Sydni Tanaka

BJJ Blue Belt, started in 2012

Sydni is a 17 year-old high school graduate and currently working towards getting certified as a personal trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).


She is our other head BJJ instructor.


She has trained in various disciplines since she was 12 years old, including two years of Muay Thai, Boxing, and No-Gi Jiu Jitsu.


The last 4 years she has also been training  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Tsunami BJJ in Torrance, CA. In 2016, Sydni received her Blue Belt under Professor's John Ouano and Perry Hauck. She wrestled in high school placing first, second, or third in all tournaments she competed in. 

Sydni is honored to be one of the Head BJJ instructors at Elev8tion BJJ. Having started at a young age, she has a unique insight and appreciation for the positive influence and impact that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brings to a young student's life. Her positive energy and attention to detail make Sydni a great instructor for kids who want to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Brett Bannon

BJJ Black Belt, started in 2005

Brett is a Master Trainer and the owner and founder of South Bay Fitness Focus

(the gym where Elev8tion BJJ is located).


He is our head BJJ instructor. 


Brett is a graduate of San Diego State University, majoring in Finance. He was born and raised in Torrance, California and went to South High.


He started training jiu jitsu in 2005 in San Diego, California. Brett has trained at different academies in San Diego and Los Angeles over his 14 years in the sport, and still trains regularly at Tsunami BJJ in Torrance, CA. 

Brett received his Black Belt in BJJ from Professor's John Ouano and Perry Hauck in 2019. He has competed in numerous tournaments at all belt levels, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals in his division.

He enjoys teaching others the fundamentals and techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His instructors instilled a sense of living life through ideals learned in martial arts, and Brett has continued that passion among his students.

"A black belt is a white
belt that never gave up"

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