Donny Avera -Head Instructor
Donny has shown he has the unique ability to teach effectively and the experience to back it up. Donny’s domination in competition has made him uniquely qualified teach Gracie Fernandina’s classes.
At the time he was awarded his Brown belt Donny was ranked: #4 Nationally , #3 in the South , and #1 in Florida. Some career highlights include:
- 2009 Gold- Pan NoGi Championships
- 2009 NAGA NORTH CAROLINA – 1ST PLACE
- NAGA U.S OPEN, Walt Disney World Orlando – 1ST PLACE
- NAGA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, Orlando Civic Center – 1ST PLACE
- NAGA US NATIONAL, Atlanta Ga – 1ST PLACE
- NAGA WORLD CUP, Boca Raton Fl – 1ST PLACE
- 2008 FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, Orlando Fl – 1st Place
Chris “Possum” Garza- Head Instructor
Possum began training in July of 2008. Since then he has assisted Donny in instructing the kids and adult classes. In 2013, under guidance from Donny, Possum took over as head instructor at Gracie Fernandina. His knowledge of technique and competition background allows him to provide both self-defense and competition instruction.
Bret Griffin- Kid’s Instructor
At only 15 years old, Bret began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Gracie Fernandina. After years of hard work and dedication, Bret has proven himself to be very technical. His ability to teach even the most complicated of techniques makes him the perfect choice for Head Kid Instructor.