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Your choice for self improvement in Vancouver

Vancouver Mind-Body Centre is a registered Canadian Charity (No. S-58015) dedicated to improving our society through incorporating concepts of harmony, non-violence and confidence development.

We have a mix of full-time and volunteer instructors, all are certified and top in their field.

We offer programs that specifically target youth (and adults) in under-privileged areas. Our programs are accessible free of charge to youth in need.

At Vancouver Mind-Body Centre, you’re not just a member; you are part of a community. We believe we achieve our goals when you achieve your goals. We know that joining a gym can be a difficult choice, this is why we are much more than a gym. As many of our loyal members can already attest, Vancouver Mind-Body Centre will become your home away from home. Our varied classes and hours can accommodate any lifestyle.

We’ve got you covered

You’ll find everything you need to achieve your fitness goals at Vancouver Mind-Body Centre. Our spacious facility is both modern and traditional. We have a large mat-covered area and equipment to facilitate body-weight exercises as well as a full assortment of kettlebells and plate weights. Our experienced and supportive staff is always available to show you how to use equipment, assist you in creating a fitness and diet plan, or help you find a technique that works for you. We believe that working out is more than losing weight, gaining muscle, or getting in shape – working out is a journey to a better mind, body, and spirit. As is the case with any journey, it is much easier when you have someone accompanying you as a guide.

Get in touch with us

Whether you are looking for fitness, strength-training, martial-art or to lose weight get in thouch with us. We have helped many men and women in and around Vancouver achieve their health and fitness goals, and we would love the opportunity to help you achieve yours!

Instructors

Natan Cheifetz - Chief InstructorNatan is an RKC and SFG certified Kettlebell instructor. He is the only RKC Level II instructor in British Columbia. In addition, he is a Certified Advanced Sports and Exercise Fitness Nutrition Advisor.

Natan started his training at a very young age as he prepared for his intake into the Israeli Defence force (IDF).

During his university years Natan took up Karate and soon thereafter started training in Aikido and Iaido. Aikido training was started under Y. Kawahara Shihan in the “good old days” of Renfrew dojo in Vancouver. Iaido training was started at Shin Ken Kai when that dojo was still affiliated with the Canadian Kendo Federation and maintained a connection with both Iwata Sensei and Omori Sensei of Japan. Natan was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to personally train with both these Iaido icons.

Over the years Natan has been fortunate to study for extended periods with Ishiyama Sensei of Vancouver and Fran Turner Sensei of Toronto. In addition Natan attended many seminars with several of the most senior of O’Sensei’s Uchideshi. Natan has had also practiced Krav maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tai Chi. Natan was fortunate to receive instructor training in Yoga from Master instructor Halina Stepkowski. (Find Out More!)

Programs: Aikido Aikido for kids Flexibility Kettlebells Tabata Iaido

Kyle Duske

Kyle is a dedicated fitness professional and educator. He focuses on the development of healthy habits that will last a lifetime, through a variety of physical practices including strength training, body-weight exercise and martial arts. Kyle will help you break through the mental barriers which limit your aptitude for personal growth, while teaching you how to build a body that both looks and feels the way you want it to.

As a young boy Kyle was overweight, asthmatic and wore glasses. He hated team sports and was always the last one to be picked in gym class. One day his mother asked if he wanted to try Karate. He reluctantly said yes, not knowing he was about to embark on a powerful journey of self-discovery and personal improvement. He has now been practicing Karate for over 20 years and is an avid yoga practitioner, Judo-ka, and strength training enthusiast, dedicated to lifting the heaviest kettlebells he can get his hands on.

  • Canfitpro certified personal trainer
  • Fitness kickboxing Canada Certified Instructor
  • Second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, recognized by Karate Canada
Programs: Karate Kids Karate 30 MIN Fitness Personal training

Yelena Ryabova

Yelena started her Aikido training in 2003 in Russia. She has trained extensively with Christian Tissier Sensei and travelled in Europe to attend his seminars, as well as seminars of several senior Japanese instructors. In 2013 Yelena achieved a rank of 3rd dan. To complement her Aikido training, Yelena practices Iaido (2nd Dan) and is an avid Yoga practitioner. Yelena is Natan's most senior (and first) kettlebell student. Her precision and strenght are truly inspiring to all.

Programs:Aikido Aikido for kids Kettlebells

Ray Dalupang

Ray began his Filipino Martial Arts training at the age of 11 at Sikaran Arnis in Winnipeg, Manitoba under Guro Dante Alambra. Fast forward several years and he began in Aikido in 2008 under Ishiyama Sensei. Followed by Sensei Natan Chiefetz at Vancouver Mind Body Centre. The itch for FMA came back and Ray attended Maelstom Martial Arts under Guro Loki Jorgenson. There after he met Guro Ed Wong and began his study into various martial arts with a focus on Modern Cimande Silat. Guro Ray now holds his Level 2 Instructor status with HCS/Modern Cimande Silat. His primary focus is emptyhand skills and improvised weapons for real world self defense.

Programs: South-East Asian Martial Arts

Majit Smazov

Majit is a dedicated Judo-ka who enjoys to share the Art of Judo with others. Born in Kyrgyzstan, he has been actively involved in Judo since the age of 9. Today Majit is a competitive Judo athlete who competes in the senior, -90kg category. When he is not at VMBC he actively teaches and trains with the Burnaby Judo Club.

Programs: Judo for Kids

Adam Nguyen

Adam is a Vancouver local with over 10 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience. He has competed in international and local tournaments with wins including the IBJJF American Nationals. He is a friendly instructor who recognizes that not everybody has the same body type or training goals and is able to adapt his teaching style accordingly.

Adam is also experienced in Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling and Judo.

Programs: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ray Dupree

Ray started training Jiu Jitsu in 1994, training throughout Canada, the United States, and Brazil. He has several competitions and training camps to his credit and holds fond memories of attending an intensive camp with Helio Gracie in Philadelphia in 2002. Ray is an open and honest instructor who enjoys sharing the Art of Jiu Jitsu with others.

Programs: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu