Jake’s years of experience as a Jiu-Jitsu expert and instructor ensure you and your child receive the best possible instruction and guidance.
Jake played baseball out of high school by Los Angeles Angels and then by the San Francisco Giants after junior college. Played three years in Giants minor league system.
After baseball, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu on Maui with Luis Heredia, a 5th-degree black belt under the legendary Rickson Gracie. Originally started training for self-defense but soon started to compete in local, national, and international tournaments. Had good success as a competitor placing 3rd in the Adult heavyweight brown belt division twice at IBJJF worlds in 2008 and 2009. Also winning absolute and his weight class at nationals in 2009. Received black belt in September 2009 and immediately started MMA career. Amassed a 7-0 record with only one fight going past the 1st round. Became a prospect in the middleweight division and was selected as a "Prospect to Watch" by Sherdog one of MMA s major news sites.
Retired from fighting in 2014 to focus on family and teaching at The Arena MMA, one of San Diego's premier combat sports gyms. Also, has been involved as a combative instructor for the Navy Special Forces for 7 years. Main passions are spending time with his wife and two kids and hobbies include mountain biking and snowboarding. Most rewarding thing about sharing and teaching jiu-jitsu is the positive impact on people's lives it brings. From being healthier, more confident, having better self-control, being goal driven and having an impact in the community.