John is the owner/head coach of Lavin MMA. He is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt (Professor Ranking) & a 4th Degree black belt in Kongo Budo (Blended Martial Arts), and is the 2015, 2014, and 2012 California State Grappling Champion (UGF) and a Four time Naga title belt holder (2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016). A dynamic teaching style and a true love for Mixed Martial Arts coupled with his 18 years of professional martial arts teaching experience make John an ideal coach for both new and seasoned MMA enthusiasts.
Lavin has won several competitions in Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including a submission victory over UFC Veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Nam Phan, fastest submission of the day at the 2012 NAGA San Francisco, a hard fought win over BJJ Black Belt Riury Gracie, winning all his matches by submission at the 2013 NAGA, a very narrow defeat against BJJ light weight world Champion Ciao Terra, and not having a single point scored against him at the 2015 UGF.
John is sometimes jokingly called “The Kid Whisperer” by parents and colleagues, for his one of a kind ability to understand, communicate with, and properly direct children in both Mixed Martial Arts training and behavior outside of classes.
John is available for Private and Semi-Private MMA lessons for adults and kids. John is also available for personal fitness training, and for competition preparation for both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
LavinMMA@Gmail.com or 415-688-9750
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black belt awarded by Steve Maxwell (MaxwellSC.com)
Kongo Budo Black Belt awarded by Mike Valentine (PracticalMartialArts.net)
1st place: 2016 NAGA West Coast Championships, Expert Division
Win: Inertia fight league 145lb Kickboxing Bout
Win: K-One Fitness Fight Night June 2016
1st place: 2015 NAGA Neveda State Championship, Expert Division
1st place: 2015 NAGA Neveda State Championship, Black Belt Division (Gi)
1st place: 2015 UGF California State Championship, Expert Division
1st place: 2014 UGF California State Championship, Expert Division
Win: 2014 M.A.T.S Fundraiser 145lb Kickboxing Bout (KO)
Win: 2014 M.A.T.S Fundraiser 145lb Pankration Bout (Submission)
1st place: 2013 NAGA California State Championship, Expert Division
Win: 2013 AMM Superfight #3, Catch Weight Kickboxing Bout
Win: 2013 AMM Superfight #2, 145lb Kickboxing Bout
1st place: 2012 NAGA California State Championship, Expert Division
Win 2012 Round Five Gym Smoker 145lb Kickboxing Bout
2nd place: 2012 Jiu Jitsu By the Bay, No-gi, Advanced Division
1st place: 2012 UGF California State Championship, Advanced Division
1st place: 2011 Bay Area Jiu Jitsu Classic, Advanced Division