Who is Matt Kwan?

Matt Kwan is the owner of On Guard Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black belt under Rob Biernacki of Island Top Team Nanaimo. Matt started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he turned 20 and was instantly hooked. Matt competes regularly in local and international tournaments, and is one of the top competitors in BC. He has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2009 and is constantly looking to expand his knowledge, seeking out the most current trends and techniques in grappling competition. He is also the Head Coach of the Simon Fraser University Grappling Team and co-hosts a podcast on Jiu Jitsu learning strategies called BJJ Mental Models with his brother Steve. See Matt’s competition history.

What do we want to share with you?

Health, Positivity, Respectfulness, Fun and Fitness through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Why would you be interested?

Because you want to have fun, you want to become fit, you want to learn some self-defence, and you want to join a community of people from all walks of life, who share a common desire to train the raddest martial art ever… Simple as.

What Do We Train?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is done in the Kimono, also known as a Gi. The goal is to use submission attacks, such as joint locks and strangles to submit your opponent. This sport has a resemblance to Judo, and puts an emphasis on ground fighting. Our curriculum runs in modules that change every month.

No Gi Grappling

No Gi Grappling

No Gi Grappling is just like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but without the pajamas. The absence of the kimono makes for less sustainable grips, and somewhat resembles Freestyle Wrestling. No Gi is a fast and exciting spectator sport, becoming more and more mainstream every year. Common positions of the sport are leg entanglements and headlocks.

Women's BJJ

Women's BJJ

Our Women’s program is a safe learning environment for all female students. We want to tailor your training to accommodate your Jiu Jitsu goals, from the casual practitioner to the high level competitor. Learn how effective BJJ is as a self-defense system while making great friends! This class alternates between Gi and No Gi classes every other week.

How About Kids?

Junior Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (ages 6-10):

Our Junior Kids BJJ program focuses on the basic fundamentals of the gentle art, and will build a strong foundation for grappling. Our instructors instill respect, listening skills, and discipline into our students. We ensure a safe and friendly learning environment, while providing encouragement and support through hands-on coaching. Students will learn takedowns, submission holds, and the self defense concepts within Jiu Jitsu. We also begin to introduce BJJ competition in our Junior Kids program.

Senior Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (ages 11-14):

Our Senior Kid’s BJJ program focuses on providing the tools to become not only effective martial artists, but disciplined students capable of making good choices both on and off the mats. These students gain knowledge of body mechanics, anti-bullying strategies, mental toughness, courage, and problem solving skills that translate to every day life. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also teaches kids about setting goals and achieving them through hard work. They will have lots of fun while training a safe and realistic martial art with other kids. When they are ready, we encourage competition to challenge our students and celebrate facing adversity.

What Do People Say About Us?

  • We struggled to find a sport my son enjoys until we were introduced to Matt at On Guard. Now every week my son looks forward to getting on the mat. He is actually bummed when he may have to miss a class. Matt is patient and kind with the kids. He helps them to feel confident and comfortable in what they are doing. Highly recommend On Guard.

    Misty Wishart
  • Professor Matt Kwan is one of the most knowledgable instructors I have come across during my almost 12 years in Jiu Jitsu. His attention to detail and ability to help students absorb those details is impressive. I highly recommend him to anyone at any experience level.

    Eric Hoff
  • Some of the best instruction you can get in all of BC, from an instructor with a wealth of competition experience. What makes Matt special is not only his in depth understanding of jiu jitsu and grappling in general, but his ability to articulate that understanding in his teaching. The gym has a welcoming and friendly vibe that is perfect for the absolute beginner or seasoned jiu jitsu player. 10/10 would recommend.

    Owen Grant
  • Matt is an amazing instructor. My son is in the kids' class and I am always amazed at the development of his skills. Matt builds meaningful connections with each child; my son loves it here!

    Michelle Scobie Donaldson
  • OnGuard BJJ is an incredible, intelligent jiu jitsu school. The concepts and instruction that you will receive from Matt and Mike are impeccable and from top notch quality. I promise you that every visit will strengthen your game, show you details that you missed before and make you wanna go back for more. On top of that they have surrounded themselves with some excellent people; always inviting, always ready to roll. You simply have to visit them when your in the Pitt Meadows area. If you don’t, it’s a guarantee your missing out.

    Marcel Van Der Stelt

Contact Us


OG Headquarters
19040 Lougheed Highway, Unit 2B
Pitt Meadows, BC, V3Y 2N6


Matt @ (778) 869-4104


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