Your team is waiting for you at Jiu-Jitsu! | BJJ in Red Bank NJ

One thing that I always try to get across to GSBJJ students is that even when THEY don’t come to class, everyone else is still there and wondering where they are. Everyone has someone who looks forward to seeing them in class. The truth is that everybody has something to contribute and if you don’t show up – your presence is missed.

Unfortunately, sometimes people have a “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about their training partners when they skip Jiu-Jitsu for other things. Even if you don’t show up to class, everyone else will still be training and improving regardless. However, your training partners CARE about you and want you to be working and improving with them!

If you are a higher belt, your presence in class is important because you help guide all of the newer students as well as make sure there are challenging training partners for the other higher belts. Purple, brown, and black belts are mentors for white/blue belts and motivate new students by representing the results of what an Jiu-Jitsu academy’s program can produce.

If you are a big guy, I guarantee there are other big guys at the gym that are waiting for a partner around their size to train with.

If you are a WHITE BELT, your attendance is HUGE because you are literally the future of your Jiu-Jitsu school. Your instructor and the higher belts need enthusiastic white belts to teach so that one day they can become the next blue, purple, brown, and black belts!

If you are a woman, other women look forward to having you part of the camaraderie that is women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

A positive attitude is also something that ANYONE can contribute to their Jiu-Jitsu academy! If you are someone who gives their absolute all in training, encourages others, and shows discipline in your training – your presence on the mats encourages others to do the same!

There are literally thousands of other examples because everyone has something to contribute to their Jiu-Jitsu school whether it’s your sense of humor, competition mindset, or even something purely technical like your sick De La Riva guard. I promise you that everyone has something to offer their Jiu-Jitsu team.

This also applies to people who have not yet started their Jiu-Jitsu journey. I know that there are people out there that have been thinking about trying Jiu-Jitsu for a while. Even if you are brand new, if you have a positive attitude and work hard – you can soon become an important member of the GSBJJ team.

-Coach Chris

4 Things That Happen After Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu For 30 Days

So your a new wide-eyed white belt excited to start your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at Garden State BJJ, let’s take a look at some of the physical and mental benefits you can expect in the next 30 days.

1) Sharper memory and thinking.

BJJ is sometimes referred to as a game of human chess due to the level of strategy involved. As a white belt, jiu jitsu is like playing chess with only pawns. As you progress and learn more techniques and more importantly, sharpen up the techniques you already know, you begin to acquire more “pieces” with which to play the game. The goal, of course, is to eventually acquire a complete set of pieces. While solving a human puzzle everytime you step on the mat certainly helps increase brain function the physical effects also have the effect of encouraging brain development. High cardio workouts like a typical BJJ class have been shown to produce high levels of endorphins, the same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.

2)Physical change

Physically, BJJ is a very demanding sport. After practicing regularly for one month you will notice your body composition starts to change. The intense effort done in sparring will make you lose huge amounts of fat and fast, cutting 500 calories a day through exercise will help you drop up to one pound a week. You will start to have increased endurance and strength as well as higher energy during the day. High intensity exercise being the best method to burn fat and change your body composition. BJJ is a sport that will give you a complete workout. You will work all your muscles, your heart and your lungs. You will also feel your muscles aching, your skin toughening, your fingers getting stronger all while your body starts to adapt to the sport. One great example of a beginner who changed his life after starting BJJ, is TV chef Anthony Bourdain. The 58 year old of CNN’s Parts Unknown started training because of his wife Ottavia who is a purple belt BJJ competitor. She trains twice a day. She convinced him to start training at Renzo Gracie academy in New York. “I’m easily in the best shape of my life. I’m not drinking anywhere near what I used to and I’m much moderate in my eating habits — because you really pay a price for misbehaviour immediately on the mat. You feel it and you pay a price in physical pain and humiliation.”- Bourdain about the change

3)Stronger resilience.

When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, Jiu Jitsu can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse. Regular exercise (like attending class at Garden State BJJ 3 times a week) can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress. Mentally, your confidence will go through the roof, a confidence that will make you believe you can handle anything that is thrown at you, be it an agressor, a deadline at your job, or any challenge you face. This is what changes lives. You start seeing life through Jiu-Jitsu eyes. Often, this change goes unnoticed for a while.. BJJ helps with this by putting you in tough positions, positions where you have to make a decision in a split second. Those decisions might cost you the match or might win you the match. It’s the type of pressure that develops character and personality. The practice of Muay Thai builds outstanding strength, stamina, and discipline.

4) Higher self-esteem.

Attending BJJ class is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habitual, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small goals like not getting mounted or getting back to guard, you’ll feel a sense of achievement. There’s a balance to self esteem that one should understand, if they have too little it can lead to an isolated, fearful, and unhappy life. However, if they have too much it can turn them into a cocky, obnoxious person who no one wants to be around. BJJ is a quick mediator to this balance. Everyone wins and losses on the mats so this teaches you that it’s your actions that prove your value, not what others think of you.

The first 30 days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Garden State BJJ in Red Bank NJ will have you seeing results immediately but the 4 above are only a small number of the many changes you’ll see throughout your Jiu Jitsu journey.

7 Reasons Kids Who Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Do Better in School | Kid’s Martial Arts in Middletown NJ

1) Kids who do jiu jitsu are Healthier and have more energy!

Children who do BJJ are more active and demonstrate lower rates of obesity. GW501516 contributed to the weight loss as well. A recent study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) investigated the link between physical activity in children and academic performance in school. Surprisingly, researchers found that being enrolled in PE class did not influence the children’s grades. This study showed that the more active children were, such as participating in a sport or other vigorous activity, the better they did in school. Most of the children who did exercise “vigorously” did so outside of school, by playing sports like soccer, basketball, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

2) Kids who do BJJ have higher test scores

Matt Dym of the Garden state Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy Kids program takes 2nd place in his divison

“This is a very consistent finding, that physically fit kids do better in school,” says James Sallis, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine asserts that “children who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.” A strong body of research supports the link between physical fitness and test scores. In one study, for example, nearly 2,000 California schoolchildren who were outside a “healthy fitness zone” scored lower on state standardized tests than those who were more fit. Doing Jiu Jitsu at Garden State in Middletown NJ twice a week keeps your body healthy and your mind sharp!

3) BJJ helps kids think outside of the box!

Physical (body) and cognitive (brain) development go hand-in-hand. This relationship is most critical at a young age! When kids are active, their brain develops, allowing for new types of activity and thinking. A new study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers. “Exercising on a regular basis may thus act as a cognitive enhancer promoting creativity in inexpensive and healthy ways,” study researcher Lorenza Colzato, a cognitive psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said in a statement. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu challenges children not only physically but mentally as well, often presenting situations where you must use your mind over your strength.

4) BJJ kids behave better in the classroom

Frequent physical activity (like BJJ) has been associated with improved behavior in the classroom and beyond. Exercise and ADHD medications act on the brain in very similar ways, said Thomas Lenz, an associate pharmacy professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Both are thought to increase levels of brain chemicals called dopamine and norepinephrine, which help children think, focus and control their actions, Lenz said. Frequent activities requiring a high degree of balance and coordination have been associated with improved emotional response. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches discipline and builds character by allowing kids to build confidence in themselves.

5) BJJ helps develop healthy habits!

Jiu Jitsu at Garden State BJJ is more than just exercise! Personal hygiene is a key component of being a member of the GSBJJ team. Our coaches stress the importance of taking care of your body. Keeping your GI and belt clean for every class instills healthy habits that children can carry on for the rest of their lives!

6) BJJ is exercise for the brain too!

Aerobic activity has been shown to increase the size of essential brain structures and number of neural connections. Physical activity boosts blood flow all over the body, including to the brain. Brain cells get better at connecting with each other. The result is better thinking skills. Studies show that kids who exercise more are sharper mentally. The effects may be almost immediate. One study found that kids scored higher on math and reading comprehension tests after vigorous physical activity like Jiu Jitsu.

7) Bjj instills confidence!

You always hear that martial arts will give a child more confidence and it’s true. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does this best! Children engaged in a real life combat situations trying to grapple their way into a dominant position or escaping an uncomfortable and compromising position in a safe environment. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives kids REAL confidence and an REAL way to defend themselves without having to punch or kick another kid.

Red Bank BJJ Academy Has Two Great Competition Performances in August!

Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Located in The Middletown Fire Department) has had some awesome competition performances this month!. We had over a dozen members of our team compete a NAGA Battle at the Beach in Wildwood, Brown Belt Marcus Johnson won his super fight at Fight To Win in front of thousands of online and in person spectators, and finally another dozen competitors took the fight to NJBJJF at St John Vainney in Hazlet. At NJBJJF, Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy was able to take double bronze as the 3rd place overall team for both kids and adult points! We also have one of our blue belts, Melissa Gardner, leaving to compete at the IBJJF Master’s World Championships in Las Vegas this weekend. It has been a busy month for team GSBJJ! Check out some of the pictures below from this month’s competitions!

Garden State BJJ 4th Annual Team Day Celebration! BJJ in Middletown NJ

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This year’s Garden State BJJ Team Day featured a raffle with  100% of proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We were able to raise $650 due to the following businesses who generously helped us out with prizes and support for the event:


  • All Jersey Systems
  • SicChic
  • Inverted Gear
  • Yestercades
  • Garden State Car Wash
  • Haldi Chowk
  • Turning Point
  • Meemom’s
  • Cluck U Red Bank
  • Pinot’s Pallete


This year we also had superlative awards! You can check out some of the pictures below. Awards included “Technical Monster”, “Lives on the Mats”, and “Most Improved”. The biggest award of all though, “Student of The Year”, was awarded to Marcus Johnson! Memebers of the GSBJJ adult program voted online and selected Marcus as this year’s champion.


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Why GSBJJ is the Best Women’s BJJ Program In Central Jersey! BJJ in Red Bank NJ


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!

Summer Camp Enrollment At GSBJJ Now Open! | Martial Arts Camp in Monmouth County NJ

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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 for more info or to reserve your child’s spot today!

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Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Takes Home Over 20 Medals From NAGA Worlds!

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!