Professor Rob Biernacki
BJJ Black Belt
Our head instructor is one of the leaders of the new wave of martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction, incorporating scientific methods, pedagogy, and a proprietary conceptual system that is gaining recognition in the BJJ community for its ability to accelerate learning and skill immensely over standard teaching approaches. Rob was voted #1 in Canada and #3 in the world for the 2014 BJJ Instructor of the Year Award, and is a 2 time finalist for High Performance Coach of the Year at the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards. In 2015 He was asked by Stephan Kesting, a producer of some of the most highly respected BJJ instructional material in the field, to create an instructional series on conceptual Jiu-Jitsu, The BJJ Formula, which is now the best selling premium instructional app at Grapplearts.com. In 2017 he coached Island Top Team to the Nogi Team Championship at every CBJJF event in BC (the BC Provincial Championships, the Western Canadian Championships, and the Vancouver International Open). At the Vancouver Open ITT took the Top Academy award, winning 15 gold medals, accounting for as many gold as the 2nd and 3rd place academies combined, from one third as many competitors.
Rob is frequently on the mainland teaching seminars at various martial arts academies and is sought after for private instruction by other BJJ instructors seeking cutting edge information. He has also coached high level US grappling competitors like BJJ legend Bill Cooper and sub only standout Kyle Boehm. The techniques and concepts he has given them will be available in the new Modern Leglock Formula instructional, available at Grapplearts.com. In Aug of 2017, Rob was invited to help coach multiple time world champion Yuri Simoes to prepare for ADCC (the olympics of grappling). Yuri went on to win the ADCC title for the second time, becoming only the 3rd man ever to do so in multiple weight classes.
Always searching out the pinnacle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evolution, Rob constantly trains with the elite of the martial arts, to bring the state of the art to Nanaimo. He often trains privately with the best instructors in the world to acquire vital details essential to success in a game not of inches, but millimeters. In 2015 alone Rob traveled to train with Marcelo Garcia, Caio Terra, Eddie Cummings, Paul Schreiner, and Henry Akins. He has also trained with Ryan Hall, Dean Lister, Jake McKenzie and Ricardo Liborio, leader of American Top Team, where Rob was awarded his black belt by friend and mentor, Charles McCarthy, former mixed martial artist.
As a competitor, Rob has a record unrivaled on Vancouver Island. He is the only champion grappler at the black belt level, with a 100% submission rate in gi competition and a 75% finish rate in nogi. His martial arts championships include:
2015 IBJJF Seattle Black Belt Masters Champion
2015 NAGA Seattle Black Belt Champion
2013 Washington State Grappling Championships Gi Black Belt and Nogi Expert Champion