© 2015 Ótimo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, LLC











85 Godwin Ave

Midland Park, NJ 07432

Email:  info@otimojj.com

Tel: 201-857-0505

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The Academy

Bergen County's premier martial arts school and home to multiple time IBJJF International Champion Tim Shirley.  Come train Jiu-Jitsu with us and elevate your grappling game to the next level.

Head Instructor


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.


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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​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.