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dave bedard jiu jitsu gracie barra montreal bjjDave Bedard – Head Instructor

Professor Dave began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because he needed a drastic change in his life, and is a living proof of all the good that the discipline acquired from the practice of martial arts can bring to your life. From being overweight and in a bad shape, jiu jitsu change his life for the better, and since then he never looked back. After years of training BJJ at Gracie Barra Montreal he received his black belt from Professor Bruno Fernandes. He currently leads the Gracie Barra kids Program and also teaches adults classes in the morning.

“Work hard, have fun and make a difference! Enjoy the journey of knowledge as much as knowledge itself! Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game!”

Dave is extremely patient with the little ones and will go out of his way to make sure every students gets the training done, while still having fun and receiving the attention they deserve. Always there to help those who need a spark to change their life for the better. In his free time, Dave enjoys studying jiu-jitsu, geeking out on coffee, long boarding, drawing, surfing when traveling and spending time with his family.

Fred Aouad – Instructor

Frederic was born and raised right here in Montreal, and has been involved in sports most of his life. He discovered jiu-jitsu in his mid-20s following a knee surgery and fell in love with the sport instantly.

True to the tone set by Prof. Bruno Fernandes, Frederic strives not only to teach jiu-jitsu as a technical and tactical martial art, but also as a community that promotes self-respect, responsibility and friendship.

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is about having fun!
I’ve been training with Professor Bruno Fernandes since 2010 and teaching jiu-jitsu to both adults & kids for years.
People often ask me why I train jiu-jitsu, or how I find time with a challenging career and a family? It is because jiu-jitsu is not only a martial art, but also a sport and a game. It challenges you physically, teach you self defense and provide lessons in humility, determination and respect.
Rather that simply train, you also get to play. Let’s roll!


Jean-Philippe Noel – Instructor

Jean-Philippe graduated from a prestigious Canadian University, then pursued his career in Europe for several years before settling into Canada’s financial industry.

Be it here or abroad, Jean-Philippe always practiced martial arts.  It was always part of his life.  This is where he found his discipline, life balance and focus. JP has practiced Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since the very beginning of the Gracie Barra in Montreal.

After receiving my black belt, I want to give back to the discipline that gave him so much.  Through teaching, I wish to show the rewards BJJ can bring into someone’s life beyond and above the obvious physical benefits.

JP is a father of two young children, who loves training too!

Jose João Mansure – Instructor

Jose Joao Mansure, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has dedicated his career to cancer research. Originally from Brazil, he started practicing Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 12 but later switched to water polo. Upon moving to Montreal, he met Professor Bruno Fernandes, who convinced him to return to Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 50. Now, after 10 years of consistent training, Jose Joao is one of the oldest black belts in Canada. His passion for martial arts has provided him with discipline, balance, and focus alongside his scientific pursuits.
In addition to his accomplishments, JJ Mansure has two grandchildren, with his 4-year-old grandchild already learning Jiu-Jitsu from him.
“The beauty of Jiu-Jitsu lies in its ability to transcend physical strength, allowing people of all ages to participate. The youngest practitioners are my constant motivation, and they often refer to me as their source of inspiration.”