About Professor Savarese


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 and has trained with some of the best BJJ practitoners in the world. He has competed in and won 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.

Chris brings a no nonsense approach to teaching and a family atmosphere to the gym. Students are treated with respect, honor and loyalty. As a student you receive personal attention, you learn great techniques, and most importantly, you have fun doing it.

Statement from Chris

“I would like to thank you for showing interest in my Academy. To tell you about myself, my journey into martial arts began in 1997 when a friend brought me to a David Adiv seminar. I continued to train under Dave, receiving my bluebelt in 1999 and my purplebelt in 2001. I then began to train at the Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC where I was a training partner of many of the top competitors and fighters in the world. After moving back to NJ, I rejoined David Adiv and received my brown belt in 2005 and my blackbelt from Royler Gracie in 2008. I have been very lucky in my journey through BJJ to have trained under the likes of Renzo and Royler Gracie, David Adiv, John Danaher and Shawn Williams. These are some of the best BJJ instructors in the US and Brazil and I was lucky enough to have learned a lot from each of them.

I am also the former owner of Tribe Fightwear, one of the top lines of MMA-related products and have sponsored such fighters as Dean Lister, Forrest Griffin, Brandon Vera, Mayhem Miller, Joe D’Arce (the darse choke) and Kurt Pellegrino among others.

From the patience and life lessons I have learned to the many friends across the US and Brazil that I have made, I can honestly say that the best decision I ever made in my life was to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Are you looking to learn self-defense in a fun and friendly environment? Do you want to get in shape and be active? Do you want to give yourself the confidence to handle physical situations? My academy offers practical self defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in a relaxed, family atmosphere. Students learn techniques to build their self esteem, get a great work out, and most importantly, defend themselves. You will experience a dramatic change in your physical and mental abilities.

In the Children’s Jiu Jitsu classes, they learn how to defend themselves with practical techniques that benefit smaller practitioners. They learn to build confidence, de-escalate dangerous situations, and most importantly how to avoid fights before they happen.

Come in today and receive two weeks free of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. You have nothing to lose and confidence to gain! I have confidence that you will enjoy my academy.”

Chris Savarese

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