Sid Kelly - Judo

Sid Kelly began Judo in 1957 in London, England. His early instructor was the renowned technician Kenshiro Abe, 8th Dan. He represented Great Britain on nine occasions and was the head instructor of the Renrukan Judo Club with three of its members in the British team. Sensei Kelly was overall New England Black Belt Champion, Connecticut State Champion, ten years National Referee, two times gold medalist in the Worlds Masters (Canada 1999), (Japan 2004), coach of the winning Connecticut team (1999 United States Judo Association National team Championships), USJA Certified Coach, Master Examiner and Kata Examiner. Sid Kelly has written two books, produced eight videos and documented 16 Training Drills.


Clint Laplant - Judo

Clint LaPlant started martial arts training in 1972 at the age of 10. In the late 70s and early 80s, Clint participated in what was called free style, or combined systems fighting, a precursor to today’s MMA (mixed martial arts). This combined systems fighting included elements from tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, wrestling, boxing, and gymnastics. In the year 2000, Clint started formal training with Grandmaster Sid Kelly, 8th Dan Judo, 6th Dan Jujutsu. Sid remains a mentor and inspiration as Clint builds the sport of Judo into each lesson.


Damon Ralph - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Damon began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2009 under a Royce Gracie affiliate school before becoming a student of Chris Watson’s in 2011. He is an avid BJJ competitor, winning multiple medals in IBJJF, The Good Fight and Tap Cancer Out tournaments, among others. Damon is known for his detailed instruction and clear communication of techniques. He leads the Fundamentals BJJ program and currently holds the rank of purple belt.


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