Kearny teenager is Northern NJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom

Kearny teenager is a northern NJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom.

Kearny teenager Leo Alves is a northern NJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom. The Lyndhurst martial arts student was promoted to 3rd Stripe bluebelt saturday by Professor Chris Savarese of Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is now among top ranked teens in NJ. This is a major accomplishment for someone 16 yrs of age! Alves started training 3 yrs ago at the age of 13 and within months was one of the top students in the top rated kids program. After a brief trial in the teens classes, he was promoted to train full time with the adults, something not many are asked to do. He is now also one of the top competitiors on the Savarese BJJ competition team. He has even had success in submission wrestling tournaments, which is also known as no-gi BJJ. Over the last 2 years, Leo won or earned a medal in tournaments such as the New Jersey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (NJBJJF), Grapplers Quest, The Big Apple Open, North American Grappling Association (NAGA) and The Good Fight. Some of the top grapplers in the world to come out of this Academy and Leo trains alongside them every night. He has tremendous focus and dedication for someone his age, often riding his bike a couple of miles to class even in the winter. If you like Leo’s story and want to be like him, call 201 933-5134 for a free trail class. Even if you are just a teenager looking to learn self-defense and stay in shape, call us. Savarese Jiu-Jitsu is the top Lyndhurst Martial Arts facility in the area. If you are a business and would like to sponsor Leo, please contact the Academy.

Savarese BJJ Academy

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a devastating fighting and grappling art developed by the Gracie Family of Brazil. BJJ contains many self-defense techniques, throws, takedowns and submission holds that can finish a fight. At Savarese BJJ, located on Park Ave in Lyndhurst, our belief is 90% of altercations and attacks end up on the ground. This is the reason we teach you to fight from the ground and off your back as well as on top. BJJ, also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, was developed to allow the smaller person to defeat the larger person through the application of leverage and submission holds. Takedowns, throws, chokeholds and  joint locks such as armbars, kneebars and leglocks are staples of our art. BJJ is quickly becoming one of the most popular Martial Arts in the world.

Lyndhurst Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student among top teenagers

 

Lyndhurst Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student among top teenagers

Lyndhurst Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student Ariana Zeppetelli is among top ranked teens in NJ. On saturday, she earned the 3rd stripe on her bluebelt from Professor Chris Savarese at the Lyndhurst martial arts academy Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is only 16 yrs old! Zeppetelli started training 4 yrs ago at the age of 12, quickly becoming of of the top students in the kids program. After a brief trial in the teens classes, she was quickly bumped up to train full time with the adults. She is now one of the top students in the Women’s program. She has even tried her hand in the submission wrestling program, which is also known as no-gi BJJ. She has had success there too. She has won or medaled in tournaments such as the New Jersey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (NJBJJF), Grapplers Quest and North American Grappling Association (NAGA) and The Good Fight. He trains alongside some of the top grapplers in the world to come out of this Academy. If you like Ari’s story and want to be like her, call 201 933-5134 for a free trail class. Even if you are just a teenager looking to compete on a high level or just someone who wants to learn self-defense and stay in shape, call us. We are the top Lyndhurst Martial Arts facility in the area.

About BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a devastating fighting and grappling art developed by the Gracie Family of Brazil. BJJ contains many self-defense techniques, throws, takedowns and submission holds that can finish a fight. At our Lyndhurst BJJ facility, we believe 90% of altercations and attacks end up on the ground. We teach you to fight from there and off your back as well as on top. BJJ, also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, was developed to allow the smaller person to defeat the larger person through the application of leverage and submission holds. Holds such as chokeholds and  joint locks such as armbars, kneebars and leglocks. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular Martial Arts in the world today because of it’s versatility as a self defense and its sport aspects.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a process, have patience

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a process, have patience

Something that I wanted to touch on today because it always seems to be a problem w/ newer students is patience. A new student has to learn to respect the process, like the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. You must learn a solid foundation so you can prepare yourself to learn the art correctly. I always remember what the great practitioners of  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) used to teach… “The game of jiu-jitsu is like a house, if you don’t build the foundation correctly, the house will eventually fall down”. I’ve heard one of the greatest jiu-jitsu practitioners of all time, Saulo Ribeiro, say just as a child must trust his mother, a white belt must trust his instructor. BJJ instructors write their curriculum for a reason, because they believe that is the best way to learn bjj. There is a process. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a process, have patience. You MUST build that foundation. There is an old saying in martial arts….”the quickest way to show somebody nothing is to show him everything”. If you overload your mind w/ a million techniques, it is impossible to remember them and when to execute them. I liken this experience to a college student. I like to explain how the average credit load per semester in college is 15 credits.  There are more than a few students who take on 18 credit hours. In some colleges and universities, permission from the VP of Academic Affairs is necessary to take more.  Many students attempt to take giant steps only to fall behind and/or drop out.

TRUST YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Don’t be a know-it-all, trust your instructor. He has been through this process before. I believe to have a solid base in BJJ, you need to emphasize the basics. Many want to learn the fancy stuff but it is much more important to learn and drill the basics until they become second nature. (This is why many schools do not allow whitebelts to spar right away). Repetition is the key to this process. The job of a good BJJ instructor is to emphasize the basics and keep the beginner interested in learning and perfecting the techniques. This is how you develop your jiu-jitsu mind and your jiu-jitsu instincts. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts on the planet and the basics movements are the key to it. Want proof? Name one fighter in Mixed Martial Arts today who doesn’t have a good understanding of jiu-jitsu techniques. It he doesn’t, he will not be successful in the long haul, which only proves the efficiency of jiu-jitsu. Basic techniques worked for Royler Gracie, a 4x World BJJ, 3x ADCC Champion. Look back at his matches and most were won with basic techniques. Look at Roger Gracie, arguably the greatest BJJ competitor of all time. he is a 14x World BJJ champion, 12 of those won at blackbelt! His game is all basics, basically perfection of the basics. He does BJJ the way is supposed to be, always advancing his position until his opponents succumb to his attacks. The proof is there. Practice your basics and respect the learning process and have patience and you will see your life change before your eyes. If you are looking for a martial arts training in Lyndhurst NJ, call Savarese Jiu-Jitsu at 201 933-5134 to schedule a free trial class.

Understanding BJJ belt promotions

BJJ Belt Promotions:

I wanted to blog about something important to me that I don’t think many BJJ practitioners understand. It’s not their fault, there is not a handbook available to BJJ practitioners that explains BJJ belt promotions properly so I thought I’d give it a shot.

BJJ belt promotions are based on more than one thing:

BJJ belt promotions (especially upperbelts) are not just competition or success in fighting or sparring in the Academy.

  • It’s about character and attitude.
  • It’s about integrity and loyalty.
  • It’s about knowledge (are you learning AND REMEMBERING what you are being taught? Keep a book)
  • It’s about a willingness to give back to your school and teammates (are you helping the new student transition go smoother, are you helping your training partners through weaknesses or training slumps? Are you helping your teammates train for their upcoming tourneys?)
  • It’s about self-control and discipline.
  • It’s about dedication. (Are you coming to class enough? Are you putting yourself in a position to succeed?)
  • It’s about patience. (Rome wasn’t built in a day, have realistic expectations, you can’t learn everything in 1 month.
  • There is an old saying in martial arts..”the quickest way to show somebody nothing is to show him everything”)
  • Abandoning these traditions reduces BJJ to “simple fighting techniques”
  • And lastly…RESPECT

Respect is what BJJ and other martial arts are built upon. Respect for the discipline, respect for the instructor,
respect for the school, respect for your fellow students and training partners and respect FOR THE SWEAT AND KNOWLEDGE THAT EACH LEVEL OF LEARNING REPRESENTS.

A lot of BJJ schools across the country are promoting too quickly IMO. Part of what instructors must teach is patience and the value of a truly earned belt versus one awarded too quickly. Remember, as a student, you never want a belt that doesn’t fit.

 

Try a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in northern NJ

Try a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in northern NJ!

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi .

I love this quote as it pertains to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a white belt, the necessary thing you have to do to change your life is walk through that front door. And then come to class. The beginning of Jiu Jitsu can be frustrating at times. There is a ton of new information and many think “I am never going to remember this”. At our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in northern NJ, we try to explain every day that everyone in that room has been in the exact spot you were. You will get through it in just 3 simple steps:

  1. Trust your instructor.
  2. Don’t quit.
  3. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t do things

Start by doing what’s necessary

Come to class. As often as you possibly can. Listen. Take notes. Ask questions.

Then do what’s possible

Drill the new moves you learned as often as possible. Fail. Fail again. The only way to get better at anything is to try and fail first. You will get better. Show up. Get tapped. But never lose sight of the fact that there is no losing in Jiu Jitsu class. It’s win or learn. You actually learn more by losing. Find teammates to help. But most of all, keep training. There will come a day when….

And suddenly you are doing the impossible

You are submitting people younger, stronger, more athletic than you. There is a new guy who asks for YOUR help. You start doing things you never thought you could. All of a sudden everything that seems so hard seems easy now. Like the great Renzo Gracie says “a blackbelt is a whitebelt who never quit!” You will look back at the beginning and laugh at yourself. But take a moment to be proud. You earned it.

If you liked this article and would like to try a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class in northern NJ with the author, call Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy at 201 933-5134 for a free trial class

Henry Akins Lyndhurst NJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar

 

Henry Akins Lyndhurst NJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar

Henry Akins Lyndhurst NJ Brazilian Jiu-jitsu seminar Seminar updates:

Rickson Gracie blackbelt Henry Akins will be giving a seminar on Thursday March 24nd at 7pm at Savarese BJJ in Lyndhurst New Jersey. Henry is noted for going well over 2 hrs so teenagers tell your parents we may go until 10pm. I am so excited to have him in. Rickson has a different style than many of the Gracies and Henry is his 3rd american Blackbelt and considered his best. Henry taught at Rickson school for years. He also trained Ronda Rousey for a long time and taught her most of her ground work. I am pumped for this one, I have been trying to get him in for years. DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY, he’s is one of the best teachers in the WORLD! Price is $100. for more info on Henry, Henry Akins was know by his nickname “Jiu-Jitsu Super Computer”. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 1995 аt thе Rickson Gracie Acadamy оn Pico blvd in West LA. Shortly аftеr hе started hе bесаmе thе secretary аt thе academy  аnd wаѕ spending 70 hours a week thеrе watching аnd participating in аll оf thе classes. In 1997 thе school moved tо thе Pacific Palisades whеrе Henry trained аnd assisted mаin Instructor Luis Heredia аnd аlѕо participated аnd trained in аll оf thе classes taught bу Rickson Gracie himself. During thеѕе years, Henry hаd thе opportunity tо train with Rickson аnd hеlр him prepare fоr hiѕ fights in Japan. In 2000 thе academy moved аgаin tо Wilshire blvd in West LA. Bу thiѕ timе Henry hаd begun teaching mаnу оf thе classes аt thе school. In Feb оf 2004, bесаuѕе оf hiѕ persistence аnd dedication tо thе fundamentals аnd philosophies оf Jiu-Jitsu, Rickson Gracie presented Henry with a blackbelt, bеcoming оnlу thе third American аt thе timе tо receive thаt honor. Henry thеn tооk оvеr thе school аnd bесаmе thе mаin instructor thеrе until 2008 whеn hе wаѕ forced tо stop due tо a back injury. He now teaches at Dynamix MMA in Los Angeles.

Lyndhurst kids martial arts student Antonio Santiago wins Savarese BJJ Student of Month

 

Lyndhurst kids martial arts student Antonio Santiago wins Savarese BJJ Student of Month! The Lyndhurst kids martial arts student of month at Savarese BJJ Academy on Park Ave in Lyndhurst is a great honor. Congrats Antonio! Great job this month!  You had great attendance, and it really showed in your technical improvement. You have shown traits this month of what a true martial artist is all about. Your focus, respect, attention and the willingness to help the others in your class helped achieve this award. We are all very proud of you. Keep up the great work. We hope you keep up all these great traits and win this award again in the future.

Lyndhurst Kids Martial Arts

The main goal at Savarese Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy is to boost the self-esteem of it’s students. This overarching goal is achieved through recognition and rewarding our student’s. These acknowledgements are not only based on success but also on the effort put forth. Antonio put forth a lot of effort to receive this award.

BJJ for children is beneficial to children in many ways. Children who participate in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes quickly increase their physical fitness level. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves both large and small muscle groups in the body. Improvement of physical well being is not the only goal.New Jersey children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also aims to develop life-improvement skills as well as building the child’s character in a positive way.

Respecting authority is quite important in the teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For many children learning to respect authority can be a difficult lesson to learn. At Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy learning to respect authority is among our top priorities.

Our program can and WILL help your child increase their confidence, self-esteem, discipline, while teaching them life skills that will last them a lifetime.

In our time-proven program, your child will be able to progress at their very own pace. We understand that everyone learns differently. No matter if your child can only train once a week or everyday we have the program that will fit your needs.

New Jersey kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu develops many traits in your child. These traits include:

  • Increased self esteem
  • Greater Self Discipline
  • Increased ability to Focus and Concentrate
  • Elevated Self Confidence
  • Overall Improvement in Attitude
  • Improved Physical Fitness Level
  • Development of Leadership Skills
  • Greater Respect for themselves and others
  • Increased Patience
  • Greater work Ethic
  • Better Understanding of How to Channel Aggression

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not meant to teach children how to fight. Children are taught to work through confrontation on an intellectual basis first. New Jersey Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on children learning to avoid physical confrontation and having the ability to defend if attacked. If you would like your child to try a free class, call 201 933-5134 to schedule.

You are never too old to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

You are never too old to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

You are never too old to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)! One of my biggest pet peeves is when I talk to friends of mine over 40 who tell me “I’d love to try BJJ or Martial Arts but I’m too old.” Drives me crazy. As General George S. Patton once said “A lot of people die at 40, but they are not buried until 30 years later.” Don’t be one of those people!! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO DO!!! I then tell them the story of Ed O’Neill of Married w/ Children and Modern Family fame, and his journey through BJJ. He started when he was 45 yrs old and earned a blackbelt 16 yrs later at 61 from one of the toughest instructors to earn a blackbelt from, Rorian Gracie, the man who brought BJJ to the USA. Here is a funny story from Ed about his journey. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSSt5OQ4zHc  There are so many reasons to start BJJ but one I can tell you right away is I have never seen a BJJ practitioner who has reached the rank of purplebelt not have their lives affected directly by training BJJ. I have even seen former students who quit at purplebelt (why anyone does this is beyond me) posting on Facebook using some of the lesson they learned in BJJ promoting or working in their businesses. Focus on the Self Defense side of  BJJ if you are limited by injuries. You are not just training your body but your mind as well. BJJ is a lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle that will give you life skills, promote better health and fitness and weight loss. At our Academy, Savarese BJJ in Lyndhurst NJ, we put you through a 16 week course of just teaching you the basics of BJJ in a small class setting so it is like having your own personal trainer for BJJ. If you are interested in trying  BJJ, call us at 201 933-5134 for a free one on one trial w an instructor. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!!

Savarese BJJ blackbelt ceremony

 

Savarese BJJ blackbelt ceremony

 

The Savarese BJJ blackbelt ceremony was held January 14th, 2016 at the Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Lyndhurst NJ. Professor Chris Savarese promoted longtime student Mike Hanly to blackbelt and Mohmamed Mohebbi to 1st degree blackbelt. More than 200 students showed up during the coarse of the night as there was live open mat training followed by a speech by Professor Savarese during an awesome ceremony in which students were promoted to blue, purple brown and black belt. Hanly then followed with a very moving speech in which he thanked his family, many of the teammates he started with, then thanked all the blackbelts individually and finished a moving tribute to Professor Savarese telling him how he changed his life and that he could never repay him. Hanly and Mohebbi are assistant instructors at the Academy and are among the best students so they were met with a large round of applause afterwards

Savarese BJJ Academy

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 (BJJ). The Savarese BJJ Academy provides the support, knowledge and experience that allow our members to experience real Gracie Jiu-Jitsu taught to him by the Gracie Family themselves, in a safe and friendly environment, to the best of their abilities, at their own pace and commitment level. If you give us 1 year, we will change your life for the better through our teachings. You will learn not only self-defense techniques to protect yourself, but also will be better menatlly prepared for any situation. 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

Marcelo Garcia vs Cobrinha

Marcelo Garcia vs Cobrinha

Great training session between 2 of the best ever, Marcelo Garcia and Cobrinha. Watch for the little things like how Marcelo stands up every time Cobrinha goes to closed guard. Like I always tell my students, “what is the best time to stand up in a closed guard? IMMEDIATELY!” And notice how they roll hard but under control.

Marcelo Garcia

Marcelo Garcia, also known as ‘Marcelinho’, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt under Master Fabio Gurgel, who competes for the Alliance BJJ academy. He is a 5X World BJJ Champion and a 4x Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Champion. These are 2 of the most important tournaments in Brazilain Jiu Jitsu and submission wrestling and the 2 hardest to win. Garcia is widely considered one of the best grapplers in the world, while his general demeanor made him one of the most beloved athletes by the BJJ community. Marcelo Garcia has also been one of the top 10 grapplers of all time by the website BJJ Heroes.

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” is a historical figure in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, being a 4x World BJJ Champion as well as a 2x ADCC champion. He has also won the European Championship and the Pan Am Championship. Originally from the town of Londrina and with a background in capoeira, Rubens Charles’ talent was discovered by the legendary BJJ competitor and instructor Fernando Terere, with whom Cobrinha worked for an extended period before he joined the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team. Though Rubens Charles is famed for his aggressive style on the mats, Cobrinha is also an accomplished instructor with a long career building fighters games. He is widely considered one of the top 5 lightweight BJJ practitioners and most successful BJJ competitors of all time, famous for his battles vs Rafael Mendes, another top lightweight.