Nathan is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Demian Maia. He has been training and competing in Jiu Jitsu for over 14 years. In 2014, he won the gold medal at the nogi world championships of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF middleweight in brown belt masters division). Before opening Villains Jiu Jitsu, he previously trained with Marcelo Garcia NYC, Alliance Hawaii, 10th Planet in Hollywood, and Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.

He has been a mergers & acquisitions investment banker, member of several boards of directors, university lecturer, musician, and he is currently working on his first novel. He holds a bachelors of arts in philosophy and a master of business administration in finance. 


Jason is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Demian Maia and has been training for over 14 years. He previously trained at Alliance with Cobrinha in LA, where he also taught the No-Gi classes, as well as with Rickson Gracie, Renzo Gracie, John Danaher, and 10th Planet in Hollywood.  He has been an active JJ competitor winning a bronze medal in the IBJJF Pan American Championships (brown belt masters division 2017),  and gold medals in Naga Las Vegas (Expert Division 2012) and Grapplers Quest Orange County (Advanced Division 2011).

Jason is currently a partner of the award winning restaurants, Gracias Madre, Cafe Gratitude and is the principle owner of a craft beer bar in Highland Park called Block Party. He is also an award-winning mixologist, from LA Weekly, Eater, and Timeout LA. He has a B.A. in English Language Arts and holds a California State Teaching credential.