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The Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu In Bergen County NJ. BJJ Training In Westwood

Ask anyone who trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and they'll tell you how much they LOVE it because it’s both mentally and physically engaging. You'll never feel bored or unchallenged like you do with other forms of exercise, plus BJJ training will get you in top athletic shape! You’ll love every minute you spend on the mat, and you'll feel incredibly good off the mat. For most of our students, BJJ training takes the place of going to a gym to lift weights or run on a treadmill. Step out of the boredom of your regular workout and do something that gives you a valuable life skill by trying out the the best BJJ in NJ at Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA.

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A BJJ Gym Is A Great Way To Make Lifelong Friends

When you train BJJ at Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA you don’t just learn how to defend yourself, you become part of a community of dedicated practitioners from all walks of life who are working together towards a common set of goals. Our BJJ Gym has a family friendly welcoming atmosphere where friendships and social bonds form organically. Not to mention we have a great time doing community events together! Getting in shape, learning martial arts, and gaining confidence should be a fun lifelong practice with benefits that go far beyond the gym.

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Our BJJ Gym Has a friendly, relaxed training atmosphere

Step foot into Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA, and you immediately feel welcome. You'll enjoy a safe and friendly environment with a strong sense of community and camaraderie. We have a zero tolerance policy for meat heads, bully behavior and bad attitudes here. Any sense of intimidation you may have initially felt will immediately dissolve when you experience our fun bjj classes and the cooperative nature of our students and staff. You're going to love it here!

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Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life Through The Best BJJ classes In Bergen County NJ

If your personal goal is to get in shape, BJJ training will work your muscles and your core making you functionally strong. Our students regularly gain muscle, develop a chiseled physique, and notice a drastic increase in their strength while gaining valuable defense skills. BJJ classes combine interval training with resistance training which is proven to burn fat and increase lean muscle mass. You don’t have to deal with the boredom of going to a gym in order to look the way you’ve always wanted to.

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Our BJJ School has an organized step by step curriculum and BJJ system

While many academies that teach BJJ in bergen county NJ have an unorganized “whatever” approach to learning Jiu-Jitsu, we're different. You'll enjoy a structured curriculum that takes you from white belt to blue belt within 1.5-2 years and all the way to the black belt. Our Bjj school will help you quickly learn how to defend yourself and even become a competitive champion if you like.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is The Top Martial Art For Self Defense

Two words: efficiency and leverage...
The efficiency of Jiu-Jitsu techniques let you control and submit your opponent with minimal energy and movement. (But don't get me wrong ... you still get a killer workout, since you can burn around 700 calories during one hour of Jiu-Jitsu training!) And all the techniques are based on leverage. This allows you to become extremely powerful and effective – even if you lack strength, speed, size or flexibility. That's why virtually every top UFC or mixed martial arts fighter has a Brown or Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And it's why thousands of every-day people are turning to BJJ for self-defense and as a base for MMA training. Come try the best brazilian jiu jitsu in bergen county nj!

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gives You The Confidence To Defend Yourself

You never have to get into a fight to enjoy the feeling of power and certainty you now carry inside you everywhere you go. Confidence comes from training to fight even if you never compete. But if you or a loved one are ever assaulted, your BJJ training will snap into place – so you can safely diffuse the threat, even against larger and stronger assailants! With BJJ, you'll be a hero in your own home. And that confidence bleeds through in every area of your life... work, social situations, life challenges, everything.

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Our instructors have a distinguished pedigree and are highly skilled at teaching Jiu-Jitsu

Your results and level of enjoyment with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have everything to do with where you choose to train. Head instructor Wil Horneff is a Pan American champion and is a bjj black belt under Ralph Gracie, brother of Renzo Gracie and grandson of Carlos Gracie. Most importantly each instructor places a big emphasis on their own continuing education both as practitioners and teachers so when you train here, you can be assured you're getting world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction.

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We Are A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School With Quality Personal Attention

During each class, you'll receive guidance and hands-on instruction from qualified instructors and assistant instructors. Our hands on step by step approach is a major advantage that helps you learn and retain the techniques while accelerating your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills. We teach things in a way that’s easy to understand for the absolute beginner.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes Are Both Mentally and Physically Engaging

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is addicting. It’s like playing chess with your body. Class by class you will gradually master the moves, techniques and strategies that make self defense effortless. Have you ever played chess against someone with a couple years under their belt? Now imagine that time was spent learning the BJJ game. That’s why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners walk with confidence and pride. You’re going to be somewhere in a couple years. Why not be a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

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BJJ Training Allows You To De-Stress And Lower Your Anxiety Levels

We all have anxiety. Oftentimes, due to life circumstances we may find ourselves living in a constant state of anxiety and stress which can lead to depression. Medical science has shown how unmitigated stress can wreak havoc on both or minds and our bodies. When you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you are able to release your stress in a positive way that will allow you to better handle your interpersonal relationships both at home and at work. The practice of consistently coming to BJJ classes and doing something for yourself will lead to a better life for both you and the people you love. Our workouts push your body to the max and you will leave the gym feeling energized.

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You Can Become A BJJ Champion

If your desire is to be a BJJ Champion, Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA can help you get there. Our brazilian jiu jitsu academy has a mix of skill levels from white to black belt. We have a dedicated competition team that students can apply to once they are ready. Our brazilian jiu jitsu instructors can be seen on the mats training with the students every class and our student body is comprised of many distinguished competitors and highly skilled practitioners.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience in Jiu-Jitsu to start?

No. All of our Jiu-Jitsu Foundations classes assume no prior BJJ or martial arts experience. You will experience an energetic class with lots of drilling and positional training with the personal attention you need to thrive.

What kind of equipment do I need?

You will need a Gi which is the brazilian jiu jitsu uniform and sometimes students feel more comfortable with a mouthpiece as well even though its not required for the Foundations classes.

As a beginner in BJJ, do I need to spar?

No there is no sparring in the beginner classes. It's important that you progress at your own pace. Beginning BJJ students do a lot of drilling and positional training before they begin sparring.

How effective is BJJ for real world self defense?

BJJ has proven itself time and time again as the best total self defense system for the real world. It relies on the principles of leverage to allow smaller, weaker people to defeat much larger, stronger opponents on the ground which is where most fights wind up.

My main priority is fitness. Can I expect to lose weight and gain muscle by taking BJJ classes?

Yes absolutely. Training Jiu-Jitsu engages your core and provides the resistance training you need to get a strong cut physique. Additionally, the bjj training closely resembles interval training which is the most effective way to burn fat.

Do I need to be in shape before I start training brazilian jiu-jitsu?

No. The foundations program assumes you have no prior experience have not developed good cardio yet. The classes are designed to push your body and mind and to get you in fighting shape. However, there are breaks and students can go at their own pace.

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  • Dave Panzarella and his two sons

    “I have a demanding job and training grounds is where I come to recharge and destress. It's great being able to train with my son and we love the positive atmosphere and great instruction.”
    - Dave Panzarella

  • UFC fighter ryan hall at a UFC press conference saying he loves the instruction at Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA

    “Professor Wil is highly skilled at both training and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”
    - Ryan Hall
    Ultimate Fighter Winner

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    “My goal is to be a world champion and I can say without a doubt that this school has what it takes to help me reach that goal. ”
    - Luis Gil
    Pan American Champion

  • teddy montes and his family

    “Whether you are trying to find a place for your child or you are an adult trying to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu this is a perfect choice. You won’t find better!”
    - Eduardo Montes

  • tom Raimondi

    “I get a great feeling from the school because everyone is looking to help each other out. I feel like I am 18 again.”
    - Tom Raimondi

  • kelly Lynam smiling in her uniform at her bjj class in westwood

    “I am a personal trainer and I can say that the training grounds program will make you stronger, and increase you stamina, all the while giving you solid self defense skills”
    - Kelly Lynam

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    Dave Panzarella

    Joining Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I used be very athletic when I was younger but as I got older, work and life made it difficult. Since consistently attending BJJ classes I have seen great improvements in my stamina, cardio, and flexibility. I have just recently been awarded my blue belt after 2 years of training. It was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have a demanding life and job and training grounds is where I come to destress and do something for myself. I love being able to train with my son. Training brazilian jiu-jitsu makes me so much better in every other area of my life. You walk out of each class feeling like a new man. I highly recommend it.
    Pearl River, NJ

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    Fry Desiongco

    I’m really not the type of person to write reviews unless I really think a place merits one. I’ve been here for 8 months at this point learning brazilian jiu jitsu. If you want to learn bjj this is the place to do it. The people you meet at this bjj gym are friendly and the coaches are awesome especially Professor Wil who’s the head instructor. I love everything about it.
    Paramus, NJ

    Anthony De Filippo
    Anthony De Filippo

    I have always wanted to take martial arts classes and wanted to find a reputable Bjj gym close by. I initially had planned on trying out several places but after one class at Training Grounds Jiu Jitsu I knew it was the place for me. I do both the brazilian jiu-jitsu and the kickboxing classes and couldn’t be happier. As with any new venture especially a brazilian Jiu jitsu gym there is always the intimidation factor but as soon as I stepped in the door the friendly demeanor of both the staff and students put me at ease. Professor Wil does a wonderful job at breaking down the jiu jitsu moves and making you feel like your progress is very important to him. Everyone has been so helpful that it would be better described as a family friendly bjj school rather than an mma gym in my opinion. My goal was initially just to learn Jiu Jitsu but I am now in better shape with better flexibility, strength, and cardio. I love it here.
    Northvale, NJ

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    Frank Petrelli

    I've live in bergen county and been training for 6 years. I started it just to get in shape and learn a martial art. I've trained at a lot of schools in both bergen and rockland counties before settling on Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. It was the home I always wanted as far as a BJJ gym is concerned. BJJ has increased my confidence so much over the years because you are constantly testing yourself in a safe environment. I don't know where I would be without the training here. It's given me so much self assurance on so many levels. It's the most healthy outlet that I could ever have imagined in my life. It's a place where I can come to forget about work, forget about any of life's problems. And for that hour or so that I am training bjj nothing else matters. It's just a wonderful feeling that it gives you. As far as the instruction is concerned. I've trained at lot of other jujitsu schools and learned from a lot of good instructors but never one like Professor Wil. He shows such an incredible amount of detail in the techniques. It makes a world of difference in your progression. I'm not saying other instructors aren't good, but sometimes finding someone that works well with you, who will give you a solid understanding of how bjj works is really night and day. Before this I've never had an instructor that has taken so much personal concern and attention to his students individually.
    Montvale, NJ

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    Laszlo Ember

    My name is Lazlo Ember. I'm 47 years old. I was looking for a jiu jitsu school and there are a lot of martial arts schools that teach bjj in nj so I wanted to find one that was a good fit. Where I could learn specifically for self defense purposes. Things are getting rough out there and you can come across some nasty people and I wanted to learn how to handle whatever comes. I wanted to be strong and healthy and do it's now before it's too late. I work a lot of hours. I'm married. Life is tough and there is always time constraints but I find it very easy to come here and I'm learning a lot and getting stronger. You gain a lot of self confidence, you feel better, and it makes me a better worker and better husband. Everybody is very nice here and it came as a surprise because you never know what's going to happen walking into an brazilian jiu jitsu school. This is the first time I did this and I was a little nervous coming in here initially but the environment and friendliness of everyone put me at ease. Every time I leave I feel excellent. I am stronger and more confident and I look forward to continuing my training.
    Northvale, NJ

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    Mike Chung

    Training Grounds is the best gym for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. The staff and especially Professor Wil are absolutely top notch. They have a really well thought out BJJ curriculum and the atmosphere is just so encouraging and friendly. Professor Wil is a Ralph Gracie black belt in BJJ and really knows his stuff. The way he teaches is clear and concise and makes the complicated seem very simple to understand. Each student that walks through the door gets a lot of personal attention and all of the instructors go way beyond in their efforts. I’ve been here for a year and half now and each and every time I have come away from class feeling like I’m growing. I haven’t had this kind a workout since my high school football days. Whether you are looking to compete in martial arts, learn mma for self defense or simply have a great workout, Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA is place where you can grow and I highly recommend them.
    Tenafly, NJ

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    Chris Barone

    I’m a 39 year old father with 4 children and haven’t been very active recently. As a result of where I am starting from Professor Wil and the other coaches made adjustments to the curriculum to accommodate old injuries and to match my age and body type. After roughly 6 months of going 2-3x a week I have lost a bunch of weight and I feel great. Initially I was hesitant to reach out after a poor experience at other brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms but after talking with Prof Wil on the phone I knew this academy was going to be a good fit. The students make you feel right at home. I haven’t encountered any aggressive people who are trying to “take out the new guy,” as I have at other schools. Everything about this bjj gym is on point from how they teach to the atmosphere.
    Hohokus, NJ

    teddy montes and his family
    Eduardo Montes

    These guys are for lack of a better term to describe them, AWESOME! The instructors are truly masters of bjj and finding someone who is really good at teaching is challenge. Oftentimes, at least from my experience in wrestling it's especially hard to find someone who is good at both teaching and doing but that’s what you find here. Whether you are trying to find a place for your child or you are an adult trying to learn bjj, this is a good choice. You won’t find better!
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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    Matt Scott

    I wish I had joined Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA much sooner. I’ve been a member for 5 months and it has a very welcoming warm atmosphere. There are no egos and everyone is trying to help you, especially if you are new. The instructors give you personal attention, are friendly and are skilled technical communicators. The more advanced jiu jitsu students are helpful as well and don’t have any issues if you ask them advice. They go out of their way to take time helping you learn. Overall Training Grounds is a safe environment to learn bjj and the way they teach makes it fun.
    Old Tappan, NJ

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    Actor Alex Wraith

    I've been to a bunch of other brazilian jiu jitsu schools and academies in nj. I chose Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA because the environment is amazing. There are no egos, no "tough guys." Everybody is great, everyone helps each other out. There are a lot of martial arts schools that are starting to teach bjj in nj so it's important to make sure you are going to one with a good reputation with qualified instructors. Professor Wil is very interactive with his students no matter what your level. I have seen tremendous changes in my body from my cardio to flexibility to strength which has benefited me tremendously in a real life self situation. If your confidence is down this is the place to get your confidence up and learn how to defend yourself.
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    Emerson, NJ

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    Tom Raimondi

    My name is Tom Raimondi. I'm a technical consultant in both Rockland and Bergen County. Prior to coming here I had absolutely no experience with martial arts. In the past I'd always joined a regular gym going on a treadmill, lifting weights and it was very boring which was why I wasn't going. I was looking for something else to do that was exciting so I started looking into jujitsu schools. I always had an interest in brazilian jiu jitsu and from watching the UFC. Since I've been here I've learned a ton. My cardio has increased incredibly. I was in very bad shape before I came here. I have strengthened up my core and my back which I had problems with in the past. And now I have a much higher confidence level to be able to handle myself in a self defense situation. Professor Wil is very patient and has a very well thought out curriculum and is able to convey the techniques in a way that people like me who have absolutely no brazilian jiu jitsu experience can easily learn it. I get a great feeling from the school because everyone is looking to help each other out, and push each other to reach their full potential. I feel like I am 18 again.
    Haworth, NJ

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