2nd Degree Black Belt, OpenMat MMA Academy
OpenMat’s founder and head BJJ instructor, Elliott Bayev is a champion competitor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 3rd Degree Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Professor Shawn Williams of 5 Star Martial Arts in Los Angeles.
One of the first people to train BJJ in Toronto, Elliott left his corporate life behind in 2004 to start the precursor to OpenMat and share the beauty and power of BJJ. Since then, in addition to becoming one of the mostly highly regarded instructors and competitors in Canada, Elliott has grown OpenMat into the warm, fun, welcoming MMA academy we see today.
Elliott brings his personal philosophy of compassion, unity and positivity to OpenMat, which you feel the moment you walk through our doors. Elliott’s ultimate vision is of a healthier, happier, united world and sees OpenMat as the prototype of the kind of business the world needs.
Thoughtful, articulate and fun, Elliott brings a beautiful vision and great attitude to OpenMat, helping make it a place we’re all proud to call home.
3rd Degree Black Belt, Grapple Arts
Elliott is one of the most skillful and thoughtful teachers of jiu-jitsu that I’ve ever met. Not only is his knowledge of the art encyclopaedic but he’s able to convey difficult concepts and techniques in a conceptual way that makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend training with him.
BJJ Brown Belt, Hayabusa Academy Kingston
When Professor Elliott Bayev showed me his BJJ Primer and BJJ101 blue belt curriculum I was blown away. It was exactly what I had been trying to achieve for so long. The level of detail along with the clear cut guidance through the belt system is, in my opinion, above anything that I have ever seen in my twenty years in Jiu-Jitsu.
We implemented it as our school’s curriculum in September 2019 and the feedback has been amazing and for me as an instructor, it has solved one of the biggest challenges I’ve had.