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I enrolled my son then 6 yr old son, almost 5 months ago and I am amazed at the impact it has had on him. Several friends and family members have commented on how much his focus and attention have improved, and I attribute it to jiu-jitsu 100%, as not much else has changed. I see how the coaches command and maintain the kids' focus. I particularly like Coach Gino's style of giving them consequences for not paying attention or talking in class (a consequence might be sitting out a game). For my son this has worked wonderfully. All the coaches are amazing. I can't say enough good things about Garden State Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and coaches, so I am happy to see my son's progress reflect their work and dedication.
All coaches and head instructors are super helpful, as well as fellow training partners. From beginners to advanced the moves will challenge you. Kids learn moves super fast and have fun.
For years I have given myself reasons or excuses why I don't have time to pursue Jiu-Jitsu, I finally joined Garden State BJJ after wanting to for a long time. The people here are awesome, everyone has been friendly and supportive. The class schedule has been great and easy to attend. After an hour class I walk out of there feeling better physically, relieved of stress mentally and satisfied with how much I had just learned, The workouts and technical approach to BJJ has been so much fun and I can't wait until the next class! The experience so far has exceeded my expectations, my only regret is that I didn't join sooner.
Very good school. My kids love it.
My experience with Garden State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been nothing but positive. The instructors are of the highest caliber, providing relevant and personalized instruction, as well as appropriately leveled training. All of my training partners have been friendly and helpful as well. GSBJJ is the exact kind of school I was looking for and I hope to train there for many years to come. I would recommend it to anyone interested in BJJ.
One of the best places to train in the area. Whether you are just dropping in for a class, attending a seminar or beginning your Jiu Jitsu journey, Garden State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has what your looking for. The coaching staff is phenomenal and fellow members of the gym are always warm and welcoming. Highly recommended.
Stopped in for some training while I was in the area and was very impressed with the facility, instruction, and overall atmosphere. I will definitely drop in any time I am in town!
Great place to train. Tons of experience at all levels. Great place for kids as well. Chris is an awesome teacher along with everyone who takes time to help out in class. Couldn’t ask for more. The Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing is a level above the rest.
My 7 year old daughter began classes a few months ago, and I can't express how impressed I am with the studio and staff. The classes are not only teaching her valuable martial arts techniques, she's learning to be disciplined, getting a great workout, all while having a great time. If you're on the fence between this studio and another one, I highly recommend going with this school.
Great atmosphere. I came to Garden State BJJ with zero prior experience and cannot recommend it enough.
I began my training back in March 2021, and was welcomed with open arms by not only Chris and Julian, two amazing coaches. But by all the other members no matter what rank they may be everyone is always willing to help out and better ourselves. If you’re thinking of a New Years resolution list, I would definitely put on begin training at garden state BJJ on there!
This is the best place to train at. The class times are great to work around my schedule. You are always pushed to work to hard and the whole team makes you feel like you’re a family. Everyone really cares and wants to see your improvement.
Bruce Kneller recommends Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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My twin 9 year olds just switched from another local school after training & competing in gi/no gi grappling for 3 years. We looked at a number of schools before deciding on GSBJJ. I waited just over 6 weeks before posting this review as I wanted to "be sure" & get the input of my kids who are standing next to me as I write this. Chris Ulbricht (the owner & chief instructor) has really created something amazingly special at GSBJJ. Chris & all the instructors are what I would call "jiu jitsu nerds" - they are super technical & are bona fide mat wizards. That written, they are able to break down even the most complex & advanced concepts in jiu jitsu so that even a 9 year old can understand it. Example - yesterday they reviewed X-guard & X-guard entries in the 8-10 year old class & it clicked with every kid. No easy task. Kids classes are broken up by age (5-7, 8-10 & 11+) which is a much better way to do it compared with every other school in the area who tend to do 10 & under with an 11+ class. The classes are usually broken up into 4-5 segments to keep the kids engaged (changes every 12-15 minutes) & are an hour long. Typically, Chris teaches 2 new techniques per class, kids work on it then there are guard passing/retention games & every class has live rolls from standing (not from knees - waste). Also, Chris makes sure the "coach:kid" ratio is very low in order to insure proper safety & supervision. I don't think we've seen a class where there was not an instructor for every 4-5 kids. You likely will not see such attention at any other school in the area. Class sizes are smaller than at many other schools - my kids never feel "lost" or that they "missed something" due to too many kids on the mat at GSBJJ. My kids really enjoy GSBJJ. Despite having 3+ years of training & numerous, high level tournament wins, both kids find the instruction to be challenging, interesting but most of all super fun. The staff is engaging, laid back & always approachable. Feel free to DM me for more info or with questions.
Mark Ritchie recommends Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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My 6 yr old daughter has recently signed up in October 2021. She loves it. The coaches are great with the little ones. They keep it fun for them mixing jiu-jitsu with fun games. Its very organized and the coaches teach and properly correct the little ones with their behavior, listening, disciple and respect. I have sent my daughter to many different programs and activities. This by far has been the best option for her. The costs are extremely fair for the amount of sessions you can take per week. You cannot find a better value for your money.
Megan Clark recommends Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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My son started at GSBJJ in April of last year and has made so much improvement since he started. He has made many friends along the way and it’s been amazing to be able to watch all the progress. We love all the amazing coaches and it’s helped immensely with our sons ability to focus and pay attention. We have noticed improvements in all areas of his life since he has started and we look forward to going each day. It’s been a blessing to meet new people and we have really enjoyed our time with Garden State.
James Brantley recommends Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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My some has been a student in the Garden State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy since 2017. He started when he was 6 years old. He looks forward to going to training and has improved greatly at listening, following directions and of course, Jiu Jitsu. The coaches at GSBJJ provide a safe, fun, highly disciplined and productive training environment that treats all students with respect and brings out the best in all students, whether they are just starting or have been training for years. There are students of all levels and abilities and no one is held back by training or left behind by training. The coaches take an individualized approach and know their students, and so the program has a much smaller feel to it than other programs. The kids will not feel lost in the crowd. I cannot say enough about the program, and if you are considering enrolling your children in a martial art, try it out.
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The Positive Effects of Martial Arts for a Child in School
September 19, 2020
Grade school can be quite the experience for any child. It is a place where a child not only learns academically but one where a child must learn to socialize and function in the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative experiences that a child may have when going through school. Whatever those experiences may be, it would be a good idea to have a child participate in martial arts classes. Doing so will give them the tools they need to survive the school experience. The benefits associated with taking martial arts classes are essential for them to be able to have a positive experience in school.
Helps them earn better grades in school
Getting good grades is reflective of a child’s comprehension of the material. But, it is also indicative of their discipline and responsibility traits. Through martial arts, students are to learn the fundamentals of stretch and physical routines. They also learn to become disciplined with practice and keeping up with their cleanliness of uniforms. Children learn how to be punctual and can focus their daily thoughts on the tasks at hand. Thus, being able to exhibit these positive traits will translate to better grades as schooling requires the proficiency of these characteristics.
Gives them the confidence to stand up to bullies
Bullying is a very prominent and unfortunate experience that many children will either witness or become victims of in their lifetimes. Being a part of martial arts can give children the strength and confidence that they need to stand up to these negative individuals. Not only will they learn about self-defense strategies, they will be able to feel assertive and courageous. Possessing self-confidence is the number one way for a child to be able to stand up for him/herself in any threatening situation. Through martial arts, they will learn that not all conflicts have to be physical. They will possess the mature mindset to tackle any conflict with assurance and pride.
Gives them the ability to make friends
Having friends and keeping them can be the big difference between a positive and negative school experience for children. They will latch onto people who share common interests with them and feel devastated when those relationships disappear. However, for children who regularly practice martial arts, they have a different capacity to make and keep friends in their circle. Besides making friends in the martial arts classes themselves, children are able to easily socialize and collaborate with other students at school. They instill a lot of the same discipline and traits they learn from martial arts in their everyday lives. For instance, they may be first to initiate a conversation with quiet students because they feel confident in themselves to do so.
Being a part of something special such as martial arts can be greatly impactful for children. Especially when it comes to school, children can gain invaluable skills and behaviors that will allow them to have more successful experiences in social settings. Although school is meant to teach them about a variety of things, having martial arts as a supplement can significantly affect the way they approach schooling and their overall experiences.