Caeleb Stanovich started his Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2016 at the age of 7.
His kind and thoughtful characteristics were quickly noticed when he joined our 6-8 year olds. He was coachable, a hard worker, and a good listener. He improved the class dynamics by always doing the right thing and being on task.
Eight months later, Caeleb's exceptional behavior, consistency, and work ethic earned him an invitation to the Kids Black Belt Club. A rare feat for any white belt student to accomplish.
He immediately paid his dues; being a smaller student with less experience, he was the nail for a while. During this phase of his journey, he started developing a passion for Jiu-Jitsu and a deeper bond with his teammates. Seven years later, Caeleb is still close with many of them; he is even in contact with a couple who have left the state.
In 2017 Caeleb's hard work and grit started to surface when he won gold at the American Jiu-Jitsu Cup after testing the waters at the U.S. Open in 2016.
A inspirational experience for Caeleb early on in his journey was attending the Royce Gracie seminar later that year. Learning techniques directly from the original UFC Champion made a lasting impact on him. Caeleb's stellar second year on the mats earned him the Student of the Year Award in the Youth Program at our Winter Belt Ceremony.
In the Spring of 2022, Caeleb approached us regarding becoming an Assistant Instructor. He diligently started attending the 6-8-Year-Old classes to learn the intricacies of teaching young children. The students in class immediately recognized his kind and patient personality.
They were extremely excited to have a student who started in their class go full circle to assist in the same class he had started.
Within the first week, Caeleb had most of the students' names memorized, and after dedicating 100 volunteer hours to assisting classes in the course of 12 months, Caeleb became an official Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Assistant Instructor on April 17th, 2023.
We are very proud of Caeleb's overall commitment and complete dedication he has given to Jiu-Jitsu. He is and will continue to be a great role model for the younger generation of CGJJA warriors!