Savarese BJJ students excel Big Apple Open

Savarese BJJ students excel Big Apple Open

Just got home from the Big Apple Open, one of the top tournaments every year on the East Coast. Really happy with our teams performance today. We took 3rd in the team standings, a good showing for 1 Academy without affiliated schools. Our guys and ladies trained hard, faced fears, weren’t afraid to fail, fought well and tested themselves. That is always growth in my book. Congrats to:(sorry I don’t know everyone weight divisions):

Blackbelts

Anthony Del Guercio 3rd place blackbelt
Brian Procel 3rd place blackbelt

Purplebelts

Sean Yadimarco 1st place purplebelt
Andrew Kuntz 1st place Purplebelt
Elliot Santiago 2nd place purplebelt
Caitlin McManus 1st place purplebelt

Bluebelts

Eve Ponte 1st place bluebelt
Djendy Denot 2nd place bluebelt
Tom Calnan 2nd place bluebelt
William Pike 2nd place bluebelt
Maria Villa 2nd place bluebelt
Babatunde Ojo 3rd place bluebelt

Whitebelts

Dylan Hutchinson 1st place whitebelt
Gary Cassaro 2nd place whitebelt
Pete Gabriel 3rd place whitebelt
Congrats as well to Jose Almedia, Andrew Zeppetelli, Stephen McNicJuan Cabrera and Maverick Garcia ( who just missed beating the eventual champion getting the back as time expired) for stepping up and testing themselves today. Proud of all of you.

Kids get in the mix too

We didn’t have a lot of kids today but he one who competed did awesome! Congrats to:
Theresa “Baby T” Zeppetelli Gold
Angelina Pettignano Gold
Faith Valdivia Silver
Julie Norris Silver
Great job!

Rafael Lovato Jr submits Gerald Harris Bellator 198

Congrats to my brother Rafael Lovato Jr. on another Bellator over UFC and MMA vet Gerald Harris in just 1 minute 10 seconds. My brother you embody what Jiu-Jitsu is. You are a constant inspiration to those around you to strive to always be better, nobody works harder, nobody wants it more and you show the joy of victory that can be accomplished if we sacrifice and pay the price to succeed. Proud to call you a friend and teammate. OSS

Savarese BJJ purplebelts take bronze at IBJJF NY Open

Savarese BJJ purplebelts take bronze at IBJJF NY Open

2 Savarese BJJ purplebelts take bronze at IBJJF NY Open, one of the toughest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments on the East Coast each year. Purplebelts Sean Yadimarco and Caitlin McManus, members of the Savarese BJJ Academy Competition team, each took 3rd in their divisions. Yadimarco won his division at bluebelt at this tournament last year and this was his first time competing at this belt color. He has been very active on the East Coast BJJ scene for the last couple of years, winning tournaments all over.

The Ladies get involved too

McManus, one of the top female competitors on the team, has also been very active on the tourn scene. This was the first time she medaled at the NY Open. Also competing was Ivette Ponte, cpmpeting in her 1st NY Open as well. Ponte won her first match but lost by triangle choke in her second to the eventual champion. It was good experience for her and we expect her to come back stronger in some upcoming tournaments.

What’s next for the team?

The Savarese BJJ team will be bringing over 20 competitors at the Big Apple Open on May 19th at Martin Luther King HS in NYC. Good luck to everyone!

New Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Competition team members shine at NJBJJF

New Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Competition team members shine at NJBJJF

New Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Competition team shine at NJBJJF in NJ this weekend, 3 out of 4 coming home with medals. Professor Chris Savarese, the Academy owner and head instructor, had this to say after the tournament “Congrats to our new members for stepping up and competing for the first time alongside some of our vets and doing so well yesterday at the NJBJJF tournament. I am proud of you not just because you won but because you weren’t afraid to fail and are seeking to learn more about yourselves. While I love when you guys and ladies kick butt in tourns, the ultimate goal to to learn more about ourselves and improve ourselves mentally as well as physically, the true meaning of jiu-jitsu. Thank you for representing us positively in battle and out. oss”

The vets leads the way

A couple of veteren members of the team led the way w/ Sean Yadimarco winning his purplebelt division, defeating all 3 opponents by submission along the way. Sean has been rapidly improving over the past year and in getting ready to compete in the World BJJ Championship in June in Long Beach, CA.

Kayla Zeppetelli also had a great day, stepping up to compete in the women’s bluebelt division despite being only 14 years old. She came away w/ the GOLD medal in that division.

New Members results

Tom Calnan, competing for the first time, walked away w/ the silver medal in his bluebelt division, winning 3 of 4 matches, 2 by submission. Djendy Denot, competing for the first time as well, also won a silver medal, losing a controversial decision in the final where points weren’t given on a referee mistake. Lastly, Josh Padilla also took a bronze medal in his very first tournament. Great job everyone!

Darce choke master Joe D’Arce in Lyndhurst NJ

Darce choke master Joe D’Arce in Lyndhurst NJ

Darce choke master Joe D’Arce was in Lyndhurst NJ teaching his skills at good friend Chris Savarese’s Jiu-Jitsu Academy last night. Professor Savarese had this to say “Thanks to my good friend Joe D’Arce for putting on an awesome seminar at my Academy tonight. Joe is one of the best BJJ minds in the world in my opinion and I always love exchanging ideas w him, he always inspires me to find more ways to submit, advance or sweep from positions I use a lot. My students loved it. I highly recommend having Joe in for seminars.” 

Darce choke master Joe D'Arce in Lyndhurst NJ

Darce choke master Joe D’Arce in Lyndhurst NJ

D’Arce background

Joe D’Arce started training with the legendary Renzo Gracie at his New York City academy in 1997 and had the honor of being promoted to black belt in 2003. At the time, he was the youngest American to every receive a blackbelt in BJJ. Through the years, Joe competed in over a hundred submission grappling and Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitions winning many titles. D’Arce is a veteran of the Pancrase fighting organization in Japan most notably representing team Renzo Gracie in July of 2004 when they went head to head with team Pancrase. He is also well known for a technique known as the D”Aarce choke which has become widely popular in most grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competitions. Some of his titles include being a 2000 Pan American gold medalist,  2000 Mundial World Championship silver medalist and a 2002 Pan American gold medalist. He is also a 2003 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight champion, 2004 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight national champion. 2005 Grapplers Quest 4 man tournament (pro division) finalist. 4 time NAGA Superfight champion. Mixed Martial Arts: 1-1 record 2003 loss to Kazou Misaki by TKO 2004 win over Hiromitsu Miura by TKO Kickboxing: 3-0 Amateur Record

Savarese BJJ Ivette Ponte story

Savarese BJJ Ivette Ponte story

Savarese BJJ Ivette Ponte story: Below is the story of Ivette Ponte, a Savarese BJJ student about her journey to health since she joined our Academy:

Great night with the family, this was 3 years ago today and about 25 lbs heavier.
I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu about 4 months after this photo was taken.
Since starting, I’ve been mentally and physically stronger, gained confidence, learned how to control my anxiety/depression and I was actually having FUN! Lol
I recommend this to anyone I know struggling with weight issues or if you just want to better yourself period. This art has been a Godsend to me 🙏

Ivette then Savarese BJJ Ivette Ponte story

Ivette then Savarese BJJ Ivette Ponte story

Ivette now

Ivette now

Professor Savarese had this to say about Ivette “so proud of everything this strong woman has accomplished. Ivette is a completely different person sine the day she walked through our doors. She is more confident, fit, smarter and is one of the hardest workers and best listeners in our Academy. I loved everything she has become! Sjhe has tested herself to learn is competition in NJBJJF and  NAGA

Savarese BJJ instructor wins UAEJJ National Pro tourn

Savarese BJJ instructor wins UAEJJ National Pro tourn

Savarese BJJ instructor wins UAEJJ National Pro tourn! Congrats to Savarese Jiu-Jitsu instructor Danny Lleonart for taking 1st place in his blackbelt division. Lleonart, who took off 6 years from competitve BJJ while attending law school and becoming a dad, has been making a name for himself on the BJJ competition scene. This is the 3rd medal he has won in the past month. Congrats to Mark Garcia for taking 2nd in his purplebelt division at the UAEJJF National Pro Championship in Nigara Falls, Canada today. But more importantly, for stepping back up 1 week after tough losses in NYC last week. Tremendously proud of your guys will and testing yourselves. Growing every week!

Savarese Competition team enjoys big UAEJJF

Savarese Competition team enjoys big UAEJJF

The Savarese Competition team enjoys big UAEJJF, having a really good at the NYC Tournament. Savarese had 3 guys compete today and each one ended up on the medal stand in a very tough tourn. Andrew Kuntz was awesome on the day, dominating his division without having a point scored of him. It was his very first tournament as a purple belt and him dominated his class in all 3 matches.

Danny Lleonart finished 3rd in his division. Lleonart won his first match by a quick submission and then loss a very controversial decision that had many in the crowd vocal. I’ll just say he should have been in the finals and leave it on that. (Btw, my team is like 0-16 in refs decisions in the last 2 years in tournaments. Lol) Back to the positive.

Congrats to Mark Garcia for taking 2nd in his purple belt division as well. It was his first tournament at his new belt as well, as he was just promoted 3 weeks ago.

Their coach, Professor Savarese has this to say “Great job guys. Great things happen when you aren’t afraid to fail.”

Savarese BJJ’s Andrew Kuntz wins UAEJJF tournament

Savarese BJJ’s Andrew Kuntz wins UAEJJF tournament

 SSavarese BJJ’s Andrew Kuntz wins UAEJJF tournament, defeating 3 tough opponents on his way to the prize. Kuntz did not have 1 point scored against him during the tournament. His Professor, Royler Gracie blackbelt Professor Chris Savarese, had this to say “Big congrats to Andrew Kuntz on winning his purple belt division at the UAEJJF North American Continental Pro without having a point scored against him. Andrew is getting better w each time he tests himself and this is a HUGE tourn for him. Proud instructor here. Awesome Andrew!”

New Purple belt

Andrew is a new purplebelt, just receiving his promotion 3 months ago. He has progressed with each week and tournament and is slowly making a name for himself on a very successful Savarese BJJ Competition team. The team has had tremendous success across the country in the last 3 years and is considered by those in the BJJ community to be one of the best up and coming teams on the East Coast competition scene.