Our Instructors

Our World Class Instructors

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

PTT Vernon Head Instructor Dave Rothwell

Dave Rothwell

Head Instructor / Professor: Black Belt 3rd Degree


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
PTT Vernon MMA & BJJ Coach Gary Armbrust

Gary Armbrust

MMA Instructor / Professor: Black Belt


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 from experience a broad range of mixed martial arts techniques, covering standup & striking, take-downs, and ground work.

Wes Liefke

MMA / Boxing Coach: Black Belt


Bio Coming

PTT Vernon BJJ Coack John Davies

John Davies

BJJ Coach: Brown Belt


John is one of the lead coaches for kids, youth, and adult fundamentals classes. Having practiced BJJ for almost 6 years, John has competed in numerous tournaments, including the IBJJF Pan Americans and the IBJJF World Master & Seniors Championship. John’s love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu shows on the mats as he works closely with all students, ensuring their success.

  • Awards: Bronze Medal Pans 2012, Double Bronze World’s 2011, Gold – Five Grappling Oregon 2014
  • Lineage: Jigoro Kano – Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie Sr/Helio Gracie – Carlos Gracie Jr/Marcio Feitosa – Tim Shears – Dave Rothwell
PTT Vernon BJJ Coack Christine Ahola

Christine Ahola

BJJ Fundamentals Coach: Brown Belt


Christine started jits at the young age of 36 when she was pestered by a coworker to try and was hooked instantly. She has been training for over 7 years, has achieved the rank of brown belt and loves the confidence and friendships that Jui-Jitsu has brought to her life. She has competed at 5 international tournaments and has won bronze at the Pan-American, bronze & silver at World Masters to name a few. Christine teaches the Adult BJJ Fundamentals class

PTT Vernon Kids Coach Sean O'Hanlon

Sean O’Hanlon

Kids BJJ Coach: Purple Belt


Sean became interested in Jiu-Jitsu through UFC, and close friends who train with Pacific Top Team. He first started jiu jitsu 4 years ago, and began helping out with coaching 1 year later. The following year he began to run one of the kids classes. Sean now coaches all of the kids classes, mon-thurs and sat mornings.

Blake Fredrickson

MMA Coach


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 and is helps our members hone their mixed martial arts skills.

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