Curt Malin

Program Director


Curt Malin is a dedicated and experienced educator. He has five years of experience teaching severe at-risk children with Bosco Homes in Edmonton and has spent the past 17 years teaching Elementary at Donnan for the Edmonton Public School Board. Curt is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and director of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program, the only martial arts program operating during school hours in partnership with a Public School Board in North America! The 2023-2024 school year marks the 16th anniversary of the inception of the BJJ Program!

His program was recently featured in “Jiu-Jitsu Style” magazine in an article highlighting the correlation between martial arts and self-confidence and the impact martial arts has on students’ academic and social experiences at school. Curt has been featured in local media (T.V. & Print) and speaks at anti-bullying events, sharing his passion for bullying prevention and empowerment.

Curt is also the co-founder of the bully prevention program “Shift the Power.” This program uses practical and functional self-defense techniques, including situational awareness, verbal/non-verbal messaging, and if necessary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques to increase students’ self-confidence and awareness. This results in a more compassionate and empathetic school culture.

Curt played NCAA hockey during his University career and has been in martial arts for over 21 years. He has helped numerous children develop a sense of identity and overcome bullying, successfully moving on with their lives.

For more information on this program or Donnan BJJ contact Professor Malin at