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Justin Flores

Justin Flores is the head judo coach at Legion AJJ.

Justin is known for competing at a high level both in judo and wrestling.

He was also Ronda Rousey’s coach both for judo and MMA.
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Justin Flores is Legion AJJ’s judo coach. You can experience one of his classes every Monday and Thursday at 11am. In addition to his own impressive competition record, he is world-renowned for his coaching, especially for being Ronda Rousey’s coach before and during her UFC run.

Born right here in San Diego, Justin started his career in judo at the age of 8 years old. He won many national and international titles as a youngster but decided to pause his career upon entering high school. He didn’t stray far from grappling, as he took up wrestling and went on to become one of the best wrestlers in the nation (was ranked #3 overall). 

He was recruited by wrestling coaches in Nebraska and given a full ride but eventually returned back to judo. He went on to become a World team member. He competed in over 30 countries and became the 2004 Olympic alternate for Team USA.

Since retiring from competition, Justin gained global recognition as one of the best grappling coaches out there. He coached the US Judo World Team 3x and made a name for himself as the coach to many UFC fighters (Ronda Rousey, Alpha Cat Zingano and others).

Lately, Justin has been teaching Keenan judo private lessons, which Keenan swears by. Once the opportunity came to have Justin become a permanent instructor at Legion, there was no hesitation. 

Justin Flores in action:

Speaking of no hesitation, come in for your free class and train with Justin and the rest of our instructors. 

Ps. Justin is also available for private lessons.

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List of Justin Flores’ accomplishments:

Judo Honors

3x USA National Champion – 2x “Best Technique Award”

2x Fall Classic Champion

4x USA Open Championships Finalist (2x Champion)

5x Canadian “Rendezvous” Open Finalist (2x Champion)

2007 USA World Team Member Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (9th place)

2007 Pan American Games, 7th place Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

2007 German Super World Cup Team Member Hamburg, Germany

2007 Warsaw World Cup Semi-finalist, 5th place Warsaw, Poland

2007 Puerto Rican Open Champion San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007 British Open Championships, 3rd place London, England

2007 Finnish Open Championships, 2nd place Vantaa, Finland

2005 USA World Team Member Cairo, Egypt

2005 Italian World Cup, 5th Place Rome, Italy

2005 Estonian World Cup Semi-finalist, 5th Place Tallinn, Estonia

2005 Romanian World Cup, 5th Place Bucharest, Romania

2004 Korean World Cup Team Member Jeju, Korea

2004 Olympic Team Alternate San Jose, CA

2004 French Super World Cup Team Member Paris, France

2004 Pan American Championships, Bronze Medal Isle de Margarita, Venezuela

2003 Warsaw World Cup Team Member Warsaw, Poland

2002 Bulgarian World Cup, 7th Place Sofia, Bulgaria

2001 Ontario International Open, Champion Montreal, Canada

1998 Junior World Team Member Cali, Colombia

1997 Junior Pan American, Silver Medal Cali, Colombia

Wrestling Honors

1998-2000 University of Nebraska Varsity Letterman

2000 Keystone Classic, 3rd Place Lehigh, PA

1999 Big 12 Championships, 4th Place Ames, Iowa

1996-1998 Temecula Valley High School individual Results at State Meet (6th, 1st, 3rd)

1998 High School All-American (4th place @NHSCA)

1997 Delaware Mid-Atlantic “Beast of the East” Champion 125 lbs.

1998 Amateur Wrestling News 3rd Team All-American 130 lbs.