OpenMat is proud to offer world-class instruction taught by highly trained, fun and caring instructors.
Professor Elliott Bayev / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
OpenMat’s founder and head BJJ instructor, Elliott Bayev is a champion competitor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 3rd Degree Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Professor Shawn Williams of 5 Star Martial Arts in Los Angeles.
One of the first people to train BJJ in Toronto, Elliott left his corporate life behind in 2004 to start the precursor to OpenMat and share the beauty and power of BJJ. Since then, in addition to becoming one of the mostly highly regarded instructors and competitors in Canada, Elliott has grown OpenMat into the warm, fun, welcoming MMA academy we see today.
Elliott brings his personal philosophy of compassion, unity and positivity to OpenMat, which you feel the moment you walk through our doors. Elliott’s ultimate vision is of a healthier, happier, united world and sees OpenMat as the prototype of the kind of business the world needs.
Thoughtful, articulate and fun, Elliott brings a beautiful vision and great attitude to OpenMat, helping make it a place we’re all proud to call home.
- 2004 NAGA World Championships – Gold (blue)
- 2004 Ontario Submission Wrestling Invitational – Gold (purple)
- 2009 Ontario Open – Double Gold (purple)
- 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro World Championship Canadian Trials – Gold (purple/brown/black division)
- 2009 Represented Canada at Abu Dhabi Pro World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE (purple/brown/black division)
- 2009 IBJJF No Gi Pan American Silver Medalist (purple)
- 2010 Abu Dhabi Professional Canadian Trails Silver Medalist (brown)
- 2011 Ontario Open Silver (brown)
- 2012 IBJJF Toronto Open – Gold (brown)
- 2012 Canadian FILA World Championships Trails – Gold (black)
- 2012 Represented Canada at the FILA World Championships In Krakow, Poland (black)
- 2013 IBJJF No Gi World Championships – Silver (black)
- 2014 IBJJF No Gi Pans – Silver (black)
- 2016 Ontario Open – Gold (black)
- 2016 London Submission-Only Invitational Headline Fight – Draw (black)
- 2017 Rickson Gracie Cup – Double Gold (black)
- 2017 No Gi Pans – Silver (black)
Professor Val Ostanov / Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Wrestling
Professor Val Ostanov, OpenMat’s Head Wrestling Coach, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with over twenty years of Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling experience in the former USSR. Val grew up wrestling and competing and brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to OpenMat’s wrestling and BJJ programs. Val brings to an intensity and toughness to his wrestling practices but also has a great sense of humour that ensure that the hard work is fun too.
On top of Professor Val’s impressive wrestling and BJJ credentials, he also has over 15 years of experience in the fields of nutrition, health and personal development and is the author of three books. Whether you’re looking for critical competition advice or equally critical nutrition advice, Val has a wealth of knowledge.
2011 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship – Silver
Kru Peter Montrait / Muay Thai & Personal Training
I have been involved in Martial Arts for 12 years, with 8 of those years spent activity competing at both the amateur and professional level in Muay Thai and MMA. My personal philosophy in teaching Martial Arts is “No person left behind”. I believe that the Martial Arts are for everyone, and with patience and attention to detail everyone can achieve a high level of skill. I am currently a full time Coach and Personal Trainer.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to both train, and train with some of the best Muay Thai and MMA fighters that Canada has to offer (Clifton Brown, Simon Marcus and Matt Embree, to name a few).
Some of the standouts that I have trained to championship levels are:
Janna Hein – Amateur Muay Thai Champion
Tiffany Case – Amateur Muay Thai Champion, and Professional Muay Thai Fighter
Janice Lyn – Amateur Muay Thai champion, and current Professional Muay Thai World Champion
Alex Ricci – UFC Fighter
Elias Theodorou – Winner of the Ultimate Fighter and current UFC Fighter; I was his Muay Thai coach for the final and first fight post final.
Simon Marcus – I helped prepare Simon with sparring and coaching for his professional World Champion fights with Artem Levin, and Joe Schilling- Both of which he was the victor.
Certified Poo Choi Kru in Muay Thai
Amateur and Professional Muay Thai Fighter with a record of 14 Wins, 4 Losses, 2 Knockouts
Professional MMA Fighter with 2 Wins, 0 Losses; 1 Win by Sub and 1 by first round Knockout
Competed for the CMTCA Light Heavy Weight Muay Thai Title Winner of the 2010 Qualifier Tournament for a spot on the Canadian National Team
Certified Personal Trainer Specialist – CanfitPro
Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist – CanfitPro
Level 1 Nutrition Coach – Precision Nutrition
Kru Tony Monoharan / Muay Thai
35 sanctioned fights
TBA-SA 60kg Lightweight Pro North American Champion
2009 and 2010 TBA Amateur Champion
Fought and trained internationally in Thailand, Australia, England, Canada and USA
Kru Gabriel Solignac / Muay Thai
Gabriel has competed in martial arts from a young age all over Europe and Australia as a fighter and a trainer in Savate, Kickboxing and Boxing. Gabriel holds a Silver Gloves in Savate (French KickBoxing), and is certified through the French and Canadian Savate Federation as an instructor. Gabriel continues to learn different styles of martial arts to keep improving his skills as a fighter and trainer.
International Kickboxing Tournament Winner, September 2013 Paris, France
International Kickboxing Tournament Winner, December 2012 Alicante, Spain
French Savate Champion (-70 kg) 2010 and 2011
University French Champion (-70 kg) 2010 and 2011
Coach Taro Kurita / Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Personal Training
Coach Taro received his first fitness certification in 1994. Over the last two decades, Taro has built a reputation as a passionate and innovative personal trainer, strength coach, martial artist and fitness instructor.
Fields of Specialization:
Strength & Conditioning for Martial Arts
Bodybuilding and Physique Enhancement
General Fitness and Longevity
All of Coach Taro’s programs are influenced by a unique understanding of muscular relationships, function and posture. Clients experience improved resilience as they become stronger (learn more at Tarodo.com). Coach Taro currently holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Elliott Bayev. Coach Taro works with both world-class and fledgling combat athletes as well as those seeking an edge on life. New challenges are always welcome!
Coach Carlos Quiñonez / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Carlos Quiñonez has been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2009. He was immediately hooked for a variety of reasons: the health benefits; the focus on technical detail over strength and power; the friendliness and camaraderie of those who practice the art; and its capacity to build and strengthen one’s character. To him, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has the power to change people so that they are healthier, kinder, and happier, and that’s what counts!
With a strong focus on the fundamentals, Carlos effectively breaks down even the most complex of techniques to their basic principles. An early riser, Carlos runs our morning BJJ classes and helps his students start the day off right.
Coach Trevor Johnston / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Denis Beenen / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Mike Fung / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Tania Andrade / Kids Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Kat McGuire / Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Fight Like A Girl
Coach Kat fell in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the winter of 2014, and hasn’t looked back since! She adores the endless depths of the art, and brings a technical mind and an indomitable spirit to her practice. Being smaller than most of the people she rolls with, Coach Kat has developed a super strong defensive game and has learned to rely on superior technique to get the advantage. She aims to instill a sound defensive repertoire and a strong respect for technique over strength in her students, and delights in seeing them develop their own styles as they progress.
BJJ has also helped Coach Kat find her calling in life, as she has chosen to pursue a career in Physiotherapy following the experience of rehabbing an injury of her own. She also fell in love with strength training around this time, and can often be found working up a sweat in the workout area if she’s not on the mats!
Kat is dangerous on the mats but carries herself unassumingly. She has a big grin on her face during competitions, whether winning or losing. Her passion for helping others shines through her teaching and willingness to share her time. Coach Kat is an awesome example to all of our students!
Coach Sumeet Gill / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Mark Gobien / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach Keith Eager / Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Coach JP Bui / Brazilian jiu-jitsu