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.