MEET THE TEAM
KYOSHI RANDY MCELWEE
FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR/ CHIEF INSTRUCTOR
Randy McElwee, the creator of SAFE, is a retired Master Sergeant and decorated Special Forces combat veteran. He has almost twenty years Special Operations experience. Awarded the Legion of Merit for service that included action as the senior NCO responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of a Joint Chief of Staff directed special category classified project. He has been training and teaching Martial Arts for 22 years. He is exceptionally qualified having a GRACIE® Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Professor Pedro Sauer and a recognized KEYSI Affiliate Instructor under Justo Diguez.
His unique instructional experience includes; appearing as a featured author in Black Belt Magazine and featured Instructor in the Special Operations Combatives Instructional Video / DVD Series. McElwee first thought of designing a course for women's self defense when he was teaching self-defense based martial arts at the University of Georgia. One of his female students told him that a technique she learned in class saved her from assault, and he was inspired to pass on his vast knowledge of self defense to more women.
SAFE PROGRAM COORDINATOR/ INSTRUCTOR
Lindsey, is our program coordinator at SAFE. She is a 3 Stripe Blue Belt in Authentic GRACIE Jiu Jitsu, and is a student in our KEYSI Self Defense Urban Combatives Program. In addition to leading the marketing, recruiting, and social media at SAFE, she is a PHD, works as an Engineer, and is a Personal Fitness Coach.
Andy teaches Beginner and Intermediate Jiu Jitsu. He has been studying martial arts since 2006. He is a GRACIE Jiu Jitsu Black Belt iunder Master Pedro Sauer, a Black Belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and Blue Belt in Martial Arts (Okawa Te Bujutsu Kai), and a Purple Belt in Tae Kwon Do. His goal is to supplement his training with Judo. He studied Mixed Martial Arts since 2010, including 3 amateur fights with a 2-1 record, 2 wins by submission, 1 loss by decision. He promoted MMA fights in Athens and surrounding areas from 2012 - 2013 and is still sought after by many of Georgia fighters for ground training and fight preparation. When not doing martial arts, he enjoys scuba diving, wakeboarding, boating, motorcycles, and Georgia football. Andy’s full time job is Owner and Electrical Contractor of Arnold Electric of Athens Inc.