Who We Are
And What We Believe

At Defiance we believe that jiu jitsu is not a black and white art but a spectrum of colors. This reflects the many different kinds of people who train in and benefit from the art. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is specifically designed to accommodate a wide array of body types and learning styles.

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Stuart Hoisington

Co-Owner/Coach

Stuart Hoisington began his martial arts career in 2002, training in disciplines such as boxing, Muay Thai, and Kali. In 2006 he began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor James Foster. He is proud to have had Professor Foster as a coach, mentor, and friend ever since. Stu received all of his belts from Professor Foster, and in January of 2017 was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Stuart is an active full-time member of law enforcement who has been formally commended as an officer, investigator, and trainer. From 2007 to 2009 he was the Defensive Tactics Coordinator for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. During that time he was responsible for the hands-on training of hundreds of patrol officers and corrections officers. Since that time he has been recognized as an expert witness in several civil Use of Force cases.

Throughout his time practing the art Stuart has been an active competitor to include winning events such as The Revolution in Washington and Guns and Hoses in California. He is a three time NAGA Champion and has also competed at the IBJJF World Masters, ADCC Qualifier, and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu U.S. Open. Since the beginning of 2017 Stuart has worked with professional and amateur fighters to enhance their submission grappling skills for mma.

At Defiance Stuart seeks to help others have a rewarding journey in jiu jitsu. He is dedicated to the mission of Professor Giva Santana and One Jiu Jitsu of helping people from all backgrounds benefit from the art.

Jesse Bardizian

Co-Owner/Coach

Jesse was first introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while in basic training at Ft. Benning Georgia in 2002 and began his official journey in 2007 under the guidance of Professor James “300” Foster. Jesse currently holds the rank of brown belt, and an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in education. Jesse sees Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a lifelong journey and his goal is to guide others on their own path by making the art relatable to each individual.

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Head Striking Coach

Allen Gill

Head Striking Coach

For several years Coach Allen has been working with amateur and professional fighters to include Legacy Fighting Alliance and Professional Fighters' League veterans. Prior to that he was a Defensive Tactics instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center where he was responsible for the hands-on training of hundreds of patrol officers and corrections officers. Coach Allen works with students of all experience levels and backgrounds to include professional prizefighters, active-duty military and law enforcement, and beginners looking to enhance their fitness and self-defense skills. His classes focus on the fundamentals of striking and are always a great workout!

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