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Defensive Arts Training Centre
103 Lakeshore
St. Catharines, Ontario

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Sensei Gerry DiSanto

Sensei Gerry DiSanto

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Helio SONECA Moreira
  • Muay Thai under Kru Alain Halmagean
  • Head Coach of Team Canada 2007
    SILVER MEDALIST at the World Championships
  • 10 years as a Certified Ontario College of Teachers, Teaching at Holy Cross Secondary School
  • Bachelor of Arts –History
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Physical Education Curriculum Specialist
  • Respect Ed Facilitator by the Red Cross Anti-Bullying Program

Gerry DiSanto is the owner and operator of Defensive Arts Training Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. 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 considered a Premier Martial Arts Instructor in the Niagara Region.

What makes us great?
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

What does this mean to you?
We 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.

How do you measure a good instructor?
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 Defensive Arts Training Centre, 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 Defense. We are not different we are the Best!

Testimonials from people who know Sensei Gerry DiSanto and can attest to the quality of instruction his students’ receive

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
Former Principal of Holy Cross S.S.

"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
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 Medialist


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