Meet the leadership of our School, teachers and fellow students who are committed to guiding and challenging along your path in Jiu Jitsu.


Juan Pablo Garcia, 3rd Degree Black Belt, 2011, Daniel De Lima & Carlos Gracie Jr.

Derek Nakawaga, 3rd Degree Black Belt, 2011, Carlos Gracie Jr.

Rocky Ramirez, 2nd Degree Black Belt, 2016

Diogenes Ruiz, 1st Degree Black Belt, 2017

Xavier Torres, 1st Degree Black Belt, 2018 

Jason Howells, 1st Degree Black Belt, 2019

Fabian Soto, Black Belt, 2020

Kimberly Pruyssers, Black Belt, 2020

Bryan Tamayo, Black Belt, 2021  

Jair Rojas, Black Belt, 2021 

Sarah Cunningham, Black Belt, 2023 

Chase Emener, Black Belt, 2023 

Pedro Duran, Black Belt, 2023


To maintain the integrity and focus on safety in our Schools all of our instructors are certified. The Instructor Development Program (IDP) is available year-round. If you are an EDJ Team Member and want to become a certified instructor you can sign up and register for the IDP message Professor Juan Pablo Garcia HERE to learn when the next course will be.

Additionally, our instructors are all required to be CPR/Basic First Aid certified, and starting in 2024 all Instructors will be
required to finish the IBJJF RULES SEMINAR online or in person.

Daniel Bohn, Germany

Ashley Marquez, CA

Ava Groves, CA

Bryan Caceres, CA

Camila Valdés Pacheco, Chile

Celeste Carvajal, CA

Devin Moreno, Ca

Diego Peña Ventura, Chile

Ryan Hall, CA

Mauricio Reyes, Chile

Maria Jesus Rojas, Chile

Henry Soto, Chile

Julian Quiceno, Chile

Cristobal Gómez, Chile

Ryan Hall, CA

Kimberly Bowser, CA. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 

Jorge Bravo, Chile

Jorge Luis Arispe, CA

Amanda Bennett, CA

Joe Carroll, CA

Mario Sanchez, FL

Sarah Cunningham, CA

Chris Corros, CA

Daniel De Lima

Pioneer of Jiu Jitsu in Florida & Head Professor of Montanha BJJ

"The Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle means to eat healthy, exercise, educate yourself, help people, be friendly, courteous, determined, goal-oriented, and persevere against adversity!"

- Professor Daniel De Lima on BJJ Lifestyle

Juan Pablo Garcia

EDJ School of Jiu-Jitsu HQ Founder & Head Professor

To me, Black belt was a dream since I was a Kid. Achieving my black belt was one of the proudest moments of my life, Teaching Jiu-Jitsu and having my school has always been my goal.
- Professor JP Garcia on his BJJ Journey

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