Jiu-Jitsu Legend teaches in Lyndhurst NJ

Jiu-Jitsu Legend teaches in Lyndhurst NJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Royler Graciewas the guest teacher in Lyndhurst NJ Academy Savarese BJJ on friday. The 4x World BJJ champion is the son of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Grandmaster and founder Helio Gracie. Royler is not only a legend in jiu jitsu, having been the first “King of BJJ’s Featherweight Division†setting the record of world championships at the time. But he also is world reknown in the submission wrestling world, where he won the prestigeous ADCC Submission Wrestling tournament 3 years in a row from 1999-2001 without having a single point scored on him. Gracie also fought in mixed martial arts (MMA) in numerous promotion throughout the world before ending his career in 2006.

One of BJJ’s best instructors

Professor Chris Savarese, the Academy owner and head instructor, received his blackbelt from Gracie in 2008. He considers Royler Gracie to be one of the best instructors in the world. In addition to being a world class competitor (one of the best ever) on the sport side of jiu-jitsu, he is one of the world’s leading experts in the self defense side. Furthermore, he  has excelled as an instructor, leading the Gracie Humaitá academy in Rio de Janeiro. This Academy is where the likes of Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Vinny Magalhaes, “Megaton†Dias, Omar Salum, Renato Barreto and many others were developed.

Great night at the Academy

Savarese wanted to thank Master Royler Gracie for putting on an incredible Jiu-Jitsu seminar tonight at the Academy. His ability to break down the simplest fighting techniques and principles in a way that everyone benefits from the new students to the blackbelts is unmatched. Everyone learns so much as a practitioners every time he is here. Even the energy he brings inspires us to do better every class. The self-defense techniques were easy to learn, easy to execute and very street applicable. Everyone who came tonight is much better than they were when they walked through the door. Also, thank you to David Adiv, Angelica Oliveira and Brian O’Leary for coming down to help as well. OSS.


Help Lyndurst martial artists realize their dream

Help  Lyndurst martial artists realize their dream

You can help Lyndurst martial artists realize their dream. It doesn’t take much from each person who reads this. Donations as small as $5 can make a huge impact, if you can not donate all you have to do is share this link on your social media pages. (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)

Savarese BJJ

Savarese BJJ has been servicing the local communities for the last 10 years. They have offered top notch martial arts instruction for Men, Women and Children in  a safe and friendly learning environment. Also, they have sponsored many youth Baseball and Softball Teams in both Lyndhurst and Paramus. Giving back to the surrounding areas is important to owner and head instructor Professor Chris Savarese who constantly donates to local events and fundraisers for the surrounding schools.

About the fundraiser

This upcoming Summer, the World Championships of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be held. Savarese BJJ is venturing to raise money to help team members realize their dream of competing on the biggest stage of BJJ. The costs can be for many, a bit overwhelming and for some unaffordable. The goal is to raise $5K to help cover airfare, hotel and food. The Lyndhurst martial arts school appreciates any and all donations that can be made, no matter the size.

How can you donate

There are several ways you can Help Lyndurst martial artists to realize their dream. The first way is to visit the Gofundme page and donate their. If you would like to donate in person you can drop the donations at the academy. Savarese BJJ Academy 40 Park Ave (Back Building) Lyndhurst NJ 07071


Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst No Gi Pan results

Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst No Gi Pan results

The Savarese Jiu Jitsu team’s No Gi Pan Am results were very impressive.

Yadimarco gets hand raised

Yadimarco gets hand raised

The competition team had only a very small team competing in the tournament but North Jersey’s premier school managed to come away fourth in the total teen standings. That is an impressive feat considering other teams had many more competitors. Our results speak for themselves and we are proud of them.

More with less

With only 5 competitors, the Savarese team came home with 5 medals. Lead by teens Leo Alves and Sean Yadimarco, the competition team was awesome on Saturday.

Kicking off the action at the City College Of New York, Alves took 1st place in his division and later took 3rd in the Absolute. Meanwhile, Yadimarco took home 2nd place in his division and later took home 2nd in the Absolute as well. The pair of 17 yr olds have been doing well on the local scene for a couple of years now and have really stepped up their jiu-jitsu this year on the World stage.

Leo Alves-NoGi Pan Am Champion

Leo Alves-NoGi Pan Am Champion

With only the 2 of them competing as teens, our team took 4th place, only 2 pts out of 3rd, in the team standings based on their accomplishments.

Also bringing home some hardware was brownbelt Anthony DelGuercio, who took 3rd place in his division. Del Guercio was competing for the first time this year and plans to be very active on the competition scene the rest of this year.

Also competing were brownbelt standout Brian Procel, who lost to Dante Leon, who captured his division and the Brownbelt Absolute class, putting on one of the best performances of the day in the process.

Mike Carrafiello also tested his skills in the purple belt masters class. Both guys will be competing again later this year in tournaments on the east coast.

Blue Belt Wins No Gi Pan Championship

Blue Belt Wins No Gi Pan Championship

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student Leo Alves won the prestigious no-gi Pan Am championship this weekend. Alves, a bluebelt at the North Jersey jiu jitsu academy, took gold in his division at CCNY this weekend. The 17 year old is a top local competitor and has stepped up on the world scene this year. Due to lack on sponsorship $, the first time he was able to compete was in May at the World BJJ Championship tournament in CA. Since then, Alves won the Absolute (no weight limit) championship at the NJBJJF (New Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) in August as well as 2 other smaller tournaments. While at the Pan Ams, he tried his hand in the Absolute division. As a result, he took home the bronze medal for his efforts. It made for quite an impressive display for the youngster.

Professor Chris Savarese, his instructor and an award winning coach, is very high on Alves. “If Leo commits himself to BJJ, he has the tools and skills to become a World Champion, we just have to find him some sponsors.”

Next up for Alves is the NJBJJF tournament in November.

Lyndhurst Jiu Jitsu student wins No Gi Pan Championship

Lyndhurst Jiu Jitsu student wins No Gi Pan Championship

No-Gi Pan Am Championship

Every year, the No-Gi Pan Am Championship is the 2nd biggest no-gi IBJJF event in the USA. Second to only the No-Gi World Championship. Jiu-Jitsu Champions are usually judged by how many World and Pan Am Championships they have won. Both tournaments are held in high regard. More info for all IBJJF events at their site.

Rafael Lovato Jr Association

Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is proud to represent the Rafael Lovato Jr Association as the premier academy on the East Coast.

The Lovato Jiu-Jitsu team was founded by Rafael Lovato Jr, considered by many to be “the complete fighter.” It is currently one of the strongest teams in the US and is led by the most decorated and experienced American BJJ competitor of all time.

While Professor Lovato’s personal resume is immaculate, his association produced “4 ADCC veterans, World and Pan-American medalists at all belt levels, and No-Gi World medalists at all belt levels.” Each member of the Lovato Jiu Jitsu Association follows a world class curriculum, a vast array of resources, and phenomenal instruction.

Savarese Jiu Jitsu AcademyLyndhurst martial artist wins Instructor of the Year

Savarese BJJ Academy, the sole representative of the Lovato team on the East Coast, boasts a number of accolades. This includes many team championships and even an “Instructor of the Year” distinction awarded to Chris Savarese – Savarese BJJ’s head instructor and owner.

A member of the Rafael Lovato Jr Association for several years now, Prof. Chris Savarese is a 2nd degree Black Belt under the legendary Royler Gracie. Prof. Savarese has frequented Brazil and trained with some of the best jiu jitsu practitioners in the world. A veteran of Grapplers Quest, NAGA, and many other competitions, Savarese now focuses his time and energy on his academy.

Prof. Savarese’s pedigree is forged in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and grappling. Formerly the owner of Tribe Fightwear, Savarese has acted as a sponsor, matchmaker, referee, competitor, and teacher. He has grown with both sports in several different avenues.

As an instructor, Savarese brings a no nonsense approach to teaching. Moreover, every student receives respect, honor and loyalty. As a student you receive personal attention, learn great techniques, and most importantly, you have fun doing it.

Savarese BJJ students are always held in high regard – a product of winning many individual and team championships. However, while competing is exciting and beneficial for personal growth in our sport, Savarese BJJ is also concerned with building a strong team chemistry. Being great individually is nice, but having great teammates is even better.

Finally, come grow with us and the Rafael Lovato Jr Association. Begin your training today by contacting us at 201-933-5134 or filling out a contact form. We look forward to training with you.

Back To School With Children’s Martial Arts

Now that your child is back in school, they might be interested in sports. While traditional sports are fun and a great way of interacting with peers, it pales in comparison to what we have to offer. Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy offers an award winning Children’s Martial Arts program ran by black belt, Sean Bermudez.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a great alternative to recreational sports offered at school. Futhermore, BJJ offers the student a chance to learn self-defense while participating in a fun and engaging sport.

Our award winning staff will work with your child in our kid’s only program. Here, they will grow and evolve into disciplined and respectful individuals as well as talented martial artists.

Don’t just take our word for it, look at the results from our latest competition. Savarese BJJ routinely finishes in the top three each time we bring our team to tournaments. However, BJJ is more than just a sport and it involves more than just winning. Our martial art is a way for your child to belong to something bigger than just themselves.

Children’s Martial Arts at Savarese BJJ

Savarese BJJ recently celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary. Our children’s martial arts program is part of the reason we have continued to grow during that decade.

The main goal at our school is to boost the self-esteem of our students, especially our youngest members. In order to accomplish this, we focus on what we consider life skills: developing confidence, discipline, courage, responsibility, and leadership.

Our belief  is that growing in these areas will allow our students to lead a happy and balanced life. In addition, between the martial arts skills that your child will develop and the life skills we will instill in them, they will be able to stand up to bullying.

Ultimately, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers a wide array of options for each student. Those that are more interested in the sport aspect of our art are going to love our competition programs. Meanwhile, those that are more interested in self-defense will gain the ability to protect themselves.

How to Reach Us:

Call Savarese BJJ at 201-933-5134 for a free class or fill out one of these forms and a representative will contact you soon.


Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 yr anniversary

Today, Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 years of being open!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to explain why this is such an important day for our academy.

The Dream Comes True:

The 10 yr Anniversary is much more important to me than the 1 yr because today I feel like I am living the dream I conceived as a bluebelt: running a successful BJJ Academy. However, it is more important than that. I wanted to create a school that had a

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 yr anniversary

1st school

positive effect on my students and in our community for years and generations to come.

As a white and blue belt, doing something like this seemed like a pipe dream, a goal that seemed almost unattainable. These 10 years have had their trials and tribulations and some personal injuries to overcome.

In 2001, I faced a complete tear of my ACL, PCL and LCL. The doctors told me that my athletic days were over and even my family was urging me to give up BJJ. It was hard to walk without pain and my dream seemed completely out of reach.

I didn’t know it at the time, but overcoming these injuries strengthened my mindset for a much harder battle years later with my heart surgery.

The first step in my dream coming true was the grand opening. Looking back, I had no clue what I was doing. I had no plan for success and my first two years were basically a waste. I was lucky to make it through those days.

Behind the Scenes:

Few people truly know how difficult it is to run a successful academy and how much work goes on behind the scenes. Developing the culture of the academy is key and important to maintain every day. Sometimes difficult decisions are made to maintain that culture.

Cultivating a structure and a process for student and school growth, writing a solid curriculum and monitoring progress weekly are also keys to success. You must find ways to reach individuals and the group alike.

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 years!

1st school

One of my former instructors, Renzo Gracie, used to say “we are in the confidence business.” This includes imparting your philosophy and message as well as undoing years of a student believing that he or she can’t, that they are weak, that they are a victim because of things that happened in their lives. In part, our job is removing this detrimental crutch. Only then will the student see success. 

It is the most difficult and challenging job I’ve ever had, but I wake up each day passionately ready to do it again. This is my life’s work and I truly believe that all the years of my dad teaching me sports, driving me to and from practices, and every coach who taught me something, prepared me for this role. I believe I was put on this earth to do this.


Proud is the word I’d describe about the way everyone treats each other. Honestly, the atmosphere in our academy is what I am most proud of. No drama or rivalries. 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. The academy is a place for personal growth, not just fun, fitness, fighting or medals. It is a place where character, accountability, loyalty, and purpose are more than words.

Personal Thanks:

First, I would like to thank all of my students. You play such important part in the success of our Academy.

Now for the very long list of thank yous. A special thank you goes to David Adiv, who for years tried to get me to open a BJJ academy. Adiv was patient enough with me to let me do it when I thought I was ready. The Savarese BJJ Academy would not exist without him.

Another thank you goes to the many instructors and training partners who helped me develop the skills and knowledge I get to pass on to everyone today. Most notable are David Adiv, Renzo and Royler Gracie, Rafael Lovato Jr. and John Danaher. Between the five of them, my instruction has improved and I have grown. Each aspect of my jiu-jitsu features something I have learned from these instructors.

I also would like to thank Master Lloyd Irvin, whose advice at a BJJ tournament years ago changed my life and the fate of my academy. At the time, I was working a full time job and trying to run my academy and struggling mightily. Lloyd urged me to quit my job and focus on my academy.

I told him “Lloyd, you don’t understand, I need that job to pay the bills at the Academy.†He simply laughed in response, “No, Sav, I understand, YOU don’t understand. If you treat your business like a part time business, it will pay you like a part-time business. Treat it like a full time business and it will pay you like a full time business!â€. It was the best advice anyone ever gave me. I quit my job that Monday and haven’t looked back since. So a big thank you to Lloyd from me and everyone at Savarese BJJ.

More Thanks

Also a big thank you to my dear friend, Justin “Master Chim” Garcia, who spent countless time and energy on his own dime in an effort to help me become a better school owner and businessman. I owe a lot of my academy’s success to you.

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 yr anniversary

Our 2nd school

Also to my friend Marco Perazzo, who spent a lot of phone time with me as a new school owner.

Finally, special thanks goes to Professor Sean Bermudez. He has had a great role in the academy’s growth over the last five years; successfully running our kids program. Because of him, our kid’s martial arts program is one of best in the country. We would not be in our new academy without his help.

The past 10 years

In 10 years, we went from a 850 square foot hole in the wall on Stuyvesant Ave to our 5000 sq ft, 2 room facility on Park Ave. I would like to thank all my students, parents, friends, supporters and the township of Lyndhurst New Jersey for all their support over the years. I look forward to many great years together as I am confident that our team and family will grow larger, stronger and wiser in the future. Love you guys!

Professor Chris Savarese

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 years

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Savarese Jiu-Jitsu celebrates 10 years

Front Room

Lovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship

Lovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship

Rafael Lovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship!

Lovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship

On the first day of the 2016 World Master BJJ Championship, Rafael Lovato Jr. was the most impressive fighter of all. The tournament, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, consisted of over 3600 competitors. The 4x BJJ champion won three matches to reach the finals to fight Eliot Kelly, who had just upset 7x World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and Lovato teammate Xande Ribeiro.

Finally, Lovato defeated Kelly by cross choke from the mount position in under 2 minutes to win his division. After winning gold among master-1 super-heavyweights, Lovato entered the prestigious Absolute (no weight limit) division and again came out on top.

Closes out division with teammate

In the absolute, Lovato fought three times, defeating Jefferson Santos with a wrist lock and ended up closing it out with Xande Ribeiro, who had scored 7-0 over Rafael Formiga in his semifinal match.

Lovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship

Cross collar choke from mount

Closing out a division at a major IBJJF event is extremely difficult to do. Since both fighters from the same team must make it to the finals. Xande and Lovato Jr. managed to pull this off. “It’s a dream come true!” is how Lovato described it.

In addition to that division, others fighter excelled. In other divisions, the master-2 age group, Vitor Shaolin stood out as he defeated four opponents to get lightweight gold. The master-1 group featured Romulo Barral, who won gold as he closed out the final with his teammate Roberto Tussa. Middleweights included Vitor Oliveira, who beat Gregor Gracie by decision to win the title.

Former UFC fighter and ADCC champion Vinny Magalhães defeated James Puopolo 1-0 on advantages to win at ultra-heavyweight. Featherweight Osvaldo “Queixinho†Moizinho won his division as he closed it out with his mate Diego Bispo.

Lovato Jiu-JitsuLovato Jr wins World Jiu-Jitsu Masters Championship

The Rafael Lovato Jiu-Jitsu team is one of the fastest growing teams in the United States. Lovato Jiu-Jitsu now boasts teams in Oklahoma, NJ, Texas, Oregon and Canada.

In you live in the NJ area and would like to join his team, contact the Savarese BJJ Academy in Lyndhurst NJ, their headquarters on the East Coast. For a free trial class, call 210 933-5134 to get started.


(photo credits: Luca Atella, Gracie mag, Adidas, Gameness)


Savarese Jiu Jitsu Team Shines

The Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Academy shined at the NJBJJF Summer Open in Homdel, NJ this weekend, taking 2nd overall in the kids team standings.  Our kids were phenomenal, finishing only 4 pts away from 1st place with only 7 kids competing in the collagetournament. Every single kid who competed took home a Gold or Silver medal.

Our kids were awesome!

We have one of the top kids programs in the state of NJ because of the tireless effort of Professor Sean J L Bermudez, whose dedication is so valuable to us. He is constantly giving me ideas to tweak the program to make it run more efficiently. I don’t think anyone else could have build our program like this.

The Adult Competition Team was great too

Meanwhile, the adult competition team took home a handful of medals. The big stories being Coach Carlos Dorjo, who took 1st place in his division competing for the first time in five years after suffering from severe knee and leg injuries that kept him from training for almost three years. It was a very happy moment for everyone on our team when his hand was raised.

Also, two of our bluebelts, Handsome Mark Garcia and Leo Alves closed out the Absolute (no weight limit) Division. Each won three matches apiece despite being the 2 lightest guys in the division. Both took silver in their division.

Big Congrats goes out to Amy Sosa, Ivette Ponte, Jack Zee, Peter Bouzalakos, and Edward Vecchione for stepping up and competing in their first tournament! Sosa, Jack and Ponte all took silver medals in impressive performances. Congrats to Babatunde Ojo who fought some tough matches as well.

I am so proud of everyone who tests themselves, like I always tell everyone who competes “I am proud of you not because you won or lost, but because you aren’t afraid to fail. That is how we improve our jiu-jitsu and ourselves.”

It wasn’t the most successful tournament we ever had, but it was one of my favorites. Our energy was awesome and the team had a great vibe. Day by day, step by step, we grow. Like Confucius once said “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Anyone who would like to join our team, please call 201 933-5134 to set up a free intro lesson.


Women Train for Free

If you are a woman who has always wanted to learn martial arts, Savarese BJJ has an offer for you. For the entire month of September 2016, women train for free. Moreover, if you try now, I will give you the rest of August 2016 for free as well.

Women’s Only Class:

Every Tuesday night, Savarese BJJ offers a women’s only class.

Unless they are an instructor, men are not allowed in the room while the women’s class is in progress. Some women may feel intimidated in a situation where the martial arts school is primarily filled with men. That is why we decided to offer our female students a place to train without men.

The women’s only class was designed for real life threatening situations. It will prepare you for the self-defense needed to properly fend off an attacker. The techniques we provide are based on the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense program that was taught by Grandmaster Helio Gracie.

While a lot of modern BJJ academies focus solely on sport jiu jitsu, we have dedicated classes each week where our students learn how to defend themselves.

Our self-defense program was designed to benefit a smaller person in threatening situations. Particularly, this course is unique in that it does not rely on punching or kicking. While those aspects are important, they may not be an effective strategy to protect yourself against a bigger, stronger opponent.

It is common for most attacks to end up on the ground. We teach you how to defend yourself from this position.

In the comfort of the academy you will learn safe ways to apply joint locks and chokes that could potentially save your life.

BJJ Benefits:

While learning self-defense is an integral aspect of our art, there are other benefits associated with it as well.

You don’t have to be young or in shape to start training. There are a number of success stories of our students losing weight and becoming more athletic in the process, overcoming eating disorders, and growing as an older practitioner.

Our ages currently range from 13 to over 40 years old. Each one of our classes are capable of meeting everyone’s fitness needs.

You don’t have to be in good shape in order to train BJJ. Our curriculum will help guide you towards the best shape of your life.

Students will quickly notice an increase in strength, endurance, flexibility, and general well-being.

If you are looking for a self-defense program, a new hobby, or a fresh way to get in shape, Savarese BJJ Academy can help you. See how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help you improve your self confidence, energy, and general well being.

Again, if you are a interested in trying a class at Savarese BJJ; women train for free during September 2016. The only catch is that you need to purchase a uniform (gi) to train.

Contact us today at 201-933-5134 to find out how women train for free.