Cancer survivor receives BJJ promotion

Cancer survivor receives BJJ promotion

Last night I promoted Maria Lleonart to the 4th stripe on her brown belt. It was one of the most proud promotions I ever gave. To many in our community, “stripes” are no big deal. But this piece of tape was earned as much as any promotion in my 20+ years of BJJ. Maria came through the ranks and trained during a time it wasn’t as easy for women as it is today. Not many trained. Every single day, i see people give up on themselves, quit on themselves and life. Pack it in. With no fight at all. As BJJ instructors, our job is giving people hope, courage and a belief in themselves. Not everyone is athletic enough to be an “ass kicker”. It takes time and dedication to change that. Many quit before that progress in made. One of my favorite motivational quotes is “adversity causes some men to break…and others to break records.” Most fall into the first category. So Maria won the biggest battle of anyone ever in my Academy’s 12 years. She beat cancer. A tough and grueling battle. She was tougher than us all. It affected all of us, but she lived though it, every second of every day. Then, she has battled through the come back progress, in life and on our mats. The mats can be brutal to people who have missed them for awhile. She has endured and is on her way back towards her goal of blackbelt. I am so proud of you Maria and honored to call you my friend, teammate and student. OSS

Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar coming 9/17/18. 4 time World Jiu-Jitsu champion BJJ legend Master Royler Gracie will be hosting a seminar at Savarese BJJ in Lyndhurst. The seminar will be 3 hours long. Gracie is being hosted by Professor Chris Savarese, who received his black belt from Gracie in 2007.

Savarese’s Yadimarco takes 2nd at NY BJJ Pro

Savarese’s Yadimarco takes 2nd at NY BJJ Pro

Savarese’s Yadimarco takes 2nd at NY BJJ Pro! Congrats to Savarese BJJ student Sean Yadimarco for taking 2nd place in an unbelievably stacked purplebelt division today at the BJJ NY Pro. Yadimarco has been one of the top purplebelt competitiors on the east coast for the past 3 years. He was recently the winner of a superfight at the Kasai Grappling Challenge, winning in dominant fashion over his opponent. Great job Sean! Keep up the great work! #nypro

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

The Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade is complete! One of the East Coast best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies, Savarese BJJ, has upgraded their facilty w/ new floors and mats to make one of the USA’s top school even better! Local flooring Michael Stackhouse made the beautiful upgrades last week that everyone was raving about!

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst facility upgrade

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