Dedicated youth-worker, martial artist, yogi, and hiking enthusiast. Ali received her MBA from Simmons School of Management and Bachelor Degrees in International Politics and International Studies from Penn State University. She currently holds her Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and will soon be pursuing her Teacher Certification in Yoga. Ali is responsible for fundraising, operations, and overall organizational development/management at Level Ground. However, favorite part of the job is hanging out/laughing/crying/’doing life’ with the awesome youth the organization serves.
Hudson is passionate about empowering youth through the sports of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Serving as LG’s Head Athletic Instructor, Hudson is responsible for designing and implementing a structured, challenging, and engaging athletic curriculum. Hudson also serves as the Head Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor at Brazilian Top Team Boston. Prior to these roles, youth serving roles have included serving as the Vice President of the Saugus Youth Lacrosse League, the Head Coach of the Saugus and U15 Teams, and Child Care Worker for the Italian Home for Children. Hudson is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Daniel Gazoni of Brazilian Top Team Boston.
Kin Moy competed in BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA for a 5-year stint as an amateur, and has spent an equal amount of time fighting professionally. Kin has fought for the esteemed Bellator FC and has also held the #1 MMA bantamweight ranking as both an amateur and a professional. Martial Arts have had a profoundly positive effect on Kin’s life and he seeks to share his experience and knowledge with the next generation of students at Level Ground MMA.
David Moy is a Program Officer at the Hyams Charitable Foundation. He has an instructor ranking in Uechi Ryu Karate and has also trained in Boxing, American-Style Kickboxing, Filipino Martial Arts, and Aikido in his 45 years of martial arts practice. At Level Ground MMA, David combines his love of Martial Arts training and his long time professional commitment to supporting community youth and families.
I first started on my yogic path back in 2008 while I was enrolled in an intro to Eastern philosophy course at Berklee. My professor at the time sparked my interest in Transcendental Meditation, a technique that has its roots in the yoga tradition, which I promptly learned later that semester. Shortly thereafter I discovered the asana practice, also while in college. Having a background in martial arts and gymnastics, I was immediately drawn to the physically demanding aspects of the asanas and the focus that it required. Not long after establishing a regular practice, while in conjunction with daily meditation, did I begin to recognize the powerful potential in yoga for healing and self-discovery. I believe that the strength, flexibility, and balance cultivated in the body through asana can be reflected in the mind.
Every time one steps onto the yoga mat, there is the opportunity for growth and greater understanding of the self, both physically and spiritually, if the practice is approached with the appropriate degree of focus, patience, and dedication. The more we come to understand ourselves, the more we can act in accordance with our true nature, instead of living in repression and inauthenticity
I have completed both the Foundational and Advanced trainings with Ana Forrest, a 200 hour vinyasa training with Ame Wren at Back Bay Yoga, and the Budokon Yoga training with Cameron Shayne. In addition to my continued yoga studies and practice, I am being trained in the system of Z-Health, in short a fitness system informed by current neuroscience that focuses on improving the connection between brain and body. In my classes I strive to offer a platform upon which students can explore and develop a heightened sense of body awareness and overall focus.
Hank Degroat is an athletic development and rehab coach working out of A Better Day Performance Studio in Waltham MA. He is a licensed massage therapist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, with a BA in Philosophy and holds multiple certifications in athletic development, life coaching, and wellness. At Level Ground, Hank enjoys making connections with youth from a broad spectrum learning from them and helping them cultivate the skills they need to live a thriving life in the 21st century.
Bryan Medina is a data analyst within the Fin/Tech industry providing a high level of support to over 100 investment professionals. He holds a B.A. in Management from Clark University in Worcester, Ma and he is a practicing purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With Level Ground, Bryan gets to give back to his community by advising, mentoring and building relationships with the youth.
Tamsin is a consultant to nonprofits and small businesses, especially those with unique business models and those who are just starting out or working to scale up. She works to help organizations meet their missions through increasing capacity and efficiency in financial management, organizational development, and project management. As LG’s current board chair, Tamsin believes deeply in the vision of Level Ground and the power of our students.
Sajeev started his career as an investment banking analyst at Progress Partners working with growth stage technology companies on M&A and Private Placement transactions. After two years, he transitioned into analytics and strategy roles at two growth stage SaaS companies in Boston. Sajeev graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Quantitative Economics and is currently pursuing his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Sajeev joined the Level Ground board to use his finance and business knowledge to help the organization realize its mission of empowering urban youth through martial arts and fitness, a mission he is deeply passionate about given his extensive experience in martial arts.
John started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1999, and received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in October of 2006 from Roberto Maia at Boston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. John has owned and operated Connors Martial Arts in Norwood, MA since July 2005. John received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, and looks to apply his knowledge of gym operations to Level Ground as the organization builds its paying membership base.
For the past 4 years Chris Titus has worked in youth development and helped develop a Social Enterprise at Future Chefs. This Boston based non-profit led him to discover Level Ground and all the amazing young people there. Chris has worked on Level Ground’s board since 2015. He has studied martial arts for years and still currently practices Muay Thai. Prior to working at Future Chefs, Chris had a career managing restaurants in Boston.