the Staff and Instructors at Submission Arts Academy
Professor Spencer Lalonde
Professor Spencer Lalonde is a IBJJF certified Second Degree Black Belt under 4th degree IBJJF certified Black Belt Professor Rodrigo Munduruca, and Jorge Britto. Spencer began his grappling career as an amateur wrestler in 1990. After moving to Winnipeg, he began studying the gentle art under World Champion Rodrigo Munduruca, who has since promoted him through each rank.
Today Spencer is the Head Instructor at Submission Arts Academy in Barrie. With a deep family history of coaching, Spencer's love for giving back was inspired by his late Grandfather "Coach" Jim Fletcher who is a Hall of Fame coach in Michigan. Spencer strives to be the best coach imaginable by making learning possible for anyone, regardless of skill, age, gender or motivation. Spencer has competed in countless amateur wrestling and BJJ tournaments at each rank making him an ideal coach for anyone looking to learn or improve their skills. Spencer is a pillar in the Barrie community, he's always looking for ways to give back and to make his community better today then it was yesterday. He brings with him a wealth of Global knowledge and experience from years of coaching and cornering professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the UFC, Sengoku Japan, Score Fighting Series and The Canadian Fighting Championship. Spencer has trained with a wide array of BJJ, MMA, and Kickboxing Champions including Joe Doerksen, Demian Maia, Jeremy Horn, and Duke Roufus amongst others.
Nathan Dos Santos
Coach Nathan Dos Santos is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Jorge Britto. Coach Nate is one of Canada’s top competitors. Coach Nate’s home Academy is Toronto BJJ, however he frequently comes to Submission Arts Academy to teach. His attention to detail and ability to breakdown technique is second to none. Coach Nate’s professionalism and willingness to help all those around him improve their Jiu-Jitsu makes him a welcome part of the coaching staff at Submission Arts Academy.”
Adam Laroche is a black belt under Professor Spencer Lalonde. Fascinated on how practical and realistic BJJ can be used in real life outside of the academy. Adam began his Brazilian jiu-jitsu journey in 2008 in Barrie Ontario. Adam has been training under Spencer Lalonde since 2011. Very open minded to different styles of BJJ, Adam helps to encourage and direct students to help find what works best for them as individuals. Powered by a strong work ethic, Adam not only applies this to his own training but reminds teammates that “consistency is king”.
Deedra Levy is a purple belt under Professor Spencer Lalonde. Deedra began her Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2015 with a desire to be closer to her family. As a mother of 3 high level Jiu-Jitsu practitioners Deedra had no choice but to learn and excel at a rapid pace. Her love for helping others and seeing children succeed in a safe friendly environment makes her a valuable asset to the coaching staff. Not one to watch from the sidelines Deedra has stepped out of her comfort zone as a mother and care giver and has competed. Deedra consistently trains with much larger partners proving "Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate triumph of human intelligence over brute strength."
Rayne and Gryphon are highly decorated life-long Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students. They are living examples of how children who start early can achieve great things. They are consistently winning at the local, national, and international level, in both Wrestling and BJJ competition. As coaches at Submission Arts Academy, Gryphon and Rayne are caring and nurturing instructors, serving as excellent role models for all of our young students. They instill a positive attitude and strong work ethic among all those they influence.