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STAFF

"Training is an investment in your success, My Team is here to help you succeed."
Kyoshi Randy McElwee, Owner / Director of GRACIE® Jiu Jitsu Athens Team Pedro Sauer.
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RYAN McELWEE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

ACADEMY CHIEF INSTRUCTOR, 

 

Ryan teaches the Little Dragons class, Adult and Teen Beginner Martial Arts as well as Chief Jiu Jitsu Instructor and  Keysi Instructor under Justo Diguez. He holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Okawa Te Bujutsu Kai Martial Arts, a 2nd Degree Brown Belt in Jinsendo Karate' under Sensei Toru Shimoji a Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and is also an Official Certified Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association Level 2 Instructor. He has attended the Dave Kovar Instructor College and is Level 3 American Black Belt Academy Instructor Certified. He has been studying martial arts since age 4 and is currently studying Jinsendo Karate under world famous Sensei Toru Shimoji . Shimoji Sensei is the Founder and Owner / Operator of Jinsendo Martial Arts and the home of our Affiliate Jiu Jitsu Program in Smyrna Georgia.  Smyrna Jiu Jitsu instructs the same great authentic GRACIE Jiu-Jitsu curriculum as our main academy. 

Ryan's goals in life include a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, running a chain of successful martial arts schools and graduating from UGA with a Masters of Business Administration. 

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DESTINY CORNELISON

GRACIE JIU JITSU ATHENS

EXECUTIVE SERVICES MANAGER

 

Destiny Cornelison is the Academy Executive Services Manager. She provides 

Front Desk Reception, ProShop Retail
coordination and student assistance
services while additionally serving as
the Office Manager / Marketing Coordinator. 

Destiny is uniquely qualified to wear all these hats as a dynamic member of our elite unit.
Previously the Advertising and Public Relations Coordinator, Marketing & Foundation Assistant at The Classic Center, She comes to us with immense experience and talent. Having graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Masters of
Arts in English Literature in 2019 she is a great new addition to our phenomenal organization.

GRACIE JIU-JITSU ATHENS ...... 

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Athens is a proud affiliate and member of the 

PEDRO SAUER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU ASSOCIATION.

Established n 2005, GRACIE Jiu Jitsu Athens has had a close connection to the Gracie Family since it's beginning and now stays connected to Authentic GRACIE Jiu Jitsu through Master Pedro Sauer.  He moved to California with the Gracie brothers as part of the first cohort of instructors to bring GRACIE Jiu-Jitsu to the United States.  Shortly after coming to California, he moved to Utah where he continued to make his mark in the jiu-jitsu world by teaching, and formed the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. 

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