Gerry DiSanto is the owner and operator of the Defensive Arts Training Centre in St. Catharines. He holds a wide variety of ranks in various martial arts and is a certified teacher, allowing him the ability to meet each student’s individual needs. Along with his skills in boxing, kickboxing, grappling, and weaponry, Gerry DiSanto has been training in martial arts for several decades and is a renowned martial arts instructor in the Niagara Region.

3rd Degree Black Belt in BJJ under Helio Soneca
4th Degree Black Belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu
2nd Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate
Arnis, Muay Thai and Boxing Practitioner

Competition Experience

  • 2010 NAGA Black belt Champion
  • 2009 IBJJF Louisville, Kentucky Superfight winner
  • 2008 IBJJF Louisville, Kentucky Gold Medal
  • 2007 Canadian NAGA Champion (Ascension Tournament)
  • 2004 Canadian Abu Dhabi Champion
  • 2004 North American Abu Dhabi Competitor
  • 2004 Evolution Grappling Champion
  • 2003 OUA Freestyle Wrestling Silver Medalist

A Respected Instructor

“Gerry DiSanto’s relationship with his students is outstanding; he has an excellent rapport with his students and sincere interest in them as individuals. His students like and respect him. Gerry DiSanto is outgoing and exhibits a friendly personality and I recommend him without reservation to anyone.”

Mr. David Pihach

“Gerry DiSanto is a phenomenal teacher because he has the unique ability to meet the individual needs of the students through simplistic teaching strategies. I trained under Gerry DiSanto and continue to do so because others say that they meet their student’s individual needs, he does.”

-Phil Vanderbukel

We Are Not Different, We Are the Best!


Our students are so successful because Sensei Gerry DiSanto is a certified teacher, besides being an accomplished martial artist, and is able to use his extensive teaching skills to create an innovative and fun learning environment.


At the Defensive Arts Training Centre, our team of instructors are passionate about passing on our martial arts techniques and knowledge to others. We LOVE what we do! We also have the advantage of having a ministry trained teacher, which means we meet student’s individual needs.


An instructor should never be measured by what they know, what they have accomplished or by what they say. A good instructor should be judged by the knowledge they pass on to their students. At the Defensive Arts Training Centre in St. Catharines, we have students who have successes at the international and world level. In addition, we provide our students with the skills they need to defend themselves confidently. No gimmicks, tricks or fake promises – just real world self-defence.