Brad Bolen

Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Judo Instructor, Weight Lifting Coach, and Personal Trainer

Six time national champion Brad Bolen is a 3rd degree black belt in Judo with over 20 years on the mat. Brad has trained with Olympic Silver Medalist Jason Morris for the past 10 years, training with and competing against olympic and world champions. In addition to his national championships, Brad is a 5 time World Team member and has won 9 medals at the World Cup. In addition to judo, he was a 2-time state qualifier in wrestling. He has trained state wrestling champions, national judo champions, and international competitors in various techniques. Brad's strength as a coach and instructor is his abilty to impart a rigourous foundation in fundamentals combined with his ability to clearly communicate and demonstrate high level techniques in a way that feels intuitive and natural to his players. For this reason, he is a highly sought after clinician who is brought in by dojo's from across the country to help bring their players to the next level. In addition to teaching judo and wrestling, Brad is an ACE certified personl trainer.

Othello O.C. Brown

Boxing Instructor

OC has been in martial arts since he was 5 years old. His love for boxing is contagious. OC trains beginners in the art of boxing. His classes are the perfect combination of cardio, technique, and motivation. With 20 bags and a full size boxing ring, OC's advanced boxing classes are ideal for the advanced to semi-professional boxer.

Robert Gouthro

Judo Instructor

Robert is 2nd degree black belt in Judo and a current member of the USA’s world kata team. He has taught judo, karate, and other martial arts for over ten years. Robert’s competition record includes two gold medals at the 2016 Pan American Kata Championships (in Panama) and two gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Championships (in Cuba), multiple gold medal finishes at the Am-Can (American Canadian) Championships, and wins as the 2014 and 2016 overall kata champion at the USA Senior National Championships. Robert has represented the USA five times at the IJF Kata World Championships. He is a certified national judo coach, referee, and kata instructor and judge. Robert is the director of the non-profit American Judo Foundation (501c3), which promotes the growth of youth, collegiate, and adult judo programs in South Carolina and beyond. Robert also volunteers as an instructor for the Samurai Judo Association, a free club for active duty military on the naval weapons station, and off of the mat Robert teaches English as Second Language in Dorchester District 2 schools.

Lisa Capriotti

Judo Instructor, Virtual and After School Instructor

Lisa is a 3rd degree black belt in judo with over 15 years on the mat. Lisa’s competition highlights include: winning the IJF 2016 Veterans World Champion in the -57 kg weight class; winning 4 gold medals at the 2016 (Cuba) and 2015 (Panama) IJF Pan American Kata Championships; and medaling multiple times at USA Judo Senior National Championships. She is a current member of the USA Judo world kata team and has represented the USA at 5 world kata championships, finishing 6th in 2018. Lisa regularly fights at high level judo tournaments with a winning record, including the IJF Veterans World Championships, US Open, and Senior National Championships in both the seniors and veterans categories. Lisa is a certified national judo coach, referee, kata judge and instructor. Lisa is also the founder and chief instructor for The Citadel’s Judo and Jiu-jitsu Team, assistant director of the non-profit American Judo Foundation (501c3). She holds additional black belt ranks in Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, and Iaido (Japanese sword). Off of the mat Dr. Capriotti teaches Chemistry at the Citadel and is a veteran of the US Navy.

Taya Ferriere

Hip Hop Instructor and Massage Therapist

Taya Ferriere is a certified Xtreme Hip Hop instructor. She is also a wife, mother, and a massage therapist. She has lived in the Charleston area for over 10 years. She loves to travel and meet new people, as a military brat that has been the normal her whole life. She has always had a passion for fitness, but Xtreme Hip Hop has definitely intensified that passion. If you love good music, high energy, and step you will see why. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced options. No matter what level you’re on, every class feels like a party.

Anna Capriotti

After School Coordinator

Anna began her career as a care manager and social worker after completing her Bachelor's in human development and family studies. She went on to get her Bachelor's in nursing at Eastern University and has worked in pediatric oncology and now her focus is in radiation oncology. She relocated to Charleston in order to register her kids in the best judo program on the East Coast. She is a mother of 3 and now assists at Charleston Self Defense Academy, focusing on child education, health and fitness.

Thomas Lewis

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Being both a father of 4 and a veteran with multiple combat tours Thomas has experience teaching at all levels. Currently holding a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu he has taught BJJ, Wrestling, and spent 7 years as an Army combatives instructor. After 10 years in the Army he got out and used martial arts as way to help veterans battle ptsd and other mental health issues.