Helio Moreira in Canada

Our friend Helio Soneca Moreira has been spotted on the Niagara Falls. Actually he went to Canada to teach BJJ in our associated club in St. Catharines, Ontario. Vince Cristelli sent us the pictures and tell us more about the visit on his report.

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“Master Helio Soneca made his first visit north of the border to Canada from his Academy in Louisville Kentucky, to the small city of St. Catharines, Ontario, which is a short ten minute drive from Niagara Falls. The seminar was held at Defensive Arts Training Centre, owned and operated by Sensei Gerry DiSanto, one of Master Atalla’s associated clubs.

Soneca provided a no-gi seminar from the guard on the evening of August 15th, shortly after arriving in town. Matter of fact, he went from the airport directly to the club and began the seminar shortly thereafter! The following day he provided a second three hour seminar on gi training from the half-guard. He also brought along a number of gis and training tapes for those who were interested.

Once the training session was completed, Helio had the opportunity to visit the area making a few stops along the Niagara River that separates Canada and the USA, and taking a few pictures at the brink of the Falls. Although sitting on and hopping over the railing makes for a great picture, it is actually against the law! He also had the opportunity to have a look at the Lock System that the ships use to move through Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. We spent about an hour looking around for one of his favourite dishes at a Korean Restaurant and then a Starbucks beverage. A trip through to a sleepy town called Niagara-On-The-Lake was also on the itinerary for the day. The city lies along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

It was a joy to have him aboard for the seminar. Watching a slick BJJ practitioner pull submissions out of nowhere and the small little things that make a difference in your game is a wonderful thing to watch! A great teacher and one super individual. It was a pleasure to have met him. I hope our paths cross again in the future.”

Vince Cristelli


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