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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

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Started Training 2010

Instructing Experience 10 years

Favorite Technique

Deep Half Guard Sweeps and Over Under Passing

Competition experience

  • IBJJF Pans

  • IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

  • IBJJF Masters Worlds

  • CBJJF Alberta Provincials & Regional events

  • Submission Ace Super fight veteran

  • other regional events throughout Canada

Terry Myers

Owner & Instructor

Intermediate & Advanced Classes

Rank: Black Belt

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JP started Jiu Jitsu in 2011 and was immediately drawn to the competition scene entering his first competition after only a few months of training. Since then he was hooked on Jiu Jitsu and has pursued that journey ever since. JP has competed at IBJJF Masters Worlds, other IBJJF tournaments and submission only events. JP has experience teaching a wide variety of what BJJ has to offer including fundamentals, self-defense, law enforcement tactics and competition training. JP believes everyone can learn something from BJJ and it is a great instruction medium

for learning discipline, self control, self confidence in addition to self-defense. JP will help you achieve your BJJ goals, no matter where you set your sights.

Owner & Instructor

JP

Competition & Drilling

Rank: Black Belt

Sean Gerke (Turtle)

Owner & Instructor

Morning & Kids Classes

Rank: Black Belt

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Sean Gerke was born and raised in Edmonton and started his Jiu Jitsu journey in August of 2010. Sean was involved in martial arts as a youth but the moment he had a taste of what Jiu Jitsu offered he was hooked. Sean was promoted to a black belt in 2021. In 2010 Sean was able to be COMMAND certified as a Mixed Martial Art Judge and was able to work two UFC events when they were in Edmonton. Sean has experience teaching children classes, adults and self defense. He is a firm believer in the benefits of BJJ, not just from physical fitness, but also for developing discipline, focus and self confidence. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, Sean would love to see you on the mats!

Joel Almeida

Owner & Instructor

No Gi Fundamentals

Rank: Black Belt

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Joel has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2010, and received his black belt in July 2022. He has over 7 years of experience teaching gi and no-gi classes. Joel works as an Exercise Specialist in the field of chronic disease, helping patients navigate complex health conditions and achieve their health goals. Favourite Technique Tapping to submissions a little too late

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David Zimmerman

Fundamentals

Rank: Black Belt

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David has been practicing martial arts since childhood. First Kung Fu, then Muay Thai, Boxing, Aikido, and Capoeira. After a 10 year journey in Capoeira and earning an instructor Corda (belt) he traveled to Brazil to train. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu there and hasn’t looked back since. Now another 10 years later he is a black belt in BJJ with a passion for learning and teaching. David is heavily involved in the beginner curriculum and believes that developing a strong base through fundamental technique is key to long term success. He also loves to play and have fun with the techniques, always toying with new ideas and experimenting with different styles. Jiu Jitsu is a challenging martial art and staying playful is one way to keep the spark alive while going through difficult periods in your development.

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Timmy Ma

Owner & Instructor

Fundamentals

Rank: Black Belt

Hello there! My name is Tim Ma and I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 12 years. I started practicing the art during my first year at the University of Alberta in 2011. It was a serendipitous moment where I met one of my best friends at a lecture hall and he mentioned he trained jiu jitsu and told me I should come check it out. I didn't know what jiu jitsu was and after the first class, I was immediately hooked. I did not know how to move my body, defend myself, or understand what leveraging body mechanics meant in order to put yourself in a better position. I felt a thirst for knowledge and desire to learn and understand Jiu Jitsu, and it led me to the path of meeting like minded individuals who I have now been training with for 10+ years. I am a brown belt at Black Sails BJJ, and I enjoy training, sparring, and competing. I truly believe that my discipline, self-improvement, and mindset has improved from practicing Jiu Jitsu and changed my life personally and professionally. I have met such amazing people along my Jiu Jitsu journey, and can't wait for the next chapter at Black Sails BJJ. Come out and try a free class today!

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Fabio Montealegre

Instructor

Fundamentals

Rank: Purple Belt

Fabio Montealegre is originally from Nicaragua, moved to Brazil at the age of 12, and then to Canada at the age of 18. Fabio's first experience in martial arts was with Muay Thai and an introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in his teenage years. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association and believes everyone would benefit from an active lifestyle. He has roughly five years of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, teaches kids and adults, and is an avid endorser of the Art, as it promotes self-confidence, self-reliance, and physical health.

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