Instructors at R.A.W.

Lucky you!

Our instructors are all certified teachers. Jodi and Beth both have advanced degrees and their Masters. Dean is a NSCA-PT trainer and a trained Nutritionist. He has a BA in k Р12 special ed teaching. Both Dean and Alex Chval are certified personal trainers with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a highly respected PT organization in the fitness community.

We believe that getting healthy is the top reason to exercise and eat right. All the other stuff comes as a result of proper eating habits and being physically active outdoors.

Jodi Sardanis
Dean Orfas
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Carl Massaro

Carl has been training in the martial arts since 1992. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon do and freestyle martial arts and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the legendary Renzo Gracie. Carl has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 12 years and is undefeated in Shootfighting and Mixed Martial Arts competition where he holds a 7-0 and 3-0 record, and has also won several titles in gi and no-gi grappling tournaments. He has trained under some of the the best in the world, including Renzo Black Belt, John Danaher, who is currently a Jiu-Jitsu coach and cornerman for Georges St-Pierre. Carl has been a training partner for Renzo Gracie as well as many other professional fighters and is also a liscenced MMA corner man in several states.

Description of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and controlling an opponent through leverage and superior positioning. Much of the technique found in Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu takes place on the ground, where the emphasis is on the use of positional hierarchy, leverage and body mechanics to render a stronger opponent helpless. Students of the art develop learn to move efficiently and develop excellent core strength as well as increased physical awareness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also fun, and has been compared to “physical chess,” as the art demands the use of strategy as well as technique.

Beth Rutigliano
Yoga Instructor

Alex Chval
NSCA-PT