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Last Name: Acosta
City: Cebu
State: Cebu
Country: Philippines
School: Fabio Santos Representative

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1. Submitted by Reimer Ken Bonghanoy on Friday August 6, 2010 7:45 PM
very good teacher! :)

2. Submitted by Chris C on Saturday August 7, 2010 12:58 PM
A very relaxed and calm instructor. On and off the mats, a great guy. Both a mentor and a friend to his students, his instruction is easy to understand and new students absorb the lesson quite easily.(even 12 year old kids) Sometimes jokes around with the students to calm and relax everybody. Over all, runs a very fun and excited class every time, even when he himself(john) is injured.

3. Submitted by J Martin on Tuesday August 10, 2010 11:06 PM
John is an awesome instructor! I had the opportunity to train with him when he was still a brown belt in San Diego and teaching classes for Fabio. He is an excellent instructor with the highest attention to detail. If you want your game to be tight and all about finesse John is the instructor for you!! Cebu is lucky to have gotten such a high quality instructor. . . take advantage of it!!!

4. Submitted by alistair on Sunday August 22, 2010 4:27 AM
..he is a perfect example of all instructors! He listened to every students concern, whatever & whoever you are..Awesome!

5. Submitted by Ariel Lim on Thursday September 2, 2010 6:32 AM
Very humble person yet a very good fighter, instructor and probably a friend. I am currently training with him and it's my 2nd day today.. And I'm sure all of us in the gym will learn a lot from him. Best is he rolls with his students... That's the best part of him as an instructor.

6. Submitted by Jio Usman on Saturday September 4, 2010 10:13 AM
John is very technical, patient and has a sense of humor...These are the qualities which I believe makes someone a very effective instructor... Cheers!

7. Submitted by Bobby Thompson on Saturday December 18, 2010 1:19 PM
I spend alot of time in Cebu and I always enjoy training with John. He focuses on the Gracie Combatives and does so with great detail. Great place to train.

8. Submitted by Jason on Monday June 6, 2011 4:11 AM
John is a Humble, Technical, A Great instructor and a Good friend to all his students... A real example of the Gentle Art of Jiujitsu...

9. Submitted by Ginja Ninja on Tuesday June 7, 2011 2:17 AM
Awsome friendly and explains techniqe practicaly.

10. Submitted by sander on Tuesday June 7, 2011 4:04 AM
As a BJJ instructor, I look at John as an epitome of humility with a very meticulous attitude to the details of the moves that he teaches. As a person, I look at him as a true friend and a great mentor...And for that, he truly represents BJJ here in Cebu to the highest level...

11. Submitted by William on Tuesday June 7, 2011 5:30 AM
He understands that everyone who studies jiujitsu has different reasons and goals, may it be for self defense, fitness or competition, he will make sure that you can be the best of what you can be. I consider him as a very good example as a representative of the art.

12. Submitted by John on Tuesday June 7, 2011 7:05 AM
Focuses more on the details of the move.

13. Submitted by PJay Pages on Tuesday June 7, 2011 7:32 AM
I met John Acosta about a little over a year ago now. John's attention to detail to technique and his application of this detail is so effortless and helped me to re-understand Jiu Jitsu in a way that I have forgotten. He is always welcoming and continues to give me a home to train at here in this country. He is a friend and a training partner I am very proud to have.

14. Submitted by ace on Tuesday June 7, 2011 8:53 AM
a great bjj instructor that has deep understanding of the art,he encourages you to perform better, he gives you insights on how to better your game and most of all he provides you with all the opportunities to improve and grow not just in jiujitsu but also in life generally

15. Submitted by Steve on Tuesday June 7, 2011 10:46 AM
John runs a nice relaxed class with a good balance of serious training and fun. He mixes up the classes and keeps it entertaining and fresh. He provides clear instruction, and is always ready to answer questions, or help people one on one if they need it. No regrets training with John.

16. Submitted by Ryan Rey Colina on Tuesday June 7, 2011 11:36 AM
Sir John Acosta had been my BJJ teacher for a year now. A humble, open-minded, and a true friend of every student. He always ensure that nobody among his students would get injuries whether from co-students or visitors. I never heard him yell at any student and say " F " words...all you could hear from his are encouragements...even like myself having "a not so fit" type of body, he still manages to help us improve our Jiujitsu...this for me is very important in teaching BJJ...he in a way has his own ways of touching the heart of his students that somehow increases our confidence and understand that there are a lot of rooms for improvement and definitely help many transform from a "zero" BJJ guy to a highly skilled, mature and student-friendly partner for almost everyone around the school. This made me feel very proud and confident that in no time, Fabio Santos - Philippines in cebu would be producing one of the finest students with very good personalities because our teacher Sir John Acosta IV....Thanks to you sir!!! God Bless!!! c,)

17. Submitted by John on Tuesday June 7, 2011 4:04 PM
Although I've only received a handful of impromptu lessons from John, it is the way he logically presents the move that is truly extraordinary. He explains to you the "how's" and "why's" of that move, which makes it much more understandable and enjoyable!

18. Submitted by kregg on Tuesday June 7, 2011 4:12 PM
it's nice to see when someone teaches the true roots of JIU JITSU!! First. Like the Master said, "Give a man a fish he eats for a day,teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime" they are lucky to have him in PI. take care :) We miss you in the states!

19. Submitted by Bobby Thompson on Tuesday June 7, 2011 4:29 PM
This is my 9th year training BJJ. I got the opportunity to train with John while I was in Cebu and I loved it. John focuses on the basics first, which alot people forget about. John ensures his students have a proper foundation right from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed training with John the time I was in the Philippines. The atmosphere he generates is perfect for all types of students. I looked forward to every class!

20. Submitted by Bernard on Tuesday June 7, 2011 11:02 PM
I'm an American of Filipino descent but I have never been to Cebu. I've never met John Acosta but if Bobby Thompson thinks highly of him then he is okay by me.

21. Submitted by Juary on Tuesday June 7, 2011 11:14 PM
John's attention to detail is second to none. The way he shows the moves and the minute details are astounding. He always reminds us of how important each move and each detail is. He practices what he preaches and that alone makes him an amazing BJJ instructor. On and off the mats, he is practicing the principles of BJJ. Practicing this art under his tutelage is an amazing experience. An excellent friend and instructor!

22. Submitted by RhoyC on Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:54 AM
Sir John Acosta is a great BJJ instructor...He treats his students with respect & has high sense of professionalism in teaching this wonderful art.. my classmates already mentioned some good traits John posses as a teacher/mentor/friend...& i would say 2 thumbs Up...i can attest to that..keep up the good job Sir:)

23. Submitted by JoshuaPritchard on Wednesday June 8, 2011 12:37 PM
I consider myself lucky to have had only one BJJ instructor so far, and even luckier that this instructor has been John Acosta. I believe that he makes my game better by being a good example of a high level instructor. More importantly though Coach John is a good example of high level human being and that is what completes the experience for me.

24. Submitted by jerome on Wednesday June 8, 2011 11:44 PM
Coach John Acosta is a great BJJ instructor,coach and friend. He is a very humble and down to earth person.He treats his students equally with respect. He wants all his students to succeed, no matter what their goals are.He breaks down every move with the highest attention to detail so you understand how and why the move works. He is a true ambassador for Jiu-Jitsu.One of the most technical person in Jiu Jitsu. It is an honor to train under John acosta. Cebu is lucky to have (John Acosta) such a high quality instructor... GOD bless you.

25. Submitted by karl on Thursday June 9, 2011 4:49 AM
awesome teacher! im still new and im already learning alot of things..

26. Submitted by kenjie on Thursday June 9, 2011 6:24 AM
sir and coach john acosta hes a good person and a good instructor.....

27. Submitted by Chai on Thursday June 9, 2011 11:51 PM
John is a good example of the Art of Jiu Jitsu. He is the man of details. I agree most of the people commented here that he has a good personality. He is a positive thinker. A man that knows the capabilities of his students and understands that,not everybody whose learning jiu jitsu has same goals.. He makes sure that his students doesn't get injured. He's not only teaching Jiu Jitsu as a work of art but he is also teaching that this art changes our lives not in the sense of being arrogant or cocky, boastful and disrepectful attitudes but helping you turning into a real Jiu Jitsu person.. As one of his students: I am happy to be part of it.. :) Keep it up John Acosta! You're a real legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu .....

28. Submitted by Arthur.C on Sunday June 12, 2011 7:08 AM
First of all Sir John Acosta is like a father to me..He teaches us the perfect details of evry tachnique and the best way to apply it, he is an approachable kind of instructor and for sure u will be contented with his answers :) He teaches not only good Jiu-jitsu but also good charecter to his students :) He keeps the ego-free atmosphere in his class :) One of the most humble man I've ever known.. GOD BLESS YOU SIR :)

29. Submitted by Denzel on Monday June 20, 2011 7:15 AM
Sir John is the best instructor iv'e ever had... even though he's my first,:D i never really expected to see a great teacher like john, he teaches with such professionalism and he's more of the father figure rather than that kind of teachers who scare the shi* out of you. he's way of teaching is just as good as his attitude towards he's students, and he treats us really good.. i hope sir John wouldn't stop teaching BJJ so that i don't have to find a new teacher ^^.. good luck Sir! and i hope you stay humble and kind to your students ^^

30. Submitted by gcarl on Tuesday June 21, 2011 9:50 PM
i haven't trained under him but i heard a lot of good things about this guy. He made a large impact in jiujitsu in cebu in just a matter of few months. We need this kind of teacher who is humble at the same time competitive and very technical. he is somebody you will be proud of as being your teacher and friend. If you want to learn jiujitsu the right way in cebu, ONLY TRAIN with this guy. Nothing less.

31. Submitted by godofwar on Tuesday June 21, 2011 9:51 PM

32. Submitted by Jonathan (Jon) Quidam on Friday July 22, 2011 4:57 AM
Sir John is a very good teacher,i was once a student of him,even though your a new student of his class,it felt that your a long time member of it,a good man,but a brave and raging jiu jitsu master.:)but has a lot of patient,i'll practice back soon,thank you sir john.

33. Submitted by rtyecript on Monday August 22, 2011 1:26 AM
I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

34. Submitted by LP on Wednesday September 21, 2011 1:08 AM
A lot of people think a good bjj school is how many students are winning tournaments but that is not the bjj way. This is a also about a sound mind, body and spirit and many of us forget about that aspect. Yes, its great to win tournaments but the other side is wonderful as well. John, seems to focus on both and training in his school is great. He's humble, likes to teach and he makes it fun as well. If you wanna train without worrying about who's who and no ego come on down and check out his school(s).

35. Submitted by PjB on Thursday December 8, 2011 8:58 AM
I never thought i'll find a cool teacher and great friends by training Jitz! the man "John Acosta" has a cool and yet effective way of training and accommodating his students (though sometimes i miss class) but you truly brought great message on what JITZ can change your way of thinking, it's cool to hear that you have this site!!!! Spread the love!!

36. Submitted by Bong Paredes on Sunday January 15, 2012 10:23 AM
He's the perfect ambassador for Jiu-jitsu. Teaches the art the way it's supposed to be. A class act on and off the mats.

37. Submitted by Marjorie Maghinay on Saturday March 24, 2012 2:03 PM
I really love Jiu Jitsu. I really wants to do Jiu Jitsu again with John Acosta,his really a good,kind,lovely teacher to us. His really good in sparring and really good teaching the steps in Jiu Jitsu. I think for me Jiu Jitsu is the best self defense especially to girls. Jiu Jitsu is the best. :)

38. Submitted by Joe Bigornia on Wednesday April 4, 2012 12:37 AM
I have been training Jiu Jitsu since 1995. I also started at Fabio Santos school as well. Fabio was like a father to me, I had some good times, bad times and hard times but Fabio and Sherry were there for me. I met John when I first went to Fabios and Him, Craig, Jeff Higgs, James Nilsen, Margarida Pontes and Dean Lister were all pretty much my brothers. When it came to technique, I always asked John or James..those 2 really knew leverage. I really enjoyed rolling with him and I know that he is a very great instructor. There are World Class Jiu Jitsu players and there are World Class Jiu Jitsu Instructors...At rare times..There is someone that can do both. John is a World Class Instructor and he will shine wherever he goes. I am so glad that he decided to come back into BJJ when he left in the late 90's because this is where he belongs..with the other world class instructors. He learned from one of the best BJJ instructors in the world and he is set to do the same to his students. I really miss Fabio, We had our differences and I decided to go against my instructors will..It was a mistake but you learn from your mistakes later. I could have got my Black Belt way earlier if I had stayed with fabio, but sadly I didn't. I always got my best training with Fabio Santos..If I kept training the way Fabio taught me I wouldn't have this permanent injury that I have today. I miss Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I Miss my original Instructor Fabio Santos. To train Jiu Jitsu is a way of life, If you don't know what that means..then Jiu Jitsu isn't for you. Always listen to what your instructor has to say...STAY WITH THE BASICS! Don't let all that fancy moves take you away from the base of Jiu Jitsu. I learned that from Fabio and my brothers there. Don't give up! You will get there one day, It's for the love of Jiu Jitsu..Don't think about your belt rank, Think about learning. You never stop learning in Jiu Jitsu, There is always something to Learn. John, You are a superb Instructor! Keep it up and give my regards to my Instructor/father Joe Bigornia

39. Submitted by Mike Barker on Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:46 PM
John is a great Martial arts instructor, patient, good at explaining techniques and a guy who walks the talk. I love learning Jiu Jitsu from him!

40. Submitted by Johan Magos on Friday April 6, 2012 2:37 PM
Sir John is so technical and serious in teaching and making his students learn Jiu Jitsu. He's down to earth person and doesn't brag himself even outside the gym.

41. Submitted by mitch on Tuesday May 1, 2012 5:45 PM
i was able to train in one of the schools in cebu near my bro work that was in IT park and you can see all the EGOs flyin around, they mock people who isn't with them and that turned me off. then seeing this group by mr acosta in fb promoting No EGO bjj family, is something we need for the sport. hope to learn from you guys when i get the chance to visi t the island.

42. Submitted by Jem Samala on Monday October 29, 2012 1:24 AM
Sir John Acosta, do you have any affiliates here in manila or do you have any plans of teaching here? i would really love to train under your tutelage because i want to learn the self-defense aspect of Gracie jiu jitsu. the only problem is the distance of our locations. the schools here in manila focuses more sports jiu jitsu and that is what i've been learning for the past year but i want to learn the self defense more. i would really like to get in touch with you. this is my e-mail ad.: thank you very much!

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