Don Cooper Kids Martial Arts Instructor

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

Don Cooper

Don Cooper earned his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) from Renato Mango and has trained daily in BJJ for the last 10 years. Don has trained under different professors over the years which have included Marcel Louzado, Jason Manly, Leandro Viera, Luiz Pedro, Renato Magno, and Bruce Elliot. Don's current professor is Jeremiah Rodeman who reached the black belt level under Jeff Stine.

Don is a former wrestler, gymnast and triathlete.

He has practiced different forms of self-defense and martial arts since he was a child, including wrestling for eight years and Shotikan Karate for three years. He is a former high school gymnast and was a walk-on team member for the University of New Mexico's men's team.He is also a certified NRA pistol instructor. Don served in the Navy for seven years as a nuclear power submarine officer.

Don believes that Jiu Jitsu is a great sport for all people because of the lessons you learn that apply to all areas of life inside and outside the gym. He understands that Jiu Jitsu is great for the body, mind and soul. Don also believes that jiu jitsu is especially beneficial to kids who need to be active in a positive way and can enjoy the martial art while developing strong character and a noble spirit.

Don is a Christian with firm convictions that we are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Don sees that the parallels of jiu jitsu to spiritual life are amazing.

Don has been married to his wife Jennifer (co-owner of Emerge and also trains in jiu jitsu) for 30 years and they have six children together. 

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