The Refuge B​razilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy maintains a staff of highly-skilled, thoroughly educated instructors to give you and your family the very best in martial arts education. Our staff is committed to providing high quality instruction and an overall positive experience.
Read more about our awesome instructors and staff below.


Coach Josh
Owner & Head Instructor
Black Belt

Coach Josh has been training in BJJ since 2007 and is a highly accomplished competitor. Josh hopes to share his knowledge and create future world champions.

Coach Josh Bio

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Coach Ryan
Black Belt

Coach Ryan loves to share his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu knowledge. Ryan dedicates his time to mentorship programs where he comes alongside young men to provide them leadership and guidance.


Coach Corey
Youth Instructor
Brown Belt

Coach Corey has been training BJJ for eight years. He has competed at all ranks and also enjoys coaching his son's football team.

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Coach Kanani
Assistant Youth Instructor
Purple Belt

Coach Kanani has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2011 and got her start in martial arts by training in Shotokan Karate. Kanani has a passion for instructing kids.


Coach Daniel
Assistant Youth Instructor
Blue Belt

Coach Daniel started his Jiu Jitsu journey right here at Refuge. He loves helping coach the kids classes where he has three sons that train.


Coach Tommy
Assistant Youth Instructor
Blue Belt

Coach Tommy is the first student to journey from white to blue belt within Refuge BJJ. He loves working with the kids team and plans to spend next year focusing on his journey as a competitor.


Coach Yin
Assistant Youth Instructor
Blue Belt

Coach Yin has over 6 years of training and has competed in over 30 tournaments around the US. He holds multiple titles the most recent IBJJF Kids Pan Champion and IBJJF Kids Vegas International Champion.


Coach Jessica
Assistant Youth Instructor
Blue Belt

Coach Jessica has been training BJJ for 5 years and is an IBJJF Kids Pan and American National Champion. She is an all-district wrestling champ and has a passion for helping other young girls achieve their goals.

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Mr. Nathan
Front Office

Mr. Nathan supports the front office administration. Being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, he is determined to spread the message of autism awareness and be a positive role model for others.


Mr. Anthony
Front Office

Mr. Anthony is our weekend front office support. He got his start in BJJ way back when he was a youth training under Coach Josh! He currently is pursuing his passion in theater and is having a lot of fun.