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Rodney Hefington

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Primary Instructor



  • Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Peter Sutton, certified by the International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation and the Sport Jiu-jitsu International Federation.

  • 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo under Grandmaster Young Min You, certified by Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Federation, and USA Taekwondo.

  • 6th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate under Rod Hefington (father), certified by USA Karate.

  • 1st degree black belt in Shorinji Zendo-ryu Karate under Prof. Phillip Skornia (deceased), certified by Zendokai and the All Japan Karate Association.

  • 1st degree black belt in Aiki Okami Jiu-jitsu under Aaron Raynor.

  • Awarded 1st Degree in BJJ by Pete Sutton (2022)

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Fights / Competitions

  • Competed in more than 200 BJJ, Taekwondo, and Karate competitions. Won some, lost some, and learned a lot.

Additional Training

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor certification from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

  • Uchi-deshi of Aiki Okami Jiu-jitsu under Christopher Knepper (resigned in 2007).

  • Certifications under BASH Combatives from Dave Warloe (international man of mystery); this included training in Filipino Martial Arts, Boxing, and BJJ.

  • Force-on-force certification from Gabe Suarez, certified by Suarez International.



  • CPR, first aid and AED Certified

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Seminars & Coaches

  • Josh Barnett (MMA/BJJ)

  • Travis Newaza (BJJ)

  • Josh Leduc (BJJ)

  • Jordan Holy (BJJ)

  • Doris Köhler (Kickboxing/Boxing)

  • Chong Lee (Taekwondo)

  • Young Wha You (Taekwondo)

  • Young San You (Taekwondo)

  • Young Jin You (Taekwondo)

  • Nick King (Tang Soo Do)

  • Bill “Superfoot” Wallace (Karate/Kickboxing)

  • Kwon Sung Choi (Taekwondo)

  • Roman Sendor (Taekwondo)

  • Damon Broadbent (Wrestling)

  • Ruben Ortiz (Wrestling)

  • Kalin Goodsite (Wrestling)

  • Thomas “Gong Fu Dog” Holtmann (BJJ/FMA)


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Currently pursuing Juris Doctor degree, class of 2025



  • Full-time law enforcement since 2007 with Advanced Certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

  • 2011 Vet World Motocross Champion

  • Off-road enthusiast

  • Experienced SCUBA diver with Advanced certification through NAUI

  • Avid hiker / backpacker / rock climber

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