Instructors

At Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu we maintain the highest quality of jiu-jitsu instruction.  All of our instructors or associate instructors follow a structured process to learn how to teach jiu-jitsu.  Our process is modeled after Master Caiques instructor program at his headquarters in California.  

 

Greg Eldred - Professor - Owner

Greg Eldred, owner of Indianapolis Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu LLC, is one of very few Americans that can claim he's been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 26 years, and he was the first jiu-jitsu instructor in central Indiana.  He began his training at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA in January 1991.  He spent 3 years as a student at the Gracie Academy training under Rorion, Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie.

In 1993 Greg relocated to Cincinnati, OH and started one of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Associations in the United States, under Rorion and Royce.  Then, in 1996 he relocated to Indianapolis, IN and headed the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association there for 4 1/2 years.  He was promoted to Purple Belt by Royce Gracie in June 1999 after winning an eight man no time limit invitational tournament arranged by Royce.  Over the years Greg has had the privilege of training with most of Grand Master Helio Gracie's sons; Rorion, Royce, Rickson, Royler, Relson, and Rolker Gracie, and greatly appreciates those friendships and experiences.

In May 2001, Greg became a certified instructor and affiliate under Carlos "Caique" Elias, and was promoted to the elite status of Black Belt in November 2005. Greg continues to train under Master Caique and has him visit his academy in Indianapolis on a regular basis.  Because of his extensive training, knowledge, and experience, Greg provides one of the best sources of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts instruction in the State of Indiana.  Greg was promoted to the level of 3rd degree Black Belt in March 2015, and is certified from the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Besides his jiu-jitsu experience, Greg is an Indiana native who graduated from Purdue University in 1985 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.  In his 23 year professional career, he worked 8 years as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company in southern California building advanced space systems.  He then relocated back to the midwest and for 7 years held sales and marketing positions for Delphi Automotive Systems, in Cincinnati, OH, and Kokomo, IN.  Then for 8 years Greg was a Systems Engineer for Delphi Automotive Systems in Kokomo, IN developing airbag control systems.  Throughout Greg’s professional career he was labeled an exceptional performer, and received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions and efforts. 

All the while being an engineer, Greg managed to make jiu-jitsu a major part of his life.  His engineering background and experience as a professional transcends into his jiu-jitsu life.  Greg pays attention to detail, and does not merely know how something is done, but why it is done.  He is an effective communicator and is able to explain techniques and moves to his students in a logical and understandable way.  He has a wealth of jiu-jitsu knowledge where his LINEAGE comes directly from the Gracie family and Master Caique.  Some of his students say Greg is a “walking encyclopedia”.  Now, Greg is retired from engineering and runs his jiu-jitsu academy full time.  


Chris Keidel - Professor

Chris was one of Greg Eldred's first students when he opened up the Indianapolis Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association in 1997.  Besides being a dedicated and loyal student, Chris has competed in numerous jiu-jitsu tournaments in both gi and no gi divisions, and has a 2 - 0 record in MMA fighting.  Chris is currently a 1st degree Black Belt.


Lucas Yeazel - Associate Instructor

Lucas started training jiu-jitsu at Indy BJJ in 2006.  He is currently a Brown Belt and really enjoys teaching especially from the self-defense aspect.  He has competed in the past in numerous competitions. He is married and has two children, who he enjoys passing along his knowledge.


Travis Hawkins - Associate Instructor

Travis has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Greg Eldred since October 2010, and is currently a Purple Belt.  He began his formal martial arts training in the late 1980's, and has trained over the years various disciplines such as Jeet Kune Do, Korean and Okinawan Karate, Wing Chung Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Kali, Escrima, Savate, Tae Kwon Do, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo.

Travis is a fire fighter with the Noblesville Fire Department.  He enjoys jiu-jitsu competitions, as well as participating in boxing and kickboxing matches in the 911 Police vs. Fire Slugfest each year.   


Anthony Cruz - Associate Instructor

Anthony is a martial artist with over 15 years experience.  He has successfully competed in boxing, kickboxing, karate, and brazilian jiu-jitsu. Over the past 6 years he has focused his training primarily on brazilian jiu-jitsu and is currently a Purple Belt.  He believes in maintaining a high level of skill and conditioning. Anthony has been teaching BJJ regularly at the Seigo Academy in Anderson, IN while also attending classes at Indy BJJ. 


Marita Bower - Associate Instructor

Marita is an instructor in our Women's Self-Defense and our Kids programs.  She is the owner of A Fighting Chance Rape Prevention and Self-Defense for Women.  Marita has many years of experience through her studies and work as a Prison Guard, Chief Probation Officer, Work Release Program Director, and Therapist.  She has worked with convicted felons, including sex offenders, in both correctional and community-based programs.  She also has experience assisting victims and their families. She served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Regional Network for Intervention with Sex Offenders (MRNISO) from 1996 until 2014 and the Board of Directors for the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault from 2011 to 2014.   She is NOVA trained as part of the Indiana Crisis Response Team. Marita is a 2nd degree black belt in Shorei Kai Karate, and is a 1st degree blue belt in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is the first woman instructor at Indy BJJ.