Evan Durand

Evan Durand

Owner | Coach
| Black Belt

I have been involved in martial arts since I was 16. However it wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I discovered Jiu Jitsu and how it was not only an incredibly effective martial art and form of self defense but also just how fun and addictive the practice of it is.

I began his journey in Jiu Jitsu training under Tim Shears of Gracie Barra Vancouver and it was here that in 2012 he earned the rank of black belt. After parting ways with Gracie Barra in 2013 I then went out on my own to open “Pacific Top Team Richmond” where he dedicated myself to teaching Jiu Jitsu full time over the next 8 years. Since day one I’ve never lost my passion for Jiu Jitsu and I’m always inspired to see others progress, their success drives me to always be improving both technically in the art and as an instructor to better help others reach their potential.

Fun facts about me

  • Jiu Jitsu black belt
  • I also hold a black belt in Hapkido which is a Korean martial art based strongly in self defense
  • I consider myself an avid outdoorsman and am usually planning some adventure or another when my schedule permits
  • I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking for friends and family
  • I know the value of fitness and enjoy the feeling of a good workout whether it be in class, going for a hike or just hitting the road in my running shoes

My Mission

Whether you’re a long time member of the club or a new prospective student you can expect the same welcoming, positive, hard working environment to learn, practice and improve in. I share a common goal with my students that is to better ourselves through the daily practice of our art

Evan Durand

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