Ryan Walden / Head Instructor
Professor Ryan Walden is a professional MMA fighter and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Mario Correa / “Busy” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Professor Mario Correa was born in Rio de Janiero, the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mario began his training under world-class competitors and instructors Roberto “Gordo” Correa and Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. Soon after he began training with instructors from the famed Gracie Barra Academy and joined their main academy in 2002.
At Gracie Barra, Professor Marcio Feitosa and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. were responsible for awarding Mario his brown and black belts, respectively. Mario’s competitive accomplishments include winning the first Brazilian National Championships in 1993, a bronze medal in the 1999 Brazilian National Championships, a silver medal in the 2004 Brazilian National Championships and winning the BJJ Pan-Am Championships in 2008.
Professor Correa has committed his life to the advancement of the art and sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Founder RFLX Wrestling / Tactical Programs
John Clarke is a 10 year veteran law enforcement officer with 7 years on S.W.A.T. and K-9 as well as a Black Belt in the Haganah Israeli Military Combat System, a professional MMA fighter in StrikeForce, an international wrestling competitor, wrestling coach, and founder of the RFLX Wrestling System and RFLX Tactical Grappling System.
Staff / Instructors
Program Director / Instructor
Erica Smith holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a NASM and Crossfit certified strength and conditioning trainer.
“The principles of jiu jitsu apply to every area of life. The critical thinking and physical skills one must develop in order to master the art of jiu jitsu are essential to combating the ever-present road blocks in life. A personal challenge can be an internal or social fear, a passionless job, or physical – like the pain of being overweight. Whatever the obstacle, jiu jitsu demands full present moment awareness, which is the most transformational concept I’ve applied to my life to date. This reprogramming has allowed me to have a whole new outlook on life and the things I desire to accomplish. My quest is to spread the knowledge I have found to help transform the lives of many from the foundation up. To know the power of what we eat, what we think, and what we practice… that is my mission to share with the world.”
Program Director / Instructor
John Davie holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a Level 1 Kru Certification in Muay Thai.
Instructor – MMA MetaFit, Tactical Training
Jon Barba is a former National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the year. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health and Human Performance from Fort Hays State University. Jon is an active NSCA member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is a Certified CrossFit Trainer, Kettlebell instructor, MMA Conditioning Coach (NESTA), and Fit 2 Fight instructor.
Jon is the former fitness coordinator for the Colorado State Patrol with over 15 years of strength and conditioning experience. Most importantly, he lives this lifestyle and truly enjoys training others. When he is not teaching, you will find Jon on the mat participating in the RFLX Jiu Jitsu Program.
Instructor – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling
Instructor – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I began my Jiu Jitsu experience in 2007, and found immense love and respect for a discipline that will last my entire life. For some Jiu Jitsu is a sport, for others a means of self defense and for others a fun workout. To me, it is all these things and more, but above all else; Jiu Jitsu is a state of mind. A place where I can challenge myself to become the best, and most fulfilled person I can be. In addition to BJJ I also immensely enjoy Thai Boxing, and RFLX Mixed Martial Arts training. Off the mats, I enjoy: spending time with my beautiful fiancé and our adorable son (and all of our family), watching movies and pursuing my life’s goal of becoming an Osteopathic Physician. I look forward to learning from all of you!
Instructor – Kickboxing, MetaFit, Kids
Jessica Resheske (Smurf) is known as the enthusiastic, steadfast, and fun loving pocket ninja. She lives and breathes self-defense and fitness. Smurf has 12 years of intensive Krav Maga training. She has been teaching all ages in Karate and Krav Maga since 2005. In addition to her dedication as a fitness coach, Smurf can be found improving organizations through cutting edge leadership, marketing, and team/project coordination. Her “RAGE” fitness classes are not for the light hearted, and her dedication towards her students is genuine. “My favorite thing is watching a woman who has been traumatized sometime throughout her life…being transformed into a confident a** kicking machine with nothing holding her back. Nothing makes me happier than providing the confidence women need in order to realize how capable they truly are.”
Jessica believes in giving back to the community through volunteerism for worthy organizations, such as Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity, The Denver Zoo, and also helping with Sexual and Domestic Violence prevention, and empowering youth. On her free time she travels the world taking advantage of opportunities to study and volunteer in places like, Nicaragua, Russia, Ukraine, and Costa Rica, learning new cultures and languages. Currently she is seeking a degree in Russian and Chinese. She loves a good challenge and is up to any adventure! Smurf is just an easy-going person who accepts people from all different walks of life, and enjoys connecting and teaching self-defense while changing lives through fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Instructor – Athlete Development
Instructor – Nutrition & Wellness