Jonathan Cherry – BJJ Assistant Instructor


I first began BJJ in while college down in Philadelphia. The philosophy of putting the little guy on equal footing with bigger opponents really appealed to me. After graduating and moving back to Rochester, I took a several year break before starting back up at Nova and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve wrestled for almost half of my life, through high school and college, and BJJ just seemed like a natural continuation of the sport I grew up in.

Coaching has always been a goal of mine and something I really enjoy doing. I try to bring the detailed oriented style of a wrestling coach into practices while making sure people still understand broad concepts. The best part of my BJJ training experience is watching the moment where stuff starts to “click” in a student’s minds and they start growing in skill by leaps and bounds.


  • 10 years wrestling experience (scholastic, free style, and greco roman)
  • USA wrestling bronze level coaching certification
  • Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Eric Cady