All posts by Denise Wright

Year In Review – Adult BJJ

There’s no denying that 2020 has been a year of challenges, but our members have shown incredible resilience and determination. In fact, many have taken this opportunity to rise to the challenge and charge full steam ahead towards their belt promotions, while others have been recognized for their steady and consistent dedication to their training. Every one of these people have shown incredible strength of character, and we can say without reservation that we are proud and humbled to count each and every one of you as part of our Sudbury BJJ family. Congratulations for your accomplishments so far, and we can’t wait to see your continued growth in the new year!


Ivan Depatie, August 16th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Troy Moutsatsos, November 10th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Kyle Donnelly, November 24th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion
Scott Chartrand, December 14th, 2020 – Purple belt promotion


Anastasia Martin October 15th, 2020- Blue belt promotion
Mollie Dobson, December 14th, 2020 – Blue belt promotion
Kyle May, December 16th, 2020 – Blue belt promotion


Brady Wallace, February 4th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Bruce Aubertin, February 6th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Zach Strong, February 21st, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Chad Scott & Julie Tsang, March 2nd,2020 –Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Justin Marchioni, November 19th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Charles Palmer, November 25th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion
Denise Wright, December 8th, 2020 – Gracie Combatives belt promotion


Marissa Sikora, April 12th, 2020 – Women Empowered belt promotion

Congratulations once again! Thank you so much for being a part of our team, and we can’t wait to see what you all do in the new year to come!

Year In Review – Kids

January 27th, 2020

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year, but our kids have shown what they are made of and have risen above it all, and we want to share their success with you! These kids have been hard at play, learning both life and jiu-jitsu skills. They have been very busy earning their stripes and belt promotions. We want to recognize each and every one of you for your focus, dedication and for showing up for your classes each week, and to congratulate you all on earning your well deserved belt promotions! We’re so proud of you, keep it up!

Photos below are arranged by rank and date.

March 10th, 2020 – Orange/green belt promotion
January 27th, 2020 – Orange/ white belt promotion
Fall 2020 – Orange white belt promotion
January 24th, 2020 – Yellow belt promotion
October 28, 2020 -Yellow belt promotion
January 24th, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion
January 25th, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion
January 31st, 2020 – White/ yellow belt promotion.

Congratulations once again to all our Sudbury BJJ kids for achieving your new belts! We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for you!

Is your child missing from this year’s belt promotion post? Contact us so we can add them to our celebration!

Happy Holidays!

What a year! This Christmas might look a little different from what we are used to, but one thing is for sure, the people we love have become more important than ever. Pandemic and return to lockdown is going to present unique challenges as well as blessings for us this holiday season, but we are a resilient, creative bunch, and as always, we will overcome. Please remember during this time that those who live alone may pair up with one other household, so let’s do our best to make sure we take care of each other. 😎

We originally announced our return from Christmas break to be January 4th, but we are now looking at January 9th. Please understand that at this point, the best we can offer you is a tentative date for return to class, nor can we tell you with any certainty at this time exactly what that return will look like. We can, however, tell you this: We will absolutely be keeping you up to date via website, Facebook and email as we gain further information.

Please know that we appreciate you all very much, and we thank you for supporting us and each other during this most challenging of years. Stay safe, be creative, have fun! We’ll see you again soon!

~ Much love, from the Sudbury BJJ family

Click on the image below to see the current holiday/lockdown calendar full size – Last updated December 23rd.

Holiday/ Lockdown Schedule, subject to change.

New Member Help

Congratulations!  You’ve taken that first step and have become a part of our family!  It is at about this point when you get excited about getting your new gi, and it’s not long before you pose that age old question… “How do I tie my belt? ?”  No worries!  You’re not alone!  I have just the right video for you, my friend.  Watch the video below to see Rener Gracie break it down for us step-by-step.  He gives us three options to use, so you get to choose the one that works best for you!  Feel free to use this video as many times as you need!  You might even find that different ways to tie your belt work best in different situations.  It’s all good!  

Now here’s something I bet you never even thought you needed to ask!  “How do I tie my pants?”  I mean… it sounds like a simple enough task, does it not?  And yet… here we are.  There’s a reason why we might be having difficulties with our jiu-jitsu pants.  We expect to tie them the same way we tie our drawstring shorts, or our jogging pants, right?  And why wouldn’t we?  But it turns out, that tying them in the same way as we do our daily clothes can actually cause that mysterious loosening of our pants during class.  Watch the video below as Rener explains how and why that happens, and what to do to fix it.  

Whether you’ve experienced one or both of these problems, don’t worry! These are common issues that come up all the time, and as Rener said, sometimes even very experienced jiu-jitsu practitioners have had these same problems! You are not alone. I hope I have helped you learn more about how to use your new jiu-jitsu uniform, and as always, don’t be afraid to ask us if you need further help or have any more questions. After all, we’ve all been beginners, and in many ways, we will always continue to be beginners. Always remember that. And as always, have fun! ;0)

Sudbury Moves to Yellow Protect, and What That Means For Us

The Sudbury district has been moved to code yellow and so our procedures have changed a bit. We now have to pre-book our classes and there is a maximum of 10 people per class. As such, we are adding an online booking feature to our app so that you can secure your place in each of our classes. ​Once logged in, you can go to the schedules area and click to book your classes and save your spot.

Members, please check your emails for detailed information, as well as instructions for downloading the app and how to log in. If you have not received your email, or you have followed the instructions and are having difficulties, please contact us here, or on our Facebook page and we will be happy to help.

2 for 1 special!

Limited time only!

We’ve got 3 new kids Jiu-Jitsu classes on the schedule. Mondays in Hanmer and Tuesdays in New Sudbury after school at 4:15pm for ages 5-12 yrs, and also Friday mornings at 10:30am for at home learners. Social distancing and Covid policies are in place.
Must have your own training partner from your family or social bubble. 2 for 1 memberships on now! Call or text 705-919-7153 to book your free class. Schedule is at

Yes, WE Are Open!

Socially distanced partner training

Hi everyone!

We are so happy that Phase 3 opening in Ontario has meant we are now allowed to do partner training with family members or members of your social bubble. Classes are held both in Hammer and at our Montrose location with a modified schedule. Our classes are slightly shorter than normal so as to facilitate cleaning and sanitizing between classes. As such, we ask that our members not linger after classes unless they are participating in the next class. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not necessary when on the mat training. Please use hand sanitizer upon entry. Use of change rooms and showers are now also permitted.  Proper distancing will be observed on our mats, where we have measured and marked training spaces for your convenience.

See you on the mats!


Bonjour à tous!

Nous sommes tellement heureux que l’ouverture de la phase 3 en Ontario nous permette maintenant de faire de la formation en partenariat avec des membres de la famille ou des membres de votre bulle sociale. Les cours ont lieu à la fois à Hammer et à notre emplacement de Montrose avec un horaire modifié. Nos cours sont légèrement plus courts que la normale afin de faciliter le nettoyage et la désinfection entre les cours. En tant que tel, nous demandons à nos membres de ne pas s’attarder après les cours à moins qu’ils ne participent au cours suivant. Les masques sont fortement encouragés, mais pas nécessaires lors de l’entraînement sur tapis. Veuillez utiliser un désinfectant pour les mains à l’entrée. L’utilisation des vestiaires et des douches est maintenant également autorisée. Une distance appropriée sera observée sur nos tapis, où nous avons mesuré et marqué les espaces d’entraînement pour votre commodité.

Rendez-vous sur les tapis!

New Year, New You!

Happy New Year! The holidays are over, and now we turn our thoughts to the new year and the goals we want to set for ourselves . At Sudbury BJJ & Muay Thai, we want to help you make the most of it!
Start 2020 off right with unlimited access to our jiu-jitsu and fitness kickboxing programs! No contracts, no cancellation fee! 10 day free trial! Spaces are limited so book your spot today! Contact us today to take advantage of this amazing offer!

2020 New Year special offer!

Budo Open

Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

It’s that time of year again! Everybody is all abuzz about the Budo Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament here in Sudbury! We will be closed August 10th to take part in the tournament to be held this Saturday, at Cambrian College. Spectators are welcome. Come support our competing members! Spectator fees are $10.00 per person.  Children under 6 years old are free.  Parking is FREE! Doors open at 8:00am and the competition starts at 9:00am sharp and food and drinks will be available for sale.

Update: The tournament schedule has now been made available. Check it out!

See you there!