Matthew de Groot - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion - IBJJF World Masters
Jiu Jitsu Instructor & Judo assistant Instructor
From an early age Matthew developed a strong passion for the martial arts. At the age of six, Matthew began training in shotokan karate under world champion and legend Warren Levi. Matthew demonstrated early on, his thirst for competition, as he went on to dominate the national karate scene. Matthew holds a brown belt in shotokan Karate.
Matthew has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu nearly every day for the last 9 years and has achieved the rank of purple belt under Marc Marins.
It was years later that Matthew began his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, after his brother introduced him to the art. Right from the start he was hooked. He couldn't believe how effective the techniques were, even considering his previous knowledge of the martial arts. He began training BJJ daily and soon began competing regularly in BJJ tournaments.
Matthew has valiantly proven himself amongst the top competitors in the Pacific Northwest often fighting up in weight as much as 30 lbs. He has won numerous titles such as the IBJJF Seattle Open (x2), the CBJJF Western Canadian (x2) . Recently Matthew achieved a life long goal of becoming a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World champion. He alongside accomplished this feat along with his student Fred Jasq.
In addition to Jiu Jitsu, Matthew is an active member of the Victoria Judo Club in which he has been training for 5 years. Matthew is a Judo brown belt. He is passionate about all grappling arts, throwing and ground work included.
Matthew, alongside his brother, travels extensively to compete in the world's most revered tournaments and learn under Jiu Jitsu's most celebrated instructors. His thirst for knowledge is unquenchable as is his hunger to teach what he has learned. He is excited to continue to build a lifestyle firmly rooted in BJJ and fitness and looks forward to what the future has to offer.
Jean-Marc de Groot
Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Jean-Marc started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a teenager. Right away, he knew he had found that 'thing' he had always been looking for. An art that was both mentally and physically engaging, stress releiving, encompassed by a great community and with real world applications. Almost ten years has passed since he first stepped onto the mats, and he is even more passionate about jiu jitsu now, then when he started. Jean-Marc is thankful for what Jiu Jitsu has given him: an amazing community of people, and a subtle, yet rock solid physical, self confidence among many other benefits. It is his appreciation and understanding of what Jiu Jitsu can do that motivates him to spread the art with as many people as possible.
Jean-Marc alongside his brother, is among the top competitors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Western Canada. Both Matthew and Jean-Marc travel internationally to compete in tournaments such as the (IBJJF) BJJ worlds championships. Jean-Marc holds the rank of purple belt in Jiu Jitsu which he received in 2013. As passionate as Jean-Marc is about competing, he is also as passionate about teaching. He is a firm believer in the fundamentals and self defense aspects of jiu jitsu first and foremost before entering the sportive side. Jean-Marc is happy with the integrity of the community and jiu jitsu training the Van Isle BJJ has fostered and is excited to change as many lives as possible through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.