Aether (pronounced aither) was thought to be the pure essence that the Greek gods breathed and was the substance that filled the space above the terrasphere.
Aether Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was founded on the fundamental BJJ principle of understanding technique and leverage to control and submit larger opponents. We take pride in teaching pure technique in a safe and fun environment.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and self-defence system that focuses on grappling skills such as throws, takedowns and ground fighting. BJJ differs itself from other grappling disciplines by focusing on joint locks and chokeholds, instead of pinning or throwing opponents.
While BJJ is relatively informal compared to other martial arts, there is still a large focus on respect on the mats. Taking care of each other on the team is of the utmost importance. While on the mats, black belts are called “professor”, this is the Portuguese word for teacher. Whether the black belt is instructing, a student or simply visiting, it is customary to address them as such. Non-black belt coaches are simply called “coach”. Aether BJJ is very informal, but we do ask you respect any visiting black belts by referring the them as professor.
Chris Mattock – Founder
Professor Mattock began his BJJ journey in June 2007 and immediately fell in love with the sport. He competes regularly in BJJ tournaments and eventually made the crossover into MMA in 2009. He has a professional record of 4-2 as a pro and 3-0 as an amateur. He quickly earned a reputation of being a skilled technician by earning all his wins by submission. His career highlight came in 2013, when he won the King of the Cage Canadian Welterweight Title.
In December of 2015 Chris was awarded his black belt under long-time coach, Professor Josh Russell. Professor Mattock was promoted to the rank of 1st degree in December 2018.
Off the mats, Chris is a public affairs professional, specializing in stakeholder relations. He is passionate about community building and finding common threads to bring people from all walks of life together.
LINEAGE: Mitsuyo Maeda> Carlos Gracie> Carlos Gracie Jr. > Josh Russell > Chris Mattock