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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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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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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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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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SHANE KELLY

SHANE KELLY

Coach Shane is a Gracie Barra Blue Belt and father of 4. All 4 of his Children attend the school and he brings the attention and caring of a father to his teaching style in every class. Coach Shane teaches our Little Champs Classes ages 4 to 6.

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