Matt Ratnesar

Matt Ratnesar

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Matthew Ratnesar is our lead Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. Matt began his BJJ training in 2014 under Professor Roberto Romero from Gracie Barra in Asuncion, Paraguay while deployed for a U.S. Army training mission.

In 2016, Matt joined Apex Martial Arts to further his training under Professor Geoff Balme where he received his Purple belt in 2019.

Matt is a long-time student of combative and close quarters battle. As a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer and former Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, Matt has served numerous deployments overseas in Afghanistan, Africa, and South America in his 27- year career. Matt continues to serve in the Army National Guard and regularly teaches armed, close quarters tactics with church and civilian organizations.

Matt achieved his certification as a Gracie Barra instructor and began teaching our Kids BJJ program in January of 2019. He has re-energized our Kids BJJ program, bringing structure and a solid curriculum provided during his Gracie Barra’s instructor course.

Matt regularly travels the country with his civilian job which has afforded him the opportunity to train at many different academies throughout the year to expand his knowledge and experience. He instills discipline and ethics to his students, allowing them to excel in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while learning valuable self-defense and life skills that will last a lifetime.