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About Us

Our Instructors
Mike Diggins

Mike Diggins

Head Instructor & Owner

Mike is the first one to admit that he was not a natural at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Through hard work and perseverance, he was able to earn his black belt from Fernando "Gringo" Zulick. Mike has over 15 years of learning, teaching and competing under his belt, yet he knew early on that teaching was his passion.

Mike has a very technical approach to BJJ which he shares with his students each class. He encourages everyone by showing them that time and effort on the mats helps us all get better. Mike is a leader by example, and one that you can count on to improve your game.

Kevin Fratarcangeli

Kevin Fratarcangeli

Assistant Instructor

His detail oriented style of teaching made him a perfect fit for the Guardhouse team.

Kevin's journey into BJJ began in 2010, and he was awarded his brown belt in 2020. Kevin is an accomplished competitor, and is always pushing his training partners to their limit.

Hard work is the name of the game with Kevin, and he isn't scared of getting sweaty. While he is teaching, he expects 100% from his students, because he's always giving that much himself. If improving your fitness is a major goal, make sure you never miss one of his classes.

John Veale

John Veale

Assistant Instructor

John has spent the last twelve years learning, teaching and competing at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Simultaneously he has pursued an education and profession as an engineer.

To him, the analogy between these arts is obvious. Both are studies of things like structure, force, and leverage. Where engineering concerns itself with resilience against failure, BJJ seeks to generate and exploit it; while an engineer may consider the methods of construction, the BJJ practitioner will study the methods of disassembly.

John has had the fortune to train at and learn from a variety of teachers throughout Ontario. He has seen many ways to teach the art of BJJ and endeavours to apply his favorite methods to his classes.

Tony Nguyen

Tony Nguyen

Assistant Instructor

A recent Kinesiology graduate who is now pursuing a career as a physiotherapist, Tony spends his time on and off the mats learning everything he can about human movement.

Tony began his journey in BJJ in 2011 and was recently awarded his brown belt from Fernando Zulick. Tony continues to compete regularly, striving to achieve his potential every day.

After his matches, Tony can be found cornering our members, ensuring they have a friendly face and high level coaching while they are competing. At the club, he teaches his unique mix of speed and pressure passing, along with his deadly choke arsenal, challenging students to take their training to the next level. No matter what your style is, Tony will have something to help you improve your game.

The space

Centrally located in downtown Kitchener, Guardhouse BJJ offers a safe, fun, and supportive environment for everyone. The spacious training space features premium-quality Zebra mats on top of a spring subfloor, allowing you to train BJJ, takedowns, and judo throws in complete comfort. There are multiple restrooms and showers on site. Hygiene is of the utmost importance in our gym - the mats are cleaned with industrial-strength disinfectant daily, and flip flops are required to be worn at all times throughout the gym when off of the mats.

Medals hanging in the Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener gym.
A frame print that says Work Hard, Stay Humble
Students training at Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener
Students training at Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener
Students shaking hands after a roll
The washrooms at Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener
Front desk of Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener
The change rooms at Guardhouse BJJ Kitchener
two students training no-gi
a student finishing a triangle submission
a student pummeling for an underhook
Student smiling while rolling
Our Affiliation
Mike Diggins and Professor Fernando Zulick

Gringo Jiu-Jitsu Association

With personal instruction and guidance from Professor Fernando Zulick, Gringo Jiu Jitsu is focused on ensuring all members succeed.

Guardhouse is proud to be an affliate of The Gringo Jiu-Jitsu Association. Gringo Jiu Jitsu offers a comprehensive approach and methodology for teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu and running a jiu-jitsu program that is second to none. Gringo affilates produce some of the top competitors in the province.

Professor Fernando Zulick is a certified black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with over 18 years of BJJ instruction, training and coaching experience. A native of Brazil, the home of real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fernando’s BJJ roots and lineage extend deep, having studied with BJJ Master Helio Gracie – Flavio Behring – Sylvio Behring. He’s even been featured in Gracie Mag!

Gringo Jiu-Jitsu Assocation
Contact Us
Address:
1253 King St E #3, Kitchener, ON N2G 3W3
Phone:
519-496-2150
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