Our Instructors

All of our instructors are unpaid volunteers contributing their time and expertise for the betterment of the community and the love of their art. Our instructors are also CPR certified and have all had background checks.

Professor Jay Udelhoven, BJJ Instructor 

Martial arts bio:

  • 1978-1984: Middle/high school and college wrestling.
  • 1985-1988: US Army/Wisconsin National Guard combatives.
  • 1994-1996: American Karate under Pete Bell, Paola, Kansas.
  • 1994-2000: Kansas/Florida law enforcement defensive tactics.
  • 2010-2011: Mixed martial arts and no-gi BJJ under Coach Aric Wiseman @ Lynnwood & Shoreline MMA.
  • 2011-2014: Gi BJJ under Professor John Sylvester @ (what is now) Kindred Jiu Jitsu.
  • 2014-present: Gi BJJ under Professor Fabiano Scherner @ American Top Team Portland (received black belt in December 2020 -- registered black belt with International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation).
  • 2022-present: Gi BJJ @ Rockaway BJJ.

Coach Tim Irving, BJJ Instructor
Martial arts bio:

  • 2009-2020: Gi BJJ under Professor Matt Thornton at Straight Blast Gym in Portland.
  • 2020-2021: No-gi BJJ under Coach Phil Schwartz at 10th Planet Portland. 
  • 2022-present: Gi BJJ @ Rockaway BJJ (received brown belt December 2022).

Coach Tim Gustavson, Freestyle Striking Arts and Arnis Instructor

Martial arts bio:

  • 1994:  Black Belt Modern Arnis (Filipino weapon and empty hand).  Instructors Remy Presas, Dan Anderson, & Lynn Anderson.
  • 1996:  Black Belt American Freestyle Karate.  Instructors Dan Anderson & Lynn Anderson.
  • 1996 - 2006:  Successful regional, national, and international Karate competitor.
  • 2006 - 2012:  Kickboxed (Thai and Boxing) at Quest, Rockwood and elsewhere.  Guest coached Sportslab MMA pros.
  • 2012 - Present:  Recommitment to Arnis.
  • 2022 - Present:  Gi BJJ at Rockaway BJJ.  Instructors Jay Udelhoven and Tim Irving.

Path of martial way growth and health of body, mind, and spirit for self and training partners.  Many additional martial influences and friendships in gyms and systems throughout the country.