Demitri 'Narouque' Telfair
Professional BJJ & MMA Coach
Demitri Telfair is the founder and head coach of the Bear’s Den BJJ & MMA in Taichung City, Taiwan.
- 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
- 5-0 professional MMA record
- Ranked #73 in the world at purple belt in 2017
- IBJJF Asian Open Gold Medalist, 2-time IBJJF Asian Open Silver Medalist, 2-time IBJJF Asian Open Bronze Medalist
- 4-time Pan Asian BJJ Champion
- 7-time Taiwan International BJJ Champion
- Combat Sambo Champion
- More than 200 combat sports matches
Demitri began his mixed martial arts journey practicing Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chun Kung-Fu in Canada over 20 years ago before moving to Taiwan. Since then, he has competed in MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kick-boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, grappling, Judo, and Sambo.
Demitri is also the Vice President of referees for CTMMAA, with over 100 fights refereed and judged. He assists and presents at MMA referee seminars educating the young talents of Taiwan. For overseas referee experience, he has worked for One FC in China and Legends FC in Macau.
This video is a highlight video featuring some of Demitri’s Muay Thai and MMA fights. These fights were from various competitions throughout Taiwan between 2008-2011.
BJJ Record – 85-35
Nogi Record – 52-30
Judo – 5-3
PRO FC Sub-Only Invitational Competitor
- 2021 Taichung City Judo Competition – Bronze Medal
- 7x Taiwan International Champion
- 4x Pan Asian Champion
- 2019 Copa De Bangkok Brown Belt, Masters 1. Middle-weight and Open-weight Champion
- 2019 Taiwan International Brown Belt, Masters 2. Middle-weight and Open-weight Champion
- 2018 ADCC Superfight competitor
- 2018 Asian Open Brown Belt Absolute – Silver
- 2017 – IBJJF Manila Elite Nogi Champion
- 2016 Asian Open Purple Belt Champion
PRO MMA Record – 5-0
Combat Sambo – 1-0
Amateur Muay Thai – 4-1
7/17/2011 PRO MMA 5 (Taipei, Taiwan)
• Win – TKO (Ground and Pound) 2nd Round
2/7/2010 PRO MMA 3 (Taipei, Taiwan)
• Win – TKO (Ground and Pound) 2nd Round
10/9/2009 TMC 1 (Taipei, Taiwan)
• Win (Judges decision)
3/1/2009 Ming- Wu 4 (Hsinzhu, Taiwan)
• Win – TKO (Ground and Pound) 1st Round
7/4/2008 Ming- Wu 2 (Taipei, Taiwan)
• Win – Arm bar, 3rd Round
6/18/2011 Iron Fist Kick boxing tournament – (Taichung, Taiwan) Gold Medal
• 1st match – 3rd round TKO (Referee stoppage)
• Finals – Unanimous decision win
3/16/2011 Taiwan’s 1st International Sambo Tournament – (Taiwan) Gold Medal
• Combat Sambo. Win – Arm bar
5/18,19/2010 Taiwan’s 1st Annual Muay Thai Tournament – (Taiwan) Silver Medal
• Match 1 – Win – Judges Decision
• Match 2 Semi-finals – Win – Judges Decision
• Match 3 Finals – Loss – Judges Decision
2007 Boxing WBC Rules Smoker Tournament – (Taiwan) 2nd place – Silver
• 1st match – Win Judges Decision
• 2nd match – DNF – couldn’t fight due to broken hand in 1st match
AT A GLANCE:
Height: 175cm Weight: 83kg
From: Vancouver, BC. Canada
Belt rank: 4th Degree Brown Belt
Years of training: 21 years. Started training in 2000.
Favorite move: Flying Triangle
Skills and Achievements:
- ONE Championship Challenge Series Referee
- Vice president of referees for CTMMA
- Legend FC MMA Referee
- WBC Muay Thai Intermediate Level Instructor
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- CPR and AED certified
- Advanced level certified scuba diver
- Professional chef
Q&A With the Coach
Why did you start training?
I started training in martial arts because I grew up in an area where I had to learn to protect myself at a young age. As a young teenager, I got into a lot of street fights and decided that if I wanted to improve my fighting skills, I needed to train in the proper environment with a great coach. Shortly afterwards, I joined my best friend’s Tae Kwon Do Academy at age 19.
What do you love most about martial arts?
Martial arts require a fluid unison between the mind and the body. I enjoy the mental aspect as well as the physical. I believe fighting is one of the purest forms to display your art. I enjoy the bonding and camaraderie the martial arts offer. I embrace the hard work and love learning new skills, techniques, and ways to strengthen ourselves through martial arts.
When did you begin teaching MMA and jiu-jitsu?
I began coaching in 2009, in Taipei, at Taiwan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a blue belt. At that time, we didn’t have any instructors ranked past blue. In 2010, I opened and instructed the professional MMA classes at TWBJJ, in which we had over 7 pro fighters on the team.
What do you try to focus on when coaching?
When coaching, I’m always striving to help each individual accomplish their goals. I believe that it’s important to recognize the difference between the students who train casually for fun and exercise, versus those who want to have themselves pushed a bit harder and even compete. My goal is for everyone to sweat and get a good workout in, as well as to obtain at least one new technique for each class.
What are some future goals you have for MMA/BJJ?
One of my future goals for MMA is to be a referee for a UFC event. As for Jiu-Jitsu, I plan to compete in the Masters Worlds in Las Vegas within the next two years. Since I’m uncertain if I will fight MMA again in the future, I am solely focused on coaching and training the new generation of athletes. I will continue to contribute and pave the road for the growth and success of MMA in Taiwan.