Gael Force Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is located less than a mile from Route 80 on Route 206 in Flanders, NJ. We are housed in a 3000 square foot, modern facility. Our waiting room offers a large window in order to provide view access to classes in progress. We have private men and women's changing rooms. We offer complimentary wireless internet throughout the facility. Our zebra mats are disinfected after every class and steam sanitized every Sunday, cleanliness and safety are among our top priorities.
At Gael Force Jiu Jitsu we believe that the study of martial arts can greatly improve your physical and mental well-being. We pride ourselves in offering a structured and individualized approach to learning. We understand that each student is here for a different reason and has different goals. At Gael Force we work directly with our students in order to set reasonable goals and stand beside them as they accomplish their goals. Alex, the head instructor, used his experience as a public school teacher to create a comprehensive and academically rigorous curriculum for the beginner levels class (BJJ All Levels). This curriculum is designed to teach the foundations of Jiu Jitsu in the most effective and fun way possible.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.
Alex is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under 3rd degree Renzo Gracie black belt Jamie Cruz. He has extensive teaching experience. He taught special education in the Paterson Public school district for 11 years. He draws on his experiences in the public school setting to ensure structured and individualized instruction. Alex developed a comprehensive curriculum for the beginners classes specifically designed to make learning Jiu Jitsu as efficient as possible.
John got his first exposure to Submission Grappling in 2005, but began his formal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in 2009 (when he began training in the gi) under Professor Jamie Cruz. He holds a Brown belt under Professor John “Birdman” Finn and a is veteran of the Renzo Gracie academy in NYC. John is an avid practitioner, who brings a love for the technical aspect of training in the Gi paired with a desire to train in an efficient and fun style. As an instructor his goal is to share his thirst for the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu and help his training partners develop a solid foundation. John is proud to share the mats with his wife and daughters, and humbled to be part of the Gael Force family.
Mike began training Jiu Jitsu in 2013 under Jamie Cruz and currently holds a purple belt. He has competed and medaled in several local tournaments, including NAGA, The Good Fight, and Grapplers Quest. Mike believes in fighting smart. As an instructor his goal is to help students integrate the fundamental concepts of Jiu Jitsu and link together basic techniques and movements in order to help them develop a unique style of their own.
My formal martial arts journey began at the age of 6. I began in Shorinryu Shidokan, “small forest style”, karate. It is the main branch and same root style that brought Lyoto Machida to the UFC light heavy weight championship. My sensei was Robert Herten, a black belt and the distinguished member of the Paterson police force. He was able to separate the things that would work well in a real combat scenario. We also learned judo so that we would be able to better defend ourselves in a real life scenario. Later I took an interest in Boxing and trained on the east side of Paterson for two years at Ike and Randyʼs. After boxing, I took up Muay Thai under Ace Ramirez. I spent 2 1/2 years training in the art of eight limbs. We had moved from The Paterson area to Allamuchy where I began training under Reginald Goode. Reggie was also from a karate background. As a 8th degree black belt he used his striking style to win multiple world championships in American freestyle kick boxing. He was also well-versed in Japanese jujitsu and western boxing under the tutelage of an Olympic level coach. Because of our similar backgrounds and styles I was able to pick up Reginald Goodeʼs style of striking much more naturally because my body had grown up doing some of these motions repetitively. I spent the last eight years with Reginald Goode. He cornered me in my first very successful amateur fight. He was also a great mentor to me and shaped the way I coach fighters.
When he retired is when I got back into coaching at Gael Force. I did not want to let his lineage of martial arts stop with me. My mission is to teach people as much as possible of what I have learned throughout my 22 years of training martial arts.