Jesse Hernandez aka "Tartaruga"


National/State Competition Coaching Experience

  • 2016: Junior Olympics

  • 2014: USA Judo Junior Olympic National & International Championships, Irving, TX

  • 2014: USA Judo Youth & Scholastic National Championships, Irving, TX

  • 2013: USA Judo National President's Cup Championships, Irving, TX

  • 2013: USA Judo Junior US Open Championships, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 2013: USA Judo Junior Olympic National & International Championships, Irving, TX

  • 2013: MO State Wrestling Tournament, St. Louis, MO

  • 2012: USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships, Irving, TX

  • 2011: Liberty Nationals, MO USA Wrestling, Kansas City, MO

  • 2010: 6U MO State Wrestling Tournament, St. Joseph, MO

    Judo Experience
    Coach Jesse has been practicing judo since 1993.  He is currently ranked a USA Judo Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt, and has been a USA Judo Certified Coach since 2012.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Experience
    Coach Jesse has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu across the nation since 1995.  He is currently ranked as a BJJ Black Belt.

  • Blue Belt from Rickson Gracie (Rickson Gracie Academy, CA)

  • Purple Belt from Daniel Montanna (Gracie Barra Academy)

  • Purple Belt Stripe from Steve Hannah (Pedro Sauer Black Belt).

  • Brown Belt from Dustin Dennes (Dustin Dennes BJJ Academy, FL)

  • Black Belt from Dustin Denes (Jigoro Kano Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie Carlson Gracie > Marcus Silveira > Dustin Denes > Jesse Hernandez)


  • USA Judo 

  • Dustin Denes Chop Certified 

Bret Holder aka "The Hammer"

National/State Judo Competition Coaching Experience


Judo Experience
Coach Bret is currenlty ranked a USA Judo, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Nidan 2017, Shodan 2006.  He is a strong supporter of the USA Judo curriculum and passing the knowledge along to others.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Experience
Coach Bret is currently ranked as a BJJ Blue Belt under Jesse Hernandez


Marine Corps Marital Arts Program Black Belt 2013


Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant 1993-2015

Reconnaissance Marine Combat Action Ribbon 2003 Iraq

Army Commendation and Navy/Marine Commendation Afghanistan 2013

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