John CastilloJohn Castillo, is the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructor at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Wichita Kansas. He has been studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for more than 12 years.

He trained under Robert Epperson, “Jacare” Calvalcanti, Ralph Gracie, Pedro Saure and students from their schools, Haroldo Bunn, Leondro Borgo, Allan Hopkins, and most recently, Renato Tavares.

John Castillo is also an instructor in the Israeli system of Kapap/Lotar under Major Avi Nardia, a member of Israel’s Elite Yamam Unit. John and Avi conducted a program for the 2-34 AR Division at Fort Riley Kansas in 2004 and the division benefited tremendously from the training.

As of May 2005 John Castillo received his level II instructorship in Israeli Combat Survival from Moni Aizik, a former member of Israel’s Sayeret Commando Unit and former instructor for Avi Nardia.


  • Instructor Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Of Wichita 2004 – Current Wichita, Kansas
  • Instructor for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Wichita, contact Vince Pernice, 316-788-4458
  • Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Renato Tavares of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 954-425-0705
  • Instructor in Kapap/Lotar System, Israeli system that emphasizes self-defense in counter-terrorism settings under Major Avi Nardia, 310-379-8796
  • Instructor in Israeli Combat Survivial/Commando Krav Maga, Israeli system that emphasizes self-defense, under Moni Aizik, 905-760-1110
  • Instructor/k-2 Academy 2001 – 2004 Wichita, Kansas
  • Civilian Combative Instructor for 2-34 AR at Fort Riley Kansas, to be deployed in Iraq, Contact Captain Michael Dorschner, 785-239-5759
  • Civilian Shooting Instructor for Geary County Sheriff’s Department, Contact Sandy Popovich, 785-238-2261
  • Instructor for K-I Academy, Contact Vince Pernice, home, 310-788-4458, cell 310-250-2017
  • Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Eric Williams of Houston Texas, 281-216-4226
  • Instructor in Kapap/Lotar System, Israeli system that emphasizes self-defense in counter-terrorism settings under Major Avi Nardia, 310-379-8796
  • Developed grappling program for Wichita Police Department currently taught to 200 officers in strike avoidance, control techniques from dominant position, escape and reversals from compromised positions and self-defense techniques
  • Instructor in adult and children’s self-defense classes with emphasis on surviving street altercations
  • Conducted seminars for Cutting Edge Martial Arts in Joplin Missouri, Ray Kellison 417-396-1733
  • Proprieter – Owner The Martial Arts Complex 1998 – 2000 Wichita, Kansas
  • Managed business, maintain business records, accounting, head instructor, supervised three additional instructors.
  • Conducted marketing and public relations.
  • Developed security programs and anti-rape seminars, instructed adult and children’s self-defense courses
  • Trained USWF Shoot fighting Champion and Competition Team Coach.
  • Trained under Pedro Sauer, Jacare Calvalcanti, Ralph Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Sensei Robert Epperson
  • Instructed Aikido, Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do instructors in ground grappling
  • Conducted Seminars for Miller Black Belt Academy, Omaha Nebraska, Brian Potter 402-895-4414 and locally


  • Wichita Police Department – Private Police Training Course
  • Wichita Fire Department – Fire Brigade Training
  • Executive Security International – Certified Protection Specialist
  • Edge Combat Fitness – Combat Survival Level II Instructor
  • Lotar International – Certified Lotar Instructor
  • Black Belt, 1st Dan, Jiu-jitsu – World Organization of Martial Arts
  • Black Belt, 4th Dan, Israeli Krav Maga – Chaim Peer
  • Fort Riley Kansas, 2-34 AR – Certificate of Appreciation