Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that teaches you how to defend yourself in
situations with the least amount of effort. The fighting style focuses on
leverage and technique, allowing you to overpower your opponent regardless of
size or strength.
taught by Coach Mike
Coach Mike has
been training Jiu Jitsu for
23 yrs. He
has a 3rd Degree Black Belt under
Serra. And started training in the 90’s at Master Renzo
but effectively with intensity that can be used for life.
Must be consistent and confident in System one and Two to proceed to this Section
BJJ is great for
anyone who want's to
get in shape, learn how to defend themselves, or just meet new people
Please note, if
you don't what to be part
of a team we
not a good fit for you. We are all very close nit family that know and care about each
other inside and outside the gym
I like to run
classes with 10-15 min warm
crazy. Less than a 1/4 mile run,
some break falls and some stretching.
From there, I
like to show a take down or
take downs into the ground work
that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known for
I like to do
live training from whatever
have worked on and then Live
Rolling from the knees.
Depending on the
levels of people in
class we can do
end by thanking each other for the opportunity to train.
Professor Mike (Seen above)~ "I fell in
love with Jiu
Jitsu in 1993 when I saw Royce Gracie beat 3
fighters in a row during the first UFC. I was studying karate at the time and thought, "I want to do
that!" It was difficult to find Brazilian Jiu Jitsu back then because there just wasn't anyone
teaching it, the art was still new to America.
Frank Lucatourto brought in a
friend of his Rich Korfaghe who also happened to be a 5th degree black belt under Richard Barathay.
Korfaghe taught me a straight arm lock from the mount. Turns out some guys at work were messing
around and I took one down and did exactly what Korfaghe showed me. It worked on someone who out
weighed me by 60lbs. From that point on I dedicated my energy to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
found a place we called ‘The Barn’ and started going into Manhattan to learn at Master Renzo’s
Academy in midtown. I had so many amazing instructors help me get to this point. Master Renzo,
Rodrigo Gracie, Matt and Nicky Serra, Shawn Williams, John Danaher and Joey Scarola. I remember
those guys having an incredible amount of patience with me.
I wonder how I can ever pay them back. I
feel the best way to pay back my teachers and mentors is to teach what they have taught me. I derive
from teaching beginners and people who have no idea what Jiu Jitsu is. My role as a coach to more
Jiu Jitsueiro is not so much to show them how to
submit someone but how to fit Jiu Jitsu into their everyday lives."