Savarese Jiu-Jitsu promotes blackbelts

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu promotes blackbelts

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu promotes blackbelts Danny Lleonart and Anthony DelGuercio thursday night at the end of a Rafael Lovato Jr. seminar. The pair, both training under Professor Chris Savarese for more than 10 years, received the honor in front of many of their teammates to great applause. Savarese surprised the pair at the idea of Professor Lovato and everyone’s surprise.

Statement from Anthony:

Tonight is a very special night for me. After many years of training, Professor Chris Savarese promoted me to black belt.

To put this in perspective, obtaining my black belt took me more time than it took me to attend college and obtain my law degree. Obtaining my black belt was also far more difficult and rewarding.

As I have said time and time again, if not for jiu jitsu, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Few things have shaped my life more than jiu jitsu. It has instilled discipline, been there in my darkest hours, helped me with weight loss, and has been the ultimate sanctuary on my worst of days.

To put it in further perspective, while I was honored to make partner at my law firm, I cherish this black belt far more than my partnership.

I am humbled and honored by this promotion, and I thank Professor Sav.

Next, congratulations to Danny Newskin Savbjj for his promotion to black belt! Well deserved!

Savarese BJJ blackbelts

Savarese BJJ blackbelts

Bellator standout teaches in Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator standout teaches in Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator standout  teaches in Lyndhurst BJJ Academy! Coming off a Bellator 189 victory, standout Rafael Lovato Jr taught at Savarese BJJ Academy thursday night. Lovato defeated contender Chris Honeycutt in a win shown on Spike TV. Savarese BJJ, lead by Professor Chris Savarese, is affilated with the Lovato BJJ Association. Savarese and Lovato are longtime friend and Savarese has cornered Lovato for many of his East Coast events. recently, Savarese also cornered top Lovato student Justin Rader in a Fight To Win main event in Brooklyn. The 2 go back a long way.

Lovato teaches at Savarese BJJ often

Lovato teaches at Savarese BJJ often and has been doing so for almost 8 years now. Professors Lovato and Savarese met at a Grapplers Quest events over 10 years ago through an introduction between friend Jeff Glover and Bill Cooper, who used to train w Savarese when they competed on the East Coast. The 2 wanted to bring Lovato into the mix and the 4 of them spent a couple of years getting together and exchanging ideas and techniques. Lovato and Savarese continued this and remained affilated today.

Savarese promotes 2 blackbelts

Professor Savarese, on a recommendation from Professor Lovato, decided to promote the 2 a month early to everyone’s great surprised, making it a special night. Savarese had this to say “Thanks to my good friend Rafael Lovato Jr. for putting on a game changing seminar tonight at my Academy. We have some new systems to work on for months. Hence, the night was even more a special because I promoted 2 of my top students, Newskin Savbjj Danny Lleonart and Anthony Del Guercio to the prestigious rank of BLACKBELT. Congrats to both of you for your discipline, hard work and dedication to constant improvement and setting an example. Oss.”

Rafael Lovato stays unbeaten vs. Chris Honeycutt in Bellator 189

Rafael Lovato stays unbeaten vs. Chris Honeycutt in Bellator 189

Rafael Lovato Jr stayed unbeaten with a unanimous descision win vs. Chris Honeycutt in Bellator 189 last night. One of the most accomplished American practitioners of BJJ, he started fighting in 2014. 3 years later, he has compiled a 6-0 record, winning the Legacy Fighting Championship title and a spot on the fast rising Bellator promotion’s roster. With this win at Bellator 189, Lovato Jr. believes a title s is a realistic possibility by late 2018.

2 Quick wins

After vanquishing his first two Bellator MMA foes in a combined 2:12, Lovato defeated the very tough Honeycutt in the Bellator 189 co-main event at the Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. the event aired on Spike TV. Honeycutt, 29, owns a strong wrestling base and is 7-1 with one no contest under the Bellator banner. After suffering the first loss of his pro career to Paul Bradley at Bellator 148, the Dethrone Base Camp product has bounced back to post four consecutive triumphs, including a finish of ex-UFC talent Kevin Casey in his most recent outing.

Thoughts from Lovato

“It means a lot. It’s early in my MMA career, I guess you could say. For me, this has been my whole life. This is my life’s work,” Lovato told “It feels really good to get that recognition now and have Bellator believing in my potential and giving me the opportunity to be in that co-main even spot. Especially here in my backyard against such a great opponent. It’s destiny letting me know that I’m on the right path and everything is happening the way it’s supposed to be.”



Lovato has yet to go the distance in six professional bouts. As he gains experience, the ability to smoothly shift from one phase to another in MMA is constantly improving.

“For me it’s just being more comfortable and making the transition between striking to wrestling to jiu-jitsu with ground-and-pound. Just connecting everything,” he said. “That’s where I feel like I’ve had the most evolution. Obviously I’ve focused a lot on my muay Thai over the last couple years. I feel like I’ve improved greatly with my standup game, but overall I’m just way more comfortable, way more confident inside the cage and really know what my game is, what my style is, how I like to move, how I like to attack.”


While Lovato is relatively young in MMA, he has been competing in combat sports for most of his life thanks to his jiu-jitsu background. Although he is 34 years old, he isn’t necessarily in a rush to take the next big step in his career.

“I don’t want to say urgency. I’m doing what I feel like I’m supposed to be doing at the right time. I don’t let my age affect my decision for trying for a title shot. I just feel like I’m ready,” he said. “In another year I’m gonna be that much better and that much more ready. I just want to fulfill my potential and do what I know I can do. If it comes, then great. If I have to win two more, I’ll win two more. I know it’s only a matter of time until I’m fighting for that belt.”

As a result, lool for a title shot by the end of the year for Lovato.

Savarese BJJ’s Sean Yadimarco wins Kasai Pro match

Savarese BJJ’s Sean Yadimarco wins Kasai Pro match

Savarese BJJ’s Sean Yadimarco wins Kasai Pro match! Congrats to Sean Yadimarco on a dominant win tonight over a very tough Jeson Rosario in the Kasai Pro Grappling event. Sean is getting better and better w each match. So excited for his future. #kasaipro 

Match desrciption

Yadimarco pulled guard right away and swept Rosario, who has a very strong top game. He then passed the guard and controlled the match, attacking darce chokes from a tough sidemount. It was an impressive victory all around as Yadimarco showed all his skils.

Rest of Card


Main Event Openweight Superfight:

Gordon Ryan vs. Yuri Simões: winner by rear naked choke Gordon Ryan.

Initial 10-minute submission-only bout, additional 6-minute overtime period.
Overtime period contested under IBJJF scoring system.

Kasai Pro, Gordon Ryan, Kasai Pro results

Eight-Man Tournament for the KASAI World Lightweight Championship and $10,000:

Garry Tonon (Group B)

Mansher Khera (Group B)

Gianni Grippo (Group A)

Celso Vinicius (Group A)

AJ Agazarm (Group B)

‘Junny’ Ocasio (Group A)

Enrico Cocco (Group A)

Renato Canuto (Group B)

Round 1 Group A:

Gianni Grippo vs. Enrico Cocco: Draw (1 point each).

‘Junny’ Ocasio vs. Celso Vinicius: Draw ( 1 point each).

Round 1 Group B:

Garry Tonon vs. Mansher Khera: Draw (1 point each).

AJ Agazarm vs. Renato Canuto: Draw (1 point each).

Round 2 Group A:

Enrico Cocco vs. ‘Junny’ Ocasio: Draw (1 point each).

Celso Vinicius vs. Gianni Grippo: Draw (1 point each).

Round 2 Group B:

Renato Canuto vs. Mansher Khera: winner by points Renato Canuto (earns 2 points).

AJ Agazarm vs. Garry Tonon: winner by points Gary Tonon (earns 2 points).

Round 3 Group A:

Enrico Cocco vs. Celso Vinicius: winner by guillotine choke Celso Vinicius (earns 3 points).

Gianni Grippo vs. ‘Junny’ Ocasio: Draw (1 point each).

Round 3 Group B:

Gary Tonon vs. Renato Canuto: winner by points Renato Canuto (earns 2 points).

Mansher Khera vs. AJ Agazarm: winner by points Mansher Khera (earns 2 points).

3rd Place Finisher:

Gary Tonon vs. Gianni Grippo: winner by points Gianni Grippo.


Celso Vinicius (Group A) vs. Renato Canuto (Group B): winner by judges decision Renato Canuto.

Main Card Middleweight Superfight:

Murilo Santana vs. Craig Jones: winner by negative points Murilo Santana.

Main Card Women’s Featherweight Fight:

Raquel Pa’aluhi Canuto vs. Caitlin Huggins: winner by points Raquel Pa’aluhi Canuto.



Lincoln Pereira (Renzo Gracie) vs. Leonardo Delgado (Soul Fighters) No-Gi, 175lbs: winner by points Lincoln Pereira.

Nick Ronan (Serra BJJ) vs. Mike D’avila (Marcelo Garcia) No-Gi, 155lbs: winner by rear naked choke Nick Ronan.

Jared Weiner (BJJ United) vs. Mike Medrano (All Star BJJ) No-Gi: winner by points Jared Weiner.

Cameron Florczak (OAMA/Renzo Gracie) vs. Alvaro Tautiva (Vitor Shaolin BJJ) Gi,155lbs*: winner by triangle armbar Cameron Florczak.

John Potts (Monster MMA) vs. Steven Kasten (10th Planet Long Island) No-Gi, 185lbs: winner by leg lock Steven Kasten.

Jobany Rosario (Clockwork) vs. Rickson Pimentel (Essential) Gi, 155lbs*: winner by points Rickson Pimentel.

Jeson Rosario (Bronx Jiu-Jitsu) vs. Sean Yadimarco (Savarese BJJ) Gi, 155lbs*: winner by points Sean Yadimarco.

Brian Richards (Unity) x Ray Sherwood (Marcelo Garcia) No Gi, Heavyweight: winner by points Ray Sherwood.

*Gi matches contested under standard IBJJF rules.

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Competition Team shines again

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Competition Team shines again

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Comp Team shines again at Toys 4 Tots tourn yesterday, bringing home medals at many different levels.

Words from Professor Savarese

What an awesome day I had at the Toys for Tots tournament today. One of the best run tournaments I have ever been to. Not to mention for such an awesome cause. The level of the competitors who so high, it was awesome to watch. Many teams from the Ricardo Almeida association were there and I have to say, I don’t think Ricardo gets enough credit for what he has built. Almeida’s students compete and excel at the highest levels in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. They are so well rounded in their stand up, passing and guard games. NJ had so many schools represented today from the East Coast and my competition team was definitely tested today in many ways. Our team closed out the under 165 class taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in an incredibly tough division.

Savarese Competition Team results

Congrats to the following:

Sean Yadimarco: what can I say about this kid. Since getting his purple belt in July, his growth has been incredible. He had a couple of tough matches today. But Sean still went undefeated on the day. He won with takedowns as well as his guard and passing showing his all around game. His improvement over these 4 months has been incredible and it’s a testament to him constantly testing himself. He took 1st in gi and no gi today, saving his best match for the no-gi final finishing a very tough opponent by D’Arce choke in what I thought was his best match ever. So proud of you kid!

Leo Alves Leo is getting back into the swing of competition after taking the summer off, but he was flawless as well today taking first and his gi division going undefeated on the day. Leo has been one of the best kids in our Academy for quite a while now. It was awesome to see him back in action. Can’t wait to see him again soon.

Andrew Kuntz: Andrew has been on an upswing in the Academy and I told him to get back into the competition and test his improvements and he was awesome today too, winning a flawless match in his purple belt division by dominating his opponent from start to finish in his first time competing in over a year by being aggressive and forcing his opponent into mistakes. Great job Andrew!


Hoze Bee also competed for the 1st in a couple of years and won his first match coming from behind for an awesome win before losing to a kid from Ricardo’s school named Brandon who I thought was one of he best Purplebelts competing today. What a beast!

Mark Garcia had a mental win today competing for the 1st time since ACL surgery and though he came up short, getting back on the horse seems to give him the confidence to get back in soon and start being one of the best on our team like he was before the injury.

Maria Villa lost her first match in the gi but came back strong in no-gi to make the final before bowing out to the same girl who she lost to in the gi in a much closer match where I was proud of her because instead of being intimidated by someone who defeated her earlier, she came back super-aggressive, dictating pace in a much closer match

Our Training 4 Life Team

William Pike was impressive today, showing great improvement, taking 3rd in his gi and no-gi divisions, and was inches away from a big upset in his last match. The future is bright for him if he keeps it up.


Most of all, I am really proud of everyone who competed today. Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Comp Team shines at Toys 4 Tots tourn. We improve by not being afraid to fail. OSS

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Comp Team shines at Toys 4 Tots tourn

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Comp Team shines at Toys 4 Tots tourn

Jiu-Jitsu Champion Champion Mike Perez at Savarese BJJ

Jiu-Jitsu Champion Champion Mike Perez at Savarese BJJ

Jiu-Jitsu Champion Mike Perez at Savarese BJJ ! The Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Lyndhurst hosted 2x No-Gi World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Mike Perez Monday night at their Park Ave location. Perez is one of the top grappling competitors in the world now. Perez is 2x No Gi World Champion (purple & brown belt) , the 2015 ADCC North American Trials Champion & ADCC Veteran. He one day hopes to be an ADCC world champion and this year went to OT with the eventual champion Yuri Simones, losing a judges decision. he is also one of the instructors at the famous Atos Academy in San Diego CA, one of the top jiu-jitsu Academies in the world run by Andre Galvao, a 5x World BJJ Champion.

Words from Professor Savarese

I want to thank Michael  Perez for coming up and teaching at Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tonight. I have have had a lot of the best competitors and instructors in the world teach by me and this seminar was right up there at the top. He showed his “A” game, held nothing back and although I knew him as one of the best competitors in the world now, he was an excellent teacher as well. I was really impressed w how articulately he broke things down and chained them together. I️ shouldn’t be surprised since he trains and teaches at one of the best Jiu-Jitsu Schools in the world but I couldn’t possibly recommend him more highly. Very, very good. If you are a school owner, you should look him up. He will definitely be back here. Thanks again Mike!

BJJ seminars

Savarese BJJ is known for having some of the best BJJ seminars in the world at it’s location. Many of the world’s top competitors and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors have been in to teach at this Academy. The Academy always strives to be better and that is why the school is well known as one of the top BJJ schools in the northeast.

Professor Savarese and Perez

Professor Savarese and Perez

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu team kills it at NJBBJF

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu team kills it at NJBJJF

The Savarese Jiu-Jitsu team kills it at NJBJJF! Our competition team had a very good day at the prestigious NJBJJF tournament today w 7 of the 8 guys we had competing going home with hardware, many of them winning tournaments for the first time. I am so proud of you guys because for some of you, it’s been a tough road but you didn’t give up and reaped the rewards of hard work and perseverance. Like I always say, I am proud of all of you not because of your success, but because you aren’t afraid to fail. Winners have to fail first before they succeed and the fact that so many of you didn’t give up says a lot. It is the beginning steps of consistent winning.


Congrats to To:

Stephen McNicholas 1st place blue belt lightweight and expression of the day!
Edward Vecchione 1st place Master Blue Hwt
William Pike 1st place teenage blue belt lwt and 1st place no-go as well. Will’s 1st double Gold.
Greg Freideman also took double Gold, men’s white belt lt hwt gi and no-gi
Danny Lleonart  2nd Place brownbelt middleweight including a 44 sec sub!
Big Dan Czarnecki 2nd place mens bluebelt super Hwt
Sean Yadimarco 3rd place mens purplebelt lwt
Andrew Zeppetelli who fought well but came up short today.


The Savarese comp team will be competing in a bunch of tournaments soon, including the Toys for Tots tournament on November 18th (, the Pride tournament on December 10th and the Kasai tournament in January. The FUJI BJJ tournament in January is also on the schedule. We hope to have success in all of these tourns in preparation for the World Championships in California in June. Our older competitors will also be competing in the World masters Championships in las vegas in August.

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu recent promotions

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu recent promotions

Here are the Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu recent promotions. All of our Savarese BJJ students make goals at the beginning of the year to improve and follow strict guidelines. And so many of them have done just that. Here is a list of all the students who have gone up in rank in the past 3 months:



Pete Bouzalakous – 2nd Stripe

Dave Segro


Josh Gonzalez


Henry Talasan


Djendy Denot



Cristina Mastroeni-4th stripe

Maverick Garcia-2nd stripe

Gary Cassaro-2nd stripe

Josh Padilla-2nd stripe

Wilson Sanchez-1st stripe

Dave “The Rave” Veloso-2nd stripe

Peter Valdivia-4th Stripe

Donna Valdivia-3rd Stripe

Jenn Aviles-2nd Stripe

Carlos Aviles-2nd Stripe

Jon Dinces-2nd stripe

Dylan Hutchinson-1st stripe

Dominick Silva-1st Stripe


Brooklyn’s Fight To Win 51 features Lyndhurst grapplers

Brooklyn’s Fight To Win 51 features Lyndhurst grapplers

Brooklyn’s Fight To Win 51 features Lyndhurst grapplers from the Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school on Park Ave. Students of 2nd degree blackbelt Chris Savarese will appear on the show, the very first event of this kind in Brooklyn. The matches will be at the Aviator Sports Complex starting at 6;30pm. Savarese will also be cornering teammate Justin “Darth” Rader in the main vent vs Gianno Grippo from the Marcelo Garcia Academy in NYC.

Pumped for the fights

This is one of the most stacked cards that Fight To Win ( has ever put on. 2 former UFC veterens will be on the card as ADCC champion JT Torres takes on former UFC Champion Benson Henderson and Jake Shields goes against Murilo Santana. Savarese had this to say “Pumped for Friday Nights Fight To Win 51 show at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. So excited that this show is coming to Brooklyn I’ll be cornering my student Sean Yadimarco and my teammateJustin Rader in his co Main Event match vs the excellent Gianni Grippo. If you live in he NJ/NY, don’t miss this show, it’s gonna be epic! Jt Torres bs former UFC champion Ben Henderson in main event, former UFC star Jake Shields bs the excellent Murillo Santana. Hope to see everyone there.”

fight to win 51

fight to win 51


Savarese BJJ’s Yadimarco takes bronze

Savarese BJJ’s Yadimarco takes bronze

Savarese BJJ’s Yadimarco takes bronze! Sean Yadimarco, the Lyndhurst Martial Arts student, took 3rd place at the prestigious 2017 No-Gi Pan Am held in NYC this weekend. ( Yadmiarco, a purplebelt under Professor Chris Savarese won 3 matches in the lightweight purplebelt class before losing to World silver medalist Italo Azevedo.

Kudos from his Professor

Savarese had this to say about Yadimarco….”Really proud of this kid right here. He is dedicated to his craft and is constantly testing himself and trying new things to get better. He placed 3rd in the no-gi Pan Am today despite being a purple belt for only a couple of months. I expect him to grow from his experience today and come back stronger. What a fantastic job he did today! We are so proud of him, he trained very hard for this!

Savarese BJJ Competition Team

Yadimarco is one of the leaders of the Savarese BJJ competition team, one of NJ’s best. He will next be fighting onthe Fight To Win 51 in Brooklyn NY. That card will feature ADCC champion JT Torres taking on former UFC Champion Ben Henderson in the main event, with No-Gi World Champions Justin “Darth” Rader from Lovato BJJ in Oklahoma vs Gianni Grippo of Marcelo Garcia in the co main event. Other events the team will be competing in soon are the Kasai Fighting Champion in October and NJBJJF on Nov 5th.