Co-Owner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt, Head Jiu-jitsu coach
Jonathan began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 32, eight years ago, after years of interest in BJJ. He was 280 pounds with no athletic background and no idea how his first class would go, he always thought, things like BJJ were for “those type of people” and not for him. After mustering up the confidence to attend his first class he realized he had found the thing he should have been doing for years. He started to notice that the lessons he’d learn in jiu-jitsu applied to other aspects of his life…..hard work, goal setting, focus, mindset, all things that helped his success in jiu-jitsu also helped with success at work and in day to day life. After a short bit of time training he began to realize that he enjoyed helping others learn and decided teaching would be the main focus of his jiu-jitsu future.
Jonathan has traveled all over the country training and competing, and looks forward to continuing training, teaching, and growing with his Rogue Academy family!
An Air Force and war in Afghanistan vet, he is also currently an IT contractor.
Co-Owner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Self Defense Instructor/Youth Development Program Coach/Strategic Life Skills Coach
Coach Topaz Navarro began his martial arts career while serving in the United States Army, a commitment that he continues to this day as a SGM with over 25 years of Active Duty service. He is a decorated war veteran with multiple combat deployments serving as a leader of high performing teams. Topaz combines his years of leadership and operational experience to create a unique holistic approach to training, integrating critical thinking, adaptability, and creative problem solving into his instruction in the classroom and on the mats.
Along with being a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Modern Army Combatives Program Instructor, Topaz is certified as a Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness Fundamentals Coach. Well rounded in both MIL / LEO tactics and civilian self-defense techniques, Topaz emphasizes preventative safety and situational awareness while teaching practical and effective self-defense skills.
In 2019 Topaz launched the non-profit organization, Work Play Obsession (WPO) All In Foundation, as a means to put his passion for people into practice. Leveraging recreational activity, the association provides family advocacy, grief bereavement and self-care to assist families before, during, or after a mental health crisis and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.