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Congratulations to the 2014 Instructor of the Year


Danny Savery is the 2014 Instructor of the Year!

Danny Savery
Danny Savery

Danny Savery

South Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Fall River, Massachusetts

Selected by number of nominations.

Click here to view Danny’s YouTube channel.

From Danny’s Students:

He left a career as a police officer in the town of Tiverton, RI to pursue his passion of teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a first degree black belt in BJJ and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Danny is very dedicated and hands on. He teaches every class at his gym and pays close attention to all of his students. -Ben Piela

I have been Training BJJ for 10 years now, with Danny Savery being my head coach for the last 4. In that time under his instruction I have improved more than at any other point in my career. His commitment to go above and beyond for his students is quite apparent from the minute you walk in his door and observe a class. -Dave Parker

Danny continues to excel in the art of jiu jitsu and provides high quality instruction on a daily basis. He is a man who many individuals like myself look up to and can rely on not just for technique, but also for everyday life. He is very caring to each and every student and meets everyones individual needs. The continued dedication and hard work that instructor Danny displays is not matched by any individual I know. -Brian M.

Instructor Savery is very knowledgeable in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. He is an amazing mentor, and makes it easy to learn most techniques with little difficulty. His way of teaching makes it hard to go to other instructor’s videos and learn from them. -Daniel Ares Savery Jr.

Recap and What’s Next

We were excited to the range of nominated instructors and the support that they inspired in students. We had local newspapers cover finalists. Students set up Facebook ads to raise awareness for their instructors. And Redditors continued to talk about other instructors that were exceptional even though they missed the nomination deadline. Stay tuned for an interview with Danny Savery, courtesy of Open Mat Radio. We’re looking forward to hearing about his teaching philosophy and his approach to running a BJJ academy.

Below is a summary of the votes that each instructor received. Thanks to a tip from Scott Gouveia (thanks, Scott!) and with help from Opinion Stage (our poll provider), we were able to identify and eliminate duplicate votes from some over-zealous supporters. With those votes filtered out, and hats off to our judges from Open Mat Radio and r/BJJ for sitting through some techy explanations about that process, here were the final scores:

  1. Danny Savery – 1023IotYFinals
  2. Pat Watterson – 441
  3. Robert Biernacki – 354
  4. Bruno Tostes – 184
  5. Emily Kwok – 181
  6. Seth Shamp – 160
  7. Paul Schreiner – 138
  8. Ostap Manastyrski – 123
  9. Alan “Gumby” Marques – 109
  10. Paul Creighton – 95

Thank you to everyone for supporting this campaign. Please visit our contest partners Open Mat Radio, a great jiu-jitsu podcast, and r/BJJ, a rising star in the BJJ internet community scene.