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.