Jonathan Cole (Other)

Fight Director, Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor

Jonathan (he/they) is a Fight Director, Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor, and has worked throughout the country as a director, actor and fight director. 

Jon spent much of his life as an avid martial artist, and most recently trained in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Kodokan Judo concurrently at the Salem Budokai. He holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and a brown belt in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. He holds intermediate rank in Shingu Aikido, Zen Judo and Kodokan Judo. He has cross trained in Kosho Ryu Kenpo, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Arnis, Jodo, Tanto Jitsu, Hojo Jitsu, Aikiken, Aikibo and western wrestling and boxing. He has experience as a practical shooting competitor (USPSA) and has studied defensive handgun strategy and technique, most recently with the Jacobe Group. He has trained in Bram Frank‚Äôs Modular Knife system, and has completed defensive knife and extreme close quarters handgun training with CSSDSC founder Bram Frank and CSSDSC instructor Greg Beeman. He has also garnered close quarters combatives and in-extremis knife experience with internationally known Defensive Tactics instructor Craig Douglas (aka SouthNarc) of ShivWorks. 

Jonathan is also a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, and coaches at Roadside CrossFit.

Jonathan holds bachelor's degrees in Theatre and in Music; a master's degree in Acting Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Directing Pedagogy. He is a tenured Full Professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he regularly teaches Directing, Solo Performance, Research Methodology, Theatre Literature, Theatre History, Acting and Stage Combat.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Willamette University

Dec 17, 2008 Single Sword Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass
Dec 17, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass
Dec 17, 2008 Unarmed Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass