The past few years I have trained at a few clubs, and as well done drop-ins at many gyms around the world. For myself the most important things that I look at when I am at a club are the types of attitudes that I come across from my training partners; the quality and detail of the instruction being taught; and of course, how clean the mats are. I can wholeheartedly state from the past 6-7 months of training full time at GF Team Canada that I couldn’t be happier, as it easily rivals some of the famous gyms that I have been to. Professor Rafael La Porta is an accomplished competitor, great instructor, and a genuinely good person; it is only natural that he attracts like-minded people thus creating the kind of gym culture that I can proudly be a part of.”

Wayne Au / Advanced BJJ

Everything about GF Team Burnaby is 5 stars! If you are looking to start Jiu Jitsu or looking for a new gym to join, look no further. Coach/Professor Rafael is an amazing teacher that I’m more than honoured to be learning from. Great classes filled with friendly and helpful people.

Paul Ng / BJJ Fundamentals

GFTeam is a place where everyone can come learn authentic BJJ in a safe and friendly environment. If you are looking to be a competitor or just looking to get a good workout, Rafa really cares about you getting the most out of your training. GFTeam is like a second family!

Jeffery Bickle / BJJ Fundamentals

I have been attending this gym for the Women’s only bootcamp for almost a year and the atmosphere is incredibly welcoming. I have seen real results with my conditioning and body all thanks to the coach, Eliza. Deeply grateful to have found this well run, clean and friendly space to work on my mind and body. Also, the owner Rafael is kind and personable and makes great efforts to make the space feel inclusive. Thank you to all.

Gill Reyes / Fit for Her

I have trained at several gyms over the course of a few years. Though i find the vancouver jiu jitsu community very welcoming and inclusive, I never felt like I was home. This last spring a friend told me about Rafa and how he started a gym and I should check it out. I went to an open mat and after rolling with Rafa, I knew. My 2 sons and I have been training at GFTeam for several months now and it has been great. Gfteam feels like an extended family, very welcoming environment with lots of like minded people that work hard. Rafa is a good teacher who breaks down techniques with lots of detail and is not afraid to correct issues or spend extra time going over something to make sure everyone gets it. Rafa cares about the students and improving their jiu jitsu. I feel at home at GFTeam and look forward to many more years of training here.”

Jon Leclair / BJJ Advanced & Little Samurai

For a school that is barely two years old, this academy is flourishing! I’ve visited 6 different BJJ schools in total and I chose GFTeam Canada as my home. The main reason I chose GFTeam while gym shopping in Burnaby is because of the head instructor, Rafael La Porta. 4th degree black belts are very rare in BC. He’s probably been a black belt the longest in Vancouver. Plus, he’s simply a good man. Their teaching style is very methodical and organized, so the techniques stick with me. The class structure is the most conducive to my learning and I’ve noticed considerable improvement in my game since joining this gym. They are very very emphasized in perfecting the fundamentals, something that I’ve seen is lacking in some of the other schools. You are getting authentic, top notch Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training here.

Elim Ou / BJJ Fundamentals

“If your looking for a place to train BJJ in the Vancouver area, then you must try GFTEAM Canada in Burnaby, BC. My son and I have been training with GFTEAM for 5 months now and we’ve been treated like family since day one. Professor Rafael La Porta is a 4th degree Black belt and is an amazing instructor. He’s also one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. His classes are fun and his attention to detail is second to none. There are no egos at this gym. Its a great place to train for both novice and high level practitioners and it’s clean. My family and I highly recommend GFTeam Canada.”

The Alvarez Family / Advanced BJJ & Little Samurai