Owner and lead instructor Jonny Vasquez is a 1st-degree brown belt, earned under Professor Ryon Gracie, Rener Gracie, and instructor Alex Stuart of Gracie University Headquarters located in Torrance CA. He is also a registered brown belt with Rickson Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation. Jonny continues his Jiu Jitsu studies weekly at Gracie HQ along with GJJ black belt and 2019 Natural Mr. Olympia Mike Saffie for strength and conditioning training. Jonny became a certified instructor under Gracie HQ and opened Gracie Apple Valley in 2016. Jonny has over 10 years of experience in Western Boxing, American kickboxing, and MMA. He is a former amateur fighter for C.A.M.O MMA and competed in the sport Jiu-Jitsu realm for 2 years. Then, he discovered Gracie University and dedicated his life to spreading the Gracie message and the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Though his true passion is teaching and empowering anyone willing to learn the techniques and principles of the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Jonny also privately teaches MMA under “Team Inner Strength” and manages amateur fighters & champions for Spar Star MMA out of LA.