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Meet The Instructors2021-08-26T07:24:25-07:00

Meet The Instructors

Jonny Vasquez

Owner and lead instructor Jonny Vasquez is a 1st degree purple belt, earned under Professor Ryon, Rener Gracie, and instructor Alex Stuart of Gracie University Headquarters located in Torrance CA. He is a registered purple 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 kick boxing and MMA. He is a former armature fighter for C.A.M.O MMA and competed in sport Jiu Jitsu for 2 years before switching to the Gracie University and dedicating his life to spreading the Gracie message 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 for Spar Star MMA out of LA.

Jonny Vasquez

Aaron Trobee

Aaron Trobee

Assistant Master Cycle, Combatives instructor and lead Bullyproof instructor Aaron Trobee is a 4th degree blue belt under Jonny Vasquez and earned his instructor bars from Ryron and Rener Gracie in 2019. Aaron became a certified instructor under Gracie HQ in 2017. He continues his studies under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University with the goal of achieving a black belt. He also practices Judo, Kickboxing and is an amateur MMA fighter currently contracted for Spar Star productions out of LA.

Balint Szilagyi

Balint Szilagyi

1st degree blue belt, Balint Szilagyi is an assistant Comabtives and Bullyproof instructor who continues his studies under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University. Balint became a certified instructor under the Gracie Family in 2020 and loves dedicating his time to learning the art and spreading its value.

Dylon Pouge

Dylon Pouge

Dylon Pouge Is a 1st degree Blue belt at Gracie Apple Valley under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University. Dylon is an assistant Bullyproof and Combatives instructor who earned his Certifications under Gracie University in 2019. Dylon also studies MMA with Team Inner Strength and enjoys weightlifting.

Christa Lauretta

Christa Lauretta

Women Empowered assistant instructor Christa Lauretta earned her pink belt in 2020 and became certified under Gracie University in 2021. After experiencing the positive change and confidence the Women Empowered gave her, she decided to pursue instructorship. Aside from teaching Women Empowered, Christa is also a Combatives belt and in the Master Cycle program. Her entire family now trains GJJ.

Renee Perry

Renee Perry

Renee Perry is an assistant instructor in Women Empowered and Combatives. She received her teaching certifications under the Gracie family in 2019. She holds blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu as well as a pink belt and continues to learn.

Glen Olson

Glen Olson

Glen Olson is a black belt In Judo and registered with the USJA. He currently teaches Judo at Gracie Apple Valley weekly. Aside from Judo, Glen is A Combatives belt in the Gracie system and attends Master Cycle regularly with intentions on earning his blue belt and becoming certified under the Gracie family. Teaching both Judo and GJJ is his goal.

Danny Fernandez

Danny Fernandez

Danny Fernandez is an assistant Combatives and Bullyproof instructor who received his teaching certificates from Gracie HQ in 2020. He is currently a blue belt and working towards his stripes in Master Cycle.

Shaun Factora

Shaun Factora

Blue Belt Shaun Factora is currently an assistant instructor in Comabtives and Bullyproof. He earned his teaching Certificates from Gracie HQ in 2021. He also has more than 4 years of MMA training, is on Team Inner Strength and is a former competitive body builder.

Cynthia Trobee

Cynthia Trobee

Cynthia Trobee is one of the lead secretaries for Gracie Apple. In charge of working with the merchant, contracts, Wellness App and providing excellent customer service. She is Blue belt training in Master Cycle and working on her pink belt in Women Empowered.

Kenya Saucedo

Kenya Saucedo

Kenya Saucedo is a lead secretary. She is first point of contact for any new students and works administration during class times in hopes to provide outstanding customer service for both new and current students. She is also a Bullyproof helper. Kenya is a blue belt working on her stripes in Master Cycle and hopes to earn her pink belt in Women Empowered soon.

Aaron Trobee

Aaron Trobee

Assistant Master Cycle, Combatives instructor and lead Bullyproof instructor Aaron Trobee is a 4th degree blue belt under Jonny Vasquez and earned his instructor bars from Ryron and Rener Gracie in 2019. Aaron became a certified instructor under Gracie HQ in 2017. He continues his studies under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University with the goal of achieving a black belt. He also practices Judo, Kickboxing and is an amateur MMA fighter currently contracted for Spar Star productions out of LA.

Balint Szilagyi

Balint Szilagyi

1st degree blue belt, Balint Szilagyi is an assistant Comabtives and Bullyproof instructor who continues his studies under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University. Balint became a certified instructor under the Gracie Family in 2020 and loves dedicating his time to learning the art and spreading its value.

Dylon Pouge

Dylon Pouge

Dylon Pouge Is a 1st degree Blue belt at Gracie Apple Valley under Jonny Vasquez and Gracie University. Dylon is an assistant Bullyproof and Combatives instructor who earned his Certifications under Gracie University in 2019. Dylon also studies MMA with Team Inner Strength and enjoys weightlifting.

Christa Lauretta

Christa Lauretta

Women Empowered assistant instructor Christa Lauretta earned her pink belt in 2020 and became certified under Gracie University in 2021. After experiencing the positive change and confidence the Women Empowered gave her, she decided to pursue instructorship. Aside from teaching Women Empowered, Christa is also a Combatives belt and in the Master Cycle program. Her entire family now trains GJJ.

Renee Perry

Renee Perry

Renee Perry is an assistant instructor in Women Empowered and Combatives. She received her teaching certifications under the Gracie family in 2019. She holds blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu as well as a pink belt and continues to learn.

Glen Olson

Glen Olson

Glen Olson is a black belt In Judo and registered with the USJA. He currently teaches Judo at Gracie Apple Valley weekly. Aside from Judo, Glen is A Combatives belt in the Gracie system and attends Master Cycle regularly with intentions on earning his blue belt and becoming certified under the Gracie family. Teaching both Judo and GJJ is his goal.

Danny Fernandez

Danny Fernandez

Danny Fernandez is an assistant Combatives and Bullyproof instructor who received his teaching certificates from Gracie HQ in 2020. He is currently a blue belt and working towards his stripes in Master Cycle.

Shaun Factora

Shaun Factora

Blue Belt Shaun Factora is currently an assistant instructor in Comabtives and Bullyproof. He earned his teaching Certificates from Gracie HQ in 2021. He also has more than 4 years of MMA training, is on Team Inner Strength and is a former competitive body builder.

Cynthia Trobee

Cynthia Trobee

Cynthia Trobee is one of the lead secretaries for Gracie Apple. In charge of working with the merchant, contracts, Wellness App and providing excellent customer service. She is Blue belt training in Master Cycle and working on her pink belt in Women Empowered.

Kenya Saucedo

Kenya Saucedo

Kenya Saucedo is a lead secretary. She is first point of contact for any new students and works administration during class times in hopes to provide outstanding customer service for both new and current students. She is also a Bullyproof helper. Kenya is a blue belt working on her stripes in Master Cycle and hopes to earn her pink belt in Women Empowered soon.

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    13470 Manhasset Rd. #9
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