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Gael Force Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a Jiu Jitsu school in Morris County.  It is located less than a mile from Route 80 on Route 206 in Flanders, NJ.  We are housed in a 3000 square foot, modern BJJ 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, the best BJJ mats available, are disinfected after every class and steam sanitized every Sunday, cleanliness and safety are among our top priorities.  We are a premier Jiu Jitsu school in Roxbury Township NJ.

Our Mission

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.  Gael Force is a Jiu Jitsu school in Morris County.  Our students are mainly located in both Morris County and Warren County.

What is Jiu Jitsu?

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 Kennedy

Head Instructor

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.  Alex had trained under the tutelage of such greats as Jamie Cruz, Marcelo Garcia, Paul Schreiner, and Bernardo Faria.

Mike Tichy

Assistant Instructor

Mike had an extensive teaching background.  He teaches and plays music locally and internationally.  He uses his background as a musician to emphasize skill building and practicing in his classes.  We are extremely fortunate to have him as an instructor

Justin Gauker is a C4C certified instructor and Police Jiu Jitsu adjunct instructor

Justin Gauker

Assistant Instructor / LEO Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Justin was a police officer with Las Vegas metro for just under 9 years. He was a certified defensive tactics instructor with the agency for many of those years. He also started Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and Kick-Boxing while out in Las Vegas and have continued it though out his career. During his time training in martial arts he became an active competitor. He also  took and passed  the instructor certification course from code 4 tactics. He is currently  a detective with Essex county prosecutors office.

Adam DelGuercio

Assistant Instructor.

Adam is a purple belt at Gael Force.  He is a Law Enforcement officer and a fantastic instructor.  He teaches the Saturday morning kid's class.

Dave Lambertson

Assistant Instructor.

Dave began his martial arts journey during the mid-1980s by training Judo for two years in his early
teens. Throughout his 20s he would train sporadically with martial arts clubs at Rutgers University, but
his work schedule prevented him from committing to a consistent training schedule. Upon reaching his
early 40s and finding he had some spare time, he decided to restart his martial arts journey by studying
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Now in his 50s, Dave maintains a consistent training schedule of 4-5 classes per week.
He can usually be found during morning classes/open mats and teaching Drill Class on Sundays.
Dave considers himself a teacher first and foremost, and he is always ready to answer student’s
questions. Helping newer students navigate the early stages of their BJJ journey is his primary concern
when he’s on the mats. Consistent with his education as a biochemist, Dave takes a very scientific
approach to learning and teaching jiu jitsu. He immerses himself in not only learning how to perform
techniques correctly, but also learning why each step in the technique is important. This technical
approach allows Dave to quickly assist students in making adjustments to help them improve their jiu

Justin Ballantyne

Kickboxing Instructor

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.

Ian Ballantyne

Kickboxing Instructor