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), Leandro Grando, Ermin Fergerstrom (Maui, under Gustavo Machado), Mark Ralph, Kent Lehman, Gabe Ruediger, Christopher Lord (Maui, under Relson Gracie).
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.