EDJ School of Jiu Jitsu

Instructors

OUR SCHOOLS ARE FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING TO LEARN SELF-DEFENSE, GET IN SHAPE AND IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

Our Competition Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program can help you reach your athletics goals. Our school provides a positive environment for students with a great approach to personal excellence pursuit and realistic self-defense, however, we will always encourage and support any student who wishes to step up and compete.

EDJ School of Jiu Jitsu

Instructors

Here EDJ School of Jiu Jitsu, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in martial arts and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!

3rd Degree Black Belt

Juan Pablo Garcia

Head Instructor, Juan Pablo Garcia is on a mission to bring the positive impact of Jiu-Jitsu to as many people as possible. As Founder of EDJ ASSOCIATION and Head Instructor of 3 schools in California, JP has taught thousands of students from all around the world. EDJ Corona was the first school founded by Prof. Juan Pablo.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor for nearly 20 years, Juan Pablo credits Jiu-Jitsu with changing his life and making him the person he is today.

Juan Pablo stands out for being a great teacher of jiu-jitsu and self-defense. Teaching children, adults, high-level athletes, police officers, military officers, fireman, UFC fighters, Pride veterans. Professor JP is an outstanding role-model and mentor to all of his students. Charisma and teaching skills are just as natural talents to him as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Juan Pablo García was born on the 26th of June, 1982 in La Spezia – Italy, when his father was stationed there for the Ecuadorian Navy. He was raised in Ecuador but also lived 2 years in Colombia as a child, which made JP learn self-defense from a very young age since kids bullied him for his different accent every time they move.

Juan Pablo started training jiu-jitsu in his early teens (14/15) Initially he trained Judo because he couldn’t find Jiu-Jitsu in his hometown. After training Judo for a year he join a Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Affiliated MMA Academy in Ecuador, influenced by watching Royce Gracie on the first UFC.

He went through their belt system and participated in multiple local vale todo competitions and in 2003 got promoted to blue belt by Royce.

In his search to pursue more Jiu-Jitsu, he traveled to the US and Brazil for seminars and competitions. Since there were no BJJ Black Belts instructors in Ecuador, he would bring back what he learned to teach friends.

Always traveling and searching to learn and expand his Jiu-Jitsu he had the opportunity to train and spend some time with great instructors and Jiu-Jitsu practitioners like GrandMaster Helio Gracie, Fabio Gurgel, Marcio Simas, Cobrinha, Marcelo Garcia, Daniel De Lima, and many others in Brazil and the USA.

During that time he became Florida State NO GI champion, won multiple NAGA tournaments, and competed in Brazil and Argentina where he also spend time at the University of Palermo and training at the SUKATA academy.

He helped Found Gracie Barra and was responsible to introduce and establish various other Jiu-Jitsu Teams in Ecuador.

Juan Pablo was key for the development of BJJ in his hometown where he did the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi and no-gi) competitions and bring many Black Belts instructors to teach the art, from here many other teams were created in Ecuador.

In 2008 Juan Pablo made the decision to join the Gracie Barra team and move to the USA permanently. JP competed and received his purple, brown, and black belt promotions under the Gracie Barra Association until the first degree on his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2011

JP’s early days pursuing jiu-jitsu as a career meant sleeping at the gym, for some time on his car and barely earning enough to get by.

In 2010 moved to LA, to spend some time teaching at GB Pasadena & Encino. Juan Pablo known for his coaching abilities helped establish GB Schools in Burbank, Woodland hills and Holywood, and Chile, also start teaching seminars in South America, Europe, Canada, and the USA.

In 2014, he started teaching at Gracie Barra Santa Barbara for one year when he decided to move to Corona, CA, where he opened EDJ School Jiu-Jitsu former PTT Corona and made it his home. During this time Juan Pablo placed in many IBJJF tournaments and other federations been the IBJJF Long Beach Open Champion his last event. Having his own Academy was something he had worked his whole life for other than receiving his black belt. Currently, Juan Pablo Garcia teaches daily at his academy in Corona, also opened a school in Hemet, CA. and works closely with his affiliations in Germany, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Colombia, and the USA.

Traveling so much during his own Jiu-Jitsu Journey exposed him to many instructors, teaching methods, and styles. Professor JP has a deep love for Jiu Jitsu and says it changed his life in a positive way and brought him more focus and discipline.

Competing and traveling have helped him to face his fears, meet new people and help others have the positive change that Jiu-Jitsu brings to lives. He loves to teach, build up, and empower others to become instructors as well, courses on how to run Academies, equipping others with the tools they need to be successful and follow their dreams of opening their own schools. Since he didn’t have any guidance when he started, he is passionate about providing it for others.

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Black Belt

Kim Bowser

Professor Kim is currently a Black belt under Prof JP. Kim loves to compete and has a real desire to bring the best out of all of his students. Kim can be found teaching and assisting in a variety of our Adult and Kid’s programs.

Her list of titles include:
3 x IBJJF PAN AM CHAMPION
4 x IBJJF EUROPEAN CHAMPION
3 x IBJJF NO GI WORLD CHAMPION

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Coach

Devin Moreno

Coach Devin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Professor Juan Pablo Garcia. Committed to his pursuit of the coveted black belt and be the best instructor he can be, Coach Devin trains at EDJ since the beginning back in 2015. Coach Devin teaches in our locations in Corona and Ontario. Sharing his passion for jiu-jitsu to our future EDJ Champions.

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Coach

Amanda Bennett

Coach Amanda is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Professor JP & Professor Kim. Committed to her pursuit of the coveted black belt and competition accolades. Coach Amanda trains with the EDJ competition team, is the Program Director of our EDJ Hemet location and our Kids Program Instructor sharing her passion for jiu-jitsu and experience as school teacher.

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Coach

Aaron Romero

Coach Aaron is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under Professor Juan Pablo Garcia. Having moved from Venezuela to pursue his passion, Coach Aaron hopes to inspire others to do the same and take steps towards their ultimate goals. Coach Aaron teaches in our locations in Corona and Ontario our kids and White Belt Intro Class.

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Coach

Joe Carroll

Coach Joe is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Professor Juan Pablo Garcia. Committed to his pursuit of the coveted black belt and be the best instructor he can be. Coach Joe has been training for just under 4 years, and started after watching his wife and his daughters start to train! He teach and assist in our Hemet and Corona locations.

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Coach

Celeste Carbajal

Coach Celeste is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Professor JP & Professor Kim. Committed to her pursuit of the coveted black belt and competition accolades. Coach Celeste trains with the EDJ competition team, is the HQ Program Director and  teaches/assist in our Kids Classes sharing her passion for jiu-jitsu.

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