What if you could go from an absolute beginner to a skilled fighter in a matter of months?

What if you could achieve a deep understanding of BJJ on a fundamental level rather than learning a collection of random moves?

What if you could lose weight, get fit, and learn to defend yourself in the most supportive, safe, and fun environment, surrounded by amazing people all committed to the same goals?

What if you could learn from the top rated instructor in Canada who has specifically designed a program to turn beginners into world class grapplers?

Welcome to Island Top Team Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts

We are home to the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the central island area. Our head instructor, Professor Robert Biernacki, placed third out of over a hundred nominees around the world for the 2014 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of the Year Award, and is the only black belt champion on the island! He was also just named as one of the 3 finalists for High Performance Coach of the Year for the 2015 Nanaimo Sports Achievement Awards. If you want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your foundation as a beginner determines how far you can go, and ours is the only academy in Nanaimo where that foundation will be set by a world class black belt instructor who has specifically designed a program to turn beginners into absolute monsters!

We believe in being extraordinary, and helping others be extraordinary as well. Our academy has become a destination for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners across North America, who travel here seeking the revolutionary training methodology we have developed.

Our approach is so unique and effective that we have had students defeat black belts in no gi competition after less than 2 years of BJJ training, and had white belts defeat purple belts in gi competition within 5 months of putting on a gi for the first time.

Island Top Team is the academy of choice for local MMA fighters seeking to take their ground game to the next level, and the only academy in Nanaimo capable of producing BJJ champions across all belt levels (9 in our first year alone, in tournaments across North America). Nanaimo's 2014 Individual Male Athlete of the Year trains at Island Top Team (and members of our team constituted 2/3rds of the nominees!).


Read about our head instructor being named a finalist for the 2014 BJJ Instructor of the Year Award here, he finished 3rd out of over 100 nominees from around the world!

At Island Top Team our philosophy is "From day 1 we're teaching you to beat black belts". It took less than 2 years to prove it. Read all about it.

Read all about our head instructor winning the middleweight Nogi Expert and Gi Black Belt divisions while coaching our competition team to an amazing 8 gold and 4 silver medal performance at the 2013 Washington State Grappling Championships

This March, Jimmy Lapointe won gold at the 2015 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the largest BJJ tournament in the world! Read about his victory here and here. Read about Jimmy's charity fundraising here and here.

In August our head instructor was part of Yuri Simoes 2015 ADCC camp, helping him win gold at the most prestigious grappling tournament in the world! Read about it here.

Full Contact Fighter Radio recently conducted an extensive interview with our head instructor for their MMA podcast, check it out here.

The 2015 Provincial Championships saw ITT bring back 5 gold and 2 silver medals despite sending only 4 athletes! Read about it here.

Read about our 10 medal performance at the 2014 BC Provincial BJJ Championships, every one of our athletes medaled, a few in multiple events. Coverage here.

Check out this fantastic feature article on Island Top Team in the Nanaimo News Bulletin

A radio interview with MFC Lightweight Champ Graham Spencer where he talks about training with Island Top Team can be found here. Graham's segment starts at about the 15 minute mark.

Check out this profile of Island Top Team's head instructor: Nanaimo Daily News - Sept 18, 2012 Sports Article 

The first ever IBJJF event in Seattle also saw ITT's first ever IBJJF gold medal, read all about it here.

Here is some coverage of our team's awesome results at the 2014 World Jiu-jitsu Championships.

Here is an inspiring story about one of our students with a visual impairment and how Island Top Team helped celebrate his birthday.

Here's an inspiring story featuring one of our competitors who led the team to an impressive showing at the BC BJJ Championships: Nanaimo Daily News Oct 2 2013

One of our white belts recently won double gold in the purple belt division at a local tournament, read about it here! More recent results from the Vancouver BJJ Championships where 2 students went up in belt division to compete, resulting in silver and gold here!

Coverage of our boys submitting their way to more gold at the 2015 Roots BJJ tournament here.

Our students raise money for charity when they compete, nice article about that here.

In Novemember 2013 Island Top Team entered 2 tournaments, bringing back 17 medals, 8 of them gold! Read all about it here.

Read a story about one of our students capturing an MMA title here.

For all you women out there interested in trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, check out this article by a female reporter about her experience at Island Top Team.

Check out this article covering Island Top Team's performance at the 2013 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships

Check out Island Top Team's head instructor in his "controversial" interview on Shaw TV's Go Island!

Part 2 of that interview here.



Contact us at info@islandtopteam.com or 250-739-1602 for more details.

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Island Top Team is located at the Nanaimo Athletic Club, 1451 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. 

top-team-guys.jpgYour membership with Island Top Team also includes a full membership with the Nanaimo Athletic Club, which gives you access to all of its facilities and classes (yoga, spin, etc.). We offer the only legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program in Nanaimo (with an incredible 12 adult classes a week, all taught by the only BJJ black belt in the central island area!) and a fitness center (complete with full changerooms, showers, tanning and sauna, as well as a smoothie bar!), for less than some martial arts schools charge for classes alone. You will not find a better deal for fitness and elite martial arts training anywhere on the island.

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Popularized by the UFC, Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the art that contributes its signature submissions, comprise the most proven methods of self defense known. Besides the knowledge with which to protect yourself and those you care about, MMA and BJJ can also give you an unparalleled level of fitness and genuine self-confidence. More than anything however, training at Island Top Team will give you the ability to become the sort of person who can overcome challenges to create your best self!

With proper guidance, martial arts training is a powerful tool for self development, which is why Island Top Team is proud to be the first and only club to bring world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts instruction to the harbour city. Professor Rob is not only a BJJ black belt from the prestigious American Top Team, he is Vancouver Island's only champion grappling competitor at the black belt level (3 times over, in 2 weight classes, with a 100% submission rate), and has achieved recognition as one of the best instructors in the world. Whether you are a total beginner, or have some mat time under your belt, nothing is more important to your progress in these amazing fighting arts than the combination of your dedication with the tutelage of a highly skilled and passionate instructor. Come see us at Island Top Team, try a few classes, absolutely free, and begin your journey to discovering your true potential.


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