Our team is headed by Daniel Pilewski but consists of a number of other, dedicated individuals to keep things running smoothly. Our staff is friendly, experienced, and dedicated to the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Brown Belt, 4th degree
Army Combatives Instructor
Daniel is a former Berlin High School graduate who returned to Connecticut after retiring from the United States Army with 23 years of active service. He is a Level IV Tactical Combatives Instructor and was the Brigade NCOIC for the Combatives program while at Ft Hood, Texas. He is currently a 4th-degree Brown Belt under Relson Gracie/Phil Cardella.
Danielle has been training at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut since 2015 and earned her blue belt in early 2017. She trains most week-nights and competes regularly. As a staff member, Danielle assists with youth classes, beginner self-defense sessions, and others. She also does much of the "behind-the-scenes" administrative work, including membership tracking and web design/maintenance.
Jeremy has been training at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut since 2014 and earned his purple belt in mid-2017. Jeremy is a talented and dedicated practitioner who regularly assists with the youth Jiu-Jitsu class. He has a talent for studying and analyzing techniques in order to gain a better understanding of the art. He is always willing to step up, when needed.
Jason has been training at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut since 2014, earning his purple belt in mid-2017. Jason trains most week-nights and often interrupts his own practice to walk his teammates through a technique. He has as much enthusiasm for teaching others as he does for improving his own abilities, making him a valuable member of the team.