Jason Ratchford / Head Judo and Jiu-Jitsu coach (1st Degree Black Belt in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu)
Jason Ratchford has been a student of the martial arts since he was a teenager. He has achieved a great deal over the past twenty years with the help of coaches, family, and his students. He is a 1 st degree Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu and a Black Belt in Judo. He has competed in many Judo and Brazillian Jiu- jitsu events. Jason has also boxed and fought mixed martial arts at the Amateur level and continues to train at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City under John Danaher. However, his primary focus is building a martial arts family that can grow their skills and make the world a better place.
He provides a safe and friendly atmosphere for students of all ages and skill levels to train and improve themselves. After working for the state and mentoring juvenile offenders Jason has the dream to begin a 501(c)3 charity so that all kids despite their financial situation can train and find a path in the martial arts like he did.
After his beautiful wife Gisella and his children Cullen and Makenna his students come first and have become a second family to Jason. He desires to help all of his students reach their potential as human beings. Please consider a free trial lesson at Pridelands Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. The first lesson of each student is not with the entire class as it is in a traditional academy but a private lesson with the head Instructor to begin building that bond of family and friendship. Come see if Brazillian Jiu-jitsu is the sport for you!
• Certified IBJJF 1st degree Black Belt - (see website)
• First degree Judo Black Belt
• One of the first Americans awarded a Black Belt by the Legendary Alison “Jucao” Brites
• 2015 Keystone State Judo Games Gold Medalist- Heavy Weight Division
• Liberty Judo Classic Silver Medalist- 220lb Black Belt Division
• No Gi Pan Am Bronze Medalist - Brown Belt division
• NY Open Champion - Brown Belt division
• Beast of The East Champion - Brown Belt Division
• Renzo Gracie No Gi Open Bronze Medalist - Black Belt Division
• PA Judo State Championships - Bronze Medalist
• Multi-time Medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo at Various Levels
Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda
→ Carlos Gracie, Sr.
→ Carlos "Carlinhos" Gracie Jr.
→ Ailson “Jucão” Henrique Brites
→ Jason Ratchford