“How many people can say that they have received their Black Belt from a member of the prestigious Gracie Family? How many people in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu can claim that they have trained under the watchful eye of a Gracie family member for years? Chris “Sav” Savarese is one of the few that can answer yes to both of these questions. “Sav” as people in the know call him, is one of the most involved and concerned instructors I have had the pleasure of knowing. Its a pleasure to be his friend. He has a passion for teaching and the sport of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu like few Instructors.

“Sav” understands the heritage of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, but he also understands that the big difference between a good instructor and great instructor is the attention to the details. His students in a short amount of time are placing in some of the most prestigious tournaments in the United States. If your within driving distance or like myself over an hour away make the trip to train with him. You will not be disappointed.”

Marco Perazzo
Co-Owner of New Jersey Martial Arts


“I have been friends and training partners with Sav for many years, he has alot of knowledege to share and has helped me prepare gameplans for many of my jiu-jitsu/grappling competitions and mma fights. He is great coach to learn from and have in your corner. I recommend him to anyone, you won’t be disappointed, he really cares for others well-being.”

Joe D’Arce
Renzo Gracie black belt
Multiple Time Pan Am Champ

“I have trained in various martial arts since 2001 before finding Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I can tell you,from my experience, that few instructors out there have the skill, integrity, and a genuine love of teaching as Chris Savarese. It shows in his class, as all of his students in class are skilled, very welcoming, and eager to help a new comer. I am very happy to have found Chris Savarese’s school, and am very proud to be a part of his winning team.”

Sandra Muldoon


“I’ve known Sav for over 10 years and he is one of the most devoted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts I know. Not only does he have a tremendous amount of knowledge and talent, but he has a greater desire to help others and the sport grow. Undoubtedly, the sport would not be where it is today without his help. I am but one of many people who have benefited from Sav’s knowledge and generosity.”

Todd Margolis
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
Team Lloyd Irvin
2x Pan Am Silver Medalist
Abu Dhabi Competitor
5x Grappler’s Quest Champion
Maryland State Wrestling Champion


“Chris “Sav” Savarese is a great instructor and coach who has dedicated himself to teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sav has a ton of experience training under some of the best instructors in the world. After taking one class at w/ him, I’m sure you will be impressed with his teaching skills and his love for Jiu-Jitsu. Every student that walks through the door will receive hands on instruction, whether it is their first Jiu-Jitsu class or they are a seasoned competitor.

When I first got to know Sav, he instantly had an impact on my progression in Jiu-Jitsu. Sav has a great way of breaking down moves and positions which allows you to not only learn a technique, but more importantly to truely understand the concept and its application in Jiu-Jitsu. Sav also has a great sense of knowing what techniques will be the most beneficial to each student’s “style” of Jiu-Jitsu, as different students have different body types and physical attributes.

I highly recommend Chris Savarese as an instructor to anyone looking to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”

Jay Hayes
BJJ Black Belt
2007 Pan American Gold Medalist
5x Grapplers Quest Champion


“Chris Savarese is, in my opinion, one of the top instructors/coaches in the USA today. Sav has a great mind for jiu-jitsu and I’ve spent alot of time exchanging ideas and moves with him. He has been my coach/corner for some of my matches and has helped me alot over the years. I always call him for strategic advise and gameplans before my matches. His school is the place I train when I am on the East Coast and I highly recommend it to anyone. His knowledge is priceless and so is his love for BJJ. He is a true professor of BJJ.”

Jeff Glover
Paragon BJJ blackbelt
2 x Pan American Champion
18 x Grapplers Quest champion


“Chris is a tremendous practitioner and teacher of BJJ and Submission Grappling. Chris’s skills, talents and abilities lend to a well organized school were the emphasis is on learning. His classes are structured, well thought out and taught in a highly proficient manner. Chris teaches in a step by step methodical manner allowing students of all levels to grasp his teaching. His students are hard working, disciplined and work together to lend to a family like atmosphere. I am extremely honored and proud to train with Chris and his students.”

Brian Long
6th Degree Black Belt Goshin-Do-Kempo
Nagai Ryu Karate
Samurai Nagai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu
Brown Belt BJJ and Submission Grappling
15 Year High School Wrestling Coach

“I’ve been a student of the martial arts for over 20 years, and I’ve seen good schools and bad. The Chris Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is without a doubt one of the best academies I’ve been associated with. Sav is a great instructor with an incredible eye for detail and he’s committed to seeing his students succeed. For those who are interested in competition, Sav will leverage his years of championship experience to help improve your game.

For those who are interested in self-defense, Sav shows practical sequences (both gi and no-gi) that are easy to remember yet very effective. All this is provided in a friendly atmosphere where ego’s are left at the door. The Savarese BJJ Academy is the best place to train in North Jersey if you’re serious about learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”

Greg Deamer


“I’ve known Chris “Sav” Savarese for well over 10 years. His devotion and dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been demonstrated for many years and has made him one of the most recognizable Jiu-Jitsu personalities on the East Coast. Now that Chris has decided to spread his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu, I believe it would be a great opporntunity for anyone who has the chance to check out Chris’ Academy and train w/ a true Jiu-Jitsu Champion and innovator.”

Mike Codella
Renzo Gracie Blackbelt
Owner Codella BJJ Academy

“There are very few people in the world who truly inspire those around them to be better than themselves. Chris Savarese does that every day of his life. At his academy, you will have the unique opportunity to study with a true Jiu-Jitsu Master, trained by the originators of the art, the Gracie Family. Training at his academy has awakened in me a desire to be better than I was the day before. I have stopped drinking, stopped smoking and am in the best shape of my life. I look forward every day to training at Savarese BJJ.”

Javier Diaz

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