Eliot Kelly


Eliot is our head instructor at El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while he was teaching English and coaching wrestling in Japan where he worked alongside former Olympians and National Champions.

During his stay in Japan, Eliot was fortunate enough to live in a community where many Brazilians lived and quickly became involved with their culture and sports. “I wanted to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu because I heard of people doing it well into their 50’s and even 60’s.  I wanted a healthy and active hobby and finally found something I could do that wasn’t just lifting weights, hitting a ball, or chasing a ball.” 

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Eliot and Michel, during Michel’s one month visit from Brazil.

He earned his brown belt in Japan from Michel and Marcio Miyashita, instructors under Master Barbosa leader of Sao Paulo’s B9. After moving back to the United States from Japan he trained with Andre Glodzinski until the closing of the first Sacramento gym. Eliot is currently training with World Champion Professor Marcos Torregrosa, whom he received his black belt from in November of 2012. “I love that jiujitsu is an international community of people trying to better themselves both on and off the mat. Jiu-Jitsu is about giving to others without expecting anything in return. I hope to share and spread this idea with the community of El Dorado Hills and make a difference both on and off the mat!”

Eliot with his wife Jenni and their son

Eliot has quite an impressive dossier in Jiu Jitsu competition. As a brown belt Eliot has several titles:

  • NoGi World Champion
  • NoGi Pan-american Champion
  • Gi World Bronze Medalist
  • American National Champion

As a black belt competitor Eliot has also earned the following titles:

  • NoGi World Silver Medalist
  • Asian Open Champion
  • American Nationals Silver Medalist
  • NoGi American National Champion
  • Master World Bronze Medalist
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trial Champion

Prior to his experiences in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Eliot was a division one wrestler at the University of California Davis under the legendary coaching of Lennie Zalesky and Mark Munoz. Eliot graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with a double major in Japanese and East Asian Studies and a minor in Education. He finished a Master’s program from San Francisco State University in Japanese with an emphasis in Linguistics and Pedagogy in the winter of 2015.

“Teaching and coaching is my passion.  Being able to mentor our students on and off the mat is a true gift I am thankful for each and everyday.”

For more on Eliot visit: http://eliotkelly.com