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.
Dave Bedard – Kids’ Program
Professor Dave began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because he needed a drastic change in his life, and is a living proof of all the good that the discipline acquired from the practice of martial arts can bring to your life. From being overweight and in a bad shape, jiu jitsu change his life for the better, and since then he never looked back. After years of training BJJ at Gracie Barra Montreal he received his black belt from Professor Bruno Fernandes. He currently leads the Gracie Barra kids Program and also teaches adults classes in the morning.
“Work hard, have fun and make a difference! Enjoy the journey of knowledge as much as knowledge itself! Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game!”
Dave is extremely patient with the little ones and will go out of his way to make sure every students gets the training done, while still having fun and receiving the attention they deserve. Always there to help those who need a spark to change their life for the better. In his free time, Dave enjoys studying jiu-jitsu, coffee, long boarding, drawing, surfing when traveling and spending time with his family.
Marie Fanton – Women’s Program
Marie Fanton is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Prof. Bruno F. Fernandes. She is one of a kind as a competitor since she started in the competitive circuit at the age of 46. After few local tournaments, she became a devoted and successful competitor in the circuit competing at much younger age categories. She is a 3x IBJJF Pan Am Champion and 3x Silver Medalist at the World Championship, among other numerous titles.
Marie is a living proof that Jiu Jitsu is indeed for everyone at any age. She believes that Jiu Jitsu is a perfectly well suited sport for women since it was created for a smaller person to defeat bigger and stronger opponents by using proper technique and leverage. As such, Jiu Jitsu truly empowers women. It builds confidence and strength, physically as well as mentally.
As head coach of the women’s program, Marie wants to share her passion and her knowledge to all her students. The program is designed for women of all level. The beginners will find a more approachable environment to start with and the competitor will be able to practice with her pears. Marie wants every women to realize how Jiu Jitsu can benefit in everyone’s life. Jiu Jitsu is all about passion, dedication, focus and hard training and above it is all about enjoying the endless journey.
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.