Connection BJJ

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Adam Wilson



Adam started his martial arts training at the age of 8 years old at a local YWCA in Salem, Ohio.  Through the years, Adam has trained under many high level instructors in various styles giving him a well-balanced approach to self-defense.  In 2001 Adam received his 3rd degree black belt in karate from the Ne DU U Kon Tae Federation.


Adam attended the Ohio Peace Officer Academy at Youngstown State University in 2004.  While attending the academy Adam's martial arts focus turned to a more reality-based self-defense.  To this day he still incorporates tactics and knowledge of self-defense laws in his Jiu Jitsu classes.


His friend Bill Jones introduced Adam to Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the spring of 2006.  After his first class, he knew Gracie Jiu Jitsu was what he has been missing.  Adam was amazed how on his first day a student that was 10 years younger and about 80 pounds lighter could easily beat him.  His eyes were opened that day to the most effective self-defense style in existence and he has not stopped training since.


*  1990 started his martial arts training in Shotokan

*  2001 received a 3rd degree black belt from the Ne Du U Kon Tae Federation

*  2004 attended the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Youngstown State University

*  2006 started his Gracie Jiu Jitsu training under Tony Rinaldi in the Pedro Sauer Association

*  2007 Graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology

*  2010 became co-owner of Connection Jiu Jitsu Academy

*  2012 received his brown belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the Pedro Sauer Association



Vince Tuttolomondo

Owner / Instructor


Vince started wrestling in 1990 and has over 10 years of competitive wrestling and coaching experience. During that time Vince was also a personal trainer and manager of Gold’s Gym in Ormond Beach Florida. Through his experience managing Gold's Gym he was able to compile a ton of knowledge when it comes to the physical and mental sides of training, competing, nutrition and dieting. Vince has put that knowledge to good use to better himself and his students at Connection Jiu Jitsu Academy.


Vince started his journey in Jiu-Jitsu in 2008 and he is currently a brown belt under Tony Rinaldi in the Pedro Sauer Association. Over the years he has been able to train with a number of amazing people some of them include Pedro Sauer, Rickson Gracie, Relson Gracie, Roger Gracie, Saulo Ribero, Tony Rinaldi, Brian Mlnarsik, and Bill Jones not to mention all of his students throughout the years.


Jesse Hawk



Jesse started his Jiu Jitsu training in 2009 and is currently a purple belt under Tony Rinaldi in the Pedro Sauer Association.  Jesse's patience and attention to detail make him a valued member of the instructing staff here at Connection Jiu Jitsu.