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, BJJ Blue Belt
Robert was my first grappling trainer, and when I started learning from him I had no background in any combat sport whatsoever. His ability to convey the principles of the sport, coupled with his knack for explaining why he teaches the techniques he does, lead me to finish first in my class at the Ontario Grappling Championships (winning every one of my matches by submission) after less than 1 year of training with him. I have yet to find an instructor capable of matching his innate teaching prowess, and would recommend taking the opportunity to learn from him to anyone.
I started attending Robert's BJJ classes in late 2012. I had joined because I wanted to get a better understanding for how the submission game works. As a huge MMA fan, I decided I no longer wanted to be an armchair fan, but instead wanted to develop a first-hand understanding. Rob's classes were not what I had expected. I expected a class filled with alpha males who were all there to submit others and build their egos. Rob's classes are nowhere near that. He emphasizes patience and safety. Rob treats his classes like a "lab", where egos are checked at the door, or you can find another gym. The club has an excellent atmosphere, and everyone is respected.
Island Top Team is without a doubt the premier place to find quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island, BC. Prof Robert's methods of instruction through concepts, matched with ultra fun training partners make an excellent learning environment. Being a soldier, I've learned "techniques" and "moves" from a lot of instructors from around the world, Robert takes the bits and pieces and makes you understand the fundamentals to put it all together. I have developed my grappling more in the past five months with ITT than I have in my last five years of training.
, BJJ Purple Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is like trying to put a complicated puzzle together without complete illustrations or instructions. Professor Robert Biernacki has the whole picture and instruction booklet for you! Listen to his concepts and perfect his modules, and the puzzle becomes easy! I traveled to BC all the way from Ontario specifically to train at Island Top Team with Robert. Thank you once again Professor.
, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
Gold in Nanaimo!
, BJJ Blue Belt
Robert articulates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in such a way that has allowed me to gain maximum efficiency out of my training. I have been doing judo for most of my life and have always had a passion for groundwork. Previously, I never had the local resources to elevate my game much further. I found that to be incorrect as I started training at Island Top Team. Robert has allowed me to progress much quicker than I ever could have expected. Not only can Robert teach in a clear and coherent matter, he displays his teachings very well when he rolls. Through Island Top Team, I believe anyone can learn effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because Robert teaches everyone moves and principles capable of defeating the most technical BJJ practitioner.
, Former National Judo Competitor
I first started training with Island Top Team to learn martial arts but Rob taught me much more. At my age I thought I had learned most things, boy was I mistaken. I am a much better person than before I started at Island Top Team. Now I'm well on my way to being a valuable team member and good BJJ practitioner. Thanks ever so much professor Rob.
From the first time we saw Rob instruct, we liked what we saw. When my son joined Island Top Team it was confirmed, Rob's philosophy toward BJJ came from a true love of the acquisition of all aspects of knowledge that would benefit the elevation of one's game. His teachings are extremely comprehensive. From the technical, conceptual and physiological, to the psychological factors, he has a very structured curriculum that is carried out with clear, thorough explanations. His Core Concepts and concept before technique approach gives one an excellent understanding of why the strengthening of key fundamentals is so essential. So come to Island Top Team with a genuine will to train, two good listening ears, consistent workouts, and watch your level be elevated with good speed. His approach is a great fit for us, it will be a great fit for you.
, Former Owner of Wydel's Gym
such a positive environment
I had the pleasure of spending a week in Nanaimo as a part of Island Top Team's visiting student program. Rob was hospitable and welcoming as was his team. Myself and another student were allowed to stay at Rob's place and train at his school which was an awesome experience. The only thing more impressive than the hospitable and welcoming nature of their team was Rob's proficiency as an instructor. I can tell you that he has an excellent system for improving an athlete's technical and conceptual approach to grappling. He can quickly spot the holes in your game and give you advice on how to fix them. Rob exemplifies the term 'student of the game' traveling all over and taking privates with some of the top competitors in the world and then brings that knowledge back to his school. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in improving their conceptual understanding and technical knowledge of jiu jitsu.
, BJJ Purple Belt
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As of March 13, 2020, Island Top Team is closed indefinitely as a proactive measure to help implement social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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