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Toronto's Top Instructors

Regardless of your level, all of our instructors are available for private and semi-private lessons
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.
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 25 years of experience and Black Belts in Judo and Jiu Jitsu. 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 has been 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
Head Instructor and Co-owner, Vaughan
Head Instructor and Co-owner, 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.
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.
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.
Arther "Zuka" Chandramohan
Silver Medal 2012 World Championships and 2015 IBJJF European Championships. 8 years experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Arthur is a 4 time Provincial Champion (including Absolute Champ) and Abu Dhabi Pro Trials winner. One of the most prolific local sport BJJ competitors around, "Zuka" (short for "Bazooka") trains over twenty hours a week in BJJ. Protect your ankles.
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.

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.
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).
Marco Parente
A RevMMA product of many different Rev coaches past and present with 4 years intensive training in a mixture of different kickboxing, muay thai, and boxing styles. He currently holds a 5-3 record in amateur boxing competition and is the Ontario Bronze Gloves Champion (2013). 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.
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.

Sean Assari

Sean "Seande" Assari is one of Rev's original success stories and a top personal student of Joel's. A purple 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.

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.
Erik Lobatch
A blue belt under Chief Instructor Joel Gerson, Erik has over 10 years of experience. With a background in Jiu Jitsu and MMA, he literally grew up on the mats. When not at the gym Erik is polishing his medals.
Peter Wiltshire
8 years experience in Kick Boxing & Boxing. Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach. Certified MMA Judge under "Big" John McCarthy. Certified Fitness Instructor. Silver Medalist North American Muay Thai Classic. While sparring, has the uncanny ability to wipe the smile off your face as fast as he can put it on.
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