Happy 5 yr Anniversary Savarese BJJ Academy Lyndhurst

Hello all,
Today is the 5 yr Anniversary of the Savarese BJJ Academy. I just wanted to take a couple of paragraphs to explain why this is such an important day for the Academy and for me personally and I wanted to thank some people who had an important role in its success. The 5 yr Anniversary is much more important to me than the 1 yr because today I feel like I am living the dream I dreamed about as a bluebelt, running a SUCCESSFUL BJJ Academy, one that I know will be making a difference in the lives of the people in the room and in our community for years and generations to come.  As a white and blue belt, doing something like this seemed like a pipe dream, a goal that seemed almost unattainable. After my severe knee injury, when doctors told me that my athletic days were over and even my family was urging me to give up BJJ so I could walk again w/out pain, the dream seemed completely out of reach. Thank you to those who stuck by me and helped me during that time, one of them who even wound up becoming one of my students. The first step in my dream coming true was the grand opening and the second part is today. First, I would like to thank all my students whose role plays an important part in the success of our Academy. I am so proud of the way everyone treats each other and I can honestly say the atmosphere in our Academy is what I am most proud of. No drama, no rivalries,  just a group of people who stand by each other every day in pursuit of a bigger picture, leaving their problems and ego at the door and trying to become better martial artists and people w/ each day. A special thank you goes to David Adiv, who for years tried to get me to open a BJJ Academy and was patient enough w/ me to let me do it when I thought I was ready. Another thank you goes to the many instructors and training partners who helped me develop the skills and knowledge I get to pass on to everyone today, most notably David Adiv, Renzo and Royler Gracie, John Danaher, Joe D’Arce and Jamie Cruz. I also would like to thank Master Lloyd Irvin, who may not know this, but whose advice at a BJJ tournament years ago changed my life and the fate of my Academy. I was working a full time job and trying to run my Academy and struggling mightily. Lloyd urged me to quit my job and focus on my academy. I told him “Lloyd, you don’t understand, I need that job to pay the bills at the Academy” he laughed and said “No, Sav,I  understand, YOU don’t understand, if you treat your business like a part time business, it will pay you like a part-time business, treat it like a full time business and it will pay you like one!”. It was the best advice anyone ever gave me and I quit my job that monday and haven’t looked back since so a big thank you to Lloyd from me and everyone at Savarese BJJ. Also a big thank you to my brother from another mother, Master Chim Justin Garcia, who has spent his countless time and energy on his own dime in an effort to help me become a better school owner and businessman. I owe alot of my Academy’s success to you. Also deserving mention is my lifelong friend Adrian Febre, who dragged me to my first BJJ class many years ago. Thank you to everyone for your help and I look forward to the rest of my BJJ journey with all of you!
Sincerely,
Professor Chris Savarese

Savarese Jiu Jitsu student is Grapplers Quest Champion

Savarese Jiu Jitsu student is Grapplers Quest Champion

Savarese Jiu Jitsu student Spanish Mike Gonzalez is Grapplers Quest Champion. Nicknamed “Furniture” by his teammates because he is always in the Academy, Gonzalez is training less than 6 months and has already won 2 tournaments. Professor Chris Savarese, the owner and head instructor at Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mike’s instructor is very high on Gonzalez. “Mike is extremely talented. His future is limitless. The only person who can stop Mike is himself. He can go as far as he wants to go. We only had 1 competitor at Grapplers Quest yesterday but it was worth it! Congrats to Mike for bringing home the GOLD medal in his weight class by winning 5 matches, being un-scored upon in 4 of them!! In the 1 match he was in trouble of being submitted, he listened to Professor Savarese, who was coaching right in front of him and told him to stay calm and listen. Mike did exactly what his coach said, escaped the near submission and came back to win. Hard work pays off!

Grapplers Quest

Grapplers Quest is an organization that promotes Grappling (submission wrestling) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. Brian Cimins founded the company in 1998. Grapplers Quest currently hosts competitions of various division, age, and weight classes. Grapplers Quest has been host to many high-level competitors in mixed martial arts, such as Roy Nelson, Matt Hughes, Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, Joe Stevenson, BJ Penn, Brandon Vera, and many others.  Grapplers Quest was originally founded by Cimins for his Senior Marketing and Public Relations Thesis in college. The first Grapplers Quest was held in 1999 at Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. The organization itself has also branched out to form partnerships with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the non-profit AutismRadio.org, among others.

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

In 5 short years, the Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy has become one of the best Jiu-Jitsu schools in NJ and in the nation. People are traveling from all over to train with the school’s owner, Professor Chris Savarese, who has a great reputation as a top instructor withon the jiu-jitsu community. If anyone is interested interested in a free trial class, stop by the school located at 40 Park ave in Lyndhurst or call 201 933-5134.

Lyndhurst BJJ Academy shines at Grapplers Challenge

Lyndhurst BJJ Academy shines at Grapplers Challenge

The Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition team, a Lyndhurst BJJ Academy, shined at the Grapplers Challenge this weekend. With only a small portion of the team competing, the team still finished in the top 3 in team scoring. Congrats to all the members of the team, everyone who competed won at least 1 match. 6 guys competed, 5 medaled! here ate the results below:

Brian “Toast” Procel-3rd place Purple Lwt in his 1st tournament as a purplebelt
Bryan Brown-2nd Palce bluebelt Lwt (Bryan has been a bluebelt for 3 weeks)
Danny “Newskin” Lleonart-2nd place Bluebelt Lt Hwt
Jesse Schneider-3rd place whitebelt Lwt
Mike “Babe” Gonzalez -1st Place whitebelt Lwt
Congrats to Joe “Google” Mannarino as well who won 2 matches and took 4th place. I’m proud of everyone, you guys all fought w/ courage, heart and dignity.

Here are the Team Standing for points:

The Challenge #2 – Gi Challenge Results – 5/21/2011
Team Standings (1st Place = 5 Points, 2nd Place = 3 Points, 3rd Place = 1 Point)
1st – Grapplers Guide – 27
2nd – Alliance NYC– 15
3rd – Savarese Jiu-Jitsu– 13
Serra Jiu-Jitsu– 12
Performance Jiu-Jitsu – 11
NJ Training Grounds – 10
Quintella – 9
Advanced – 8
Renzo North Valley – 8
Delaware JJ – 8
Cutting Edge – 4
Elite Tactical – 3
Top Control – 3
Renzo Denville – 3
LA Boxing Hoboken – 3
Gracie Barra Long Island – 1
3G – 1
Unknown – 1
Bullpen – 1
Honorable Mention:
Ft. Meade
Five Points
Best Way
HGBMMA
NJ United
Subforce
IMBCT
CMAC
Jucao
All Star
Madama

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Professor Chris Savarese, a 2nd degree BJJ blackbelt, started the Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in 2006. He is one of Royler Gracie’s 1st American blackbelts and a student of BJJ for over 15 years. The Savarese Academy is starting to become a household name in the BJJ circles as one of the fastest growing BJJ Academies in the USA. Their competition team has been doing very well on the tournament scene for the last 2 years. If you are interested in a free trail class, call 201 933-5134.

Former Rutherford Wrestler receives jiu jitsu bluebelt

 

Former Rutherford Wrestler receives jiu jitsu bluebelt

Bryan Brown, a former Rutherford High School wrestler, received his jiu jitsu bluebelt last night. 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Professor Chris Savarese promoted Brown at his Academy in Lyndhurst. A standout wrestler at RHS, Brown has been training under Savarese. In addition, he will be competing next weekend at the New Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation tournament in Homdel NJ.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art. Hence, the self defense art contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning, so one can apply the style’s numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent, is the key in BJJ.

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a Martial Arts School offering Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu (Jujutsu/Jujitsu) & Wrestling classes in Lyndhurst, NJ for kids, men and women. Located at 40 Park Ave in Lyndhurst, the Academy was founded in 2006 by owner and head instructor Chris Savarese. Futhermore, the Academy was opened with one purpose in mind. Most of all, to better peoples lives on and off the mat through the teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Also, the Savarese BJJ Academy provides the support, knowledge and experience that allow members to experience Gracie Jiu Jitsu in a safe and friendly environment, to the best of their abilities, at their own pace and commitment level. The Academy has become one of the most well respected jiu-jitsu schools in the USA in 5 short years.

Our doors are open to men, women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. So, if you would like to join our team please contact usat 201 933-5134 for a free lesson.

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school! 4x World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and member of the Gracie Family Royler Gracie taught class at the Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school Savarese BJJ Academy wednesday night. The class was attended by over 50 people as the son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie shared his knowledge with everyone. Also, the owner and head instructor of the Academy, Chris Savarese is one of Master Royler Gracie’s blackbelt and is one of the 1st Americans to earn one.

Special night

Most noteworthy was the award given. Gracie awarded Savarese his “professor stripes” on his blackbelt, a very prestigious award in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that not everyone receives. Since it signifies that you have devoted your life to BJJ and the Gracies recognize your commitment to spread their family’s art. Gracie announced that all students are now to call him Professor. Consequently, all of Savarese’s student burst out in applause when the honor was given.

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Academy

Savarese BJJ Academy is northern NJ’s most highly accredited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) academy. Also, it has been home to several World nad Pan Am champions in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling. Therefore, many grapplers from all over the world come through our doors to train when they are in the area from BJJ and ADCC champions to UFC fighters. Finally, Savarese BJJ runs world class programs in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and submission grappling.

Our instructors include Professor Chris Savarese, known in BJJ circles as one of the best BJJ instructors on the East Coast, Coach Sean Bermudez, who has coached our kids competition team to many team titles and Reza Freiza as wrestling coach. Freiza was once an Olympic hopeful in freestyle wrestling.

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Royler Gracie teaches at Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school

Lyndhurst Jiu Jitsu instructor earns professor stripes

Lyndhurst Jiu Jitsu instructor earns professor stripes

What a day thursday was for Chris Savarese. The Lyndhurst Jiu Jitsu instructor earned his professor stripes from the legendary Royler Gracie. A 4x World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and member of the Gracie Family, Royler taught class at Savarese’s Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu school Savarese BJJ Academy on Thursday. The class was attended by over 50 people as the son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie shared his knowledge with everyone. Savarese is one of Master Royler Gracie’s blackbelts and is one of the 1st Americans to earn one from him.

Other Savarese accomplishments

Savarese is a well known BJJ practitioner on the BJJ tournament scene. In addition to be an excellent competitor, Savarese has also been a MMA matchmaker for the Sportfighting organization. Futhermore, he has been the matchmaker for the Grapplers quest pro divisions during their heyday. Finally, he is also considered one of the top referees in the sport, reffing over 500 top matches over the last 10 years.

Professor Stripes

Since the “professor stripes”are a very prestigious award in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, not everyone receives them.  It signifies that you have devoted your life to BJJ and the Gracies recognize your commitment to spread their family’s art. Gracie announced that all students are now to call him Professor. Consequently, all of Savarese’s student burst out in applause when the honor was given. Hence, Savarese said it was a life long dream fulfilled and it was one of the proudest moments of his life.

Savarese BJJ Academy

If you would like to try a free trial class at the Savarese Academy, call 201 933-5134 or email professorsav@savtransfer.wpengine.com

Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu Academy wins Tournament Team Title

Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu Academy wins Tournament Team Title

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu Academy, wins Tournament Team Title at the Royler Gracie/David Adiv Jiu-Jitsu Tournament saturday in Marlboro, NJ. Professor Chris Savarese, owner and head instructor of the Lyndhurst NJ school was very pleased. “My instructor came up to me after the tournament and said my students fought like lions. I was beaming with pride. I couldn’t possibly be more proud of them”. This was the Savarese school’s 1st team championship. Team Championships are quite an honor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Savarese said “It was a goal of everyone on our competition team made 8 weeks ago when we decided to compete, to win the team championship. Congrats to everyone who competed for making it happen! If the mind can believe it, you can achieve it!!” As a result, the team’s next goal is the Grapplers Quest tournament in May.

About Savarese BJJ Academy

Founded in 2006 by owner and head instructor Chris Savarese, the Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy was opened w/ one purpose: to better peoples lives on and off the mat through the teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Consequently, the Savarese BJJ Academy provides the support, knowledge and experience that allow our members to experience real Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a safe and friendly environment. Also, to the best of their abilities, at their own pace and commitment level. In conclusion, our doors are open to men, women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. Finally, if you would like to join our team please contact us at 201 933-5134 or email professorsav@savtransfer.wpengine.com

Lyndhurst Martial Arts School wins championship

Lyndhurst Martial Arts School wins championship

Congrats to the Savarese BJJ, a Lyndhurst Martial arts school! While competing as a team for the first time, the competition team had a PHENOMENAL showing today at the RGDA (Royler Gracie/David Adiv) Tournament. 24 guys and kids competed and won 22 medals including 10 GOLD medals!! As a result, they won the Team Trophy as well. Chris Savarese, the school owner and head instructor was extremely please with the outcome. While speaking to everyone after, he had this to say “I am so proud and everyone who stepped up and competed today! Most of all, to those who competed for the first time. Also to those who just came and supported their training partners and friends. Congrats EVERYONE!!”

Kids Results

Jeff Montagna-2nd Place
Michael Luna-2nd place
Ed Meza-2nd place
Jay Castellanos-3rd place
Michale Rozzelle-3rd place
Gabe Silverio -2 2nd place medals
Miquel Rodriguez-2nd place

Adult Results

Jesse Schneider-1st place whitebelt 160
Christian Wright-1st place Bluebelt Super Hwt
Sean Bermudez-1st place Purplebelt Super Hwt
Mike Hanley-1st place Bluebelt 170
Martinho Galante-1st place Purplebelt 180
Vinny Fuccilli-1st place-Purplebelt 170
Rob Machado-1st place-whitebelt 150
Brian Procel-1st place-bluebelt 160
Dan Lleonart-1st place bluebelt 180
Reza Feiza-1st place whitebelt Master 160
Brianne Galante-2nd place-whitebelt
Anthony DelGuercio-2nd place bluebelt Hwt
Peter Kirk-2nd place bluebelt senior 180
Special mention goes to Maria Haginikitas, who stepped up and fought in the mens purplebelt 140 division and finished 2nd. way to go maria!!
Joe “Google’ Mannacino-3rd place bluebelt 150

Jeff Glover NJ Jiu-Jitsu seminar at Savarese BJJ

Glover seminar 7-14-2010

Jeff Glover NJ Jiu-Jitsu seminar at Savarese BJJ

2x Pan American BJJ Champion Jeff Glover taught a jiu-jitsu seminar at Professor Chris Savarese’s NJ BJJ school last night. Savarese has coached and been Glover’s corner man for many of his matches on the East Coast over the years. Glover’s main instructor is Ricardo ‘Franjinha” Miller, owner of Paragon BJJ in Santa Barbara, CA. Savarese said “I would like to thank Jeff Glover for sharing his knowledge w/ my students last night. It was truly awesome seminar. His techniques and thoughts on strategy were awesome. I would highly recommend his seminars to anyone.”

About Jeff Glover

Jeff Glover is one of the top grapplers from the United States and a BJJ black belt under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller. Glover, with his creative deep half and other guard styles, has one of the popular styles in Jiu Jitsu and is a huge fan favorite wherever he goes. Jeff also gained fame through his series of episodes named “Glover’s Travels” where he travelled the United States interviewing and training with some of the best coaches in the country. These DVDs were very successful in the BJJ community because of both it’s informative content and it’s humor.

Glover started competing as a teenager and achieved success quickly. Even though he competed mainly at featherweight and Lightweight, he always tested himself against larger competition in the absolute (open weight) division. Something that not many featherweights dare try. This display of confidence reaped it’s rewards as Glover won a bunch of absolute medals and titles over the years, unheard of at his weight. One of those titles won against Mike Fowler as a purplebelt at the prestigious Grapplers Quest, an event Glover is a 27-time champion, holding the the best record in the event’s history, having lost only 4 times over 8 years of active competition.

Glover received his black belt at just 23 yrs old from “Franjinha”. This was after winning his second Pan American gold medal in the brown belt division.

Lyndhurst Martial Arts school shines at Grapplers Quest

Rader win group

Lyndhurst Martial Arts school shines at Grapplers Quest

Savarese BJJ Academy, a Lyndhurst Martial Arts school, shined at Grapplers Quest this weekend. The Grapplers Quest is the biggest jiu-jitsu and submission grappling tournament in the United States. The small Lyndhurst NJ school is starting to get quite a reputation as one of the best up and coming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the country. People from all over the country are stopping in to train when they are in NJ and giving head instructor and owner Chris Savarese rave reviews as an instructor.

One of America’s best visits

This weekend, Rafael Lovato Jr, 1 of only 2 Americans to ever win the World BJJ Championship, sent his student Justin Rader to NJ by Savarese and had Savarese corner Rader in his quest to win the $1000 prize for the mens 140-149lb pro division! Rader came out on top, defeating Marcus “Louro”Galvao in the finals. Congrats to Rader and the rest of the following Savarese BJJ students who won the 6/12/10 Grapplers Quest.

Brianne Galante-womens middleweight whitebelt

Rob Machado-mens light whitebelt

Jason Castellanos-Childrens Advanced lightweight

Jeff Montagna-Childrens Intermediate 90-99lbs

AWESOME job everyone!

Savarese BJJ

Founded in 2006 by owner and head instructor Chris Savarese, the Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy was opened with one purpose: to better peoples lives on and off the mat through the teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Futhermore, the Savarese BJJ Academy provides the support, knowledge and experience that allow our members to experience real Jiu Jitsu techniques in a safe and friendly environment, to the best of their abilities, at their own pace and commitment level.

Finally, our doors are open to men, women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. If you would like to join our team please contact us:

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
40 Park Ave (back building)
Lyndhurst NJ 07071
201 933-5134 or email professorsav@njbjj.com