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INSTRUCTORS

Professor – Demetrios Diavatopoulos

Professor Demetrios Diavatopoulos is a black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner under Professor Bruno Fernandes. He has been an active sports athlete and martial arts competitor for most of his life. He began his martial arts training at the age of 15 in Kyokushinkai Karate and has been a student of several martial art disciplines before discovering the effectiveness and gentleness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1993 after watching the first mixed martial arts tournament (UFC) and has been an ambassador of the art ever since.

“I truly believe that the jiu-jitsu we teach at Gracie Barra is for everyone, it brings balance to one’s life on so many levels.  Not only is it a great form of exercise, and the most complete form of self-defence, it is also a powerful form of therapy that addresses issues of insecurity and low self-esteem.  Through jiu-jitsu the introvert gains confidence and the extrovert learns humility.”

Prof. Demetrios has a bachelor of engineering degree from Concordia University and is a licensed professional engineer since 1999.  He is a husband and father of two children.  Having studied at Vanier College and worked in Ville Saint-Laurent, he’s honored with the privilege of bringing the community its first Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school.