Pasquale “Pat” Santillo
My name is Pasquale Robert Santillo Jr., but you can call me Pat! I am a Brown Belt Third Degree with 9 years of continuous training under Professor Daniel Tavares of SAS Team.
I have loved sports for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a very athletic family, and growing up I played baseball, hockey, and participated in gymnastics, weightlifting, football, and wrestling. At age 33, I suffered an ankle injury which led me to commit to getting into better shape and to challenge myself physically and mentally. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the answer.
What I love most about Jiu-Jitsu is the journey; Jiu-Jitsu is full of ups and downs and the more you persevere, the easier and more rewarding that journey gets. Whether you want to learn self-defense, get into better shape, or compete in tournaments, Jiu-Jitsu is just the thing for you! Keep in mind that while it is a physically challenging sport, Jiu-Jitsu is also about mental acuity. It is very much like a chess match – you win with technique, not muscle.
I love teaching Jiu-Jitsu because it gives me the opportunity to watch my students’ growth in technical skill and confidence. I have learned how to be a better student and teacher from Daniel and Anton, who are on the cutting edge of Jiu-Jitsu. I can’t wait to bring my own unique style of teaching to classes. I look forward to working with you!