6:00 PM18:00

Zenthai Massage Workshop

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Join us in a night of learning basic Zenthai Shiatsu flows from local Zenthai proponent Izzy Shafey.

Zenthai Shiatsu is a movement based therapy with a reputation of being effective in dealing with issues of the musculo-skeletal , digestive and nervous system. It is a leverage and movement based approach which allows a practitioner to deliver a significant massage experience while placing little strain on one's own body.

Izzy will coach you through how to perform basic techniques on a partner. In this way you will learn how to move your partner in order to help relax and heal. You will not only receive a zenthai massage from your partner but you will learn the skills of how to give one too!

A little about Izzy:

With a natural attraction towards all things physical mixed with years of meditation experience, Izzy balances his innate inclination to keep moving with the serenity of stillness and finds these qualities at their peak while practising Zenthai Shiatsu, a unique combination of Shiatsu, Thai massage and Osteopathy infused with the heart of yoga . (See more at zenthaishiatsucanada.com/about-zenthai/ )

After graduating as a qualified Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist in Australia, Izzy returned to Canada and brought with him his new found skill, art and passion. He is currently studying to become an RMT in order to bring together the Holistic harmony that is Eastern bodywork with the in depth Western meticulously scientific understanding of the physiological miracle that is the human body.   

Izzy has taught dozens of workshops in Victoria, including at the 2016 Victoria Yoga Conference where he was a featured teacher. 

 Izzy's relationship to Martial Arts:

The founder of Zenthai Shiatsu is a long time practitioner and teacher of Martial arts, perhaps that is what has inspired me to learn from him. I have practised Muay Thai and Capoeira for many years and admittedly have only dabbled in Juijitsu although I aspire to practice it as soon as I am finished schooling. After years of practising Zenthai Shiatsu and martial arts they both now feel the same. The respect for the teacher and discipline, and the honing of one's own body relate so closely, but it's the approach to the body of the other that is perhaps what changes. The ultimate aim is to utilise one's own body and energy to facilitate healing in the partner instead of defeating or disabling the “opponent”, in that way I see Zenthai Shiatsu as the essential counterpart to martial arts for the body, mind, and spirit.

I feel like Zenthai Shiatsu is a very connecting discipline nourishing the body and inspiring a completely new way to view the body on the mat!


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12:00 PM12:00

Three Year Anniversary

Van Isle BJJ is turning Three years old this year! We want to thank you, our students and friends for being a part of our journey. To give back we are hosting Marc Marins of North Vancouver Brazilian Jiujitsu, our instructor and friend, for a seminar followed by dinner at Lido Restaurant.

The seminar will be held at Van Isle BJJ and will be from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Please bring a non perishable food item for donation to the local food bank.

We have reserved the beautiful views of Lido Restaurant which is downtown on the water at 1234 Wharf Street (harbour level).


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7:30 PM19:30

Gathering of the Clans at DMA


We're going to Rick and Ryan's club (Dragon Martial Arts) in Colwood to meet old friends and make new friends! It's going to be a night of sharing knowledge, drilling, and rolling! If anyone needs rides, please make sure you contact JM or Matt at VIBJJ and we can carpool. There will be no class at VIBJJ on Tuesday due to noone being there. This is going to be awesome!

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Tenzin's Last Day
6:30 PM18:30

Tenzin's Last Day

Our team mate and friend Tenzin is moving to Vancouver to take up a wicked job and so December 23, 2014 will be his last night at VIBJJ. He has requested that for his last night we play "Kill the Kitty". We are going to have Tenzin roll everyone at the gym starting with the highest ranked students down to the very last person. Please come out and give Tenzin a time he'll never forget! The night will also be our last class until the new Year as we'll be closed from December 24, 2014 to January 3, 2014.


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VIBJJ Seminars Present: Professor Rob Biernacki
to Oct 19

VIBJJ Seminars Present: Professor Rob Biernacki

Van Isle BJJ (VIBJJ) is excited and proud to host Island Top Team head instructor Robert Biernacki for a two day charity seminar at VIBJJ HQ. All profits will be donated to BJJ Zimbabwe, an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of the impoverished through BJJ. We will also be accepting old gis, boxing gloves, rash guards and any other training gear as donations for the cause.  

Professor Rob is one of two black belt instructors on the whole island and his students' performances at recent competitions certainly illustrate the high level of coaching that Rob provides at his gym in Nanaimo, BC. Professor Rob, is a competitor himself, having traveled to the States to compete. See one of his recent matches HERE.  

The first day of the seminar will focus on De la Riva guard and open guard techniques and strategies, while the second day will focus on techniques and strategies to take and attack the back. 

The seminar is open to individuals from all gyms and affiliations as we here at VIBJJ are devoted to fostering a politic free BJJ community and strong island athletes and competitors.

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6:30 PM18:30

Gathering of the Clans 5

Hey guys, this is a reminder that class on September 30th, 2014 will be "The Gathering of the Clans" night at Van Isle BJJ. DMA BJJ (Olson's) and PCS BJJ will be joining us on the mats for the night, in the spirit of kind Jiu Jitsu brotherhood! We are looking forward to exchange and share laughs and techniques, roll with people of different skill levels and styles, and have an over all good time! Look forward to seeing you on the mats!

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1:00 PM13:00

Piet Wilhelm Seminar


Renato Tavares black belt and international competitor, Piet Wilhelm, will be presenting a three hour Brazilian Jiujitsu seminar to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project at the Van Isle BJJ/Victoria Judo Club HQ at 3130 Jutland Road, Victoria BC, on Feb. 22, 2014.

Piet's skill set includes sneaky chokes and high level technique most aptly suited to lightweight to midweight competitors and practitioners. Piet has insight and significant experience in teaching BJJ students of all shapes and sizes. No matter what game you play, this will be a helpful and fun seminar!

Don't miss out on early registration ending on Jan 31, 2014 ($40.00). Late registration will go until the start of the event ($50).

There will be a Silent auction to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. Our sponsors so far include FloatHouse Victoria, Suits U Swimwear and MMA Apparel, Lyrics Skateboard Shop, Victoria Judo Club and Tea Turtle.

To register please fill out the form below or send a private message to our facebook page. You can pay online via Paypal to ensure your early registration is secured and and fees are paid.

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you may pay by PayPal here in order to confirm your early registration is secured and fees are piad. Thank-you!

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6:30 PM18:30

The Gathering of the Clans!

Hey guys, this is a reminder that class on Tuesday November 5th will be "The Gathering of the Clans" night at Van Isle BJJ. DMA BJJ (Olson's) and PCS BJJ will be joining us on the mats for the night, in the spirit of kind Jiu Jitsu brotherhood! We are looking forward to exchange and share laughs and techniques, roll with people of different skill levels and styles, and have an over all good time! Look forward to seeing you on the mats! - Jean-Marc

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9:00 AM09:00

Katana BJJ: 2nd Annual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships

Katana BJJ are hosting an upcoming competition on November 2/2013. We've personally competed in they're competitions and have only had good experiences. This will be a very well run tourny, and no doubt an awesome time! Time to put in the work and get ready! See you guys on the mats!  

ps. for more info check out Katana BJJ's website at http://www.katanabjj.com/index.html

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