About Bruno

Bruno Fernandes (born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete. He has had a long career as a BJJ competitor representing the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Association, and he now manages a chain of martial arts schools in the Montreal area in Quebec, Canada.

Throughout his grappling career, he has won many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments across the world, such as the IBJJF Worlds, Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championship, the Brazilian and Australian Nationals.

His long list of accomplishments has made him well respected within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, such that some consider him one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and educators in the world.


He moved from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2005 to complete his PhD research at McGill University after obtaining his medical doctorate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2009, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at McGill University, where his academic research yielded a substantial number of publications.

At the same time, Bruno Fernandes had already ventured into business by becoming the Founder and Head Instructor of Gracie Barra BJJ Montreal . He is also the Regional Director of the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Association for Quebec, Canada.

In 2012, he put his academic career on hold and is now fully dedicated to teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense in Montreal. The list of students that have worked with Prof. Bruno is vast, including MMA fighters and UFC stars such as Georges St-Pierre, Alex Garcia, Mike Ricci, David Loiseau, Jonathan Goulet, and Rory MacDonald.

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