Jiu-jitsu represents the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength- Helio Gracie
12328 102nd AVENUE NW
(located within the Evolve Strength Fitness Facility)
ph. (587) 557-5116
Professor Hoss Zahiri
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, sport, and lifestyle. Through a strong understanding of positional hierarchy and body mechanics on the ground, it is designed to be the best means of gaining & maintaining control over a resisting opponent, while exposing opportunities for counter-attackes even against a much larger opponent. No magic. Just mind and body intelligence.
|$100/hr.||Minimum of 3 prepaid bookings|
|$90/hr.||Minimum of 6 prepaid bookings|
first month of unlimited classes for $99
Developing physical literacy skills in a fun and engaging manner with the aim of developing proficiency in BJJ etiquette, basic movements, and techniques.
Prerequisites: Ages 4-7
Teaching the basic building blocks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while laying the foundations for developing a well-rounded and effective style for both sport competition and self defense applications.
Prerequisites: Ages 8-12
The instructions provided in this class are geared towards beginners to develop foundational knowledge critical for a student's progression in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Prerequisites: White belt & Above
Teaching focuses on developing fundamental concepts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which will aid in the development of a student's own unique style.
Prerequisites: White belt x2 & Above
This class focuses on improving how students learn jiu-jitsu by observing and providing insights into the sequential strategies that are currently being implemented in their games. The format of this class is more
open-ended, giving students more opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback with the goal of improving a student's strategic reasoning.
Prerequisites: White belt x3 & Above
This is a live sparring class with an instructor present. Students will be paired up with different partners for a combination of situational and/or full, live sparring rounds.
Prerequisites: White belt x1 & Above
Womens only class.
A form of grappling without the traditional uniform. Instead, participants wear shorts and a rash guard. No Gi's flow has a faster pace with a very similar technical repertoire to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; however, the emphasis
is on proper handles and different strategies of control due to the inability to grab onto a gi.
Prerequisites: White belt x2 & Above
Open Mats are non-instructional sessions where members can work on techniques, drill, and/or spar. There will always be an instructor or senior level belt present to monitor these sessions and answer any student questions.
Rank: Black belt 1st degree
Lineage: Kyle Cardinal —> Rodrigo Munduruca —> Royler Gracie —> Helio Gracie
Start: April 2005
Style/approach: My teaching philosophy consists of instilling the core concepts and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in beginners to ensure they develop a strong foundation. From there new learners can develop their own unique styles and approaches. For novice and more advanced practitioners, I like to work on enforcing technical proficiency as well as developing an attack-style mentality. This includes attacking from both top and bottom positions, as well as focusing on the principles of base, balance, posture and leverage.
Why did you start? From the moment I first grappled with my brother, I was hooked. I became passionate about mastering this sport and becoming the best I could be. What especially appealed to me about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the knowledge that through skill and training I could defend myself from vulnerable positions against much larger and stronger individuals.
What keeps you going? The lifestyle and cerebral nature of jiu-jitsu keeps pushing me to keep training and sparked my interest in teaching. I love how this sport provides me also with an opportunity to constantly meet new people and build a community based on a common interest. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a martial art. If you choose to adopt the lifestyle and principles, it can encompass and change your life for the better.
Environment/Vision:The vision behind starting Bairro 124 was to create a team and community environment that was open and accessible to a variety of different people. Whether you are a parent looking to get your child/youth introduced to an active lifestyle, a “9 to 5er” looking for a change of routine, or an athlete desiring competition, Bairro 124’s environment can be geared towards accomplishing your goals.
Rank: Black belt 2nd degree
Lineage: Kyle Cardinal —>Rodrigo Munduruca —> Royler Gracie—> Helio Gracie
Style/approach: I try treat every fight like I’m in a tournament: stay tight and every great roll should end with being exhausted. I like to teach based on how I was taught, with some personal and subtle refinements added in. I think it is very important to teach the basics, because that is what you will always fall back on when you are exhausted. I encourage students to figure out three or so things they are excellent at and drill these techniques even when they are rolling. To improve my teaching, I research other forms of people’s styles to learn to anticipate counter moves as well as tighten up my own key moves. My advice: don’t try to emulate everything others do. Also, only use strength when it is needed.
Why did you start? I worked out at the gym for years and got to a point that the weight training just seemed like a building block for something else. Then I found BJJ. I also wrestled with friends and always seemed to win so we started a fight club in a buddy’s basement. People started to take BJJ classes but would never share the information with me for fear I would get an advantage over them. When heard about a teacher named Kyle Cardinal, I knew he would provide the type of training and mentorship I needed, and I have been training under him ever since.
What keeps you going? BJJ has become more just being a sport to test my mental and physical state. It has now become my chosen lifestyle.
The club is located in downtown Edmonton and there are lots of parking spots within walking distance.
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