My name is Johnny Vasquez, I am 35 years of age, married with two beautiful children and currently hold a purple belt under the Gracie Academy. I graduated the ICP (Instructor Certificate Program) under the Gracie family at the Gracie Academy, and although I am only a purple belt in overall Jiu Jitsu, I am a master in the Gracie combatives program and am certified to teach it. Our goal here is not to teach someone the best way to score a point in a tournament, but rather how to defend themselves in a real fight. We focus on the 36 techniques combined by the Gracie Academy to create the combatives curriculum along with the reflex development of those techniques. Upon completion of the 36 techniques and a passing grade (1-3 years generally) you will be belted with an official combatives belt and have a true understanding of self-defense. Once you have received your combatives belt, you will have the opportunity to earn your blue belt and partake in the Master Cycle curriculum. The Master Cycle is where we all grow towards our own goals in Gracie Jiu Jistu, whether it be maintaining street self-defense, adding more to your arsenal, or earning a black belt in a lifelong adventure. Besides Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I have over 10 years experience in Western boxing, Thai kick boxing, MMA and am a former competitive cage fighter.