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Here are a few news stories involving Island Top Team:

Our head instructor was named a finalist for the 2014 BJJ Instructor of the Year Award, he finished 3rd out of over 100 nominees from around the world!

Instructor of the Year

Island Top Team is the top NoGi team in Western Canada, read about it here.

Island Top Team wins the 2017 Provincial Championships, article here.

Island Top Team closes out 2017 winning the NoGi Team trophy at the Vancouver Open, and was named Top Academy at the tournament. Read about it here.

An interview with JiuJitsu Times talking about the launch of the Rob Biernacki Online Academy here.

Here is an interview with Rob about conceptual BJJ from Jiu-Jitsu Times Magazine with a follow up article on developing an A game

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.

In Feb of 2016 Island Top Team was the number 1 academy at the BC Provincial Championships! Despite fielding fewer competitors than any of the top half dozen teams in attendance, we managed 16 medals, 12 of them gold! Read about it here.

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

In March 2015, 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 andhere.

In August 2015 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.

In March 2016 Dwayne became the second ITT student to take gold at Pans, read about it 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

In March of 2016 our boys took 4 gold medals at the Revolution Tournament in Seattle, details here.

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 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!

In August of 2015 one of our most dedicated students won an inspiring victory at the Roots BJJ Tournament, read more 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