About Us

Our Club

West Vancouver Martial Arts academy (WVMA) is a full time martial arts club.

Founded by brothers, Master Blake Lirette, Senseis Dean Lirette, and Curtis Harriott.  WVMA is much more than a fitness gym; it’s a place where our members reach their physical and mental goals one class at a time.

Starting from white belt students will strengthen their mind, develop a solid technical foundation and, by being diligent, achieve their black belt and beyond.

Each student is required to learn specific techniques: stances, defense, moving, and striking.  All classes include stretching, technique practice, and conditioning.  Martial arts training strengthens core muscles and will keep students lean, flexible, and strong!  Martial arts will increase students’ overall fitness level and sense of well being.

With consistent practice, students will, without a doubt:

  • strengthen their mind
  • improve their physique
  • learn effective self-defense
  • increase their flexibility
  • increase their balance
  • increase their coordination
  • increase their self-discipline
  • meet great people
  • enjoy a positive learning environment

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Our Instructors

Blake

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I Specialize in the the stand up arts which I’ve been studying since childhood. Not only will I teach you the beauty of the arts but will also teach you techniques to increase your mental and physical toughness in a positive environment.

Achievements & Experience

  • International fight experience: Thailand, Japan, Canada, USA
  • Various title belts for BC, Canadian, North American, World Title in Kickboxing and Muay Thai
  • K-1 Veteran
  • Over 20 years of teaching experience with people of all ages
  • Currently training in several disciplines
  • Experience managing martial arts clubs

Certifications

  • Canfit pro personal training
  • St. John’s first-aid CPR

Curtis

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Martial Arts Experience

  • Karate 2007-2011
  • Jiu Jitsu 2009-Present
  • Judo 2009-2011
  • Wrestling 2005-2008
  • Taekwondo 1997-2004
  • Trained in Thailand 2011
  • Currently Training at a professional level

Achievements

  • Provincial Champion (BC Summer Games Wrestling)
  • International Competition Experience in Wrestling and Karate
  • Tiger Balm 2nd Jiu Jitsu
  • West Coast Open 2nd Jiu Jitsu
  • Provincial champion karate
  • Purple Belt (BJJ)
  • Current BFL Welterweight Champion (MMA)

Dean

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Experience & Achievements

  • North American Challenge Champion 2004
  • 12 wins and 2 losses in Muay Thai and Boxing
  • Numerous tournament wins
  • over 15 years of Teaching experience with kids and adults
  • Currently in Training!