Get to know the dedicated coaches and passionate staff behind Excelsior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We are united in our passion to help students develop a strong foundation jiu-jitsu! We’re fortunate enough to be working with the best in the industry. Read more about our individual professional coaches below.
Professor Lott is a lifelong martial artist. He started with Tae Kwon Do at the age of 6. After many years of training he was awarded the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. He trained in boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling. He is a Judo Black Belt and a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He has been competing from a very young age but it was in his late 20’s that he found a love for competing in BJJ tournaments. He is a 20 time IBJJF medalist Black Belt. Professor Lott has a passion for teaching the amazing art of BJJ as a tool to improve their lives through fitness, self confidence, and a family atmosphere at our gyms.
Linage for Jiu-JItsu Jgoro Kano > Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Ailson Jucao Brites > Nathan Lott
Officially joined Trujitsu with Professor Matt Baker a Jean Jacques Machado Black Belt in 2017.
Fun Fact: Professor Lott also holds a Masters degree from seminary in Theology. If he isn’t at the gym he is working at church with the youth and college students.
Coach Alayna is one of the top competitors on the planet. She was promoted to brown belt in August of 2021. Before that she was ranked number 2 in the world at adult purple belt. She, like her dad, has been training here entire life. She stepped on the mats at age 4 and has continued to train through college. Alayna is a 21 time IBJJF medalist with medals at both IBJJF Worlds and Pans. Alayna loves training but perhaps even more she enjoys the extended family that the gyms provide.
Fun Fact: Alayna would often cry before class as a child. She didn’t always want to go but says, “Looking back now, training on those days I didn’t want to go made me so much better in other areas of my life.”
She is also a musician and has several songs released that you can download. Below is a link to connect with her music.
Coach Alyssa is one of a kind. From age 4 she has always loved to train at a high pace. She is extremely competitive and likes to outwork everyone in the gym while having a smile on her face. From age 4-15 she was one of the most fierce competitors in the south. A hand injury forced her out for several years. At age 20 she made her come back picking up where she left off. She, like her sister, has a love for the students at each gym. Alyssa has a desire to see each student excel to be their very best on and off the mats.
Fun Fact: Alyssa once threw a competitor and locked an armbar in less than 10 seconds. When asked why, she said, “Everyone makes such a big deal about Ronda Rousey locking armbars. I just wanted them to know I can do that too.”
Coach Brayden, like his older sisters, started training at age 4. Brayden has competed more than more than the rest of his family but his biggest competition always came from his sisters. It wasn’t until he was older and much bigger than them that his focus moved to the rest of the BJJ world. Brayden is one of the youngest purple belts in the south at only 18 years old. He is already a 17 time IBJJF medalist and ranked as the number 57th purple belt in the world and the 6th overall in his division. As a coach Brayden loves to see progress in each student and celebrates when they learn a new concept.
Fun Fact: Brayden has competed from age 4 in Jiu-Jitsu. He graduated high school in just three years and at age 18 is already in his second year of college. He loves his dog Leo and is comical..
He said, “After competing in Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, everything else is easy.”
Coach Ramon Lopez
Coach Ramon leads and coaches kickboxing class on Wednesday nights. His humbleness makes him an exceptionally coach. He currently holds a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. His hard work and dedication makes him an important asset to Excelsior.
Fun Fact : Outside of the gym, Ramon works full time as a licensed professional counselor and is an advocate of the mental health benefits of martial arts as a healthy outlet for daily stress.
Questions about mental health or counseling services with Coach Ramon Lopez you can use the contact number below.
Dawn is the Program Manager at Excelsior Jiu Jitsu she takes care of the billing, website and day to day operations of the school. This lady has a heart for helping others and is always happy to assist with any questions.
Fun Fact: She is a licensed cosmetologist and a Rodan + Fields skin consultant. Below you will find her link for your skin care needs.