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YOUR PROFESSIONAL BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU ACADEMY IN VANCOUVER.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

At Lapel Arts our mission is to provide you or your child with world-class instruction. We want to nourish a positive environment where beginners and advanced practitioners feel appreciated and everyone elevates each other. We welcome members from ages 5 to 65+. We don't have a uniform policy, you can train with any gear!

There is no better way to discover than to come try it for yourself! That is why we offer a free trial for all our programs. 

THE ACADEMY

Our state-of-the-art new facility is at the heart of Vancouver in the Fairview-Kitsilano neighbourhood. With convenient transportation and available parkades around, we are right on trendy Broadway ave. 

Our boutique style gym features:

  • 800 sqft of uninterrupted mat space

  • Sprung subfloor for the mats

  • Non-slip highest quality FUJI tatami mats

  • HVAC system (AC or HEAT)

  • Men/Women changing rooms

  • Pro shop

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KIDS PROGRAM

Our Kids Program accommodates ages from 5 to 13 and we offer classes 3 days/week.

The main benefits of our Kids Program are:

  • Skill development: Learn moves, body awareness, communication and leadership skills.

  • Self Defense and Anti-bullying: Learn to defend against bullies and keep away from violence.

  • Sportmanship and Friendship: Learn how to be competitive in a healthy way and value the partners.

  • Discipline and Respect: Learn structure and respect to the others and the space.

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GET IN TOUCH

Come try out any of our classes and experience our new facility.

Would prefer to start with a one-on-one intro session? We got you! Get in touch to set up your trial experience.

Navigate our F.A.Q tab to find out more information.

Inquire about our discounts for students, health care professionals and family members.

 

Meet Our Instructors
 

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LUCAS WILHAN

Head Instructor/Owner

Lucas is a Gi and Nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist. Originally from Montreal, Canada he has a wide range of competition accolades and over 10 years of experience in teaching this art to adults, kids and competitors. 

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ALEX JOHNSTON

Gi/NoGi Instructor

Alex is a purple belt under Lapel Arts, originally passionate about NoGi, but after intensive training with Lucas for a few years, he has developed a solid knowledge both in Gi and NoGi. He is a great instructor and athlete and often represents the team in local tournaments, lately scoring a gold in the AVA Pro division and many more wins! Catch his classes on Wednesday and Thursdays evenings.

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ZOE GLASS

Kids/Women Instructor

Zoe is a purple belt under Lapel Arts and the talented artist that decorates our gym with her Jiu Jitsu paintings. He passion for the sport is clear in her art and on the mats and is inspiring for everyone. Zoe is part of our Kids Program together with instructor Pauline and leading the classes on Saturdays.

She is also part of and substitute teacher for the Women’s only classes.

PAULINE BAK

Instructor (Adults and Kids)/Owner

Pauline is a black belt instructor, competitor and a Certified Personal Trainer. From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the original hub of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, she is an inspiration for the women in the sport.

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CASEY MANDERSON

Gi/NoGi Instructor

Casey is a brown belt dedicated practitioner in both Gi and NoGi, experienced also in Muay Thai, yoga and physical training.
His knowledge of the body and movements plus the extra time he takes to study the best athletes out there gives a lot of value to his teaching. Plus he is a cool actor!

Catch his NoGi class every Thursday at 11am. 

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WILL DUNN

Gi/NoGi Instructor

Will is an experienced purple belt that stands out for his teaching skills. He does an amazing job tailoring for both beginners and advanced practitioners with a lot of patience and great Jiu Jitsu knowledge. He has collected some golds of his own in the local tournaments.

Instructor Will is in charge of our early 7am classes and beginners classes on Saturdays. 

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