Team Ascension Affiliates


Salvosa BJJ Ascension - Main Academy Professor: Omar Salvosa (Faixa Preta/Black Belt, 3rd Degree) 11 Progress Avenue, Unit 25 Scarborough, Ontario (416) 677-2722   


8 Wing Trenton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor: Jason Chin-Leung (Faixa Preta/Black Belt) 182 Yukon Street CFB Trenton Astra, Ontario (613) 392-6221   


Modern Vision Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness, Instructors: Chris Bonfoco (Faixa Marrom/Brown Belt) Blayne Bonfoco (Faixa Marrom/Brown Belt) 800 Niagara Street (inside Seaway Mall) Welland, Ontario (289) 820-8207   


At TEAM ASCENSION, our training methodology is elite and take great pride in our BJJ program. Core grappling and Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals are instilled and practiced thoroughly in order to provide students with a SOLID grasp of the material for REALISTIC situations. Techniques and are taught in a conceptual format, so that they can be grasped easier and made specific as students become more comfortable with the Carlson gracie system. Beginners will learn Grappling and BJJ fundamentals are introduced in our Beginners classes, which include proper positioning, key applications for self-defense and practical drills and exercises encouraging proper movement and positional awareness. Intermediate and advanced practitioners enhance these skills and learn all the cutting-edge techniques of this limitless Martial Art.  


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, established in the early 20th century, with roots from Japan. Introduced by Mitsuo Maeda, a grappling specialist who emigrated to Brazil in 1914, taught the Gracie family. Carlos Gracie, was Maeda's first Brazilian student in 1917. Carlos Gracie taught the art to his brothers, who have passed it on from generation to generation since its inception. Carlos Gracie's eldest son, Carlson, represented the art in numerous "No-Holds-Barred" competitions in Brazil, eventually establishing the Carlson Gracie Team, Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which was undefeated for over 30 years. 


One of Carlson Gracie's most senior students, Marcus Soares, brought BJJ to Canada in 1997 establishing Carlson Gracie Team Canada. Even with Carlson Gracie's passing in 2006, the Grandmaster left a legacy that carries to this day through his senior representative, Mestre Marcus Soares (7th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and represented in Toronto by Mestre Soares' senior student, Professor Omar Salvosa (3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Brazilian Jiu Jitsu became highly popularized through the success of Royce Gracie in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) early events in the 1990s. In the original UFC BJJ showed its dominance vs. other martial arts as Royce Gracie at 170 lbs dominated the field putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a pure style to the top of the Martial Arts food chain. As a discipline, it is championed by its non-violent approach to subduing larger and stronger opponents without relying on the use of striking techniques.  The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner's main weapons are joint locks, since the style demands a mastery of groundfighting. This martial art philosophy and approach makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu an excellent choice for self-defense and arguably among the most effective and practical disciplines for people of smaller stature (women and children). 


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was pioneered in Ontario by a small group of practitioners in the early 1990s, of which Omar Salvosa was a key member. He competed in the some of the first competitions, winning five (5) National titles from 1996-2000 and represented Canada in the World Kobudo Federation's Championship of Jiu Jitsu, winning Gold twice in 1999 and 2000. Salvosa was also among Canada's first International MMA competitors with bouts in France (Ultrafight) and Japan (Shooto). He established his own team in 1998, which evolved into Team Ascension, an independent branch of Team Soares and Carlson Gracie Canada. As a legacy to the hard work established by its earliest practitioners, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now enjoys a strong competitive base in Ontario. Its official sanctioning body is the Ontario Jiu Jitsu Association (OJA), of which Professor Salvosa is a contributing board member. The Ascension BJJ Open is the annual competition hosted by Omar & Beverley Salvosa since 2006 that draws competitors from Canada and the United States. Its inaugural event was held in commemoration of Grandmaster Carlson Gracie (August 13th, 1932 to February 1st, 2006), just days after his passing. 


Some of Professor Salvosa's students have become official representatives of Team Ascension, with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies in Trenton, Ontario (Jason Chin-Leung, Black Belt) and Welland, Ontario (Chris & Blayne Bonfoco, Brown Belts). As the team continues to grow, students represent their martial arts discipline, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with a strong sense of integrity. We continue to be humbled by the endless journey of personal development that is facilitated through our understanding and diligent practice of the martial arts; in our self-realization, we evolve.... we ASCEND.