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Professor Raz Chan, Head Instructor

Recognized as one of Canada’s Most Distinguished Martial Artists

Professor Raz stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of martial arts and beyond. Recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished martial artists, his accolades extend far beyond the dojo.

A prolific author, Raz has penned both enchanting children’s tales and transformative personal development books for adults.

His voice has resonated across the globe, inspiring countless individuals at major conferences and renowned companies. His insights have been sought by premier media outlets like CTV, Canada’s Women Fashion Mag, and the Canada’s Fight Network.

A Philanthropic Heart

Beyond his personal achievements, Professor Raz’s heart beats for philanthropy. His dedication to the community is evident in his efforts to raise $5,000 for a state-of-the-art robotics lab at a local Burnaby school. This noble act earned him a spot on Shaw Communications’ list of “Canada’s 50 Most Outstanding Canadians” in 2017, celebrating his commitment to enriching the lives of the nation’s youth.

A Dojo that Celebrates Family, Safety, & Community

In 2018, Professor Raz founded Gracie Barra New Westminster, which swiftly rose to prominence in the New Westminster, Burnaby, and Coquitlam regions. The academy is celebrated for its core values of family, safety, and community. Catering to a diverse clientele, from families to professionals and law enforcement officers, the academy emphasizes both self-defense and the mastery of fundamentals.

At its heart, Raz envisions jiu-jitsu as a mirror for introspection, empowering individuals to achieve holistic success in every facet of life.

Today, at 54, Professor Raz’s spirit remains unyielding. His recent feat of reaching the semi-finals in the Muscle Fitness magazine’s Mr. Fitness competition, as one of its eldest contenders, is a testament to his enduring vitality and inspiration. Professor Raz continues to be a luminary, illuminating paths for countless souls worldwide.