Martial arts at the young age of 15 years old in Kempo Karate where he holds a second degree black belt. He was always looking to test himself when he saw an ad in a local newspaper of a new Mixed martial arts school opening, after one visit he decided to join and that lead him in a short career in Pro MMA fights where he fought 5 times (3-2 record). He then met Bruno Fernandes who was teaching jiu-jitsu at now famous Tristar gym before Gracie Barra Montreal opened in 2009 and joined Gracie Barra Brossard in 2013. Gracie Barra Brossard became his second home ever since. Being a father of a 7 year-old boy who also trains in Jiu-Jitsu for a few years, he especially likes to work with kids and help them developing their skills.

“What I love the most about Jiu-Jitsu is that we are learning endlessly, it’s always challenging, we are pushing our limits continuously and when we train we forget everything about our everyday problems.”

Professor Jean-Sebastien Prud'Homme - Instructor

Since the begining, Jean-Sebastien felt how Jiu-Jitsu changed his life and he decided to give back and volunteering as an assistant coach for the GB kid’s program. He jumped at the chance to become an instructor at GB Brossard. Jean continues to strive to improve himself through the art of Jiu-Jitsu and to share it with others so they can do the same.
Nowadays, Jean became a Black Belt under Prof. Rodrigo Mendanha and he still sharing his passion for Jiu Jitsu, working with our GBK program and adults as well, inspiring them to be the best they can be.
“At first repetition is what counts”, says Carlos Gracie Jr. “I teach my students to repeat the moves to exhaustion, until it enters their subconscious and they therefore can apply them automatically, without thinking. Later on, once the combat situations have become complex I try and stimulate them to be creative.” Master Carlos Gracie Jr.

Coach Jean Philippe – Instructor

Jean-Philippe has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 4 years under Professor Rodrigo Lima Mendanha, but has been involved in the art for many years prior to joining the Gracie Barra team. An athlete his whole life, Jean-Philippe suffered a head trauma early in his life, which led him to his passion for jiu-jitsu, a martial art with no strikes that he can practice without worrying about his health. In his teaching style, Jean-Philippe always places the emphasis on control and positional dominance, making him a great instructor for both self-defence and competition. Being an instructor in the GB Kids 2 Program, he also deeply believes in the Gracie Barra ‘’anti-bullying’’ program:

"Jiu-jitsu can give kids of all ages the tools they need to be confident, adopt a good work ethic to be successful in school, and be able to defend themselves both physically and mentally."


Coach Claire Mackenzie – Instructor

Claire has been practicing the gentle art of jiu-jitsu for a little under 4 years now under black belt professor Rodrigo Mendanha.
Although she has been in and out of different sports throughout her life, she has found her home and her sense of belonging at Gracie Barra Brossard.
Being a female in the jiu-jitsu world, Claire cannot emphasize enough the principle of technique and speed over strength and the importance of self-defence for everyone, but especially for woman and children.

"Whether you decide to start jiu-jitsu to learn self-defense, gain self-confidence, get in shape, be part of a brotherhood or to simply learn the disciplinary effect of a martial art; jiu jitsu will help you in mind, body and soul."


Coach Lev Plotkin – Instructor

Lev found his passion in Jiu Jitsu about 6 years ago and has been actively training ever since under professor Rodrigo, as well as teaching GBK1, Parents-Kids and adults classes. Being a light weight practitioner, Lev is focusing on technical execution involving leg work and speed, rather than relying on strength and pressure.

"Jiu Jitsu changed my life, improved my well-being and provided me with healthy mental and physical environment and surrounded me with great people. Gracie Barra Brossard is my 2nd home!"


Coach André Santos – Instructor

 Andre was born in Uberlandia, Brazil. Looking for a brazilian jiu-jitsu school for his kids in Quebec, he found Gracie Barra Brossard. A place where now, all the members of his family train and consider it a second home.
Andre believes in the mastery of the fundamentals aspects of jiu-jitsu in order to achieve a proper development in the art without gaps. Having this matter at heart and he emphasizes it in his teachings to both children and adults. He also believes in the 'jiu-jitsu for everyone' motto, whereas jiu-jitsu can be a tool for personal development in diferent aspects of a person's life, no matter their background or physical condition.
Training under professor Rodrigo Mendanha, Andre has competed since the early stages of his practice. He has been at the highest step of the podium in many renowned competitions, having got the Gold medal in events such as: 'Grappling Industries', 'Rickson Gracie Cup', 'IBJJF Boston Open', 'IBJJF Toronto Open' and 'UAEJJF Abu Dhabi's Canada National Pro'.

"Jiu-jitsu is simple. You just gotta do it right." Roger Gracie


Coach Fernanda Mendanha – Instructor

Fernanda Mendanha is a certified instructor under Gracie Barra as well as a sport massage therapist also certified practitioner of Thaï Yoga. She teaches special classes of BarraFit here at GB Brossard and is an assistant coach for kids and beginners classes. Fernanda’s number one passion is self development. She is very committed with her moto of being in a continuously self improvement on daily basis. She is a great competitor and coach who excels at helping others reaching their goals both mentally and physically. 

At the words of the multiple time world champion Romulo Barral “it is impressive how much she represents the everyday Porrada mentality”. A true warrior.