Why GSBJJ is the Best Women’s BJJ Program In Central Jersey!

At GSBJJ we are extremely proud of the variety of different students we have on the mats. Old, young, experienced, brand new, men, and women – everyone is a respected member of our team.

There are a many reasons why GSBJJ is the BEST women’s BJJ program in Central Jersey.


Reason 1: An Academy Built on Family and Respect!

Due to the success of our kids program we have many families that call GSBJJ their martial arts home. Because of this the culture of our school is positive, non-intimidating, and welcoming to everyone. Some of the rules have in place include:

  • Students must wear a rashguard under their uniforms at all times (so no hairy sweaty chests in your face).
  • No cursing or foul language on the mats.
  • Strict health and Hygiene policies that make sure we do everything necessary to keep everyone safe and clean
  • Students are not permitted to walk around the gym shirtless.
  • An “ask your partner first” policy about sparring with kneebars and toeholds.
  • And strict supervision from instructors.

Aside from the rules we also make sure that all of our students know how to train with someone who may be smaller or less experienced than them. We have created a school culture where even our students are enthusiastic about working with new people to help them reach their goals!

Reason 2: Great Reviews From Our Female Students!

Everyone is always super friendly and welcoming, the classes and techniques are top notch, and the students are great to roll and train with. As a woman, visiting gyms alone can be intimidating (what if everyone here is super agro and I get hurt?), but I have not had anything but great experiences here. Highly recommend! – Beverly Huang




They break down the smallest aspects of each technique and point out the small details that make each move work the most effectively….I highly recommend Garden State BJJ to anyone in Central New Jersey!” – Ayanthi Gunawardnana







“It is a very friendly environment with experienced coaches. Always have fun training there!” – Natalia Grishina







“Garden State BJJ is a fantastic place to train. This academy can address many needs, whether it’s to get in shape, learn self defense or compete. I highly recommend trying out a class. The instructors and staff are awesome.” – Kristine Brink








Reason 3: Our Women Do Great in Competition As Well!

We have had many of our female students (both kids and adults) able to take home GOLD from various BJJ competitions! The secret is that we have a positive environment that offers the support of a team to allow our students to train to their fullest potential!
We NEVER push or force our students to compete, but if they want to do it, they know that the have the training necessary to be prepared to win.


One of students, Melissa Gardner, is also preparing for an MMA fight next month! Melissa is an experienced kickboxer and has been working with GSBJJ to further develop her ground game to prepare to compete in MMA. Melissa has already had success in both grappling and kickboxing events, so we are excited to see her put everything together in MMA!



Reason 4: Coaches Committed To Giving You The Best Martial Arts Experience and Helping You Reach Your Goals

The Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy coaching staff is commited to heling YOU reach your goals. Whether you come to us to get in shape, learn self defense, compete, or just to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – we are going to do our absolute best to help you every step of the way.

We strive to to be open and approachable so if you have questions or concerns, you can feel comfortable talking to us after class or giving us a call. Furthermore, we want to do OUR best to make you YOUR best. This means that it is a common site to see GSBJJ instructors answering additional technique questions after class or running from mat to mat to support our team at competitions.

We invite you to see what GSBJJ is all about!

Registration is now OPEN for our 2017 Summer Camp!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is just one item on the long list of fun activities we have planned
for Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s 3rd Summer Camp Program! Campers will start the day with a walk to the local park, where they engage in organized games such as soccer, kickball, wiffle ball and running bases as well as some free time on the playground equipment. Then there will be a quick snack and on to an arts and crafts project that coincides with the theme of the week. Upon returning to the gym, campers will join together in one of our team building exercises and refuel with a relaxing lunch. Then it’s on the mat for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction! The day’s activities will end with a game and the kids can finish up that last snack while waiting for dismissal. Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy Summer Camp will combine the same discipline, fitness and focus of our year round program with the fun of summer vacation!!

We are offering 2 exciting weeks of camp!

Week 1: July 31- August 4

Week 2: August 14-August 18

Camp is from 9AM-4PM

Call (908) 433-3025 or emil us at GardenStateBJJ@gmail.com for more info or to reserve your child’s spot today!

Click HERE or the image below to request more information!

We are extremely proud of all the GSBJJ competitors who competed at NAGA worlds! Win or lose, everyone fought to the best of their ability and gained valuable competition experience.

Final Count of Medals Won!
Nick Giessler Double Gold Expert Gi And No Gi
Allen Nowicki Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Max Alston Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Max Alwiess Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Tyler Alwiess Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Landon Stoble Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Nick Larocco Double Gold Gi and No Gi
Julian Roman Gold Gi
Chloe McKillop No Gi Gold
Ryan McGarry No Gi Gold
Victoria Andre Double Silver
Matt Brown Double Silver
Nate Pavlonnis Silver Gi
Melissa Gardner 3rd Place No Gi
Keith Masterson 1st Place Gi 3rd Place No Gi
Scott Satcher 2nd Place Gi

In addition to the kids above we had a few other GSBJJ competitors fight their best fight and have a positive experience then they will learn and improve from!

Congrats To Everyone Who Got Promoted!

Blue Belt

Devin Greene
Chris Moran
Kristine Brink
Bhryan Shenvi
Evan Huff

Purple Belt
Scott Satcher
Jose Deleon
Evan Wright

Brian Satcher
Marcus Johnson
Kyle Thompson-Bass

Great work everyone!

Star Wars Night, also known as Parents Night Out, was a great success! The students got to enjoy spending time together outside of their structured routine, and parents received a well needed night to enjoy their free time as well. The night started off strong with a challenging yet fun obstacle course set up by Coach Maureen. At first, the obstacle course seemed almost impossible when everyone failed their first attempt. To no surprise, the students (and few of their friends) at GSBJJ overcame this defeat, with will-power, strategy and of course, their newly-found Jedi Force!
Next, the kids broke up into 2 groups for Jedi Training. While half the group played pin the lightsaber on Yoda, the other half learned how to use their lightsabers. Thankfully, the lightsabers were made of foam for the safety of everyone in the building! Lightsaber training included three different games to keep the kids moving.
After the games, we joined forces to watch a movie on the projector screen.
Pizza was delivered at the perfect time to feed our hungry Jedi knights while they watched the movie.
After the movie all the young Jedi knights were once again ready to test their lightsaber skills against a new opponent – a Darth Vader Pinata! With the few minutes we had left before the Jedis returned home we played a familiar game of Jedi Gaga, and discussed our favorite parts of the night. All in all, Star Wars Night, and Parents Night Out, was a great time for both the GSBJJ kids and the parents that got to drop them off. Thank you to Coach Rob, Coach Barry, Coach Evan, Coach Maureen, DJ Jimmy, and Coach Julian for helping out! Make sure enter your information to find out more information about our kids programs and special events!

The Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team was able to take home the 1st place team trophy from this weekend’s New Jersey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation tournament in Lincroft New Jersey! The team was made up of over 30 kids and adults from Garden State BJJ who decided to challenge themselves by getting on the mats to do their best – and EVERYONE did!

We were also able to take home the 3rd place trophy for kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu due to the hard work of all our GSBJJ kids, parents, and coaches!

The GSBJJ took home over 10 1st place medals along with many more silver and bronze medals in bothe Gi and No-Gi divisions. We are extremely proud of the effort put forth by all our competitors.

Check out some of the pictures in the gallery below and please post any more pictures or videos you have to the Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy Facebook Page!



15179138_1161827963908429_4380738017326462497_nCongrats to all the GSBJJ students who competed at NAGA and thanks to everyone who came out to watch and support! The event was held at the Sportsplex complex in Edison and featured divisions for all ages and skill levels.

The GSBJJ TEAM had an amazing performance with:
•Devin G. double gold Gi and No Gi
•Nick G. 1st place gold Gi
•Ryan G. 1st place gold Gi
•Ryan M. 1st place gold Gi
•Tara R. 1st place gold, 2nd place silver in another division
•Kristine B. 1st place gold no gi
•Mike Alaia 1st place gold no gi
•Melissa G. 2nd place silver no gi, 2nd place Gi
•Victoria A. 2nd place silver place Gi
•Evan Huff 2nd place silver Gi
• Alan N. 2nd place silver Gi

Win or lose we are always proud of all our competitors who challenge themselves and step out on the competition mats.

This past weekend we had our first annual GSBJJ Holiday Party! The party featured food, fun, and gift exchanges for kids and adults. In traditional GSBJJ style, the party was “potluck” which means that our students and families generously brought all types of delicious food and deserts.

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