GABE SAGMAN

bjj black belt

  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Head BJJ Instructor
  • 2x IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Champion:
  • 2011 Purple Belt Roosterweight Champ
  • 2010 Blue Belt Roosterweight Champ
  • 2013 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Montreal Purple Belt 61kg Champ
  • 2012 Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Purple Belt Light-featherweight Champ
  • 2013 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Purple Belt Light-featherweight Silver Medalist
  • 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Purple Belt Light-featherweight Bronze Medalist
  • 4x Ontario Open Champ
  • Grappling Industries Superfight veteran
  • Level 1 certified trainer in Ginastica Natural
  • OJA (Ontario Jiu-Jitsu Association) certified referee

 

Gabe’s martial arts journey began with Shotokan Karate.  After earning his black belt, Gabe’s thirst for knowledge grew, as the UFC and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu caught his eye. With the interest of learning real self-defence that would work on someone bigger and stronger, Gabe started training at a local MMA academy.  While the gym offered Muay Thai and other classes, Gabe fell in love with BJJ and started competing within months of training. In addition to the learning and competing, Gabe enjoyed being a part of the culture and community that BJJ provided. As he explains, “Jiu-Jitsu has a way of bringing people together. You have doctors, students, and people from all different walks of life stepping on the mats and training together. These are people who otherwise probably would never have met, and they build strong bonds and friendships through the training.”

With over one hundred matches in BJJ or grappling, Gabe has competed both locally and internationally, including a number of times at the world championships in California, for both Gi and No-Gi. Now eleven years into studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gabe has also cross-trained in a multitude of other disciplines, including varsity wrestling for the University of Toronto. While Gabe’s focus as a competitor has now shifted from BJJ to Pro MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the foundation upon which he has built his skillset. Gabe has learned from some of the most recognized figures in BJJ, including Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, and Royler Gracie.

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Absolute BJJ operates out of two locations to serve cliets/students better. All instructors are Jiu-Jitsu For Life Team certified.

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