Bruno Fernandes – Professor

Professor Bruno Fernandes is a 4th degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for almost 30 years. He started at the age of 11 in his hometown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and never stopped. He is a proud member of the Gracie Barra Organization and had the chance to train with the best in the sport on a daily basis. All the great names of Gracie Barra influenced his game, shaping it into a unique style characterized by speed, fast transitions, flexibility and smoothness. He blends traditional moves and newly developed techniques with ease.

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.”


Jean teaches our kids I and II classes. He has a passion for Jiu Jitsu and working with our children to inspire them to be the best they can be.

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."

Vlad Egorov- Instructor

Vlad has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 6 years, 5 of those under Professor Rodrigo Lima Mendanha. Before being drawn into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Vlad has been an athlete his entire life and has a good background in freestyle wrestling. Going in and out of many sports, Vlad has finally found his passion at Gracie Barra, and feels a solid connection to his team and anyone representing the Red Shield. Being a smaller 155 pound athlete, Vlad places the emphasis on technique over strength in his teaching style, enforcing the concept of ‘’Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.’’ He loves helping people from all backgrounds achieve their goals, be it fitness, self-defence, confidence increase, or competition.

"No matter who you are, where you are from, what your goals are or what your fitness level is, you will benefit from Jiu-Jitsu both personally and athletically."

Filipe Julião – Instructor

Claire Mackenzie – Instructor

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.”

Kiril Goussev- Instructor

Coach Kiril is a loving husband and father who is passionate about healthy living, physical fitness, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He lives by the philosophy that we are all LIMITLESS and strives to give his best in helping others dream big and achieve their personal goals and dreams.

While submitting each opponent and reaching the top of the podium are his primary objectives each time he competes, Kiril loves the sport aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because provides a venue for each competitor to connect to a global community of coaches and practitioners who are friendly and open to sharing their knowledge, skills and love for the art of Jiu-Jitsu.

"As an ICP6 certified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Kiril is dedicated to passing on the teachings of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and aims to help others discover Jiu-Jitsu not only as a martial art and an effective self-defense system but also as a lifestyle that promotes empowerment, healthy living, mutual respect and cooperation."