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JAKE MARTIN

JAKE MARTIN

Professor Jake is a firm advocate of the “Jiu Jitsu For Everyone” attitude that is the backbone of Gracie Barra. When he bows onto the mat, his goal is to better anyone with his precise instruction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, regardless of athletic prowess, age, or mental ability.

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JONNY KRUSE

JONNY KRUSE

Jonny has been involved in the sports industry for many years working for the NFL and the NHL. In 2011 he began working for Gracie Barra as the Regional Marketing Director and is currently the Kids Coach at Gracie Barra West County.

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DAVID DERSTINE

DAVID DERSTINE

I discovered Jiu-Jitsu through the Modern Army Combatives Program while I was enlisted in the U.S. Army. I quickly became passionate and excited about grappling; mastering the martial arts became my life goal from that point on. Once I finished my contract, I almost immediately began studying at Gracie Barra in St. Louis under the teachings of Professors Mike Buckels and Jake Martin. Now almost four years into my journey, I train and compete avidly to hone my craft. I have earned medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and have recently been spending my free time practicing Judo. I will continue to compete and master my skills for as long that I am able. My goal is to guide individuals with my passion and knowledge; to anyone willing to accept the effort that it takes.

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JOHN BERRY

JOHN BERRY

Coach John served his country in the airborne infantry division of the United States Army. learning the art of combat during his service and wanting to continue a passion for learning brought him to Gracie Barra. A father of two Coach John brings an understanding and nurturing nature to his approach in teaching kids and adults.

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AARON LACKMAN

AARON LACKMAN

Coach Aaron is a father of 3 and through experience with children brings a patient and fun environment in teaching the Little Champs and Juniors classes. I believe Kids can have fun and learn at the same time, if you have patience and understand that every child is different and learns in his or her own unique way.

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VINNY MARCIAL

VINNY MARCIAL

Born in Minas Gerais, Brasil; Vinny moved to the US at age 9 and discovered Jiu Jitsu during high school. He immediately found interest in the sport of BJJ and continued to learn more about himself and others. Now as a kids coach and avid competitor, he loves to teach, train and have fun at Gracie Barra West County.

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JODY TOKEN

JODY TOKEN

For nearly 20 years, Jody has served in the nonprofit industry inspiring young women to be tomorrow’s leaders. Her love for fitness and passion for empowering women, has led to the development of a Women’s Self Defense Program.

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