To guarantee the highest standards of teaching , all our instructors are :

  • ICP certified (Gracie Barra Instructor Certification)
  • First aid and CPR certfied
  • Background checked


Professor Rodrigo Mendanha – Head Instructor

Rodrigo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The first martial art he practiced was wrestling, a discipline he perfected during the years he lived in Chicago, IL. When he returned to Brazil in 1996, Rodrigo wanted to find a school in order to continue his training in martial arts. He found Gracie Barra BH, founded by Vinicius Magalhães ”Draculino”. Rodrigo already knew about the Gracie family’s story and was happy to have the chance to practice the art with some of the most respected masters in the world. 


"I am very proud to say that I went from the white belt to the black belt under Draculino. He is committed to teaching more than the technical aspects of martial arts, but also emphasizes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a lifestyle involving social responsibility, respect and friendship.”

Coach Lev Plotkin – Instructor

Lev found his passion in Jiu Jitsu over 9 years ago and has been actively training ever since under professor Rodrigo Mendanha, obtaining his Brown Belt in 2020. 
Since obtaining his Blue Belt, Lev has been actively teaching kids and adults classes, and has been involved in competitions preparations for our young champions. 
Being a very light weight practitioner, Lev is focusing on technical executions involving leg work, pressure and speed, rather than relying on strength and explosiveness.

"Once stepped on the mat, I never looked back. Jiu Jitsu changed my life, improved my well-being and provided me with healthy mental and physical environment and surrounded me with great people. I'm beyond greatful having the opportunity to study the beautiful science of Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Brossard, where my 2nd Home is!"

Coach Fernanda Mendanha – Instructor

Fernanda Mendanha is a certified instructor under Gracie Barra as well as a sport massage therapist also certified practitioner of Thaï Yoga. She teaches special classes of BarraFit here at GB Brossard and is an assistant coach for kids and beginners classes. Fernanda’s number one passion is self development. She is very committed with her moto of being in a continuously self improvement on daily basis. She is a great competitor and coach who excels at helping others reaching their goals both mentally and physically. 

At the words of the multiple time world champion Romulo Barral “it is impressive how much she represents the everyday Porrada mentality”. A true warrior.

Coach Gaby Mendanha – Instructor

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Coach Gaby Mendanha is a blue belt under Prof. Rodrigo Mendanha and brown belt in Judo under Club de Judo Shidokan. At a young age Gabriela has taken the competition as a way to push herself mentally and physically improving her game since the very first competition. An outstanding competition background qualifies her as one of the best Competition teachers around. She collects many titles such as Pan American Championship twice and Worlds once. In addition to many of her accolades, she has a true talent when it comes to teaching the GB Kids Program. Gabriela is extremely patient and goes out of her way to make sure every student gets the attention they deserve.


" I’m passionate about sharing the knowledge that I has gained over the years and helping everyone achieve their personal goals. I am incredibly fortunate to have the position I have. Helping kids gain confidence, strength, and resiliency through this wonderful art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu "

Coach Carl Legare – Instructor

Welcome to our club! With over a decade of experience in teaching Judo and holding a black belt since 2000, I bring a wealth of knowledge to our jiu-jitsu community. Transitioning to jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra in 2019, I've proudly served as an instructor ever since. Certified by both the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Gracie Barra Instructor Certification Program (ICP), I am dedicated to sharing my passion for jiu-jitsu with our team.

At our club, I believe jiu-jitsu is for everyone, and I am committed to helping each member achieve their personal goals while integrating jiu-jitsu into their lifestyle. Together, let's embark on this journey of growth and empowerment through the art of jiu-jitsu.


“I am dedicated to sharing my passion for jiu-jitsu with our team.”


GRACIE BARRA BROSSARD                                                                     
7565 Boul. Taschereau, Brossard, QC J4Y 1A2                                   
T. 450-876-1060                                                                                         
E. info@gbbrossard.com                                                                           


540 Rue d'Avaugour, unit 1050, Boucherville         
T. 450-876-1060                                                                                         
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