Trainers

 

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.

 
 
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Daniel Pilewski

Owner/Head Coach
Brown Belt, 3rd degree
Army Veteran
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 3rd-degree Brown Belt under Relson Gracie/Phil Cardella.

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Jeremy Payne

Assistant Coach
Purple Belt

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.

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Jason Smith

Assistant Coach
Purple Belt

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.

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Danielle Gambardella

Assistant Coach, Administrative Assistant
Blue Belt

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 recently joined the competition team. As a staff member, Danielle assists with Women's Self-Defense classes and does much of the "behind-the-scenes" administrative work, including membership tracking and web design.

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