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Our World Class Instructors

Pacific Top Team Vernon is fortunate to have a team of World Class instructors, led by IBJJF World Champion fourth degree black belt Dave Rothwell

Dave Rothwell




Dave has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost two decades. He became interested in Jiu-Jitsu after watching Royce Gracie in the first UFC, fascinated by the ability to use BJJ technique to defend against an opponent of any size with or without striking. He began to train under Megaton Dias in December 1996, later moving on to train with Tim Shears and Gracie Barra in 2002. Dave began teaching kids and adults in 2000 as a blue belt and received his black belt seven years later from Master Carlos Gracie Jr., in 2007. He has been teaching BJJ ever since.


  • 2019 IBJFF World Masters double bronze medalist

  • 2017 IBJFF Masters BJJ World Champion

  • 2015 black belt CBJJF Provincials Gold medalist

  • 2011 black belt IBJJF American National Silver and bronze medalist

  • 2009 black belt IBJJF European Gold and bronze medalist

  • 2008 Black belt IBJJF American National Silver medalist and bronze medalist

  • 2007 IBJJf No-gi Worlds Silver medalist

  • 2006 IBJJF Pan American Brown belt silver medalist

  • 2006 IBJJF Pan American Brown belt bronze medalist

  • 2005 IBJJf Pan American purple belt silver medalist

  • 2005 US Open  purple gold medalist

  • 2005 Grapplemania purple gold medalist


  • Master Carlos Gracie Jr – Marcio Feitosa – Tim Shears

Gary Armbrust




Gary has had a long career as a MMA fighter, has a professional record of 10 wins and 0 losses, and recently won silver at the IBJJF World Masters. He is one of our MMA coaches, and teaches a broad range of mixed martial arts techniques, covering standup & striking, take-downs, and ground work.

Blake Fredrickson



Blake is a professional MMA fighter with a professional record of 15 wins 0 losses. He brings his wealth of real world mixed martial arts and wrestling competition experience to our MMA classes. 

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