Professor Ronnie Wuest
Professor Ronnie Wuest Professor Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (Youth and Adult Jiu-Jitsu instructor)

Ronnie is a Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Professor and has over 40 years experience on the mats.

His training background includes Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (both Gi and No-Gi), Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighting, Scholastic Wrestling, Muay Thai style and Traditional Boxing. He has competed in and won Dozens of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments as well as many Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fights. He is an IBJJF World and 2X Pans (Both GI and NOGI) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Ronnie is also a Royce Gracie certified “G.R.A.C.I.E.” Law Enforcement Jiu-Jitsu instructor.
Lewis King
Lewis King Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (Youth and Adult Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Lewis began training Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 while away in college.

Once returning to Delaware 2009, he began training with Ronnie Wuest at the academy. In 2016 Lewis went on to test for and receive his Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Royce Gracie.
Eric McDowell
Eric McDowell Gracie Brazilian Purple Belt (Adult Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Eric began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2012 and joined Delaware Self-Defense Academy in 2015.

Eric has a strong passion for the art of authentic Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and loves to teach.

Jon Fritts
Jon Fritts Gracie Brazilian Purple Belt (Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Jon began training Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 16 while living in South Dakota.

He went on to become a successful Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Once moving to Delaware, he joined Delaware Self-Defense academy in 2016 and has been an integral part of its growth and success. Jon’s wife Alicia and two children Mason and Ellie also train Jiu-Jitsu here at the academy.

Rick Reynolds
Rick ReynoldsGracie Brazilian Blue Belt (Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Rick is a youth instructor in Middletown. He’s been active in martial arts for many years, and started with Delaware Self Defense Academy in 2014 in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Judo programs.

Rick lives in Odessa with his wife Lisa, and two children, Christian and Savannah. He deeply enjoys the opportunity to coach youth classes, making a positive difference in their Jiu-Jitsu and character development, especially with his son Christian assisting.
Steve Bednarik
Steve Bednarik Gracie Brazilian Purple Belt (Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Steve began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2015.

He enjoys learning and teaching Jiu-Jitsu, especially to our youth students. For Steve, Jiu-Jitsu is a family affair; his wife Ali, and two children Liam and Adeline also train.

Sonia Cady
Sonia Cady Gracie Brazilian Purple Belt (Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

Sonia and her two children, Dylan and Serentity, began training Jiu-Jitsu at the academy in 2016.

While watching her children train in class themselves, she felt inspired to want to help with the youth classes. Sonia now instructs our youth classes with the assistance of her two children.

Wendy Rios
Wendy Rios Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt (Desk / Enrollment Staff)

Wendy began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2015 after watching and being inspired by her daughter Taylor began training in 2014.

Wendy also assists with the Woman’s Self-Defense classes.

Ali Bednarik
Ali Bednarik Gracie Brazilian Blue Belt (Enrollment Staff)

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