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!
The academy will be closed December 24 and December 25 in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Regular classes will startup again on Saturday, December 26.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
Exciting Things For Team Madama Fighters
Mike Elshamy is preparing for his fourth professional MMA fight. He will be fighting Karl Robertson on September 25th at Ring of Combat 52 in Atlantic City, NJ. If you don't already have them, tickets for this fight are available at the front desk.
Shane Leather will be fighting for the first time in over year at Dead Serious on October 10th. At the same event Drew LeCompte will make his MMA debut. Tickets aren't available yet, but we'll be sure to tell you as soon as they are!
Joe-John Kutcha is preparing to fight for the world's premiere grappling tournament, Metamoris. Joe-John will be competing at the Metamoris qualifier in Pittsburgh at the beginning of October. While you can't come watch Joe-John fight in Pittsburgh, the Metamoris website says that all of the matches will be streamed -- you may have to subscribe to Metamoris All-Access first.
And Julian Meany, "Big Steve" Thomas, and Guy will be grappling at the World Championship Grappling event on September 26th in Pennsauken, NJ.
Good luck, gentleman!
Any teammates who are able to help these gentleman train are invited to speak with Professor Madama. None of these men can prepare to fight on their own. Even though every man enters the ring or steps on the mat alone, there is a team fighters helping to get him there. You are part of that team. Be part of that team.
Help local children kick cancer!
Come to our Ocean of Love fundraiser on June 27th at 3PM. We ask for a small donation of $20 with your registration. 100% of the proceeds will go to Toms River's Ocean of Love charity.
At the event, Professor Josh Madama will put on a demonstration of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We will teach you exactly what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing are. And Lenny's Pizza from Lavelette will serve complimentary refreshments.
Please print and fill out the form below or call the academy at 732-504-7423 for more information.
Last Saturday, Professor Matt Serra treated the Madama Team with a seminar that was highlighted by some of his world class guard passing. With over 80 team members in attendance, Professor Serra explained everything from a simple guard opening to the nuances that make his pressure passing game among the best in jiu-jitsu history.
He finished the seminar with some tricky cross-side submissions, and then the fun began.
Professor Madama addressed the class, thanked Matt for the wonderful seminar, and then produced several bags filled with belts of colors ranging blue to brown. And the promotions began. There were too many to mention here but it culminated with the addition of several new brown belts including Luke Edward, Mike Brotherston, Phil Romano, Matt Davis, and Joe Puglisi.
But there was one promotion that Professor Madama didn't know about. After all the belt promotions, Professor Serra addressed the class and then turned to an embarrassed Josh Madama and place a stripe of white tape over the red flag of his black belt. Professor Madama was promoted to first degree black belt.
Congratulations to everyone who was promoted!
On January 24, 2015, the legendary Matt Serra will be visiting Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy and conducting a 2-hour seminar. Matt Serra is Professor Josh Madama's instructor and has often thanked Matt, both publicly and privately, for his instruction, leadership, and counsel. "Without Matt Serra, there would be no Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy," he tells his students.
The seminar will begin at 12PM and will be in place of the regularly scheduled Saturday class. The cost of the seminar is $50 pre-registered or $75 at the door. Existing students and friends of the academy are all welcome.
Be there on time as there will be a team photo taken with Professor Serra before the seminar at 12PM.
Please call or visit the academy for more information:
953 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753
Matt Serra's Bio
Main Achievements (Grappling):
- UFC Welterwight Champ (2007)
- Ultimate Fighter 5 Coach (2007)
- The Ultimate Fighter 4 Champion (2006)
- ADCC Finalist (2001)
- World Bronze Medalist (2000 brown)
- Pan American Champion (1999 purple)
When Matt Serra was 17-years-old, his father encouraged him to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. With a body frame very similar to that of Renzo Gracie’s brother, Ralph, Matt Serra adapted very well to Renzo’s teachings and became one of the main competitors at the gym, earning his black belt in 2000 and becoming Master Renzo's first American black belt.
2000 was also the year in which Matt Serra made the grappling world aware of his presence with a surprising 2nd place at the world’s most prestigious submission wrestling tournament, the ADCC, placing second after giving passage to his team mate Marcio Feitosa in the final. The success at this event also turned the heads of a few mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters, and in a few months Matt was invited to fight in the UFC, the world's most prestigious MMA arts event.
In 2006, Matt Serra earned the right to fight for the UFC welterweight title after winning the TUF reality show. Serra fought George St Pierre, one of MMA’s most dominant fighters who was at the peak of his career. Not many gave Serra a chance, and it proved to be a mistake as Serra caused arguably the biggest upset in MMA history by defeating the champion with a TKO in the first round.
Matt Serra has since retired from competing in MMA and currently spends his days running and teaching at his two successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Long Island, New York. He is also the grappling coach for UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman; UFC up-and-comer, Al Iaquinta; and The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner, Eddie "Truck" Gordon.
Christmas Eve (12/24) and New Year's Eve(12/31) evening classes are cancelled, but the academy will be open for the morning classes.
The academy will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Christmas Eve and Christmas
- 12/24, morning classes - open;
- 12/24, evening classes - cancelled;
- 12/25, all classes - cancelled.
New Year's Eve and New Years's
- 12/31, morning classes - open;
- 12/31, evening classes, cancelled;
- 1/1, all classes - cancelled.
Many people don't realize that Professor Josh Madama is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under former UFC champion, Matt Serra.
When Professor Madama is not training, teaching, or studying & preparing lessons for his own academy in Toms river, he is teaching Advanced No-Gi Classes at one of Matt's academy's in Long Island, New York. These classes are regularly attended by UFC veterans Pete "Drago" Sell, Gian Villante, Al Iaquinta, Aljamain Sterling, and current UFC champion, Chris Weidman.
Professor Madama is currently helping Al Iaquinta develop a ground strategy for his upcoming fight with Joe Lauzon, as well as consulting with Chris Weidman (and the other professional MMA fighters) to make their jiu-jitsu more efficient.
Madama Schwag. Just In Time For the Holidays!
Our holiday gift set is the perfect gift for anyone looking to start training at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy. These gift sets include one month of training and all the equipment and gear you will need!
Madama Jiu-Jitsu team gear is the perfect gift for your family member or friend who trains at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy. We have Madama-branded gis, rashguards, shorts, t-shirts and more. Not sure what to get your Madama Team Member? Consider a gift certificate!
For more information or to reserve a Gift Certificate or Gift Set, just fill out the information below and one of our staff members will get back to you promptly!
This week, Professor Madama has concentrated his instruction on variations of the kimura bent armlock, set-ups, and escapes.
This week marks the 63rd anniversary of the famous jiu-jitsu match in which Helio Gracie was defeated by Masahiko Kimura. Kimura used a bent armlock (ude garami) to break Helio's arm. Since that day, that specific bent armlock has been called the "kimura."
Read about the history of the kimura at Fightland.
This video of Josh Madama receiving his black belt from Matt Serra in 2009 just surfaced on Facebook:
Professor Madama hopes to meet with all his students over the coming weeks to discuss their personal goals as they related to training at the academy. Most of these meetings will take less than 15 minutes. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity!
From the Desk of Professor Madama
I am looking forward to meeting with each and every one of my academy students in the near future for a goal setting conference. I am available most days before and after my scheduled classes. It is my goal to help you reach yours. Lets work together and make you the best you can be both on and off the mat. Please respond by email and let me know you are interested.
I will then contact you and confirm a meeting time.
Congratulations to Coach Shamy on his first round submission victory over Ryan King at Ring of Combat 49.
Shamy caught an early right hand that broke his nose but after defending a flurry, Shamy quickly shot for a double leg takedown and wrestled King to the ground. Bleeding profusely from the nose, Shamy commenced a ground-and-pound that forced King to give up his back. Shamy paused and then executed a textbook belly-down jujigatame (armbar), flipping his opponent to his back, and finishing in the traditional style.
Professor Madama commented, "It's just the way we drilled it in class."
Shamy said, "At first, I wasn't sure if I should go for it. Things were slippery with my blood all over both of us, and it doesn't always work in class but ... what-the-hell?"
The crowd erupted when King tapped. Shamy has now won his last two fights, both by first round submission and improves his profession record to 2-1.
Tonight, September 19, 2014, Madama Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy's own Mike "Shamy" Elshamy is once again stepping into the cage to put all of his training to the test at Ring of Combat 49.
Shamy is 1-1 as a professional fighter (having gone 4-0 as an amateur). His last fight was in May where he defeated Zed Mitchell in Ring of Combat 48 by way of submission via strikes.
He's been looking strong, quick, and technical in his practice and sparring sessions. Everyone (especially his various sparring partners) is looking forward to seeing Shamy put his skills on display.
Shamy will be fighting Ryan King tonight. King holds a professional record of 0-1 and an amateur record of 5-2. According to his Facebook page, he holds "the Elite Federation of Fighters 185 Belt, the Impact Fight League 185 belt, and has held the Spiders Mission Fight League Heavyweight Belt, MI as well as the Extreme Combat 205 belt."
Also fighting tonight at ROC 49 is friend of the academy, Cody Mooney. Mooney fights out of Renzo Gracie Middletown and has sparred on several occasions at our academy. We look forward to seeing him fight.
Garry Tonnon is an area black belt who fought at Metamoris 4 on August 10th of this year. Tonnon defeated Australia's Kit Dale via a high elbow guillotine.
Here's the finish:
Tonon takes regular classes under John Danaher at Renzo Gracie's Academy in NYC. In this video, Professor Danaher (in a Madama rashguard) is talking about Tonon:
Which leads me to my point: The techniques used by Tonon to defeat Kit Dale are well-known to the students of Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Read what Kory Acchione, Madama Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, wrote on Facebook shortly after watching the Tonon-Dale match:
Thank you, Professor Madama.
Liam is currently fighting out of Renzo Gracie NYC. He has visited our academy on several occasions, including participating in a private lesson with Professor Madama.
Good luck, Liam! We'll all be watching.
Here is a video of Professor Madama recapping one of his mixed (basics & advanced practitioners in the room) gi classes. This is a classic combination of armbar (juji gatame) to triangle (sankaku jime) and armbar to omoplata.
Madama Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy had a booth at the 2014 Toms River Ice Cream Festival. Don't worry if you missed it. You can always come by the academy and sign up for a free trial (we'll even give you a sticker and a frisbee -- if there are any left).