Harrison’s Kuntz resident earns jiu jitsu promotion

 

Harrison’s Kuntz resident earns jiu jitsu promotion

Congrats to Andrew Kuntz on receiving the 1st stripe of his bluebelt from Professor Savarese yesterdayAndrew Kuntz, a Harrison resident earned his jiu-jitsu promotion to 3 stripe bluebelt on saturday. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner who promoted by his instructor, Professor Chris Savarese of the Savarese BJJ Academy in Lyndhurst. The school is one of the top jiu-jitsu schools on the east coast. Kuntz has made tons of progress at Savarese BJJ in the last 6 months and rising rapidly in the BJJ world. Keep up the great work Andrew! Kuntz has been training a little over 2 years and has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Savarese calls him one of the top blue belts in the Academy. Kuntz has also had success of the competition circuit, winning 3 tournaments since the beginning of his training. Keep up the great work Andrew!

Savarese Jiu Jitsu

Are you ready to discover a powerful new martial art that promises to put you into peak physical fitness while giving you the self-defense skills of a professional mixed martial arts fighter? It’s all yours for the taking when you try adult Jiu Jitsu classes at Savarese Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

At Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, we’ve got a great team of instructors who will give you an extreme workout that’s packed with all the classic Jiu Jitsu principles! As you take the fight to the ground in classic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, you’ll learn how to grapple like a pro and deliver inescapable submission holds! All the while, you’ll be crushing calories and building muscle for a rock-solid, head-turning body! Whether your goal is to lose weight, learn practical self defense moves, or even become a world champion, we have the right program for you.

We offer classes in Traditional Gi and No-Gi for men, women, teens and children.  We have a flexible schedule for your busy life! Please schedule your FREE TRIAL today! Please contact us to set up a free lesson by emailing professorsav@savtransfer.wpengine.com

Leo Alves makes BJJ instructor proud

 

Leo Alves makes BJJ instructor proud

There are things that happen when you are a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor that make you so proud that it will take plastic surgery to get the smile off your face. Yesterday, I found out that my student Leo Alves, my 15 yr old killer orangebelt, went door to door in his neighborhood on Monday shoveling after the snowstorm to raise enough $ to attend the Rafael Lovato Jr seminar next month! No excuses! He gets it already. I am so proud of him that I have been smiling for 2 days straight. He is the future of Savarese BJJ Academy!

Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu instructor interviewed on BJJ podcast

Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu instructor interviewed on BJJ podcast

Lyndhurst Jiu-Jitsu instructor Chris Savarese was interviewed on BJJ podcast “Driving It Home With The Professor” yesterday. Savarese is a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt under Royler Gracie and one of the first Americans to be promoted by him. Professor Marco Perazzo, the host, is also a BJJ blackbelt, his under Phil Migliarese. Phil is an affiliate of Royler’s brother Relson Gracie.

When a surgery for his elbow highlighted blockages in his arteries, Professor Savarese of  Savarese BJJ underwent heart surgery. While on the mend, he speaks with a series called “Driving it Home,” to discuss his recovery and beyond.

He talks about his journey to the black belt. Also, the older generation is where the knowledge is, Savarese believes, and that if you’re a new practitioner and you’re not looking into this information, you’re missing out.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Known throughout the world for its grappling techniques this martial art uses sophisticated leverage and positioning to control and submit an opponent.  Hence, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a complete system of Self-Defense incorporating striking, throwing, submissions and weapons defense.

Savarese BJJ Academy

Professor Chris Savarese is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and a member of the Rafael Lovato BJJ association. He has traveled to Brazil to train at the world-famous Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, he has trained with some of the best BJJ practitoners in the world. Also, he has competed in and won many different tournaments across the US.

Chris has worked in the field of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and grappling as a matchmaker, referee, competitor, teacher and sponsor, seeing every angle of the sport.

Finally, are you looking to train at the Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Lyndhurst? Please call 201 933-5134 for a free trial class.

 

Check out the full interview below:

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Today is the 8 yr Anniversary of Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 8 short years, we went from a little hole in the wall on Stuyvesant Ave to our new 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. Special thanks to Sean J L Bermudez and Michele Culmone for their hard work in keeping this place running smoothly. 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! oss.

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

 

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

 

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

Happy 8th Anniversary Savarese Jiu Jitsu Lyndhurst

 

 

The Subject of Steroids

The Subject of Steroids

I wanted to write a blog about steroid use in MMA after reading that an instructor at the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy tested positive but forgot about it. Keith Owen, a Pedro Sauer blackbelt from Idaho, (kudos Keith ) wrote a blog this morning and got my juices flowing again. Those who know me know I am very anti-PED (Perfomance Enhancing Drugs). I am overcome w/ sadness after reading this piece of news this week. BJJ athletes all over the country and world are getting popped for PEDs. I will never understand this. Are we this weak? For the last 18 years, I have been studying this GREAT art of ours and still hold the belief that it is the most effective 1 on 1 martial art on the planet. The level of our best practitioners in at an all-time high. Many got there through hard work, dedication and gaining mental strength over a period of training. What happened to these attributes? When did we become so weak and insecure that we lost the confidence and drive to apply the principles and techniques that our instructors taught us? Do you think that Helio and Carlos would ever turn to steroids it they failed? Do you think our art would be so strong without testing itself? Steroid users go against everything a martial artist should be. Where is your spirit of the art you represent? The spirit of art should be the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and characterized by the following values: Ethics, fair play, honesty, health, excellence in performance, character, dedication, respect for your opponent and rules, courage and commitment. If you are doing drugs, you hold NONE of these attributes. Taking steroids is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of our art. I see practitioners of all belt colors in tournaments now using drugs. It disgusts me. Remember that athletes don’t take these drugs to level the playing field, they do it to get an advantage. And if everyone else is doing what they’re doing, then instead of taking 10 grams or 10 cc’s or whatever it is, they’ll take 20 or 30 or 40, and a vicious circle simply gets bigger. The end game will be an activity that is increasingly violent, extreme, and meaningless, practiced by a class of people who lack honor, respect and all the attributes mentioned before. The use of performance-enhancing drugs is not accidental, it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage. The IBJJF has started testing. Not strongly enough IMO. How about your new Hall Of Fame? Will steroids users be allowed in? I know for sure of  World Champions past and present who use drugs. Your HOF is worth nothing IMO  if you allow steroid users in. I know people and athletes have been using for years, that doesn’t make it right. Major League baseball seems to finally have evened the playoff field, why can’t BJJ? Put all the $ you are raking in to good use and test all the blackbelts one year. I would rather fight clean and lose than win a World Championship (or any match for that matter) being dirty. That that is me. I can look myself in the mirror and students in the eye knowing that I am teaching the right way. If you are using, you are mentally weak and know in the back of your mind that your wins are fraudulent. Practice, compete and fight without using. It’s the right way and nobody can ever question your morals or accomplishments. oss.

Chris Savarese

Lyndhurst Martial Arts School Wins Team Championship

 

Lyndhurst Martial Arts School Wins Team Championship

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, a Lyndhurst Martial Arts School Wins Team Championship this weekend. When asked about his teams performance Professor Chris Savarese had this to say.

Words from Professor Savarese

What a great day at the NJBJJF tournament. I have to say, I love my team. From the competitors to the coaches to the parents to the other students showing up in support. We are a true family. Congrats to all who competed today, everyone was AWESOME. We won the 3rd place TEAM TROPHY w/ just 5 people competing. We are dubbing the trophy the “Dan Rinaldi Trophy” because Danny Rinaldi went 9-0 on the day without having a point scored on him. Yes, we unleashed Dan Rinaldi on the BJJ tournament scene. He won his division in the gi and no-gi and the Bluebelt absolute. Andrew Kuntz looked fantastic as well, taking 1st place in his division winning 3 tough matches. Pete O’Connor also won 2 matches in his division (one very quickly) to finish in 3rd place in his division.His brother Brian O’Connor bounced back from a loss in the semis for a quick submission to finish w/ a 3rd place medal as well. Caitlin McManus fought well as well, taking 2nd place in her division. she will wear gold soon without a doubt. I want to take a second to shout out the women on our competition team. Our ladies step up and compete at every tournament. At a time where BJJ is booming in the US, I see very few ladies on the East Coast putting it on the line. props to our girls who are not scared to fail and either win or learn. Great job!

Kids were great too

Also props to Coach Sean J L Bermudez for the great job he is doing w/ our kids. We have created a true team atmosphere and props to our parents who stick w/ the program and understand kids martial arts is about much more than wins in a tournament and sometimes it is better to lose because there is a better lesson. Our parents aren’t sending kids to compete so they can brag to their freinds when they win a medal. And we don’t sandbag. We test our kids. They fight in the divisions they are supposed to or fight up. There are no kids training for 3 years fighting kids training for 6 months. Our parent get it and I love you for it. That being said, congrats to all the kids who stepped up to compete and came home w/ medals, especially Kayla Zep, who is an Absolute beast, beating a girl bigger than me in the finals. A big thank you goes to everyone. They is nobody else I’d rather spend my days w/ than my Savarese BJJ family.

Professor Sav

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu-Lyndhurst Martial Arts School Of The Year

Savarese Jiu-Jitsu-Lyndhurst Martial Arts School Of the Year

Congrats to Savarese BJJ Academy for winning the Lyndhurst Martial Arts school of the year! First of all, this award is for everyone from the instructors to students to kids to parents. Futhermore, a big congrats and thank you goes out to everyone involved in our Academy. I look forward to spending the rest of my jiu-jitsu journey with each and every one of you! The Academy is led by teachers Professor Chris Savarese, a 2nd degree blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and one of the first American Jiu Jitsu practitioners to earn a black belt from Royler Gracie. Royler is the son of the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie, who created Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his brother Carlos. In addition, the kids program is led by Coach Sean Bermudez, a blackbelt under Savarese.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, often also referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ, is a grappling-based martial art descended from traditional styles of Japanese jujitsu. It was developed and honed by the Gracie family in Brazil in the 1920’s. Based on the fact that most real fights “go to the ground,” it is specially designed so that a smaller person can use principles of leverage and inherent body weaknesses to defeat a larger opponent.

UFC

BJJ took the martial arts world by storm in 1993 during the very 1st Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 1). BJJ blackbelt Royce Gracie used it to defeat a number of stronger, larger opponents. Since then, BJJ has become a part of almost all mixed martial arts, police and military defensive tactics training programs, and it currently provides the basis for the U.S. Army’s Combatives program. Hence, BJJ can be studied by men, women teens and kids in addition to providing real-life self defense skills. Finally, our students come in all ages and from all walks of life, and they participate in our classes for self defense, fitness, BJJ competition training, stress relief, Mixed Martial Arts, and personal enrichment.

If you are interested in trying this award winning program, call 201 933-5134 to try a free class.

 

Professor Chris Savarese promoted to 2nd degree blackbelt

 

Professor Chris Savarese promoted to 2nd degree blackbelt

Congrats to Professor Chris Savarese on being promoted to 2nd degree on his blackbelt from Professor Rafael Lovato jr tonight! It is quite an honor because Savarese is now eligible to give blackbelts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Blackbelts are not allowed to promote students to blackbelt until they are a 2nd degree blackbelt. Professor Lovato and Professor Savarese both made moving speeches and it was a great night for everyone involved at the Savarese BJJ Academy last night!

Chris Savarese

Chris Savarese is now a 2nd degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and a member of the Rafael Lovato BJJ association. A former brazilian jiu-jitsu compeitior, Savarese has traveled all over the world competing and training. He also traveled to Brazil to train at the world-famous Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro and has trained with some of the best BJJ practitioners in the world. His resume’ includes such tournaments as Grapplers Quest (3x), NAGA(2x), Tri-State Ground Control Classic, Yamasaki Tournament, NYC Grappling Challenge (2x) and USGA Tournament (2x).

Chris has worked in the field of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and grappling as a matchmaker, referee, competitor, teacher and sponsor. He has seen the sport from every angle and brings those attributes to his teaching, where his is considered one of the top instructors on the East Coast by those in the BJJ community.

Savarese BJJ Academy

The Savarese BJJ Academy is located in Lyndhurst NJ and considered one of the best BJJ schools in NJ and has classes every day, afternoon and night. You can see the schedule here: http://savtransfer.wpengine.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-classes-lyndhurst-nj/ There are classes for men, women, teens and kids including women’s only classes. Whether you want to be a top competitior or just want to train recreationally to better your lifestyle, we have classes for you. To try a free class, call the Academy to schedule an appointment. 201 933-5134.

Rafael Lovato Jr Lyndhurst NJ seminar

Rafael Lovato Jr Lyndhurst NJ seminar

What an amazing night tonight at Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! We packed over 50 people for the Rafael Lovato Jr. seminar, the biggest one we have ever had. Professor Lovato showed some amazing techniques and ended the night in a special way for me by promoting Professor Savarese to 2nd Degree blackbelt! It has been an incredible ride being part of his team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thanks to Rafael and all my students and friends for sharing in this day. oss!

Savarese BJJ Academy

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a unique martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. BJJ practitioners utilize throws, trips, and sweeps to bring an opponent to the ground, where they have a variety of chokes and joint locks to bring an end to the altercation rather than using punches and kicks from a standing position. BJJ has its roots in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu migrated to Brazil in the early 1900’s, where it was learned and modified by the now-famous Gracie family. Central to this philosophy of combat that the Gracies helped develop is the idea that a larger opponent’s advantages (reach and strength) can be nullified if he is taken to the ground. Thus, leverage and technique are much more important in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu than size and strength. Today BJJ has exploded in popularity all over the world, thanks to the efforts of Brazilian families like the Gracies and their cousins, the Machados. For a free trial class, please call 201 933-5134 to schedule one.

 

Belleville resident receives Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brownbelt

 

Belleville resident receives Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brownbelt

Belleville resident Dan Lleonart received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brownbelt saturday after 8 years of training. Lleonart trains at the Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Lyndhurst. Lleonart trains under 2nd degree BJJ blackbelt Professor Chris Savarese, one of the top BJJ instrctors in NJ and one of the first American BJJ practitioners to receive a blackbelt under Royler Gracie. Savarese stated “Big congrats go to Danny Lleonart for earning his brownbelt today! Danny is one of the top students in the Academy and a future instructor here. His game is probably most similar to mine out of all my students. It’s been a great ride Danny, keep up the great work and I’m sure you reach the dream soon enough.” 

Savarese BJJ Academy

The Savarse BJJ Academy is located at 40 Park Ave in Lyndhurst. The adult program focuses on self-defense because that is thecore of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We also get into sport BJJ and some MMA but all of our sports Jiu Jitsu techniques will cross over and be applicable on the street and ring or cage as well. When you join the Savarese BJJ family, you will not only learn to defend yourself but you will also become healthier andmore relaxed in stressful situations. You will also gain a confidence that you can’t get from any of workout or martial art. No experience is necessary and in fact, preferred. You can learn our system correctly from the beginning. We have classes for anyone including woemn’s only classes. No matter whether you have no martial arts experience or are looking for a new place to train, we have something for you. We have Gracie fundamentals classes for the new people to learn in a less advanced atmosphere in a 16 week program designed to enter you into advanced classes. If you are interested in a free class, call 201 933-5134 to set one up.