Recent Savarese Jiu-Jitsu promotions

Recent Savarese BJJ Promotions

Recent Savarese BJJ promotions have been plentiful. In the past 3 months, many of our students have “leveled up.” There have been a bunch of recent Savarese BJJ promotions. Many of our students made goals at the beginning of the year to improve.  To their credit, 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:

Blackbelt:

Professor Savarese was promoted to third-degree black belt by Professor Rafael Lovato Jr

Mohammad Mohebbi- 2nd degree blackbelt

Danny Lleonart- professor stripes

Anthony DelGuercio- professor stripes

Purplebelt:

Leo Alves- 2nd stripe
Caitlin McManus – 2nd Stripe
Elliot Santiago- 3rd stripe
Andrew Kuntz- 4th stripe
Steve McNicholas

Bluebelt

Pat Younan 3rd stripe

Ed Vecchone-2nd stripe

Dylan Hutchinson -1st Stripe

Pete Valvidia 1st stripe

Donna Valvidia -1st stripe

Kayla Zeppetelli- 1st stripe

Tom Thibideaux

Nick Buttiglieri

Mariana Vazquez

Tim Farias

Roy Forys

Ernie Gencarelli

Kevin Wilton

Juan Cabrera

Yellow belt

Theresa Zeppetelli -3rd stripe

Whitebelt

Tommy Piccuro third stripe

Ariel Morel- 3rd stripe

 

if you are interested in joining out winning team, leave your info at www.bergencountybjj.com

Savarese BJJ leader thanks instructors

Savarese BJJ leader thanks instructors

These 2 men have been such a huge part of not just my Jiu-Jitsu journey but my life. Thank you to Master Royler Gracie and Professor David Adiv for all their lessons, on and off the mat over the years. Royler continues to inspire me every time I see him, and I get better as an instructor by watching him teach each time I take a class with him. You can just feel the aura around him and he has a presence that not many others have. As for Dave, there would be no Savarese BJJ without David and I would not be the man I am today without him. Dave changed my life path And I am forever grateful. #legends #bjj #graciejiujitsu #jiujitsu

Master Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Master Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Master Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar was a great success. Over 60 students poured into the Savarese BJJ Academy to learn from the Jiu-Jitsu legend.

The school owner, Professor Chris Savarese earned his blackbelt from Gracie in 2008. Savarese had this to say “Thank you to Master Royler Gracie for an unbelievable seminar tonight at my Academy. I always learn so much from him not just on the mats but in life. And watching him teach and his energy always inspires me to be a better instructor. Thank you Master, always my great honor to have you on my mats.”

Master Royler Gracie Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Another World Champ visits Savarese BJJ

Another World Champ visits Savarese BJJ

Another World Champ visits Savarese BJJ As Marcos “Yemaso” Torregrosa stopped in Tuesday to train and teach. The 3x World Masters BJJ Champion shared his techniques and theories w the students at Savarese. Yemaso had this to say on his Facebook page: “Excellent turn out at Chris Savarese’s gym here in NJ! Met so many new people and hope to have brought something new to the table. This is a must for anyone coming to NJ, can’t recommend enough coming to see professor Sav #history #dontmakethemliketheusedto

Packed House

More than 50 people were in class Tuesday for the training sessions and everyone went home better than they were when they came in. It was an excellent display. Many of the students were using terms like “mind blown” when the seminar was over. Professor Chris Savarese, the Academy owner had this to say: “Great night at Savarese BJJ last night. Was my great honor to have 3x World Masters Champion Marcos “Yemaso” Torregrosa teach on my mats. He has a very cerebral approach to BJJ and entries that I share and i really enjoyed watching him teach and picked up some excellent techniques and entries. Always good to expose yourself to new thoughts and ways of doing things. Thank you @yemasojj ! #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #lyndhurst #lyndhurstnj #lyndhurstjiujitsu #lyndhurstmartialarts #lyndhurstmartialartsschool #savaresebjj #yemasobjj #bjjinnj #njbjj

Train w Yemaso

Anyone who wants to train with Yemaso, check out his Academy in Sacramento, CA at Yemasobjj.com

Bellator Champion Lovato at Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator Champion Lovato at Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator Champion Lovato trains at Lyndhurst BJJ Academy! Lovato jump started his training camp for his next fight at the Savarese BJJ Academy. He trained w ADCC 2009 runner-up and former Cornell wrestling standout Gerry Rinaldi, his brother Danny Rinaldi a former Rutgers Wrestling captain and Chris Savarese. Savarese, a 3rd degree BJJ blackbelt, is the school’s owner. They were also joined by 1st degree blackbelt Sean Bermudez and Savarese Academy standout competitor Sean Yadimarco.

Won title in London

The undefeated Lovato (10-0 MMA) dominated and took a decision win over the dangerous veteran Gegard Mousasi. It was in the main event of Bellator London in Wembley back in June. The fight was dominated in the first two rounds by the American Jiu-Jitsu champion Lovato but Mousasi rallied in the 3rd and 4th round. Lovato put on a huge performance in the last round and smothered Mousasi with his world class Jiu-Jitsu. As a result, the title was his. The Oklahoma native was able to execute his game plan of clinching, getting the takedown and working his Jiu-Jitsu in the first two rounds but Mousasi was able to keep the fight standing in the 3rd and 4th.

Bellator Champion Lovato trains at Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator Champion Lovato trains at Lyndhurst BJJ Academy

Bellator Champion Rafael Lovato Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Bellator Champion Rafael Lovato Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Bellator Champion Rafael Lovato Lyndhurst NJ seminar went down last night at Savarese BJJ Academy on Park ave. Lovato and Savarese owner Professor Chris Savarese have been good friends and training partners for over 15 years. The Savarese Academy is part of the same team as Lovato’s team and Lovato recently promoted Savarese to 3rd degree blackbelt

Words from Savarese

The Champ is here! Thanks to my good friend Rafael Lovato Jr for sharing his knowledge once again w me and my students tonight. He is an amazing inspiration to all of us and he never stops learning and getting better.

Rafel lovato Savarese BJJ seminar

Rafel lovato Savarese BJJ seminar

Great day for Savarese Jiu-Jitsu

Great day for Savarese Jiu-Jitsu

Grea day for the Savarese BJJ Competiton Team today at the Grappling Industries Tournament. 4 competitors, all 4 on the podium. Congrats to Tommy Picurro on winning his division! He has unlimited potential and is getting better w each tourn. We are gonna start pushing him to get in better shape and tighten some things up and look out for this kid! He’s only 17!
Congrats also to Caitlin McManus on taking silver in her purplebelt division, Thomas Thibodeaux on taking 2nd in his division and Nick Buttiglieri for taking bronze, including a couple of wins by submission. We had a chance to win every single match today and that is all you can ask for. Congrats to everyone for testing themselves and not being afraid to fail! Proud of you all!

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu 13th Anniversary

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu 13th Anniversary

Today is the 13th Anniversary of Savarese BJJ. Woke up this morning and took a moment to reflect on the journey. I opened this school with nothing but guts. No money, no plan. Thinking about what I know now compared to what I knew then,looking back now, it’s amazing I didn’t go out of business. Over these 13 years, i have grown so much as a businessman, BJJ practitioner and instructor and most importantly, as a person. It was truly the best decision I ever made and i am so thankful for those who have supported me and helped me grow during this journey. To know how much we as a team have made a difference in the lives of the people in the room and in our community for years and generations to come is the most rewarding feeling one can have. As a white and blue belt, doing something like this seemed like a pipe dream, a goal that seemed almost unattainable but I am proud that it was a goal and dream reached. 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. 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 every day. I am even thankful for the bad times, the students who opted out of this journey with me, because the lessons I learned from those times made me stronger and better. Looking forward to helping others grow on and off the mats for as long as humanly possibly. Thanks to all my students for their trust and dedication and to everyone on the ride w me. I truly am grateful.

3 Pics

These 3 pics show our journey from the outside of the Original 900 sq ft Academy at 482 Stuyvesant Ave where it all started, a place w a drum set in the office, a door that was so short that in the winter winds of cold would blow through and a place where we constantly put holes in the walls.
Next was 500 Stuyvesant w/ the poles, a 2nd floor Academy that was a microcosm for many of our journeys, because it was a place where a lot of us grew and ascended to new heights. For me, it was a truly special and meaningful place for many of my upperbelts and where others got their start.
And lastly, our home, our 5500 sq ft facility at 40 Park Ave. The place I always dreamed we’d someday have. Looking forward to what the future brings!

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu women earn silver medals

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu women earn silver medals

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu women earn silver medals! Congrats to Ivette Ponte and Mariana Vazquez on taking 2nd place in their divisions sunday at the NJBJjF tournament. Ivette did great, displaying a very active and attacking guard all day. She was constantly attacking and despite taking a silver, it was one of her best tournament showing to date. Mariana was awesome as well, displaying many of the techniques she has been working on during training. She is one of the most dedicated students andwon one of her matches in dominate fashion, shutting out her opponent and being in dominate position the entire match before the finish. Great job ladies!

 

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu teenager wins women’s division

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu teenager wins women’s division

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu teenager wins women’s division! Another one of our top teenage students, Kayla Zeppetelli, won her women’s weight class sunday at the NJBJJF. Kayla took  1st place winning all matches by submission at just 16 yrs old! Way to go Kayla! Zeppetelli has been training for over 5 years and is a great example for the younger girls in the program.