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

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)