Instructors

Our unique approach to learning and our top quality
instructors makes Ground X Jiu Jitsu your best choice.

Kayla Patterson

Kayla Patterson
Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Kayla is an experienced competitor. She has won titles and competed in multiple IBJJF and EBI events and has featured on UFC Fightpass. She is now using her experience to give students the skills and tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

Joel Hadden

Joel Hadden
Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Joel has won several prestigious titles and having over a decade of training and competition experience Joel has taken the role as one of our head instructors for our adult Jiu Jitsu program.

Veronica Zuccala

Veronica Zuccala
Head Fitness Instructor

Veronica’s educational background was focused on Biology, in addition to her recent completion of a master’s degree in Neuroscience. She has spent the last 3 years putting this knowledge to practice through working as a full-time personal trainer. At her former company, she was recognized as a top performing trainer and is looking to bring her expertise of health, peak fitness, and the art of movement to the Ground X community.

Richard Piper
Kids Youth Program Director

Richard has taken the roll of our Youth Programs Director. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt and has been teaching and training in martial arts for over a decade. He also holds a Degree in health fitness and nutrition

As the director of our youth programs Richard will be here to help each child gain discipline, self defense, humility, and confidence!

Scot Macmillan
Muay Thai Instructor

Scott has recently retired from the military and will be leading our Saturday kickboxing program.
He is 3-0 under Muay Thai Canada.
Scott has completed three 2 month camps in Phuket Thailand (2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019,2020)
While in Thailand he trained under Sayannoi Kiatprabat who has 565 professional fights, is a 2x Lumpinee Champion in 2 weight categories, WMC World Champion, and Champion of Thailand.
Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge or start your journey, Scott will be here to help you!

Rey Noynay
Muay Thai Instructor

Meet coach Rey!

Rey will is taking the role as one of the lead instructors in the introduction to striking program.

Rey has been training both BJJ and Muay Thai for 10 years. The level of technique, intensity and artistry required to be a top level martial artist is what has drawn Rey to combat sports. It is his mission to share his wealth of knowledge on the Ground X mats.

Ashley Letourneau
Kids 3-5 Head Instructor

Ashley has an extensive background in teaching. She has been teaching kids martial arts for 15 years. A few of Ashley’s accomplishments are:

Professional MMA fighter of 5 years
2nd degree black belt in Karate
Jiu Jitsu blue belt
Team Canada Kickboxing (33 fights)
Studied in child psychology

Ashley is the lead instructor in our kids 3-5year program.

Emera Godoy
Women’s Only Program Head Instructor

Emera is a Jiu Jitsu purple belt and has been actively training and competing for 4 years. She’s also the owner of her own jiu jitsu academy! Emera will be running the women’s only classes. Come train with Coach Emera