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Chris Ulbricht 

Ever since his first class back in April of 2008, Chris has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6 days a week (often multiple times per day). Chris initially began training just to find a fun hobby to do after school, but quickly realized that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu would be his career. After teaching at his instructor’s school for about 2 years, Chris moved to Maryland to join one of the most prestigious BJJ competition teams in country to pursue his tournament goals. After moving back to NJ in November of 2012, Chris opened up Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in June of 2013.

Chris takes great pride in his work at GSBJJ and has made it his life mission to help students of GSBJJ reach their goals. Whether it’s getting in shape, training for competition, or even just getting involved in an awesome hobby; Chris is here to help.

In his free time, Chris enjoys watching movies, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends.

  • Owner and Head Instructor At Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
  • Member of Tac-Team BJJ Team Affiliation
  • Black Belt under 3rd Degree Black Belt Professor Jared Weiner
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • 4x Grapplers Quest Advanced Division Champion
  • 4x North American Grappling Association Expert Division Champion
  • Grappler’s Quest All Star Pro Challenge 3rd Place
  • IBJJF Boston Open Absolute 3rd Place (Brown)
  • IBJJF NY Open 3rd Place (Purple)
  • Head2Head Grappling Champion
  • 17 Time Grapplers Quest Medalist
  • 6 Time NAGA Medalist

mattinstructor pageDr. Matt Strobel 

Coach Matt has been training BJJ for about 5 years. When Coach Chris started Garden State BJJ Coach Matt was honored and excited to be asked to help create a children’s program as it allowed him to combine his passion for working with children with BJJ. Coach Matt has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stockton University and a master’s and doctorate degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers in school psychology. While at Rutgers Coach Matt also studied sport psychology.  He is a certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist in New Jersey. During the day Coach Matt works in a local public school system as a school psychologist at the elementary level. He specializes in working with kids with behavioral disabilities. During the summer Coach Matt runs a camp for children with special needs. Coach Matt also teaches the morning fitness classes for adults at GSBJJ. In his free time he likes to hang out with his wife and dog, hike, camp, kayak, fish, paddle board, and find other ways to enjoy the outdoors. Coach Matt loves seeing the positive change training jiu-jitsu can make for a variety of children.

  • Bachelor of Arts degree  from Stockton University in Psychology
  • Master of Psychology degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers in School Psychology
  • Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers in School Psychology with a concentration in Psychological and Systems Support for Learning
  • NJ Certified School Psychologist
  • NJ Licensed Psychologist
  • Supervisor for the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

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