About Us

Our Club

Coquitlam Martial Arts academy (CQMA) is a full time martial arts club.

Founded by Blake Lirette and Ryan Christopher, CQMA 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 you will strengthen your mind, develop a solid technical foundation and, by being diligent, achieve your black belt and beyond.

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

With consistent practice, you will, without a doubt:

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

Our Instructors

Master Blake

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.


  •  International fight experience and title belts for BC, Canadian, North American, World Title in styles including Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Muay Thai
  • K-1 Veteran
  • Over 20 years of Teaching experience with people of all ages
  • Currently training in several diciplines
  • Years of experience managing martial arts clubs


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

Sensei Ryan

My Martial Arts journey started over 10 years ago with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After traveling the world to fight and compete in Marital Arts I have really found my love of teaching BJJ.

Martial Arts Experience

  • Owner of Coquitlam Martial Arts 2009-present
  • Teaching @ Triunity Martial Arts, Surrey  2011-2013
  • Teaching @ West Coast Bjj and MMA, Port Coquitlam  2007-2011
  • Infight Brazil Affiliate under Rogerio Poggio & Eduardo Cadena
  • Brazil: Copa Do Mundo (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Thailand: Muay Thai Fight (Chiang Rai)
  • USA: Trained at American Top Team (Florida)
  • USA: Trained at Marcello Garcia Academy (Florida)


  • Canada – Copa Katana, Tigerbalm, Grapplers Inc., Dungeon Grappling, Western Canadians, Submission Only Medalist
  • USA – IBJJF Pan-Ams – Competitor
  • Brazil – Copa Do Mundo 2010 – Silver Medalist
  • Copa Katana 2015 – Brown Belt – Silver Medalist
  • Amateur MMA – 2-0 Battlefield Fight League

Sensei Taylor

I am one of the MMA competitors on the CQMA Fight Team and I enjoy to compete using all that I have learned from my coaches. Teaching the Teens Striking classes is very rewarding as I am able to pass along my knowledge to my students.

Martial Arts Experience

  • CQMA Instructor
  • CQMA MMA Competior
  • Infight Brazil Affiliate under Rogerio Poggio & Eduardo Cadena
  • Thailand: Muay Thai Fight (Chiang Rai)


  • Blue Belt (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
  • BFL Lightweight Champion
  • 5 Wins (MMA) Battlefield Fight League

Sensei Joe

Martial Arts Experience

  • CQMA Instructor – 2015 – present
  • Carlson Gracie (Vancouver) Instructor – 2014
  • Gracie Barra Manaira (Brazil) Assistant Instructor – 2012 – 2013


  • Black Belt (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
  • Campeonato Paraibano (Brazil) – 8 times Medalist
  • Open Nordeste (Brazil) – 2 times Medalist