Prof. Pat Cooligan

Pat Cooligan is a black belt under Renzo Gracie – the first in Canada, and the fourth Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black belt in Canadian history. He oversees all Jiu Jitsu programs at MAS. For the past 10 years, he has been a professional martial artist and full-time instructor. Aside from his BJJ accolades, which include a silver medal at the Pan-American BJJ Championships, he also holds the rank of 4th degree black belt in traditional Jiu Jitsu. His real skill, however, lies in teaching, in which he has had (and continues to have) a rich and varied experience. Pat has not only produced several championship grapplers, he was featured in a 4-week BJJ demonstration on the A Channel’s “News at Noon” program, and also in On The Mat, one of North America’s premier grappling magazines. Pat also has taught the Canadian Army and Special Forces on numerous occasions, and is the recipient of several commendations from the Department of National Defence as well as from several different branches of the Canadian Army. Pat has also had the pleasure of training with some of the best BJJ has to offer – notably Helio, Royce, Rickson, Renzo, and Roger Gracie, to name only a few of the Gracie family members he has met.. Pat has also traveled to Brazil several times to the world-famous Gracie Barra School to hone his skills and teaching ability, and stay current on the newest techniques in Brazil.