Our goal at Elevate Judo & Jiu-Jitsu is to create world class black belts. We want to create students that will become better than ourselves.
With this vision in mind we have adapted our thinking and teaching method. As instructors we have expertise in combative arts. We focus on creating a positive culture and community, athletic sustainability, and leadership. We pass on our knowledge through a mindful approach to elevated learning.
Creating black belts means more to us than the ability to defend oneself or to compete at a high level. Through martial arts we believe we can make an impact on each of our learners. An elevated sense of self fosters a positive team environment within the gym. This leads our learners to live a more fulfilled and positive life. Becoming a world class black belt means to us becoming a world class human being.
Sensei Sandra started judo when she was 10 years old. After just six months of doing Judo she competed in her very first nationals. Sandra has since competed in many national and international level tournaments. After many years of hard work and dedication, she received her black belt at the age of 17. After pursuing competition she got her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College in Sociology and is now attending Saybrook University where she is working on her Masters in Global Management. Sandra is passionate about passing along her knowledge and skills to her students and hopes to help many young women and girls find their strength through martial arts.
Sensei Brett started Judo at the age of 22 and obtained his black belt in 2013 at the age of 27. Brett also has his black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate and has traveled the US extensively training at many of the top Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms. This vast knowledge of the martial arts has provided him with many different aspects of techniques and teaching styles. He now focuses on coaching and teaching athletic sustainability and mobility. Brett is pursuing his Masters in Global Management and Systems Thinking at Saybrook University while working full time at Alex and Ani.
Radhames Familia, Jr.
Coach Radhames started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 while volunteering in the United States Army. Coach Radhames began his journey in martial arts achieving level 2 combatives instructor. He was one of the youngest enlisted men to teach a company sized element (20-30 people).
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Coach Radhames received his honorable discharge from the military in 2009. Furthermore, Coach Radhames went through one of the most rigorous schools in the military, “The Sabaluski Air Assault school” at the famed 101st Airborne Division where he was stationed for 3.5 years.. Coach Radhames also went through the rigors of war in Iraq, as well as being accommodated for Valor.
Coach Radhames 2009. From there Coach Radhames went on to receive his blue in 6 months. And received each belt (Purple and brown belt) up until brown every year.
In regards to competition: Coach Radhames has won numerous NAGA and Grapple’s Quest titles. Most important to him, he has won the IBJJF NoGi Pan Ams, runner up medal at the IBJJF NoGi World Champions, Abu Dhabi World Pro trials winners, World Pro winner and also winning the 2 bronze medals while in Abu Dhabi for their nogi tournaments.
Coach Radhames currently spends his favorite days trying to discover champions on the mat as well as off the mat.