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.
Bruno upholds a strong set of moral values and personal discipline. He is committed to maintaining the integrity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Besides learning jiu-jitsu at the highest level, students also learn the philosophy of the art. Respect to others and sportsmanship are some of the qualities expected from students. The Gracie Barra Family distinguishes itself from other teams not only because of the most refined technique but also because of the emphasis on moral development. Bruno considers his teammates like family and the team itself as nothing less than an immense brotherhood. He believes that jiu-jitsu is much more than a martial art, but a healthy lifestyle to be shared with people you care about.
Bruno has made his name after years of competition and accomplishments. Among other titles, he won 4 world titles, 4 Pan-American championships, plus national and regional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. It now gives him great joy to see his students thrive. Some have already been in the podium on world championships and submission grappling tournaments. Bruno’s relationship with mixed martial arts been no less outstanding. Based in Montreal, he has helped to improve the ground game of most of the top Canadian MMA fighters such as George St-Pierre, Dave Loiseau, Jonathan Goulet, Rory McDonald, John Makdessi, Alex Garcia, Mike Ricci, just to name a few.
Prof. Bruno Fernandes has a medical degree and residency training in ophthalmology. His desire to do research brought him to Montreal in 2005. Since then, he has earned a PhD degree and studied cancer and various pathologies of the eye at the prestigious McGill University and University of Toronto. He worked as an Assistant Professor at McGill University from 2009 until 2012, and regularly published articles in major journals and gave presentations all over the world. In 2012, Bruno retired from his medical career and is now fully committed to his students at Gracie Barra Montreal.
Steve Bidd – Instructor
Steve is a brown belt under Professor Bruno Fernandes and has been training jiu-jitsu since the opening of Gracie Barra Montreal in 2010.
As an instructor, I take a welcoming and attentive approach and strive to instill a passion for jiu-jitsu as an integral part of wellness and balance in line with Gracie Barra’s motto “jiu-jitsu for everyone”.
Steve is a professional social worker and has worked in mental health, rehabilitation, and community homecare settings. He currently teaches classes at both St-Henri and Montreal-West locations.
Max Powers – Instructor
Max “Powers” loves to empower people through health and movement.
He has been involved in sports his whole life but eventually chose to focus on football where he played 3 years for the Carabins of University of Montreal.
Later on, during a trip to Brazil he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which redefined his definition of fitness. As a result, mobility and functional movement are pillars in his fitness philosophy.
Sargon Tabbakh – No Gi Program
Sargon was born in Canada, but raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a typical “carioca”, as someone who comes from Rio is usually know, and enjoys the beach lifestyle, and naturally loves Jiu-Jitsu.
Sargon started training under Ricardo De la Riva in Brazil when he was 15 years old. At the age of 18, he got his blue belt and his parents decided to move to Canada. Even though he had been born here, it was a still a completely new world for him. After hearing about Bruno Fernandes was in Montreal and had opened a Gracie Barra, he decided to join the school and continue his BJJ journey.
After years of training as a student, he established himself as an instructor, and now leads the No Gi Jiu-Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Montreal. He takes the wellness of the students and their learning process very seriously, and help the students feel like our school is their second home.