There will be no classes on Monday in remembrance of Memorial Day. However, there will be a 6PM open mat. Feel free to join us then.
Jason Rau, Matt Serra black belt and multiple competition jiu-jitsu champion, will be teaching a one-time only seminar at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Sunday, April 23rd at 1PM. Jason has some of the finest guard passing on the competition scene today and is practicing jiu-jitsu at the highest level. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the newest masters of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Pre-registration is $50.00 and registration the day of the seminar (i.e. walk-ins) is $100.00. Please note that this event is cash only. Teammates, please register your spot early for this event; we wouldn't want anyone to miss this event!
The academy will be closed Friday evening (2/24) as most of the team and coaches will be at Shamy's MMA fight in Atlantic City. Classes will resume Saturday morning.
This weekend, Professor Madama explained one of the reasons that he has developed the Jiu-Jitsu College mastery program. He wrote on Facebook:
This video explains some of the science behind the philosophy I used to generate our new flexible schedule. I believe that one of the biggest challenges for any dedicated school owner is finding a schedule that is both convenient to the students and also most efficient for the accelerated learning of the student body.
I am sure the new schedule will not accommodate everyone but I am confident that it is a giant step in the right direction. I will be happy to have classes run all day, so give these new classes a fighting chance and show up often. Do that and I may just see a need for some more classes at different times of day.
Thank you all. I am going to a new place. Please come with me.
Our own Michael "Shamy" Elshamy will be fighting at Ring of Combat 58 on February 24th at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Please get your tickets ahead of time from Shamy or at the academy.
While we wait for the fight, enjoy Shamy's highlight video:
Four semesters per year! Eight new classes per week!
Become the technician you should be with our new system at no extra charge to our students! This is a personal development project that Professor Madama created for himself that he is using to help his students and teammates dramatically improve their grappling.
The college courses will cover eight broad subjects and rotate every three months. The covered subjects are:
- Closed Guard
- Open Guard
- Half Guard
- Back Mount
- Ashi Garami
Detailed college class information is available at the academy. Team rashguards MUST be worn during these classes!
Come with Professor Madama as he helps take our Jiu Jitsu to another level.
Team Madama gift certificates are available for the holidays. Get one for someone you love or surprise a teammate!
We are accepting preorders on Hooded Team Sweatshirts. Zip ups also available. Preorder price just $45 ($60 regular). Place your order this week at the academy.
Edson Barboza, arguably the best kicker and the #4 ranked lightweight in the UFC, will be teaching at the academy during one of the evening kickboxing classes this week. We're not being coy, we just don't know what day it will be yet - as Edson hasn't set his schedule for next week yet.
So it is important that you get there everyday this week so as not to miss this unique opportunity to learn striking techniques from one of the best in the business.
Tickets are sold out at the academy for Miriam Nieves first MMA fight, but they are still available at the venue. The fight is Saturday October 15th at iPlay America in Freehold. Go to the iPlay America site for details: http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/dead-serious-mma-ring-combat-23
From Kru Mike Lanzano regarding Eddie Mercado and Drew LeCompte and their kickboxing debuts at Warrior's Cup in New York last Saturday:
"Very proud of Eddie and Drew! Drew lost a close decision and Eddie lost a decision that he definitely won! We have a lot to work on for the next one! Team Madama definitely impressed the promotion!"
Come learn from undefeated Bellator World Champion, Liam McGreary! Call or visit the academy for more details. Pre-registration is only $50
Take a look at Shamy's promotion video for his Ring of Combat title fight:
Yesterday, Matt Serra promoted Professor Josh Madama to the milestone of second degree black belt. This promotion highlights the level of dedication and expertise that Professor Madama has in the ever-evolving world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Congratulations, Professor Madama!
Three classes added:
- Friday, 6PM - No Gi Jiu-Jitsu (all levels)
- Friday, 7PM - Muay Thai (all levels)
- Saturday, 1PM - No Gi Jiu-Jitsu (all levels)
Additionally, Tuesday and Thursday evening advanced classes will have simultaneous gi and no gi classes. See the schedule page for details.
Author and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Big Chuck Bradshaw, will be at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Monday, March 12 at 7PM to sign his new book, "Jersey Tough." The legendary Master Renzo Gracie will also be in attendance. Big Chuck was one of Renzo's first American students. Indeed, Big Chuck was among the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students on the East Coast.
It was as a student under Renzo Gracie that Professor Josh Madama became good friends with Big Chuck. "Without guys like Big Chuck and, of course, Renzo there would be no Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy," Josh says. "Big Chuck is like a brother to me."
If you are a student or friend of the Academy, an ex-biker, a cop, a fan of jiu-jitsu or MMA and would like to meet Chuck and Renzo, you are encouraged to come out to the Academy on Monday night. Refreshments will be served by Jill, owner of the Revolutionary Lounge.
There will be no classes at the Academy Monday night as Big Chuck will be signing his book and, along with Renzo, meeting and talking with old friends, new friends, and fans. There will be books available to purchase.
Let's get out there and meet two legends!
Drew Lecompte is fighting in his second MMA fight on Saturday, March 12 at the Rahway Recreation Center. Drew has been putting insane preparation time and effort getting ready for this fight. He's ready!
Tickets are only $45. Let's make sure we support our teammate and let's make this another incredible Madama showing. Tickets are available at the desk at the Academy.
On March 4th, Mike Elshamy won his third professional MMA fight verses a very tough Tommy DiBernardo. Shamy showed off his striking skills by winning a three round decision without ever bringing the fight to the ground.
Shamy is generally considered a wrestler and a submission specialist (winning his first two fights by submission). In this fight, DiBernardo tried several times to bring the fight to the ground but Shamy was able to use expert takedown defense to keep the fight on the feet. Shamy won all three rounds in the unanimous decision.
On January 16th, on an afternoon that saw many promotions, Professor Josh Madama promoted his first black belts. Congratulations Professors Jim McCormick, Mike Elshamy, Joe-John Kuchta, and Mike Kuchta.
The academy will be closed Thursday 12/31 for New Year's Eve and Friday 1/1 for New Year's Day.
Happy New Year, everyone!