Ron was hired as a police officer in Richland Township, Bucks County in 2006 and was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2008. Ron began training Jiu-Jitsu at a local school in Quakertown Pa. and in 2011 Ron began training at the Vicente Junior BJJ PA Academy under Steve Rinker, then a Brown Belt.
In 2012, Ron was promoted to Blue Belt by VJ and Steve. Ron then sustained a shoulder injury and was out of Jiu-Jitsu for a while. In 2015 he began serious training at a local Balance Studios affiliate. Ron trained several days a week and was often called upon to teach classes. In 2017, Ron was promoted to Purple Belt by Phil and Rick Migliarese.
In 2020 Ron was promoted to Brown Belt under Phil Migliarese. Since receiving his purple belt, Ron knew that one day he would own his own school... as Jiu-Jitsu became a passion.
During his time in Law Enforcement, Ron was a member of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Special Operations Group (SOG); a team of specialized Agents who conduct high-risk search warrants. As a member of this group, Ron has acted as Team Leader on numerous search warrants and was also a lead instructor; teaching and instructing agents on proper firearm handling tactics, proper entry tactics, and search and seizure tactics and protocols. In addition to these roles, Ron is a Pennsylvania State Police certified Firearms Instructor, and a former Defensive Tactics instructor. Ron was the lead Taser instructor for the Richland Township Police Department as well as an assistant Defensive Tactics instructor. Ron was a member of the Central Bucks Special Response Team, where he was trained in SWAT tactics, entry training, and other firearms skills.
Ron is a BJJ Black Belt under Vicente Junior and Steve Rinker. He is excited for the opportunity to train, teach, and share Jiu-Jitsu with the world at Justice Jiu-Jitsu with his long-time friend Steve Rinker.
RON'S BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU LINEAGE
BLUE BELT (Gilbertsville, PA, 2012) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlson Gracie → Ricardo de la Riva → Vicente Junior → Stephen Rinker → Ron Rosenberg
PURPLE BELT (Quakertown, PA, 2017) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Relson Gracie → Phil Migliarese → Ron Rosenberg
BROWN BELT (Quakertown, PA, 2020) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Relson Gracie → Phil Migliarese → Ron Rosenberg
BLACK BELT (Bethlehem, PA, 2022) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlson Gracie → Ricardo de la Riva → Vicente Junior→ Stephen Rinker → Ron Rosenberg
When Ron is not busy running his academy and teaching and training, he loves to spend time with his wife and 4 children. He also enjoys home improvement projects, shooting, and riding his Harley Davidson.
Steve was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) while watching the first UFC fights in the early 1990s. He saw the effectiveness of a smaller fighter (Royce Gracie) using leverage and technique to defeat much larger opponents. Shocked by the effectiveness of BJJ, Steve knew he needed to find a place to learn this martial art. At the age of 18, Steve started some training at a very small school that was run by a BJJ Blue Belt. At that time BJJ was not as popular as it is today and there were not many ranking students on the East Coast. Four years later in 1999, shortly after he was hired as a police officer, he began serious training under a local RCJ Machado BJJ affiliate.
In 2000, his school became the Renzo Gracie PA Academy. Steve trained 4 to 5 days a week for many years, and in October of 2001, he was awarded his Blue Belt by Renzo at Renzo's academy in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Steve started to teach beginner classes at the Renzo Gracie PA Academy. In 2005, Steve was awarded his Purple Belt by Renzo.
In 2009, Steve was introduced to De La Riva 3rd Degree (Now 5th Degree) Black Belt Vicente Junior (better known as VJ). Steve traveled to Delaware to train with VJ 2 to 3 days per week. In 2010, VJ awarded Steve his BJJ Brown Belt and Steve opened up the Vicente Junior PA Academy in Gilbertsville, PA. For nearly a decade, Steve taught students from all over the region, including dozens of law enforcement officers. Over the years, he also had many guest instructors at his academy, including friends from Brazil who were willing to come share their knowledge. Eventually Steve closed his school in late 2019.
In 2012, while training with the VJ Jiu-Jitsu Team in Maceió, Brazil, Steve was awarded his BJJ Black Belt by VJ in front of a large crowd of over 200 BJJ practitioners. Steve’s Black Belt promotion can be seen on YouTube by clicking here. Steve is now a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt under Vicente Junior, and has the honor and distinction of being Vicente's very first American Black Belt.
In 2013, Steve attended the prestigious FBI National Academy (253rd Session) and lived in Quantico, Virginia for 10 weeks. During his time in Quantico, he taught BJJ to other FBINA classmates from all over the world. Over the course of his law enforcement career, Steve taught BJJ to police officers from all over southeastern PA. He has served as a field training officer, patrol corporal, investigator, administrative sergeant, bike patrol officer, special county detective with the drug task force, DUI task force officer, and motor carrier enforcement officer. In 2021, Steve retired after 22 years of police service.
Steve's focus has always been on the self-defense and fighting foundation of "old school" Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He incorporates the practical aspects of other fighting arts into his Jiu-Jitsu teaching, including judo, karate, wrestling, and boxing.
Since he began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over two decades ago, it has become a huge part of his life. He is starting to pass his knowledge on to his children and is excited for the opportunity to train and teach at Justice Jiu-Jitsu with his long-time friend Ron Rosenberg.
STEVE'S BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU LINEAGE
BLUE BELT (New York, NY - Oct. 2001) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Renzo Gracie → Stephen Rinker
PURPLE BELT (Hatfield, PA - Nov. 2005) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Renzo Gracie → Stephen Rinker
BROWN BELT (Claymont, DE - May 2010) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlson Gracie → Ricardo de la Riva → Vicente Junior → Stephen Rinker
BLACK BELT (Maceió, Brasil - Oct. 2012) Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlson Gracie → Ricardo de la Riva → Vicente Junior → Stephen Rinker
When he's not working, teaching, or training, Steve loves to spend time with his wife, kids, and family. He enjoys reading, woodworking, home improvement, gardening, fishing, astronomy, history, and anything involving nature and the outdoors. Steve is a huge animal lover. He takes yearly trips to Grand Cayman, where he owns a timeshare and loves to snorkel. Steve has been growing bonsai trees for the past 35 years, and he is working on starting a YouTube channel where he shares his various hobbies and interests - especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
To check out and subscribe to Steve’s YouTube Channel, click here.
Professor Vicente Junior (better known as VJ) is a 5th Degree BJJ Black Belt under legendary 7th Degree Coral Belt Ricardo De La Riva. He is both a Gi and No-Gi World Champion, a 7x Pan American Champion, and one of the most sought after instructors in the world. Born in Sao Paulo Brazil, VJ began his career in martial arts in Judo. When he was only fourteen years old he began his training with Judo and committed six years to that particular discipline, advancing to the rank of Brown Belt. It was not until later that VJ was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. VJ has fully dedicated himself to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, training as often as two or three times a day. His team is made up of schools from the United States and Brazil. He is proudly sponsored by Bad Boy. His years of hard work and dedication have earned him the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt.