Gabe is Head Coach. He has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2004 and meditation since 1994. He was trained to be a Montessori school teacher in 2006, and has been working with students of all ages for over a decade, supporting them to learn mindfulness, martial arts, and life skills in a variety of settings. He holds a BJJ blue belt with four stripes. Coaches have included: Lily & Adam Pagle (California, under Matt Thornton), Bira Da Silva (New Zealand, under Crolin Gracie), Gabe Ruediger, Christopher Lord (Maui, under Relson Gracie) among others.
Molly is our assistant coach. She is currently training in both muay thai/kickboxing and jiu jitsu. She has always been drawn to working with children and when she is not coaching with Mindful Martial Arts, Molly teaches private kickboxing lessons to kids. She also has a love for the water and can be found surfing as well as teaching kids how to surf. Originally from Mason, Michigan Molly moved out to Maui in 2019 to follow her passion for conservation which led her to becoming an educational park ranger at Haleakalā National Park. After spending nearly a year there, she realized she wanted to do something different but still have a job with an educational component, which is when she found Mindful Martial Arts. Her passion to teach children mindfulness, respect of nature, oneself and others while helping them learn new skills in a fun way aligns perfectly with our mission. Molly also recently started helping in the office with our social media pages to build a stronger connection with our students and parents.
Coach Penny will be starting her Women's Self Defense class in February. She has trained in jiu-jitsu for over 20 years and won many titles, including: IBJJF World Champion, ADCC Submission Wrestling Champion, Pan American Champion, FILA World Grappling Champion and more! Penny is one of the most accomplished competitors of her generation and she has been here on island training and teaching for the past 15 years. Penny started training in Jiu-Jitsu following an assault and is passionate about empowering other women to prevent the same from happening to them. We are honored to have her join the Mindful Martial Arts team. Other accomplishments of Penny’s include: South Africa’s Jr Olympics, Software designer, mathematician, artist and yoga instructor.
Office Admin and assistant coach Kellie has previous experience as an Office Administrator and Office Manager, working in professional settings on the mainland, including at a magazine and an investment firm, and is currently working for us as our new Office Administrator. She has training in Nonviolent Communication, meditation, office management, accounting, website and magazine production, and has experience working with kids in a Waldorf setting. Kellie was drawn to Mindful Martial Arts by our shared vision of supporting kids by giving them the tools and inspired coaching they need to grow in the ways that will serve them best. Her experience studying and practicing meditation with the “The Art of Living” organization has both broadened and deepened her meditation practice in ways she looks forward to sharing with our students.
Ian has been studying martial arts for 5 years. He started at 16 with a focus on wrestling in high school, and then progressed into Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. He also has experience with training kids in different settings. In his hometown of Bend, Oregon, Ian paid for his martial arts instruction at the local dojo by helping teach the kids classes as well as a women’s self defense class. He has also taught kids Stand Up Paddle boarding, assisted at a Survival Camp program for kids, and has previously been a lifeguard. He also sometimes works as a firefighter on government crews in California, Colorado and other parts of the Western U.S. While Martial Arts is his passion, you can see that passion extends beyond Martial Arts and into helping others. We are happy to have him as a substitute Coach.
Rebekah Harbour is our Assistant Program Manager. She has studied Aikido in New Zealand, Yoga and Pranayama in India, Vipassana and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in California, and Zero Balancing all over the world. Her passion for helping people connect with their bodies, and her decades of experience as a public speaker and instructor make her a powerful presence in any setting. Rebekah is also a certified ZB therapist and instructor, a qualified Yoga Instructor, and an expert Organic Permaculture Gardener and Chef.
Dr. Laura Greenwood
Dr. Laura Lois Greenwood is our Mindfulness Program Advisor. For over 35 years, Laura has distilled practical wisdom from traditional Buddhist teachings to help people overcome stress in their everyday lives. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and in the US for over 40 years, and has developed mindfulness-based and universal-values-based training programs for employees at 5-star resorts on Maui, Oahu, and Lanai. In 1993, Laura designed and co-founded a Family Camp for children and their families where they could learn practices and values inspired by Buddhist teachings. She is also the founder and original Director of EdVenture, formally VITEC, the UH Maui College continuing education program.
Other Team Members
We carefully choose team members who have previous experience working with children, who are appropriately experienced with martial arts and mindfulness, and who are deeply kind, wise, and passionate about our shared mission.