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Master Sylvester Meola - 7th Degree Black Belt (1924-2005)

The late Master Sylvester Meola is the founder of Hillcrest.  
Hillcrest Academy started in a room above the boxing ring at the
Alta House in Little Italy in 1976, and is now recognized as one of
the largest schools for Jujitsu in the Cleveland area.  All told,
thousands of people (civilian, military, police) have been trained
by Hillcrest Academy instructors through the years.  Master
Meola was promoted to
master-level by Dr. Tetsuya Higuchi.  
Master Meola held a Doctorate in Law and was a practicing
attorney.
Master James Meola - 8th Degree Black Belt

He is also the founder of a system of fighting called Combat
Jujitsu.  This system was created especially for one of the US
Army Special Forces (Green Beret) training teams and taught
personally by Jim and his select group of instructors.  Jim was
the recipient of the Adjutant Generals award for designing as well
as teaching this program to the Special Forces Unit.  The group of
Hillcrest Academy instructors who taught the this system for 20
years are called the M.A.L.E.T. team (Military and Law
Enforcement Team).  Jim is an internationally recognized master
and holds the distinction of
AJJIF BUDO MASTER by the All
Japan Ju-Jitsu International Federation; the largest governing body
of JuJitsu practitioners in the world spanning more than 100
countries.  Jim was promoted to  Jim was promoted to
master-level by Dr. Tetsuya Higuchi.

Jim also holds a double Masters Degree in Homeland Security and
Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University
.
Master James Longs
6th Degree
Big Tony
4th Degree
Diane G.
4th Degree
Dennis Bova
5th Degree
David Zake   
4th Degree
Hillcrest Instructors - 250 years of experience!
In Memoriam:  Victor Yafanero
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Hillcrest "Best Kids Martial Arts Instructors" (Cleveland Scene - 2004)
Not Pictured:  Jason S. (1st dan), Ron Orr (1st dan), John Escano (1st dan), Danny
Greenberg (1st dan), Doug M. (1st dan), Brian D. (1st Dan)