Welcome to Island Top Team, your only source for legit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and high-level Mixed Martial Arts instruction in Nanaimo.

We are home to the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the central island area, and 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. 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 one year, in tournaments across North America). In fact, our students often compete up a belt level or two in local tournaments, and have never failed to win gold while doing so! 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!).

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.

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. Our head instructor is a BJJ black belt from the prestigious American Top Team, a champion grappling competitor at the black belt level, and on top of that, he teaches every class at our academy. 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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ISLAND TOP TEAM IN THE NEWS!!!

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

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 

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 bout it 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.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! JANUARY HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST MONTH IN ITT HISTORY! OUR MEMBERSHIP GREW BY MORE THAN 20% AND WE HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED OUR SPRING ENROLLMENT TARGETS! WE HAVE VERY LIMITED SPACE FOR NEW MEMBERS, AND IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE WILL BE FORCED TO INSTITUTE A WAITING LIST SHORTLY, PLEASE GET YOUR MEMBERSHIP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

1st Anniversary class

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

Your 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 18 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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Call 250.739.1602 or send an email to Register