MEET THE BALANCE TEAM

Established in 2010 Balance Jiu Jitsu was created as a means to grow the sport/art of Jiu Jitsu in Winnipeg Manitoba. Our instructors have traveled and trained with some of the sports top-level athletes and instructors such as Caio Terra, Rubens"Cobrinha" Maciel, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Leticia Ribeiro, Royce, and Royler Gracie, Andre Galvao, as well as many others in order to provide you with the most current and effective methods of training with proven results. Located centrally in the city Balance Jiu-Jitsu is committed to promoting hard work, physical fitness, health, and discipline through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga.

Balance Jiu-jitsu is more than just techniques, It's an opportunity for personal development.
Where our elite instructors come together to form an inspired system. We are driven by the same relentless pursuit of "Being better than who you were yesterday". We help create the possibility for people to maximize their potential within themselves.


Our incredible instructor team is truly the heart of Balance Jiu-Jitsu. It is their dedication, passion, and talent that keep students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team!

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MATT MACDONALD

Owner/Head Instructor

With close to 40 years of experience in Martial Arts, and 20+ years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor Matt MacDonald is a Black Belt under 5X European Champion Professor Rodrigo Munduruca.

Known for his attention to detail Professor Matt is responsible for coaching the top Kid/Teen Jiu-
Jitsu athletes in Manitoba, as well as Manitoba's first and only Jiu-Jitsu instructor to produce a GOLD medal in the most prestigious Kid/Teen tournament in the world the IBJJF PanKids World Championships.


"The Martial Arts have taught me countless lessons. Of all the philosophies I've learned, my favorite is discipline, persistence, patience & courage. What most people look for in books, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you in practice. What we need to understand is without great teachers we can never go too far. During my journey, there have been lots of ups and downs, and regardless of my mission one thing is true: I always sought to improve. I keep training because every time I think I know a technique well, I realize that I either thought I knew or at best, I could always do it better." Prof. Matt


Accomplishments include:

  • IBJJF recognized Black Belt

  • Black Belt 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

  • Black Belt 1st Degree Jishin Do Jiu Jitsu.

  • Black belt in Shotokan Karate.

  • Black Belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do.

  • 2012 Manitoba Open Jiu Jitsu.

  • Champion Gi and No-Gi Feather Weight Division.

  • 2002 Ground Wars Gold Medalist Adv. Feather Weight Div.

  • UCW MMA Veteran

  • Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association Certified Referee.

  • Sport Manitoba Coaching.

  • Respect in Sport Activity Leader Certificate.

  • Sask Sports inc. Respect Group Certificate.


Lineages:

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Alvaro Barreto>
Sylvio Behring > Rodrigo Munduruca > Matt MacDonald

 

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Flàvio Behring > Mauricio Pereira > Rodrigo Munduruca > Matt MacDonald

MARCIA MACDONALD

Owner/ Yoga Instructor/ BJJ Coach

Coach Marcia has 17 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga and is a Certified lyengar Yoga Instructor. With over 100k+ hours of mat time, Marcia holds the rank of brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and leads our Jr Kids, and Kids program; Along with Solo classes, Ladies Beginner Jiu-Jitsu, and Beginner & Intermediate drill sessions.
Marcia is excellent with kids of all ages and has been blessed to have the patience of a saint, an amazing coach for all students beginning their BJJ journey!

 

Marcia holds the following certifications:

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Sport Manitoba Coaching

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Certificate 

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LOGAN MACDONALD

Assistant BJJ Coach

Assistant Coach Logan MacDonald brings a wealth of knowledge to the mats with over 9 years of competition experience in some of our sport's largest and most prestigious tournaments in the world. Being the first Kid in Manitoba to ever achieve Gold in an IBJJF PanKids Tournament. 

Logan provides a wide range of knowledge to support students from all backgrounds and levels.

 

 Accomplishments include:

  • N.A.G.A (North American Grappling Association).

  • 4x N.A.G.A Champion.

  • IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation).

  • IBJJF 2020 PanKids GOLD.

  • IBJJF PanKids Bronze.

  • IBJJF Kids International Open Silver.

  • UAEJJF (United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation).

  • UAEJJF Canadian National Pro Champion.

  • UAEJJF AJP Tour International Pro Champion.

  • 6x Grappling Industries Champion.

  • MNBJJF (Minnesota Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation).

  • 3x MNBJJF Champion

  • 15x Manitoba Open Champion 

 

Wrestling Accomplishments include:

  • Manitoba Provincial Champion

  • Western Canada Games Bronze

  • Sport Manitoba Coaching

  • Respect in Sport Activity Leader Certificate

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GIL TORRES

BJJ Professor

Gil brings a ton of knowledge to the mats with over 15+ years of experience in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. He is a black belt under World Champion Rodrigo Munduruca. Bringing first-hand competition experience in Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and bodybuilding Gil is a tremendous asset to Balance Jiu-Jitsu. Gil's work ethic is inspiring to those who train with him, just do not ask him about his flexibility.

  • IBJJF Referee Course Certificate.

  • Respect In Sports Manitoba

  • Manitoba Open Coach & Balance Team Coordinator
     

Lineages:

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Alvaro Barreto> Sylvio Behring > Rodrigo Munduruca > Gil Torres

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Flàvio Behring > Mauricio Pereira > Rodrigo Munduruca > Gil Torres

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Mike Agliam

Assistant BJJ Coach

Mike can be found shaping the new generation of BJJ ninjas and co-teaching fundamental kids classes. With over 13 years of experience, He is always ready to lend a hand, regardless of age or rank. Mike is one of the friendliest people you will ever encounter.

  • 13 years of Jiu-Jitsu experience 

  • Brown Belt

  • Respect in Sports Certificate