Look what our students are saying about us:

  Wayne Au: “The past few years I have trained at a few clubs, and as well done drop-ins at many gyms around the world. For myself the most important things that I look at when I am at a club are the types of attitudes that I come across from my training partners; the quality and detail of the instruction being taught; and of course, how clean the mats are. I can wholeheartedly state from the past 6-7 months of training full time at GF Team Canada that I couldn’t be happier, as it easily rivals some of the famous gyms that I have been to. Professor Rafael La Porta is an accomplished competitor, great instructor, and a genuinely good person; it is only natural that he attracts like-minded people thus creating the kind of gym culture that I can proudly be a part of.”

John Castaneda: “Hi my name is John. I am 47 years old and a full time father of two. And as a full time father I’m very lucky to have found a school that is conducive to my lifestyle and schedule. I’ve recently been promoted to purple belt by Rafael La Porta and GFteam Canada. I have been training for 6 years and have enrolled in a few other schools but I have found that Rafael teaching methods and the GFteam principles, have made me believe in myself, to become the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner that I can be at my age. Sky’s the limit!!! I feel happiness and a sense of community, with my fellow students, that I now call my good friends. There is never any sense of pressure nor anxiety when I go there. It’s always a fun relaxed atmosphere to learn, train and get a great workout too. GFteam is a place to be if you want to grow in your own personal goals; both in Jiu-Jitsu and everyday challenges in life . Rafael La Porta is a highly skilled 4th degree black belt . But he’s more than that to us . He is an incredible teacher, who is incredibly humble and friendly. GFteam is the best school to learn great Jiu-Jitsu habits and skills, from beginners to all high levels of Jiu-Jitsu. But my favourite thing about GFteam is watching how fast our kids skills grow in the kids program, and our adults white belts classes too. Rapid growth! It’s incredible !!! Again credited to Rafael La Porta and the GFteam principles. The Sky’s the limit!!!!”

Jon Leclair: “I have trained at several gyms over the course of a few years. Though i find the vancouver jiu jitsu community very welcoming and inclusive, I never felt like I was home. This last spring a friend told me about Rafa and how he started a gym and I should check it out. I went to an open mat and after rolling with Rafa, I knew. My 2 sons and I have been training at GFTeam for several months now and it has been great. Gfteam feels like an extended family, very welcoming environment with lots of like minded people that work hard. Rafa is a good teacher who breaks down techniques with lots of detail and is not afraid to correct issues or spend extra time going over something to make sure everyone gets it. Rafa cares about the students and improving their jiu jitsu. I feel at home at GFTeam and look forward to many more years of training here.”

Chris Kozaryn:

“My son has been training at Rafael’s GFTeam gym for over 8 months and he absolutely loves it. He’s gotten in much better shape than before, even though he was quite active with several other sports.
Jiu Jitsu has given him confidence and discipline, and I highly recommend the sport. Rafael is a very patient teacher, and all the kids enjoy their practices.”



The Alvarez Family:

“If your looking for a place to train BJJ in the Vancouver area, then you must try GFTEAM Canada in Burnaby, BC. My son and I have been training with GFTEAM for 5 months now and we’ve been treated like family since day one. Professor Rafael La Porta is a 4th degree Black belt and is an amazing instructor. He’s also one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. His classes are fun and his attention to detail is second to none. There are no egos at this gym. Its a great place to train for both novice and high level practitioners and it’s clean. My family and I highly recommend GFTeam Canada.”


 Gustavo Alves (Black Belt)

“Before anything, this dojo is a place where you can learn not just an excellent jiujitsu, but also work with you human aspects, which in my opinion is fundamental. Fight for fight we can face in any corner, but to obtain a positive transformation in your life, you need a great mentor. I am very grateful for finding professor Rafael on my way and to be part of this family. Oss!”