Professor Fernando Zulick
Fernando Zulick Professor Fernando is a certified black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with over 19 years of BJJ instruction, training and coaching experience. He also competes, along with all of our other instructors, and you’ll often find him, when not teaching at the Academy, competing in tournaments across the GTA and far beyond.
A native of Brazil, the home of real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fernando’s BJJ roots and lineage extend deep, having studied with BJJ Master Helio Gracie – Flavio Behring – Sylvio Behring . He’s even been featured in Gracie Mag!
You’ll find him to be a dedicated teacher with a true passion for MMA and BJJ and a long list of happy students, many of who have been with him for years.
More than just a BJJ instructor; Fernando also believes in giving back to the community and volunteers his academy to several ‘at-risk-youth’ groups and schools. Working one on one with these programs to get kids in a positive environment where they can thrive.

Professor Flavio Almeida

Professor Flavio Almeida is one of the most recognized figures in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world. Professor Flavio is not only a 4th degree Black Belt under the legendary Carlos Gracie Junior but is also the Executive Director of the Gracie Barra association. In addition to his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu profession, Professor Flavio is also an Economist. Brains and brawn are the words to describe this BJJ master. Professor Flavio has a very decorated competitive career including multiple world championships, an ADCC Silver medal, 2 Pan American Silver medals, 3 world bronze medals, 2 Brazilian silver medals, and several local and regional medals.

Professor Bruno Fernandes

Professor Bruno Fernandes is a third degree Black Belt under the legendary Carlos Gracie Jr. With 23 years of experience Professor Bruno possesses not only an exceptional amount of knowledge about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also an extensive competitive career. Owner and head instructor of Gracie Barra Montreal, Bruno frequently visits Lanna MMA to offer seminars and private instruction. Professor Bruno not only holds a high rank in BJJ, but also holds a medical degree and residency training in ophthalmology. In addition to running his own school, Professor Bruno is a professor at McGill University and has published several academic journal writings. Professor Bruno has also helped train several well known MMA fighters including: George St Pierre, Rory McDonald, David Loiseau, John Makdessy, and Jonathan Goulet. Some of Bruno’s competitive accomplishments include: 4 World Title Championships, Several Pan Am Championships, and several National and Regional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships

Rory “Ares” McDonald (Current UFC Welter Weight Fighter and Title contender)

Lanna was pleased to have UFC Fighter Rory McDonald visit the school to conduct a seminar! Rory McDonald is a current welterweight UFC title contender, and is considered by many to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. Holding an impressive record of 14-1, Rory has beat several top UFC fighters including BJ Penn, Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, and Che Mills. With a warrior spirit and a humble personality, Lanna MMA was honored to have Rory come teach while he was in Toronto!

Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (Current UFC Heavy Weight Fighter)

With not only a wealth of knowledge but also a charismatic personality, Lanna MMA was honored to have Brendan Schaub come by to teach our students! Ultimate Fighter finalist, Brendan Schaub holds an impressive MMA record of 9-3. Schaub has captured wins over notable MMA fighters including: Mirko Cro Cop, Lavar Johnson, and Gabriel Gonzaga. We look forward to seeing the return of this up and coming UFC heavy weight at Lanna MMA.

Marcus “The Bama Beast” Brimage (Current UFC Feather Weight Fighter)

Personality is an understatement when describing Marcus Brimage. His sense of humor and charisma is just as strong as his incredible MMA skill set. As one of the most up and coming Feather Weight fighters in the UFC, Marcus holds an impressive MMA record of 6-1 and is undefeated in the UFC. Lanna MMA was fortunate enough to have Marcus come by and teach our students some of his striking skills and techniques which have made him famous as a fighter!

Wallel “The Gazelle” Watson (UFC Bantam Weight Veteran)

With an MMA record of 11-5, Walel is a force to be reckoned with in MMA. Lanna MMA had the pleasure of having Walel come in and teach his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for MMA. Humbleness is an understatement when describing this fighter, who went out of his way to ensure every student, was practicing good technique and learning to the best of his/her abilities. It was truly an honor having Walel visit our school and we look forward to another visit from this up and coming Feather weight phenom!

Kru Mark Holst (UFC Light Weight Veteran and Professional Muay Thai Veteran)

Lanna MMA was fortunate enough to have Kru Mark Holst come in to conduct a striking for MMA seminar. Mark is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and has fought in several famous stadiums in Thailand. With strong foundations in Muay Thai and afer working extensively on his grappling, Kru Mark has made successful transition into MMA where he fought in the Light Weight Division of the UFC! Kru Mark is a good friend of Lanna MMA and we look forward to several more upcoming seminars from this UFC and Muay Thai veteran!

Kru Jean Charles Skarbowsky (French Muay Thai Legend)

Kru Jean Charles has become famous recently as one of George St Pierre’s striking coaches and many may recognize him from his appearance on the ultimate fighter, where he effortlessly schooled all of GSP’s team members, in the art of Muay Thai. As a fighter Jean Charles is known as one of the best foreigners to ever fight in Thailand. He has fought legends of the sport including Buakaw, John Wayne Parr, and Lamsongkram Chuwattana. A good friend of Lanna MMA, Kru Jean Charles has been by the school several times to teach classes, seminars, and help corner fighters. Some of Jean Charles many competitive accomplishments include:

  • 2006 N°1 Rajadamnern Stadium
  • 2005 N°4 Rajadamnern Stadium
  • 2003 N°1 Rajadamnern Stadium
  • 2002 Winner Superbout Kings Cup
  • 2000 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World champion (65 kg)
  • 1999 Winner Kings Cup
  • 1995-1996 3-times European Muay Thai champion
  • 1995 French Muay Thai champion

Kru John Wayne Parr (Australian Muay Thai Legend)

Lanna MMA was extremely honored to have Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr visit our school to conduct a seminar and teach our students. A legend of the sport, JWP is known as one of the few foreigners to have a successful fighting career in Thailand. Known for his technical skill set and charisma, JWP is a phenomenal ambassador of the sport of Muay Thai. John Wayne Parr was featured in the hit show the Contender Asia, where he lost a close decision in the finals to Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex. JWP has won several prestigious awards including; Thailand’s 1997 Foreign Fighter of the year, 2004 Iron Life Magazines Fighter of the Year and 2004 International Kickboxing magazines fighter of the year! JWP has fought several Muay Thai legends including; Yodsanklai Fairtex, Buakaw, Albet Krauss, Mike Zambidis, Nonsai, and Jean Charles Skarbowsky. Some of JWP’s competitive accomplishments include:

  • 2011 WKBF K-1 Middleweight World Champion
  • 2010 WKA Thai boxing World Middleweight Championship
  • 2010 WKN Thai boxing World Super welterweight Champion
  • 2008 International Kickboxer Magazine Champion
  • 2007 WMC Thai boxing Middleweight World Champion
  • 2005 K-1 World Max world final 8
  • 2005 WKBA K-1 World Welterweight Champion
  • 2004 K-1 World Max world final 8
  • 2004 S-1 Thai boxing World Middleweight Tournament Champion
  • 2002 K-1 Oceania MAX finalist
  • 2001 Australian Boxing Middleweight Champion
  • 2001 Kings Cup Tournament Champion
  • 2000 IMF Kings Cup Thai boxing World Middleweight Champion
  • 2000 ISKA Thai boxing World Middleweight Champion
  • 1999 Winner Kings Cup
  • 1999 WMTC Australian Jr. Middleweight Champion
  • 1997 Winner Kings Cup
  • 1994 WKA South Pacific Super Lightweight Champion
  • 1992 WKA Australian Super Lightweight Champion

Shihan Vito Brancaccio

Shihan Vito Brancoccio is a good friend of Lanna MMA and he’s been at the school several times to teach seminars and help train fighters A 6th degree black belt in Karate, under legendary Hanshi Cezar Borkowski, a Brazilian Jiu Jits blackbet under the legendary John Machado, a Combat Submission Wrestling Instructor under famous trainer to many UFC stars, Erik Paulson, a former competitive boxer under the world renown Peter Manfredo Sr. and a Kali & Jun Fan Gung Fu Instructor under the famous Guro Dan Inosanto ( Bruce Lees Protégé). Shihan Vito is one of the most accomplished instructors in North America!

Kru Jovan “The Stinger” Stojanowsky

Kru Jovan is a good friend of Lanna MMA, who has taught here seasonally, conducted seminars, and helped train fighters. With over 80 professional Muay Thai fights, Kru Jovan is one of the most experienced foreign fighters to ever fight in Thailand. He has fought in some of the most famous stadiums in Thailand including Lumpinee and Rajadamnern. Kru Jovan has been featured on all 3 major Thai television networks and has fought legendary Thai fighters such as Samkor Kiatmontep and Olympic gold medalist in boxing and one of Thailand’s most famous Thai fighters Somrak Sor Khamsing

Jason Saggo (Professional MMA Fighter)

Jason Saggo is one of the biggest up and comers in the Canadian MMA scene. With an undefeated amateur boxing record, an undefeated professional Muay Thai record, several accolades in Brazilian Jiu tournaments, and an 8-1 Pro MMA record, Jason is a force to be reckoned with. Lanna MMA is glad to be Jason’s Muay Thai headquarters with Kru Mel (Lannas head Muay Thai trainer) working with Jason several times per week. Jason has helped teach and constantly works with our students and instructors in order to help improve their MMA game! Watch out for this name, as you will be sure to see him in the UFC in the next upcoming years!

Pat Cooligan

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