Professor Tony Kook is proud to be serving the North Shore Community. It is his passion and commitment to help develop stronger, better citizens of society and our community through the practice of Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu.
Owner of GB North Vancouver and Master Tony Kook’s Taekwondo Academies
BJJ Black Belt
American National’s Champion
World Master’s Medalist
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under professor Rodrigo Carvalho (Gracie Barra Vancouver)
Leandro started his journey in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil when he was 15 years old and since then he decided that Jiu jitsu was going to be part of his career for the rest of his life. After 13 years of experience in Jiu jitsu and self defense, he decided to share his knowledge based on a program structure developed by Master Carlos Gracie Jr., a member of the original and founder family of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to meet specific learning needs from people with different ages, gender and levels.
Our clean, friendly and progress oriented environment allows the students to have a challenging, inspirational and warm learning experience that always makes them feel like coming back.
Affiliation: Gracie Barra under supervision of Professor Rodrigo Carvalho.
In January 2013, I started my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey. I wanted to learn some self-defence and gain a fun and challenging activity to workout. I gained so much more then a activity. I gained perseverance, build self-confidence, Respect and love for Martial Arts. These days I train regularly on the mats at all times morning, noon and night and will continue to do so. I also started teaching the kids program and will do my best to pass on the knowledge I have learned from my professors, coaches, training partners and friends.
“Martial Arts is a vehicle for developing your human potential”
2018: Can-Am International Championship – Openweight – Purple Belt – 1st – Gold medalist & Belt
Justin James has been practicing mixed martial arts since 2005. He started his martial arts journey in Honolulu, Hawaii with a few Jiu Jitsu classes but soon realized that he had more of an affiliation with striking. Soon he started Muay Thai class with Haru Shinmanshi (Founder of AMC in Washington and HMC in Hawaii).
After a year or so learning the basics, Haru allowed Justin to join David Yueng’s (China Man) fight team where Justin would focus on mixed martial arts with an amatuer/pro team.
Justin had one fight during this time at 155lbs which came out as a draw.
In 2009 Justin then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he joined Dynamic MMA under Adam Ryan (MMA/Jiu Jitsu) and Joel Wasel (Striking).
At Dynamic MMA Justin trained with professional fighters Dejan Kajic (BFL 170 Champ), Matt Tredeu, Brendan Kornberger, Cole Smith (UFC), Garette Davis (King of Cage 170lbs champ) others and became an intrical part of the team.
As Dynamic MMA was changing ownership, Justin moved on to train at Lions MMA where he continued his training and furthered his knowledge in striking and grappling.
After enduring one too many injuries Justin moved on to create his own striking group in East Vancouver which primarily focused on the basics of striking and cardio. During that time Justin joined Gracie Barra Vancouver to continue his Jiu Jitsu journey.
Justin spends several months a year back in his hometown of Hawaii. While in Hawaii Justin trains Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Techniques under Rylan Lizares and Matt Isoda. There Justin shares the mats with UFC fighters Max Halloway, Yancy Medeiros, and Louis Smolka.
Justin has taught Kickboxing / Muay Thai / classes at: