John Farrar


BEDROC’s owner and head instructor, John Farrar has been studying and practicing Martial Arts and competing since he was 8 years old and is “One of only a very few competitors in the World to Win National and Pan American Titles in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”. Sensei John started in Judo and steadily progressed into Japanese Jujitsu, Boxing and then Brazilian Jujitsu. Sensei John has been competing in Combat Sports for over 30 years and has recently taken the Gold Medal at both the Pan Am No Gi Jiu-jitsu Championships in NYC and the Senior and Masters Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Rio, Brazil.

Sensei John’s dynamic teaching style and successful students are recognized all over the country, and in many Judo and Jujitsu circles World Wide; he has coached Judo National Champions, Grappling and Brazilian Jujitsu Champions, recent Pro and Amateur MMA title holders, and NAGA Champions. Sensei John has hosted many Grappling Tournaments in the Rochester area and is also a grappling referee for Hayastan, NYS Grappling Championships, and our own tournaments. His United States Marine Corps and Law Enforcement background ensure discipline and confidence surround BEDROC and its students.


Martial Arts Rankings
Japanese Jiu Jitsu – 5th Degree Black Belt “Godan”
Judo – 3rd Degree Black Belt “Sandan”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- Black Belt (Paulo Wesley Lopes <– Francisco Mansur <– Helio Gracie)

Certifications and Affiliations
Certified BJJ instructor for Pagels BJJ and MMA
Certified Black Belt “Bronze” Life Member, United States Judo Association
Certified Black Belt Member, United States Judo, Inc.
Certified Black Belt Member, Pan American Masters Judo Association
Certified Black Belt Member, World MasterAthlete Judo Association
Certified Black Belt Member, Sasori Neko Ryu Goshin-Jitsu Silat Association
Certified Coach, United States Judo Association (Level II)
Certified Coach, USA Wrestling
Board Member, Marine Corps Martial Arts Association (North-East Regional Representative)
Member, Martial Arts Teachers’ Association


Other Organizations
Former Instructor and Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (1982 – 1994)
Member, United States Marine Corps Registry
Former Member, Rifle/Pistol Team, United States Marine Corps (Hawaii)
Former NCOIC, Prisoner Escort, United States Marine Corps (California)
Seven (7) Year Law Enforcement Veteran/Field Training/Police Officer (VBPD)

International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master & Seniors Gi Champion ( * Brazil 2009)
Pan Amercan Brazilian Jiu Jitsu No Gi Champion (NYC 2008)
Pan American Masters Judo Champion
Arnold Schwarzenegger World Games Champion
2X USJA National Champion
American Canadian International Judo Challenge Champion
Coach, Judo Jr. Olympic Champions
Coach, Judo National Champions
Coach, NAGA World Grappling Champions
Coach, Mixed Martial Arts Cruiser Weight Title Belt Holder