About Animo

Animo offers a one-of-a-kind martial arts meets fitness experience.

We pride ourselves on working with experienced trainers from many facets of the mixed martial arts industry. Train in our specialized Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts classes for Kids, Men and Women with trainers that uphold integrity and history of the sport.

We are more than just fitness, we are a community. Our focus is on integrity, encouragement, and inclusivity. Everyone (age, gender, orientation, race, health status, beliefs, physical abilities) is welcome. Founded in 2021 we have one gym in Maple Ridge, BC with plans to open more across the lower mainland.

just like you...


You can cancel at anytime by simply giving us 31 days notice.
You can downgrade, upgrade, or place your account on hold at anytime.
Not sure what you need? Give us a call and we would be happy to support.

We pride ourselves on being flexible for your needs!

the trainers

Push yourself alongside your local community and expert trainers. Our close knit team of instructors are experts in fitness, martial arts, and health with a commitment to the ancient and modern wisdoms of martial arts. They bring that passion and experience to every session and encourage the Animo community to work hard, dig deep and most importantly improve their lives!

Interested in competing? We are sanctioned with the Amateur Boxing Association. Ask the trainers about how to train & compete with the Animo team.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt

Between Judo, Wrestling, and Jiujitsu, Jordan has over 30 years of grappling experience. He has taught at gyms all over the world, including Sweden and Germany. He has competed internationally his whole life, so the techniques he teaches are battle tested against the best in the world.


Professional MMA Fighter - Jiu Jitsu brown belt under Shawn albrecht

Dont be intimidated by this giant’s size… he loves working with youth who are just getting into martial arts. Not only is Keanan our Head Coach at the Animo Boxing and MMA Gym in Maple Ridge, he is a Professional MMA fighter for the Battlefield Fight League in the middleweight division. A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Shawn Albrecht, Keanan also has multiple amateur championship belts in Kickboxing and MMA.


Professional MMA Fighter - JIU JITSU purple BELT

Josh “Juggernaut” Kwiatkowski is one of our coaches at Animo Boxing and MMA Gym, he is a Professional MMA fighter for Battlefield Fight League in the middleweight division. Josh is an expert coach in boxing, no GI Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, striking and more. He is currently the 145lb champion of Rumble in the Cage, Canada’s longest running fight organization. 


professional mma fighter - currently ranked top 10 in canada

Alana is our Head Women’s Coach at the Animo Boxing & MMA Gym, and competes as a Professional MMA Fighter in the bantamweight division! Ranked as one of the top ten female fighters in Canada, Alana loves competing and coaching, and she hopes to inspire women of all ages to enter the world of martial arts.

Outside the gym, Alana is very passionate about her work within her Métis community, and is the creater of Walking Like Warriors: a self-defense program for Indigenous youth.

the workout

Our studio offers a range of workouts from martial arts, to all women's self defence classes, to kids classes to personalized fitness programs. From first-timers to experts, everyone is welcome.