Picture taken with our former BJJ head-coach Prof.Luigi Mondelli, our school American Top Team-Westwood, and with our extended family, American Top Team-Connecticut.

Brazilian JiuJitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and utilizing ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds also found in numerous other arts with or without ground fighting emphasis. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.  BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions.  This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners.  A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness).

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PROFESSOR JULIO RODRIGUEZ is a highly experienced BJJ Black Belt Instructor (under Prof. Marcos Santos and Prof. Rigan Machado BJJ), and Head Coach of Anaconda MMA Team, which our BJJ program is now a part of.

Professor Rodriguez is a professional and amateur trainer of Mixed Martial Arts.  He now teaches at DP Martial Arts Academy and has six affiliate schools throughout Northern NJ under his instruction and coaching under Anaconda MMA Team.  Prof.Rodriguez has been actively training under and with Marcos Santos, Rigan Machado, Roger Machado, and Johnny Machado, Johnny Guerrero, Rickson and Royler Gracie, Cesar Carneiro, and with Rodrigo and Rogério Nogueira.