Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is known as more than just a fighting system. It is a way of life that allows a person to
evolve in all aspects of their life. While training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, your perspective on your life may change.
One will gain self-confidence, an increased level of personal fitness, bonds with lifelong friends and strength in
a balanced lifestyle.
There is an endless amount of ways to make Brazilian Jiu-jitsu individualized to one’s own unique
development. This progression will depend on a person’s body type, athleticism, and character. For this reason,
one will never stop learning.
About Professor Richard "Monkey" Nancoo
Professor Richard Dominic Nancoo
started martial arts 26 years ago at the age of 11 in Tae Kwon Do. He began training and competing shortly
after and has not stopped since. In 1996, Richard started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Sylvio
Behring and the watchful eye of Professor Shah Franco. Only 2 years later, Richard had his first pro MMA
While growing and evolving into Macaquinho Safado, (Portuguese for Bad Little Monkey), he was most fortunate to
progress with a family of jiu-jitsu brothers including Justin Bruckmann, Marco Costa, Antonio Carvalho, Sean
Pierson, Jesse Richardson, Fernado Zulickand Matthew MacDonald.
All of these men are now established members of the jiu-jitsu community with their own unique contributions
through philosophy, competition, practice and personality.
Years of committed practice have given Richard his own philosophy. Living a clean lifestyle, continually
learning new strategies to advance his game, a personalized weight lifting program and participating in
competitions advanced Richard through the Brazilialn jiu-jitsu system. To compliment Richard’s training, he has an
extensive martial arts background including judo, tae kwon do, kick boxing and wrestling.
He is a multi-time Canadian national champion and significant titles achieved include former IFC title holder,
former UCC title holder and 3 time pankration gold medalist.
During his training, he has travelled to Brazil and Japan, the 2 countries responsible for developing the
jiu-jitsu lifestyle. He trained with many notable training partners including Mario Reis, Marcio Corletta, Fabricio
Werdun, Hiroyuki Abe, Megumi Fuji and Sakaya Shioda.
After many years of dedicated practice, Richard received his black belt in 2005. As a black belt, he never stops
teaching, learning and training.
New to 2012, Richard has moved to Sudbury, Ontario to continue his own jiu-jitsu practice, opening Troop BJJ
with Team Shredder!
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