Instructors

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.

Competition Highlights

  • 2012 Canadian FILA World Championships Trails Gold Medalist (Represented Canada at the Worlds in Krakow, Poland)

  • 2012 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Toronto Open Gold Medalist

  • 2010 Abu Dhabi Professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Canadian Trails Silver Medalist

  • 2009 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation No Gi Pan American Silver Medalist

  • 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Competitor

  • 2009 Abu Dhabi Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Canadian Trials – Gold

  • 2009 Ontario Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open – 2 Golds

  • 2004 Ontario Submission Wrestling Invitational – Gold

  • 2004 Blue Belt NAGA World Championships – Gold

  • 2003 Copa Atlantica Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Silver

  • 2003 Relson Gracie U.S. Nationals – Silver

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.

Competition Highlights

  • 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.

Coaching Accomplishments:
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.

Personal Accomplishments:
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.

Competition Highlights:

  • 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

Trevor has been with OpenMat for 7 years and is a brown belt under Professor Elliott Bayev. Trevor teaches the intermediate Gi classes. He is a frequent competitor on the local circuit and is known for his gentle personality but crushing style. His hobbies include playing open guard and touting the benefits of the head and arm triangle!

Competition Highlights:

  • 2016 Grappling Industries Absolute Division Champion (Purple Belt)

  • 2016 IBJJF Toronto Open – Silver (Purple Belt Medium Heavy)

Coach Denis Beenen / Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Denis began training at OpenMat in 2011 and is a purple belt under Professor Elliott Bayev. He has a strong passion for Martial Arts, Sports, and teaching. He has Degree’s in Kinesiology and Teaching from the University of Toronto. This has given him a strong understanding of how the human body moves and effective teaching methodologies. This combined with his life-long pursuit of knowledge makes Denis a very detail oriented coach! He is constantly searching for more knowledge and strives to stay up to date on the newest and latest evolutions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This has led him to travel the world and learn from some of the very best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors. He is an avid competitor having competed all over the world.

Competition Highlights:

  • 2016 IBJJF NoGi Worlds – Bronze Medal (Purple Belt)

  • Grappling Industries – Multiple time Advanced Division Champion

  • Ontario Open – NoGi Medalist

  • NAGA – Multiple Time Expert Division Medalist

Coach Mike Fung / Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Coach Mike has been training since 2009 and is a Brown Belt in BJJ under Professor Elliott Bayev. He has completed a Masters Degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology.

Coach Tania Andrade / Kids Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Coach Tania has a degree in Developmental Psychology and has nearly a decade of experience working one-on-one with children in a variety of settings. She has written and published a children’s book about self-acceptance, friendship and being different. A medical administrator by day, Coach Tania is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is technical because she has to be – most of her experience consists of fighting larger people.

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

Sumeet has been involved in Martial Arts since the age of 8 years old. He began his Martial Arts Journey in Calgary studying Hap Ki Do. Having practiced Hap Ki Do for many years he began his BJJ training in 2009. In 2012 he moved to Ontario to further his education and took a 3 year absence from Martial Arts. He returned to BJJ in 2015 and began training under Professor Elliott at OpenMat. He is currently a purple belt under Professor Elliot Bayev.

Sumeet is an avid competitor and has experience teaching both adult and youth classes. He has competed and won medals in Pankration, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Hap Ki Do. He has also competed in amateur and professional Mixed Martial Arts.

Competition Highlights and Selected Accomplishments

  • 2012 CBJJF – BC Provincials Blue Belt – 2nd Place

  • 2012 Submission Ace Championship – 1st Place (under 170lbs)

  • 2012 Mind Body Soul Intermediate Division – 1st Place (170lbs)

  • 2011 Hard Knocks Fighting Student Athlete Scholarship

  • 2009 Third Degree Black Belt Hap Ki Do (Yoon’s Martial Arts)

Coach Mark Gobien / Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Coming soon!

Coach Keith Eager / Brazilian jiu-jitsu

A lifelong athlete, Keith played competitive Baseball and Ice Hockey growing up, eventually coaching skating, hockey and . He found Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts in 2008. Keith has been with Openmat since 2010, studying under Professors Elliott Bayev and Val Ostanov.

While the majority of his mat time has been spent doing Jiu Jitsu, Keith has also trained in Wrestling, Judo, MMA and Muay Thai. In addition to instructing and assistant instructing in Jiu Jitsu, Keith has coached in Skating, Ice Hockey and Sledge Hockey, all the while secretly wishing that he was coaching Jiu Jitsu.

More scientist than cheerleader or sage, Keith’s interest is in finding, exploring and mapping out effective Jiu Jitsu for self defence, MMA and sport grappling. Keith helps his students to find both a universal Jiu Jitsu and a game that they can call their own.

Coach JP Bui / Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Coming soon!