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Coach Jesse Marez

TTM Co-Founder / Head Grappling Coach


  • Began training  in 1984

  • Black Belt in Shaolin Kenpo

  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

  • Black Belt in Champions Martial Arts

  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate

  • Three Year Assistant Wrestling Coach at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA, under Harlan Kistler.

  • Co-Founder of THE TRAINING MAT (2007)

  • Received his 1st Degree Black Belt in BJJ under Pete Sutton (2017). Lineage:  Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie/Vinicius Aieta > Vinny Magalhaes > Peter Sutton > Jesse Marez.


Fights / Competitions

  • National Forms Championship in the Pacific Rim/T.P.A.

  • Fighting Championships at I.M.A.C.F.

  • San Diego Grappling X Championships, Gi, Gold (2010)

  • NABJJF North American Championships Gi & No Gi, Gold/Bronze (2010)

  • NABJJF Los International, Gold/Silver (2011)

  • Pro Samurai Jiu Jitsu Tournment: Gi, Gold (2011)

  • SJJIF Worlds Tournament, Gold (2013)

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Teachers / Coaches

  • Billy Robinson, world renowned Catch wrestler and coach

  • Dick Cardinal, world renowned catch wrestler and coach

  • Harlan Kistler, All American Wrestler and coach

  • Peter Sutton, BBJ Black Belt

  • Keith Hirabayashi Cooke

  • Mark Hatmaker, Founder of Western Combat Arts

  • Santos Flaniken

  • Arleme Limas

  • Steve Fisher

  • Ali Shah



  • Licensed to teach Folk-style Wrestling under the American Sport Education program, Interscholastic Federation and the Division of Human Kinetics

  • Scientific Wrestling Head Coach (ranked by Billy Robinson, Dick Cardinal, Wade Schalles and Jake Shannon)

  • Western Combat Arts Certified Head Coach (only person West of Mississippi as of 2012) under Mark Hatmaker

  • CPR, first aid and AED Certified

Seminars Hosted and/or Attended

  • Grappling Clinic (2008)

  • Josh Barnett Grappling Clinic, Heavy weight MMA champion (2009)

  • PG Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny in RCSF (1015)

  • Thomas “Gong Fu Dog” Holtmann in Chinese Gong Fu and BJJ (2014, 2017)

  • Mark “Beowulf” Houston in RCSF (2018)

  • Eric “Top Dog” Knaus in RCSF (2018)

  • Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner in RCSF (2018)

  • Josh "Starlord" Leduc Seminar, (2018)

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Notable Students

  • David Aranda – 2nd Degree White Tiger Kenpo Black Belt, BJJ, Dog Brothers participant, Outstanding Student (2008), Outstanding Participant for 2011

  • Mario “Beast Hound” Ramirez – White Tiger Kenpo Blue Belt, Kickboxing (2 – 1), Full Dog Brother, Outstanding Participant for 2014

  • “Dog” George Ramirez – White Tiger Kenpo Green Belt, Catch Wrestling, Kickboxing (2-0), Dog Brothers participant, Outstanding Participant for 2014, Fought at the Battle of the Badges (2018)

  • Joseph “Badger Dog” DeBraux – White Tiger Kenpo Green Belt, Dog Brothers participant

  • Rodney Hefington, BJJ Black Belt

  • Rodrick Bush – White Tiger Kenpo Black Belt, BJJ, Dog Brothers participant, Outstanding Student for 2009


  • Licensed Clinical Child Therapist with an MSW and B.A. in Psychology

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of California at Davis

  • Masters in Social Work from University of California at Los Angeles


  • Coached, played and refereed State Cup Level Club Soccer

  • All Conference college soccer player and played soccer in Europe

  • Community coach and active in children sport programs for over 25 years

  • Works CPS (child protective services) as a field social worker/mental health representative since the late 1990s

  • Division III College Soccer: All Conference

  • Pete King Adult Soccer League Over 30 Premiere Division: Played on 8 time championship teams.

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