Instructors Course at Pacific Top Team in Corona

Building up others to succeed is one of Professor Jp's goals. Professor JP is the Head instructor at Pacific Top Team in Corona, which is other the headquarters for JP as he overseas his other affiliate schools in Ecuador, Chile, Germany and U.S.

Each year Professor JP Hosts multiple Instructor's courses to equip individuals the tools and skills they need to be able to grow into leaders in Jiu Jitsu, teaching and coaching kids and Adults. 

Jiu Jitsu instructors course

Saturday, April 14th, PTT Corona held the first instructor's course of 2018.  Topics covered in the course include safety, techniques to effectively teach and motivate students, leadership skills and more. 

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Certified instructor's at PTT must complete the 8 hour course as well as assist in classes for 100 hours to receive their certification. We are excited for our new group of instructors that joined us for this course. One of our goals at PTT is to build the best instructors, not only providing top notch Jiu Jitsu instruction, but continuing to cultivate the fun, friendly environment built on positivity to build up our students and help them find success!

For any question in regards to our Instructors Course or programs we offer, please call (951)662-0162 for more information

Jiu Jitsu World League and Chilean Competition Results

Congrats Russel and Sophia Zika on your performances over the weekend at the Jiu Jitsu World League held in Orange County at the Santiago Canyon College.  Also, Congratulations to Antonella Mareco for your Gold at the No Gi Tournament in Chile. 

Competing is a very personal, but we support and help prepare anyone that has the goal to compete. Our competitors compete often and podium pics are the best reward for all the long hours of preparing for the competition. 

Sophia Zika (13) has been training for 2.5 years now and is rocking the female grey belt competition scene. She is diverse player with both a strong top and bottom Game. Congratulations on your wins this weekend. 1 by submission and 1 by points

 Sophia-True Champion! Wins and looses like one!

Sophia-True Champion! Wins and looses like one!

Russel Zika (15) is a naturally talented athlete training at Pacific Top Team in Corona. After defeating two top ranked boys in his Teen category, he had to bow out of the final due to an injury. We are very proud of you Russel!!!

Russel Zika Santiago College Orange County

Antonella Mareco was here in California with us at the PTT Headquarters in Corona training for a month. Her first competition back in Chile showed the time was well spent! She won Gold in the No Gi Competition finishing all fights with a Kimura! We are all super proud of our team in Chile!

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Speaking of Kimura's, it's our technique of the week at Pacific Top Team in Corona. Be sure to jump into class to learn how to set up this high percentage submission and strong details to finish. 

Interested in joining us on the mats at PTT corona?  Contact us at (951)662-0162 to set up your FREE intro class today!

Last Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Well Deserved Promotions

We are very proud to see how our students progress every day! to continue training, congrats!! 🤙🏽💙 #kid #kids #sportkids #corona #riverside #bjj #bjjlifestyle#bjjkids #fun #kidsjiujitsu #champions @ Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Corona

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15 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for your kids than other Team Sports

1. Self-Defense:

The number one reason why most people take up a martial art is for self-defense, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend oneself. Not only will the martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself. They also help you build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a pickle, and give you the confidence to fight back – which leads me to my next topic…

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2. Self-Confidence:

As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Teacher’s encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Academy).

3. Belts and Ranking:

I know that this might seem like a stupid reason at first, but you’d be surprised how much belts and ranking help build your child’s confidence and their desire to succeed. For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners. In many cases the first belt promotion can be attained in as little as a few weeks and when children obtain that first belt, it shows them that with the right motivation, they can succeed. One belt is always not enough, once a child passes one belt test he or she is already thinking about the next one. Belts are a great way to help children track their progress and motivate them to strive higher.

4. Discipline:

The mantra of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’ There is constant repetition in drills and practices with emphasis on details and rhythm. Techniques are repeated over and over. Even while sparring or competing – where a martial artist shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed. All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches them the benefits of frequent practice, and the patience to get there (Remember the Karate Kid and Wax On/Wax Off?!).

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5. Emphasis on Individual Achievement:

In basketball there are only five starters, yet there are seldom only five people on a team – which means that someone has to start each game on the bench. This applies for most team sports as well. In team sports there are also positions, and each has connotations. Although teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized in team sports, at some point you’ll need to explain to your child why they aren’t a starter or why their stuck in right field batting 9th instead of playing first base and batting cleanup. In the martial arts, however, each child’s success is based on his or her own individual merits. Yes, your kid may not be the most winning JuJitero in his Jiu-Jitsu class, but that will be because he tried and lost, and not because he wasn’t good enough to make it off the bench. Your child will also not be stuck on a ‘bad team’ as her own ambition will help her achieve success. Knowing that their own ambition and abilities will drive them to succeed, will lessen the chances that your child will say to you ‘I hate this sport’. Since each child has an opportunity to play, there is also no scapegoat to blame if they don’t win, and the opportunity to do better at the next tournament.

6. Gender Equity:

I am sure that while many of you would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. There are also tremendous international opportunities in Women’s martial arts as well. Your daughter’s black belt will not be any easier for her to attain than your son’s black belt will be for him. It also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time). My Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor,  Coach Kimberly Pruyssers, competed for the Academy representing US on an international level, and she is a great coach and an excellent Jiu Jitsu practitioner, in addition, one of few Americans Champions, in IBJJF Europeans, came from Kim in the women’s Jiu-Jitsu competition in 2018 in Portugal. Maybe your daughter will become a European champion too someday?

7. Exercise:

The typical 2-hour martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, etc. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles, but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball, Hockey, or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action. 

8. Respect for Strength:

The first thing the parents of (even slightly) mischievous children think about when they send their kids to martial arts class is: “Is my kid going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the Academy stay in the Academy (except in self-defense), and shouldn’t be used to bully people (unless your Sensei is John Kreese from The Karate Kid). As children learn the ropes, they will learn to respect their newfound strength and techniques. They will also gain a disdain for bullying as well.

9. You can do it with them:

Many martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While most do not run those classes simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you. If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together. Granted, you can play Basketball in your driveway and have a catch in the backyard, but it is just not the same as working on your kids’ takedowns or sweeps in a group.

10. The Never-Ending Season:

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Skiing, Hockey) are seasonal. The Martial Arts are a year-round affair. A bad tournament only puts you out until the next tournament, and your exercise routine remains constant the entire year. Having this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress very quickly. 

11. They will exercise their minds too.

While all martial arts teach you to fighting strategies, Jiu-Jitsu really teaches much more. While learning Self Defense and throwing techniques, they learn Mechanical Physics. Combination techniques and follow-ups teach them improvisation. 

12. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control:

BJJ emphasized the concept of maximum efficiency. This is evident, as the crux of many Jiu-Jitsu techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponents’ movements, leverage, and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most vital factor in competition.

13. Your child will be well coordinated (and we’re not talking about Fashion)

When you’re using your opponents’ moves against him or her, timing is everything. Many of the techniques in jiu-jitsu will simply not work if you don’t time them correctly. Feet, hands, hips, and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute them. As your child practices he or she will learn more complex techniques and, in turn, will demonstrate better reflexes and coordination as a result.

15. Jiu-Jitsu is Universal

If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a dojo to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo. Not so for Jujiteros– because the techniques and principles are practically universal. A New Yorker can go to California for a week, and still find a place to play. There are over a hundred member countries in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the competing Jujitero came from places as diverse as Cuba, Israel, and Kazakhstan as well as from the expected countries like Brazil, Japan, USA, Russia and France. Although the styles of teaching and ranking and promotion standards vary slightly from country to country – Jiu Jitsu is Jiu-Jitsu. Which helps your child stick with it, even into adulthood, as it will never be hard to find a dojo to train in, and the material will always be the same even if the location is not.


Our head Instructor Juan Pablo Garcia grew up in Ecuador and has received his Black belt degree in  Jiu-Jitsu after training in South America and the U.S.A. being today 2th degree Black belt.

Prof. JP as he is commonly called in the Jiu-Jitsu because of the meaning of the word “professor” in Portuguese meaning Teacher received started BJJ  and receive his black belt from Grand Master Carlos Gracie JR. son of Jiu-Jitsu Founder. (Carlos Gracie Sr.) 

Prof. JP was also a Participated in Vale Todo fights back in Ecuador, now call MMA (having 11 fights back in South America) and one of the first Ecuadorian representing in international competition, experience in Jiu-Jitsu Competitions (being 1st, 2nd 3rd place at the SJJIF worlds, NAGA, Pan American and Nationals IBJJF Tournaments) Boxing for 7 years.

Our Instructor is the Founder of  Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu, an organization focused in spread jiu-jitsu in the world making our Facility (Pacific Top Team BJJ) a very international Training center with students coming from all over the USA, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Brazil to learn, train and teach.

Juan Pablo Garcia Jiu Jitsu Riverside

Prof. JP had traveled the world to Learn, Teach, train and compete but mostly to spread Jiu-Jitsu in countries like Ecuador, Canada, Germany, and all over the USA. He has developed training camps to help teach and form instructors.

Escuela De Jiu-Jitsu Systems delivers the most innovative, and comprehensive Jiu-Jitsu training program for kids, adults, and women.  

It is designed not just to teach theory, but to build unstoppable athletes.

Call Now (951) 662 - 0162 to start on this amazing program that is not only a great self-defense system but a great fitness/workout regimen.

Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at IBJJF Pan Ams Recap!!

IBJJF Pan Ams brings the best Jiu Jitsu competitors from all over the world to fight for one of the most prestigious titles known in the sport! Held at the UC Irvince Bren Center, 4 full days are spent with competitors from White to Black in the search of winning Pan American Gold!

Pacific Top Team Corona had 10 Fierce competitors all step foot on the Pan Am Mats this year. 

      PTT Corona Team at Pan Ams!! Thank you everyone that spent 2 long days supporting!!

     PTT Corona Team at Pan Ams!! Thank you everyone that spent 2 long days supporting!!

Official Results for the Events

Kimberly Bowser-Pan Am Champion in Division; Bronze Open Weight

Brianne Gomez-Pan Am Champion Division

Gina Zika-Silver Division

Steven Simms-Silver Division

Michele Klee-Silver Division

Felipe Hennings-Competed

Veasna Chiek-Competed

Bianca Apostol-Competed

Antonella Mereco-Competed

Maria Jesus Rojas-Competed

Big Congratulations to Everyone on the awesome work at Pan Ams!!! We are so proud for all your hard work and dedication!!

                                PTT Competitors at IBJJF Pan Ams. Bren Center, Irvine

                               PTT Competitors at IBJJF Pan Ams. Bren Center, Irvine

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Meet Pacific Top Teams IBJJF Pan Am Competitors

IBJJF Pan Ams is being held at the Bren Center in Irvine, CA this year from March 8-12. This is one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu Competitions in the World bringing the best Athletes from all over the world! 

This year, Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona has a competition team of 10 competitors that have set their sights on the Pan Am Podium. Meet our competitors below and learn about their journey to get where they are!

 From Left to Right: Felipe Hennings, Kim Bowser, Michele Klee, Antonella Mareco, Maria Jesus Rojas, Brianne Gomez, Gina Zika, Bianca Apostol, Veasna Chiek, Steven Simms

From Left to Right: Felipe Hennings, Kim Bowser, Michele Klee, Antonella Mareco, Maria Jesus Rojas, Brianne Gomez, Gina Zika, Bianca Apostol, Veasna Chiek, Steven Simms

Meet Our Competitors!!!

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Name: Bianca Apostol.                                                                                                                      Age: 35.                                                                                                                                         Division: White, Master 1  Feather.                                                                                                 Favorite thing about Competing? My favorite thing about competing is the camaraderie I get with my teammates.  I compete because it is good to get over certain fears and work outside your comfort zone.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I train when I can and I am still managing Jiu Jitsu with my work and life schedule.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?
I feel  that the grind of shark tanking has helped with my Jiu Jitsu cardio  and instincts in general.

Name: Steven Simms                                                                                                                            Age: 38                                                                                                                                           Division: White, Master 2, Ultra heavy                                                                                          Favorite thing about Competing? My favorite thing about competing is being able to confront the fear of confrontation. I feel that I win by just showing up to compete.                                               How you have worked training into your everyday life? I am still finding striking a balance between work and Jiu Jitsu. I hope one day to find that balance (haha).                                      What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? The side conferences with my professor and coaches discussing an idea has definitely helps grab my attention with Jiu Jitsu during training camp.

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Name: Gina Zika
Age: 49
Robert Zika
Russel Zika 14
Sophia Zika 13
Occupation: stay-at-home Mom (maid, chauffeur, cook 🤣)
Division fighting at Pan Ams: women’s, blue belt, master’s 4, light
Favorite thing about Competing? Being able to go 100% to test my skills and find my weakness
How you have worked training into your everyday life? It’s my main form of exercise. I love to eat and if I didn’t have BJJ I’d be 1000lbs. Sure there are other forms of exercise but BJJ is fun so it keeps my interest. But my daughter keeps me honest to go in every day and Professor Talita has this saying that you are always able to give 1%.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?
It’s an all-inclusive thing. What I mean is that every part of the training camp has given me something that the other parts don’t. Like the drilling gives me the quick reaction time; the situational training gives me the ability to try out those tough spots and test what works for me and what doesn’t; the sparring/rolling puts it all together. They each work in conjunction to help build my confidence which is the mental game. Ultimately, you need every part to be at your best. Now if we’re talking which I “like” the best, that’s easy I would say the drilling.

Michele Klee BJJ

Name: Michele                                                                                                                                      Age: 43yrs old                                                                                                                Spouse/Kids:Erik (Husband); Milani 22, Austin soon to be 9, Chase 7 and Aj 3                                                  Division: White, Masters 2, medium                                                                                              Favorite thing about competing: Finding the courage to step out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there.                                                                                                                                 How you have worked training into your everyday life?  I definitely would not be able to do this without the support of my husband. He steps up and takes care of our children and the house so I can be as prepared as I can. I try to train 3-4 days a week sometimes for 2 hrs. This is all after a long day at work. My days start at 430 and usually end around 11pm. No rest for the wicked!                     What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?I adore and look up to my training partners. Each one brings a little something different to the table and I appreciate them all!

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Name: Felipe Hennings.                                                                                                                        Age: 24                                                                                                                                           Division: Blue, Adult, Light weight,                                                                                               Favorite thing about Competing? I like to compete because it gives me many emotions, it is also a way to see my progress as an athlete and so I can correct my mistakes for the next tournament and reach my goals.                                                                                                                             What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?It has helped me train every day, focus on doing my game well and apply it in every fight I have. 

Jiu Jitsu Norco

Name: Antonella daiana Muñoz Mareco
Age 25
Occupation: social worker
Division: adult, white, light
Favorite thing about Competing? What I like the most about the competition is feeling that adrenaline and desires to give the best of myself and apply everything I have learned
 How you have worked training into your everyday life? The bjj has helped me to be a disciplined person, to have a record in everything I do and it has helped me to carry my life in a better way
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? These days here with Professor JP has helped me to plan my game, thanks to the techniques and tools that he has given us, today thanks to all these trainings I feel more confident in front of the competition

Jiu Jitsu Self Defense

Name: María Jesús Rojas Aravena
Age: 31
Occupation: Nutritionist
Division: Master 1, blue, light
Favorite thing about Competing?What I like the most about competing is to test myself and realize that I can do more than I imagined
How you have worked training into your everyday life? Training has helped me to improve my tolerance, my discipline and it has made me a better person every day
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? What has helped me improve for pan ams is the training with my colleagues and the constant support of our teacher JP and coach Kim, they worry every day to improve our shortcomings and give us the necessary tools to give the best each

Brianne Gomez BJJ Corona

Name: Brianne Gomez
Age: 30
Spouse: Bernie Gomez
Occupation: Undergraduate Business Advisor at the University of California, Riverside
Division: White, Masters I, Super Heavy
Favorite thing about Competing? Finding the wholes in my BJJ and learning how to perfect them.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I try to train at least 5 days a week, sometimes doing two classes a night.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? The drills that we have been doing and the consistent sparring to simulate a real match. Professor JP saying "if you are training, you should stay for the next class" has been helpful. Also, having the Chileans here has been nice to work with other students. I have enjoyed sparring with them, and them teaching me some technique. I have enjoyed seeing my fellow trainees, who started training BJJ around the same time as me, going to compete at PAN AMS. There is this sense of shared humanity knowing that I am not alone and that I have my PTT Family supporting me.

Competition Jiu Jitsu

Name: Veasna Chiek
Age: 38
Spouse/kids: Tessa (wife), Luke (7), Michael (5), Zoey (2)
Occupation: Mathematics Professor
Division fighting at Pan Ams: White, Master 3, Middle
Favorite thing about Competing? I love comradely with my team mates
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I view mistakes as life's best teachers and take proactive steps to problem solving
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? I love being pushed to exhaustion and the fact that I have awesome training partners

Female jiu jitsu competitor kim bowser

Name: Kim Bowser
Age: 34
Kids: Adam (19), Andrew (13), Alex (11), Arie (9)
Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor and Academy Manager
Division fighting at Pan Ams: Purple, Master 1, Medium Heavy
Favorite thing about Competing? I love that it pushes me to keep focused with my training. It's a fun time to test my skills against other female competitors of my belt rank.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? Life is busy working full time and being a single mom to 4 kids. But training is important to be so I it has a priority in my life. Sometimes I have to duck out early to pick my kids up, but any training is better than skipping it all together. 
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? Professor JP always knows the perfect drills to get us comp ready. The drills, extra 6am Competition Classes and Sharks tanks have helped me to feel sharp and ready to have fun at Pan Ams!

A Big Thank you to our Leader and Head Instructor at Pacific Top Team Corona, Professor JP Garcia for sharing your knowledge and for all the tie and effort you have put into this Pan Ams camp and getting us all ready!!! Now its time to have fun and show our skills!!

Interested in competition Jiu Jitsu and joining our competition team? Contact us at

(951) 662-0162 today to set up your first class!!