Alaa El Idrissi
A FOURTH degree black belt in Judo, Alaa has traveled the world refining his craft.
Born to a non-athletic family in Casablanca, Morocco his father brought Alaa to a karate club to keep him out of trouble as a kid. Excelling at karate quickly, he quit after receiving a black belt and began judo at the age of 12.
Since then he has represented his country nationally and internationally, attending training in Japan, Korea, France, and many of the other top judo countries in the world. His accolades include Moroccan National Champion, African Champion, Arab Champion, and at his prime he was ranked 9th in the world. Outside of Judo Alaa has also won African Sambo Championships, placed second at PanAms Sambo Championships, won Wrestling Moroccan Nationals.
His passion lies in coaching however. Alaa is a certified strength coach, has worked as a Personal Trainer, has held Judo clinics throughout the US, has taught Judo for MMA & BJJ at various clubs, and has provided judo training to numerous athletes on the USA Elite Judo Roster.
Kristin El Idrissi
Kristin is a second degree black belt who was introduced to judo as a child at her dad's club. Quitting in middle school to do "normal" sports, she rediscovered judo after college in pursuit of a good workout after long work days.
What started as a great way to unstress after work quickly became a way of life. As her training shifted from a hobby to competitively focused, she found herself on the national roster consistently since 2010.
She quit work in 2016 to pursue training and competing overseas where she had the opportunity to work with World and Olympic medalists!
With experience coaching the young women in Rhode Island and as a Mental Toughness coach, she is excited to give back to her hometown of Philadelphia!
Joe Condello is a 6th degree Black Belt who is well known and respected in the East Coast. He trained under Sensei Ishikawa, the youngest 9th degree in judo history, an instructor at the Tokyo Metro Police, and winner of the all Japan championship.
oe brings a strong connection to judo at its roots, amazing technique, along with a dry sense of humor and a deceptively powerful taoi-toshi. Years ago he owned his own club where he introduced bjj monster Tim Carpenter to martial arts and was the co-director of the Liberty Bell Judo Tournament for over 25 years. This 60-something dude will motivate you to realize that you are never too old to become a badass all the while correcting your technique.