Our Staff

The Refuge B​razilian Jiu-Jitsu 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.

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Coach Ryan

Instructor
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.

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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 is an active IBJJF competitor with a passion for instructing kids.

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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. Daniel’s goal is the be the best coach, teammate, and role model possible.

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Coach Tommy

Assistant Youth Instructor
Blue Belt

Coach Tommy is the first student to journey from white to blue belt within Refuge BJJ Academy. 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

Coach Yin has been training with Coach Josh since he was seven years old. He is a multiple time AZ State Champion, Nationals Champion, and Kids Pan American Champion.

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Mr. Nathan

Front Office

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

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Mr. Anthony

Front Office

Mr. Anthony got his start in BJJ way back when he was a youth student training under Coach Josh! Now, he is pursuing his passion in theater and drama and is having a lot of fun!

Next Steps...

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