Island Top Team is the premier martial arts academy in Nanaimo, and has established a reputation as one of the top academies in the world. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is unique in that it streamlines the process of learning what is notoriously the most difficult martial art to master, and develops in our students a deep understanding of principles and concepts rarely found outside of the highest levels of the art. We have proven our system for learning BJJ in competition both individually, with one of our students defeating a black belt after 2 years of training Jiu-Jitsu, and as a team, with 12 gold medals at the 2016 BC Provincial Championships placing us as the #1 academy in the tournament. In 2017 we won the NoGi Team Championship at every CBJJF tournament in BC (Provincial Championships, Western Canadian Championships, and Vancouver International Open). We did this as a single academy, placing above much larger teams that were made up of several academies! At the Vancouver Open we took the Top Academy award with 15 gold medals.
However, most of our students don't compete, they train BJJ as a hobby, for fitness, or just because they enjoy the community we have built. Our head instructor cares about everyone's progress, and will give you the same attention if you are a white belt asking a question after class as he will if you are a black belt.
We are thrilled to announce that as of June 2017 we are officially part of the Caio Terra Association, led by our good friend and 12 time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion!
Our BJJ 101 classes are designed to welcome absolute beginners, transform them into confident grapplers, all while reinforcing the habits of experienced practitioners. Our BJJ 201 classes are designed to create highly skilled grapplers that can wear their rank proudly in any training room in the world. In the words of one of our visitors "You've built something really special at Island Top Team. It's really rare to find a place where everyone is so supportive, generous, and focused on helping one another improve. You seem to have somehow managed to foster an atmosphere that both demands high standards and is still incredibly welcoming to and respectful of those who haven't reached them yet. It's a real privilege to get to be an occasional interloper and impose upon your hospitality!"
In addition to sharing our Jiu-Jitsu with Nanaimo, the Island, and the rest of BC, Island Top Team frequently sees BJJ practitioners from around the world travel to train with us. We have had hundreds of visiting students, from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, making the trip exclusively to train with our head instructor, who is in demand for seminars all over the west coast, and sought out by other martial arts instructors for private classes on the cutting edge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu methodology. Some of our regular students taught other martial arts before discovering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, while others commute from Victoria and Port Alberni just to train here, so if you live in Nanaimo and have any interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you owe it to yourself to check out a class.