Head Instructor – Sylvain Moroney
Professor Sylvain started his long journey in martial arts at the tender age of 7 years old. His first art was Judo, taught by Professor May Nakamura and Olympic medalist Nicolas Gill.
At age 10, he began simultaneously practicing Shaolin Kenpo Karate. At the age of 16, he was introduced to the art of Muay Thai by none other than the renowned and well respected Nigel Scantlebury and at the same time, Chufendo (a derivative of Jeet Kune Do), with Professor Tony Blauer. Tony was a great friend of Brandon Lee, son of the renown martial artist, Bruce Lee. His Thai fighting style was complemented by Jiu-Jitsu, which was then called the Thai Jiu-Jitsu. Sylvain received his black belt in this particular style at the age of 23.
By age 24, Sylvain was honored with his then second black belt, in Senshido, an art created by Richard Dimitri, a friend of Tony Blauer.
In 1991, Sylvain began his journey in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Mike Allison, a blue belt under the great master Rickson Gracie. Following the numerous UFC victories of Royce Gracie in 1993, Sylvain directly contacted Royce and went to train with him. He became a Blue belt under Royce Gracie at the age of 23.
Throughout his career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sylvain had the chance to be trained by Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Matt Serra and the Machado brothers (Carlos, John and Rigan). He began his martial arts teaching career in 1993 by offering several students private lessons as well as teaching fighters and even former UFC combatants, including Carlos Newton, Mark Bocek and Claude Patrick.
In 1999, Royler Gracie (7th Dan Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and many times world champion in Gi and No-Gi), became his final and most recent instructor and in 2003, gave him the 2nd Dan black belt rank.
Inspired by the Gracie family (and other teachings), Professor Sylvain decided to perpetuate his legacy and his knowledge in martial arts with his brother Dan, by opening the first Bravado Jiu-Jitsu school in Canada in 1999.
Some of his achievements in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
- 1996: Ontario Jiu-Jitsu Champion.
- 1998: World Champion of WFK
- 1998: Quebec champion
- 1998 World Champion in Strasbourg, France
- 2004: International Jiu-Jitsu Federation Champion in Toronto
- 2004 Provincial Trans Am Cup Champion
- 2004: 3rd Dan Black Belt certified by Royler Gracie.
More often than not, masters in any skill can do quite well when executing this skill, but are poor teachers, unable to pass on their knowledge effectively. This was not the case with Syl Moroney (nor his brother Dan), who are touted as being excellent instructors, easily at the top of the list when spoken of about their teaching abilities.
Their unsurpassed teaching abilities, along with the ability to impart passion and knowledge to their students led them to create multiple dojos in Ontario and Quebec, and this is only the beginning! Several students who climb the ranks at Bravado Jiu-Jitsu will have the chance to share these teachings throughout Canada, and possibly even internationally, in the coming years.
“The atmosphere and fellowship within our schools complements our education, focusing on the constant improvement in students. Bravado Jiu-Jitsu Academy is the school of choice for the whole family and all future great fighters.”
– Professor Sylvain Moroney
Sylvain remains the Chief Instructor for all Bravado Jiu-Jitsu academies. His 3rd Dan Black Belt, over 25 years experience in Gi and No-Gi and incredibly precise teaching abilities elevate him far above the competition.
Very few students are permitted to become assistant instructors… only the students that have displayed a passion and devotion to their martial art, have displayed above average BJJ skills and display consistently high levels of ability to effectively share their knowledge are granted the honor of assisting. These people are to be considered the elite within the school and because of their constant efforts, elevate Bravado by creating an atmosphere of high level sharing of knowledge, passion and comradery. Indeed, these 3 traits are hallmarks of the Bravado Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
Louis-Phillip Rivest is a brown belt.
Pierre-Luc Bissonnette is a brown belt.
Mathieu is a purple belt.