Paul Nava is a 1st degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started his dedication to training with Rigan Machado in 2000 for approximately 10 months before he made a change that would span well over a decade. Paul trained under his mentor Gustavo Dantas/Nova Uniao from 2001-2015. During this time he found much growth, and opportunities in the BJJ community.
One of Paul’s dreams was to teach others and share this sport that had changed his life in so many ways. He took his first teaching job in 2007. After being a BJJ instructor through several valuable experiences he knew it was time to open his very own school. While Nava BJJ the program had already found its way into his past opportunities, Nava BJJ the school opened its doors in August of 2010. For 2 years the small location grew, and it was obvious that a larger space was needed.
So after 2 years of growth the next location opened its doors, and has been thriving ever since. As of October Nava BJJ is now affiliated with Samir Chantre BJJ. One of Paul’s most valuable endeavors is founding the D.A.N. tournament. In its 3rd year the DAN was Named after his son who alongside his wife, and daughter suffer from a disease called Neurofibromatosis type 2. This event has become a great success in helping bring awareness to a cause so important to the Nava BJJ family.