Bill Vella

Billy Vella is a black belt and instructor under Eliot Kelly at El Dorado Hills BJJ.  Billy received his Black belt in February of 2015.

His training began in 2001 at Charles Gracie Jiu-Jistsu.  Throughout the years and many moves he has trained under Oliver Reich, Cassio Werneck, and Marco Nascimento.

One of Billy’s competition highlights took place in 2008 when he took 1st place at the US Open as a purple belt.

Bill brings a dynamic perspective to training and learning jiu-jitsu. His classes are full of humor, conceptual discussions, and a technical explanation based on his philosophy to training and learning jiu-jitsu.

In his non-Jiu-Jitsu life Billy is married and a father of 4.  When he is not training he works as a firefighter and paramedic.  “Jiu-Jitsu is my passion and love.  I believe that Jiu-Jitsu is a sport for all who are willing to put in the effort.”