Chief Instructor: Stephen Plyler
Stephen is the owner and head instructor of Elevated Studios in Wilmington, Delaware. After over a decade of dedicated training, he earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Phil and Rick Migliarese in 2013. The Migliarese brothers are the founders of Balance Studios, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and have been paramount in Stephen’s high-level training style. Today, with more than 15 years of training experience, Stephen continues to take weekly trips to train with his coaches. His passion for the art shows when he trains as well as when he is teaching.
While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Stephen’s primary passion, he has worked hard to become a well-rounded martial artist. For over a decade he was the head instructor at Ernie Kirk’s Premier Martial Arts. During this time, Stephen earned his 2nd degree black belt in Krav Maga, 4th degree black belt in Premier Martial Arts, and 2nd degree brown belt in Judo under Joe Condello. Stephen has won multiple Expert No Gi/Black Belt divisions at NAGA, Grappler's Quest, The Good Fight, The United Grapplers Association, and is a multiple time No Gi Pan Am medalist (Silver at Purple Belt, Bronze at Black Belt Master 1). These exposures and experiences have helped to expand his understanding of the martial arts and have greatly influenced the building blocks of Elevated Studios.
Instructor: Kevin Lynch
Kevin is an instructor at Elevated Studios in Wilmington, Delaware, and the lead instructor at Valley Forge Training Center. He has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for ten years. He earned his blue belt from Tim Carpenter, his purple belt from Phil and Rick Migliarese (Balance Studios) and his brown belt from Stephen Plyler at Elevated Studios. Kevin also earned his second degree brown belt in judo from Joe Condello.
Kevin has competed in various gi/no gi BJJ tournaments. Some of his accomplishments include,
Gold 2015 grapplers quest championships expert masters no gi
Gold 2015 masters brown belt featherweight naga battle at the beach
Gold 2015 expert no gi diamond state games
Gold 2015 purple belt good fight King of Prussia
Gold 2012 liberty bell judo tournament sankyu and below
Silver 2015 purple belt diamond state games
Silver 2015 purple belt good fight Broomall
Silver 2015 purple belt good fight Langhorne
Silver 2015 expert no gi united grapplers association
Silver 2015 expert no gi naga Pennsylvania
Silver 2014 purple belt naga battle at the beach
Silver 2014 purple belt naga Pennsylvania
Silver 2012 men's expert feather weight naga Pennsylvania