Professor Tim Shirley is an accomplished black belt competitor with over 12 years of experience. He earned his black belt under Daniel Beleza and is a multiple time IBJJF International champion.
As a former collegiate wrestler & high school wrestling coach, he has years of experience teaching all levels. His years of training give him an in-depth understanding of techniques to which he adds an aggressive style with a proven winning record.
Raised in Boulder, CO, Tim has trained at gyms across the country under numerous highly regarded instructors and has melded their styles into his own highly effective and comprehensive teaching program aimed at maximizing all backgrounds and skill levels.
Opening an affiliate gym in Bergen County, Tim is determined to create an atmosphere of acceptance and leadership through a program of hard work and discipline which will create champions at the local, national, and international competitions.
Coach Chalileh began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey in 2007. He received his purple belt in 2009 after winning the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Ams at blue belt. He is Waldwick High Schools only NJ state champ with an undefeated senior year at 31-0. He began his professional wrestling coaching career at the age of 19 at Don Bosco Prep and doing group and personal wrestling lessons. More recently he served at the head wrestling coach at Waldwick/Midland Park High School. He has a 4th Degree (4th Dan) black belt in Aikido under the USAF. A seasoned yoga teacher (500 E-RYT) since 2002. Chad brings a mindful approach to learning and teaching martial arts. His intention is to create an environment where you will be supported to thrive at your maximum potential on and off the mats.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling and ground fighting techniques. The aim of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to control and subdue a larger and stronger opponent through the use of superior techniques, leverage, and body mechanics. With an emphasis on grappling rather than striking, students are able to practice with varying levels of intensity, without the threat of serious injuries which can occur more often in martial arts focused on punching and kicking.
Traditionally, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student practices in a gi or kimono, a martial arts uniform similar to a judo outfit. In recent years, many schools and academies have incorporated no-gi BJJ, commonly referred to as submission wrestling, to their teaching curriculum. In no-gi BJJ, students typically wear t-shirts and shorts, instead of the typical gi.
Classes at Ótimo Jiu Jitsu Academy are held in both Gi and No Gi. All classes begin with a short dynamic warm up that includes both plyometric and calisthenic exercises. Morning and evening classes are offered for every level Monday thru Saturday.
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