The Lighthouse Academy

The Lighthouse Academy

The Desert Grappling Connex

Martial arts, personal training, and ground fighting can actually become pillars of holistic well-being, forging strength in both body and mind.



The Lighthouse Academy is uniquely positioned to assist you with personal training, including prenatal, self defense skills and MMA classes. Our comprehensive services range from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts classes to striking classes and one-on-one fitness coaching.

This ensures that we have something for everyone seeking to achieve their fitness goals. We also offer corrective exercise and rehabilitation programs. Additionally, you may add innovative therapies like cold laser therapy, cupping services, and fascia stretching therapy to enhance your recovery and performance. And, our small business consultation services and welcoming, family-friendly environment make us the go-to destination for all your fitness and wellness needs.


Personal Training

Personal training is a service provided by fitness professionals to help clients reach their fitness goals.

Corrective Exercise Programs

What is Corrective Exercise and Why Is It Important - NASM Corrective Exercise is used to help assess and determine the root cause of imbalances and faulty movement patterns that lead to issues with posture, balance, and total body coordination.

Penatal Personal Training

Providing personal training services for pregnant women, from conception to the end of pregnancy, requires a deep understanding of their unique physical and emotional needs. Tailoring workouts to accommodate each trimester's changing demands, focusing on safe and effective exercises, and promoting overall well-being is essential.

Self Defense Calasses For Women & Girls

Our specially crafted self-defense classes are designed to equip you with practical skills, confidence, and awareness to navigate the world with assurance. Take the first step towards personal safety and empowerment – because every woman and girl deserves the confidence to navigate the world fearlessly.

Private Brazilian Jiu Jitsu + Grappling

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds.

Small Business Consultation for Fitness Pros

From business strategy development to marketing, client engagement, and operational efficiency, our consultation services empower fitness professionals to navigate the competitive landscape and achieve long-term success.

Synergistic Team Care

Synergistic team care services represent a collaborative approach in healthcare, where professionals from various disciplines work together to provide holistic and comprehensive care to patients.

Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Services

Rehabilitation and physiotherapy services are vital components of the healing process, aimed at restoring physical function and mobility after injury, surgery, or medical conditions.


Judo is a sport developed from jujitsu in which opponents attempt to throw each other by using quick movements and leverage.

Low Light Laser Therapy

This innovative therapy is used to promote tissue repair and can be a highly effective method for addressing a range of injuries and medical concerns.

I Can Relate To You

Prenatal Personal Training

My experience with four pregnancies and achieving natural weight loss has given me a profound understanding of the physical and emotional challenges that clients may face. Having personally navigated the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery, I can relate to my clients on multiple levels. I offer empathetic support and tailored guidance to help them achieve their wellness goals. This shared experience enables me to create a strong connection and build trust with those I serve, making me more attuned to their unique needs and aspirations.

Natural Weight Loss Before Babies and After Four Babies

I have had the privilege of experiencing four pregnancies in my life, and what sets my personal journey apart is the remarkable speed of my recovery after each one. This experience has given me invaluable insights into the importance of tailored prenatal and postpartum fitness, and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and techniques to help other women achieve swift and effective recoveries, too.

200 lbs

40 Weeks Pregnant

2 Weeks Post Partum

26 Weeks Pregnant

1 Week Post Partum

15 Weeks Post Partum

My daughter is part the kids jui Jitsu classes and I have been doing 1:1 training with jessica. The team at the light house academy is great. They care for the students, are always looking to do better and offer a great program for the kids. The team is very knowledgeable and my daughter loves it. I have learned so much in my 1:1 sessions. Jessica is helping me get stronger and prepare for a challenging hike that I have coming up.

– Ysenia G.

jessica deffenbaugh doing personal training at the lighthouse academy pasadena california

Three Main Reasons To Choose Us For Your Prenatal and Postpartum Journey

  1. Expert Guidance: Our program offers expert trainers with extensive experience in prenatal and postpartum fitness, ensuring you receive safe and effective guidance tailored to your unique needs.

  2. Faster Recovery: Experience a quicker post-pregnancy recovery with our specialized workouts and support, just like our experienced trainer who rapidly rebounded from four pregnancies.

  3. Holistic Wellness: Beyond physical fitness, our program emphasizes emotional support, stress reduction, and overall well-being, helping you achieve a healthier, balanced lifestyle during and after pregnancy.