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Toronto's Top Instructors

Regardless of your level, all of our instructors are available for private and semi-private lessons.
Hovig Tchaderian
Head Instructor, Striking
12 years experience in Muay Thai, Hovig is Rev MMA's original and most popular Kickboxing instructor. Experienced in punching, kicking, kneeing, and elbowing as it applies to MMA, street survival, and grappling. A ready smile, Hovig is friendly, enthusiastic, and approachable. Just don't let him kick your legs. Ever.
Joel Gerson
Owner and Chief Instructor
Owner and Chief Instructor Joel Gerson is one of the pioneers of MMA in Canada and an expert hand to hand combat/ MMA instructor with 30 years of experience and an IBJJF Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and IJF Black Belt in Judo. With over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, he is a 5 Time Canadian Jiu Jitsu Champion (including Open Weight Class Champion); 3 Time Ontario Judo Champion, and North American Fearless Fighting Champion. Joel has trained extensively with the Canadian Olympic Judo Team and in his professional debut became the first and only person to defeat one of the best pound for pound no holds barred fighters in the world, former Champion and Japanese Shoot Fighting legend, Rumina Sato by arm bar submission in the first round. Joel is one of a handful of Canadians certified under "Big" John McCarthy as an MMA Judge. He is often called upon as an industry expert for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The National Post, The CBC, The National, CTV News, The Fight Network, The Sports Network, and many other leading media outlets.
Ranny Tal
Co-owner and Chief Instructors, Vaughan

Co-owner and Chief Instructor, Vaughan. 20 years Krav Maga, boxing and kickboxing (karate, judo, jiu jitsu) experience. Former member of an elite Israeli military unit, and Krav Maga instructor in the IDF Anti Terrorist School. Ranny has also taught Krav to IDF Navy Seals, IDF SWAT, and IDF Ranger teams. Was ranked fourth in the world (IKF), and Israeli Kickboxing Champion. Has had thousands of students in his three popular academies back home, and has trained hundreds of amateur and professional champions including many from the ground up. Ranny has trained extensively in Holland with K-1 Legends such as Remy Bonjasky, Peter Aerts, Alistar Overeem, and Rob Kaman as well as many others.

Matt Soroka
Matt started training as a child with Joel Gerson at the original Samurai Club and was awarded his Black Belt in BJJ at Nova Uniao headquarters in Rio de Janeiro (home of UFC champs Jose Aldo, Renan Barao and legendary coach Andre Pederneiras) where he has trained for several years. Matt also trained for almost a year in Brasilia with 1997 World Champion Joao Roque and has learned from all the top competitors in jiu jitsu. He co-founded Jits Magazine, one of the largest and most important media networks in jiu jitsu with several million views on YouTube. Matt has traveled the world the last four years training in various gyms in every corner of the globe and has taught internationally in Hong Kong, Japan and Brazil.
Fitzroy “Fitzy” Brae
Fitzroy "Fitzy" Brae is the 2012 & 2007 Golden Gloves Champ. Voted best boxer in 2007 Golden Gloves; 2007 and 2008 Summer Hayes Tournament Champion. Protégé of the great Everton McEwan. If charm and personality were a punch you'd already be knocked out.
Marco Parente
A RevMMA product with 10 years experience in a mixture of different kickboxing, muay thai, and boxing styles. Has fought 30 times as an amateur boxer and is the Ontario Bronze Gloves Champion (2013, '14) with 5 professional fights all over North America. Marco will find what your limit is and though you'll hate him at the time, your body will later thank him for pushing you past it.
Aaron Mangallon
10 years of Muay Thai experience (13-1 fight record). Aaron is a 2 time TBA Tournament Champion (2012, 2013) and was trained by Chanchai Tamarangsri at Kaewsamrit Gym (Bangkok) as well as Kru Toy at Sityodtong Gym (Pattaya).
Matthew Pasquale
12 years experience, BJJ Black Belt and one of the most successful super heavyweights to come out of the international competitive jiu jitsu scene in Toronto, including medaling at the World Championships. Take your game to the next level and drill with "Monster"
Arther "Zuka" Chandramohan
"Zuka" (short for "Bazooka") won the Silver Medal in the 2012 World Championships and 2015 IBJJF European Championships. Brown belt, 12 years experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Arthur is a 4 time Provincial Champion (including Absolute Champ) and Abu Dhabi Pro Trials winner. Protect your ankles. And your neck.
Amin Almelik
Amin Almelik is an elite amateur Muay Thai fighter with over 8 years experience. Amin started fighting at the age of 14 and competed in over 60 sanctioned matches in Muay Thai and boxing. He has won 11 amateur championships including an IFMA Pan-American Muay Thai Gold Medal. 2 x IKF Champions, Victory CS Champion, WAMTAC Ontario Champion, WAMTAC North-American Champion.
Sean Assari

Sean "Seande" Assari is one of Rev's original success stories and a top personal student of Joel's. A brown belt, he is considered one of the senior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technicians at Rev who also has 5 years of boxing and kickboxing experience.

His passion and dedication to the sport, as well as to a healthier lifestyle is proof to his partners and students that it's not how or when you start, but how you finish that matters.


ADAM LECKER

Adam has been coaching athletics for 24 years and has focused his studies on Human Biomechanics and Muscle Physiology, focusing on postural correction and mobility.

Adam is certified for the VIPR, BOSU, SURGE, Trigger Point, and Olympic Weightlifting. He is also an Onnit Academy Certified Coach and is a Steel Mace Specialist, Foundations Certified and Durability Certified. He also holds a certification in Functional Range Training.

Zack Shrem
Seven years of jujitsu experience including Brown belt from Joel Gerson and blue belt directly from BJJ legend Ricardo De La Riva. Zack was also a military Krav Maga instructor in Israel.
Alex Fleming
10 years of boxing experience and a Level 1 Boxing Ontario Coach. Alex has 5 years of competitive experience and is technical, passionate, and will get you in the best shape of your life whether it's for your next fight or your dream wedding.
George Paschos

8 years Muay Thai experience and a brown belt in Krav Maga with a technical eye for striking as it pertains to self defence. Current student under chief instructor Joel Gerson and Ranny Tal training in Krav Maga, Boxing, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. George is an aspiring police officer with a degree in English, his style of communication and modest approach demonstrates the value of being able to deescalate a situation while having the confidence to defend yourself.

Mike Shohet
A Rev MMA original product: one of our first registered students and now a kids and adult's coach. Over 10 years of experience in boxing and a purple belt in BJJ under Joel.
Mario DiFabio

A product of RevMMA and currently the highest ranked Krav Maga student, training almost exclusively under Head Instructor Ranny Tal. Briefly studying Martial Arts at a younger age, Mario found his passion when introduced to Krav Maga, and his passion is reflected on his growth, understanding and his ability to continue honing his skills. Giving is one of Mario's best qualities and he is always eager to help his partners and students achieve their goals.

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