Q. What are your qualifications?

A. Arise Founder and Lead Facilitator, Jess Gordon, has a BA Child and Youth Care Counselling from Douglas College and Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. She is currently certified with the Ministry of Education in BC and works at a local independent school.

She has over three years experience training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been promoted to blue belt by Professor Thomas Lisboa at Alliance Vancouver.

Jess recently completed the Groundswell Social Venture’s Build Program; a hands on “alternative” business development course designed to help small businesses make a positive social and environmental impact within a strong ecosystem of values-based entrepreneurs who are committed to helping each other.

 Q. I’m anxious about Jiu Jitsu. Can you tell me more?

A. Here’s a link to a great podcast about Jiu Jitsu for self defense, particularly for girls. It’s between two practitioners Jess has the pleasure of being acquainted with.

 Q. Are you a martial arts gym?

A. No, but we can recommend some great martial arts gyms for children such as Alliance Vancouver.