Read how far some people will travel to take lessons at
New Jersey Martial Arts

"I travel 40-50 minutes, up to 4x/week" Jim Z.

“In the course of promoting thirty five MMA events in Atlantic City, N.J., we have been blessed to work with hundreds of teams and thousands of aspiring young athletes from all over the Northeast.  NJMA, led by Marco ” Professor ” Perazzo has been an extreme honor and pleasure to work with.  Professor Perazzo is producing highly competitive MMA practitioners that are well prepared, disciplined, and extremely professional. Most importantly, we are confident that any student Professor Perazzo delivers will be more than capable to meet the many challenges presented while preparing for, and participating in, A New Breed Fighters Event. The demands are many and Professor’s students not only embrace, but excel in the environment.” Scott Morgan Owner of New Breed Fighters
Scott Morgan
Founder New Breed Fighters
“My combative, an martial arts training started at the age of fifteen, under Master D.A. Giacobbe. One of the first pioneers of martial arts in the tri state area. He taught me Korean Karate the art he learned from his his teacher Master J.C. Shin. Who was the teacher of Chuck Norris. I received my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree black belt under Master D.A. Giacobbe. The Karate I learned was pure, and true in technique like what is taught at NJMA..Later on in life I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While serving, I was selected to an elite unit of Scout Snipers(STAplt). Serving with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Force (special operations capable) participating in real world operations. The training was hard, and intense. I find that quality in the training at NJMA.. On completion of my service I started training, and eventually teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Along the way I have trained with many world class instructors, including Marco Perazzo from NJMA.. I am part of Team Balance, having received my black belt from John Hassett. Marco, coached me at the Pan American jiu jitsu championships winning me a gold medal, and continues to coach me, and others in jiu jitsu, and mixed martial arts. Marco, and his academy are held in high regard by his peers, and his community.”
Kenny Brach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and owner of Brachs MMA
“I have been to other fight camps and this is primarily the best fight camp around I think, pushes me Marco Perazzo the head instructor. You come here it’s all business basically. ”
Azunna "Zu" Anywanyu aka 3TC
UFC HW and CFFC HW Chanpion
“Hi my name is Tim Carpenter a professional mixed martial arts fighter, i fight for the Bellator Fighting Championships. I always make sure that i come to NJMA to get ready for my fights. I am undefeated right now, if your a pro fighter looking to get ready this is the place to be, or even if you are not a pro fighter and just want to get in shape this is the place to be, thanks.”
Tim Carpenter
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Retired Pro MMA Fghter
I honestly look forward to every training session I can get with Marco! I travel about an hour each way to get there and wouldn't miss it for the world. I have trained at many places with many instructors but the atmosphere at NJMA is second to none. He's a natural teacher and has a TON of experience that can make anyone successful at any level. Bill Algeo BJJ Purple Belt Amateur MMA Fighter
Bill Algeo
Owner of Algeo MMA, Professiinal MMA Fighter and BJJ Black Belt
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marco, Kirby and New Jersey Martial Arts Staff for their passion, dedication and professionalism to their students and the world of martial arts. I have been training with Marco (The Professor) for a couple of years now and I would not train anywhere else. The friendship and respect alone that has been shown by Marco, Kirby, and other students in the school will last a lifetime not to mention the skills learned. I highly recommend NJMA to anyone who wants to better themselves.    The atmosphere at the school is as good as it gets. Everyone who trains at NJMA has a mutual respect and admiration for the other which leads to a safe and taxing training environment. The expert staff instructors on hand is another major plus for the school as well. I mean come on an ADCC participant, MMA fighters, Collegiate wrestlers both freestyle and Roman Greco, Muay Tai and several World Championship BJJ competitors from black belt to purple belt I think you get the point. Training here is as good as it gets.    I personally enjoy the camaraderie between students and instructors which leads to a solid training foundation. I train primarily in BBJ and received my blue belt about a year ago. This art/sport has helped me in so many different ways. The passion I have developed has allowed me to gain respect for others, get fit, relieve stress, deal with conflict and become more confident in my self as a person. After a shoulder injury I gained over 60 pounds. I suffered from several ailments due the weight gain. I started BJJ classes again when I was able and lost that weight in a year to compete in several tournaments thanks to Marco's pre class conditioning, training philosophies, and expertise.   I have worked in law enforcement for over 7 years. I'm a firearms instructor, self defense instructor, SRT (SWAT) Member and Detective. I attained these highly sought after qualifications after I started to train with Marco in BJJ. I firmly believe that the focus, decision making, confidence and fitness level I attained from BJJ directly helped me attain these specialized positions. I became the one most of my co workers want when things go bad especially when dealing with known violent offenders even though I'm far from being the biggest or strongest member of my department.    Lastly, when Marco asked me to put my thoughts of the school into words I had a hard time doing so because there is just so much I wanted to say. But I think I can sum the whole thing up in a few last words. I came to the school looking for a way to defend myself, stroke my EGO and get fit, but what I found was a family and a way of life. Thanks to Marco, Kirby and the NJMA Staff for everything. I am a former United States Marine and am currently a Lieutenant of Police in South Jersey's largest police department, which serves a city that has been named as one of America's most dangerous cities. As a Defensive Tactics Instructor for my agency, as well as the county police academy, I am always on the lookout for the most effective and realistic training available.  This is why I highly recommend New Jersey Martial Arts Academy.  I am a student here, as well as my two children. Bill Algeo BJJ Purple Belt Amateur MMA Fighter
Kevin S.
Retired Camden Police Department
Attention to any prospective NJMA students... My name is Eric Karner and I too, (like Professor  Perazzo), own and operate a successful MMA Academy. I would like to personally recommend to anybody who resides in the Burlington County / Philadelphia Suburbs area, and is serious about training in a world class MMA academy, to look no farther.  NJMA is hands down, bar none,  the BEST school in the area.         Professor Marco Perazzo, is an accomplished BJJ Black Belt and coach to some of the best MMA fighters in the world. His wisdom and 20 + years of martial arts experience, puts NJMA in a league of their own. Not only do the world’s best MMA fighters seek Professor Perazzo’s teachings but it’s the everyday people, the “civilians”, that make up the core of NJMA. The accountants, the contractors, the social service people, doctors, lawyers, stonemasons...I have seen first hand the diversity of NJMA students as well as the great camaraderie everyone has with each other. It’s really a family like atmosphere. It is rare to find an instructor who has as much passion for improving students skills as Professor Perazzo exhibits.         If you’re looking for the highest level of martial arts instruction available, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to get in the best shape of your life, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to make friends and meet new people, NJMA is your solution. If you’re looking to become a black belt and be part of a winning team, NJMA is your solution. If you’re still reading this, stop wasting time... I told you the solution! Professor Marco Perazzo and Team NJMA.
Eric Karner
Ivy League University Student
When looking for a martial arts instructor, I recommend that people look for these qualities in one: humility, honor, dedication, knowledge, and patience. Marco "Professor" Perazzo has all of these qualities in abundance. He is a true master of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He always has a smile on his face. He is humble in victory and defeat and is one of the most respectful people in the art. He is the kind of guy I hope all my students become and the kind a guy I would have my family train under. I would recommend anyone from world champion black belt, NCAA college wrestling All-Americans, or your average joe/jane off the street to take class from Marco. The reason is it has something for everyone. If you want to compete at the the highest level and win or just gain self-confidence, you must study with Marco Perazzo. You will not be disappointed. He receives my highest possible recommendation. Chris Savarese Royler Gracie Black Belt Owner Savarese Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Cris "Sav" Savarese
Owner of Savarese BJJ and Royler Gracie Black Belt
I have known Marco "Professor" Perazzo, Co-Owner of New Jersey Martial Arts for nearly 15 years. He is my friend, student, and teammate. I can say, without hesitation, that training with Marco and the family at NJMA will take you to another level in the areas of fitness, martial arts, and character. "The Professor" is one of the most passionate and respected instructors in Mixed Martial Arts/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The South Jersey community is very lucky to have such a high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy that operates with so much experience and integrity. Go NJMA!
Phil Migliarese
Co-Owner of Balnce Studios and Relson Gracie Black Belt
There has never been a more important time then now to look closely at the Gym you decide to train Mixed Martial Arts at. Many gyms and training facilities claim to offer things like BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai and boxing but at the end of the day you want to spend you time on the matts at a safe, comfortable and proven school run by an ONSITE proven Instructor. Once such place is NJMA in Maple Shade NJ. Professor Marco Perazzo has over 20 years of training, coaching and leading some of the worlds very best martial artists. This is not a school that hangs its hat on a few UFC names. It’s a school that creates and provides one of the absolute best and most exciting places to train in the area. Prof Perazzo will not only assure your training safety but push you to the levels you want to achieve. The exciting culture and sprit in the gym is as motivating as it is contagious. This is the kind of place you can go to on a daily basis and always find great people and new challenges. If you are thinking about training MMA, BJJ or Muay Thai be sure to contact Prof Marco and visit with him and you will see the reason so many of us make his school a huge part of our lifelong journey as martial artists. -Brian R. Palakow
Brian Palakow
Senior VP
I met Professor Marco Perazzo in 2004 and trained with him for about 6 months. It was fantastic! Then life got in the way. In 2015 I contacted Marco after 10+ years away and expressed an interest in training again. He welcomed me back as if he had just seen me the day before. He is a highly-experienced competitor and a great instructor. His extensive background and experience allow him to effectively work with everyone from aspiring pro fighters to absolute beginners. He also has a great sense of humor! I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the assistant instructors and my fellow students are also top notch. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and supportive. Come in and check out NJMA. You'll like it here.
Steve M.
Attorney
I am a BJJ Blackbelt and have trained at NJMA for over 15 years. The Owner/Head Instructor, Marco Perazzo, is highly respected throughout the MMA/BJJ community. His depth and breath of knowledge in the martial arts is outstanding. I have taken many of his classes which as a seasoned martial arts veteran, I have found to be insightful and in many cases game changing. I have also seen him develop many students from white belts with no martial arts experience to tough as nails, technical, well conditioned BJJ competitors. Beyond the great teaching at NJMA, the atmosphere of friendship and the diverse level of training partners is fantastic. Everyone is helpful and wants to see you succeed. He has students that are men, women, big, small, skinny, tall, champion fighters, newest green students. This is important to me because the diversity allows you to see first hand how techniques work differently on different people. In addition, NJMA works hard to give students the extras that are hard to find anywhere else. There is hardcore special training for those that want to compete. There are blackbelt only training sessions. In addition, for special events, often times students from other schools are invited which provides an even greater pool of students to try your techniques. I could write all day about the great things at NJMA. Definitely worth your time to see it first hand.
Robert Herman
Retired
I've trained with Professor Perazzo close to twenty years. He has trained with various members of the Gracie family and is a highly respected martial artist. His abilities to break down techniques are first class. If you're looking to get in shape, build confidence and learn high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, New Jersey Martial Arts is the only place to train.
Garri Banar
"Moishe"
I've been training with Professor Perazzo for close to fourteen years. He's is a knowledgeable instructor with over 20 years of experience. He is able to convey the most subtle of details in a technique and make it easily understandable. Whether you're competing in MMA or in a grappling, he's a terrific coach. He is able to systematically work you through you're match. This is a rare trait that he possesses. NJMA is a large and clean facility. The classes are great blend of BJJ specific conditioning, drills, technique then live training. All of the students are solid grapplers at their level and very welcoming. If you're in the area, I cannot recommend enough.
James C.
Police Officer and Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
I've been training with Professor Perazzo for over 5 years and he's become a real friend and mentor. He's a highly respected martial artist and he runs a stellar school, whether you're looking for recreational fun or more intense competition-style training. NJMA has several high-level students who compete and win on the national level, but all of his students are down to earth and welcoming to any experience level. I remember when I first started training, it can be very intimidating to walk into a gym filled with people you don't know, practicing a martial art you don't fully understand, but you don't have to worry about that at NJMA - everyone's friendly, and once they finish choking you out, they'll show you how they did it. Tremendous place!
Matt S.
Special Needs Teacher
In my opinion (and many others) you won't find a better or more knowledgable instructor than Marco "The Professor" Perazzo.
Antony D.
Nurse
I trained here for my first two years of jiu-jitsu and earned my blue belt before I had to move for work. This is an incredible MMA gym. Marco Perazzo's instruction is top-notch and provides something for everyone - whether you want to compete at a high level in BJJ or MMA, or whether you just want a hobby. The camaraderie at the school is amazing, fostered by the culture that Marco has instilled from the top. I haven't trained there in over 4 years, but still keep in close contact with the friends I made, and make sure to stop by whenever I'm in town. I can't recommend this school enough.
Matt R.
Financier
NJMA is transforming my body, mind and spirit! My only regret is not starting sooner. The staff as well as my fellow students are friendly and eager to assist. A great place to train!!! You won't be disappointed!!!
Marvin B.
Veternarian
This review is long overdo. If you're looking for quality training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, look no further! A few years ago, I trained at NJMA for a few months with Marco before I moved out of State. The instruction I received at NJMA in BJJ is second to none. Classes were extremely welcoming and above all fun. It was a humbling experience for me. I left there not just with the ability to defend myself but with a passion for BJJ. A passion so deep, that I now travel 4 hours to train in BJJ every week. Thank you, Marco.
Matt S.
I've been training at NJMA for a year and have trained at other locations in and around Cherry Hill as well as around the country. The positive atmosphere that Marco Perazzo has created at NJMA is BY FAR the best I've experienced in New Jersey. Everyone in the gym is willing to help a fellow member along their journey in the martial arts. Marco is an awesome teacher and brings tons of experience to the mats. You cannot go wrong by giving NJMA a chance to earn your business.
John C.
Air Force
I've been training with Muay Thai for two years and the instructors and classes have given me such a great motivation in my life! I love going to class twice a week and see how I can improve not only physically but also mentally! Great place and great people!
Kathryn S.
Hair Stylist
Amazing school with professional, friendly and knowledgable instructors. Highly recommended!
Bill B.
Software Engineer
Great Place. Went to their Sunday Open Mat. Felt very welcomed and got a ton Out of it.
Kieran T.
Tire Shop Manager
Unbelievable place to train. Marco trained me to a victory in my first pro fight but the family like environment is what makes the place so great. It is an awesome spot to train no matter what level you are . Form black belt bjj athletes & pro fighters to people who never trained a day in their life this is the spot to achieve your goals and have a great time doing it.
John F.
Actuary
I was in the best shape of my life when I went here, just wish life would allow me to return. It was a great experience and I'd love to be able to return again some day.
Bob F.
HVAC
Great place to train whether you're just looking to try something new, get in shape, or compete on a serious level. If you're looking for a place to train MMA or Jiu Jitsu I highly recommend NJMA.
Joe G.
Marco is one of the best instructors in the area. He is gracious enough to be a guest instructor at my school and his instruction is detailed, systematic, and I always learn something new. I've also trained at NJMA on a few occasions and the environment has always been friendly, competitive and fun at the same time.
Hugo H.
Sales Executive
Best Instructor in the Delaware Valley is in New Jersey at NJMA!
Alexis R.
Retired
I have been training jujitsu for 14 years and I have to tell you NJMA Is one of the most reputable schools with out standing training in the area ... I was there last week and it was a regular day and there were a number of black and brown belts to train with and a nice assortment of others belts if you are in the area check it out !!! Thanks NJMA !!!
Dom C.
Restauranteur
I've known Marco for over 10 years and his school is second to none. As a school owner myself it is important that I train with the best, and that is why I train at NJMA. Training under Marco and at NJMA is an amazing experience and I am a better martial artist because of it. All of the other students are great and I have made many friends, there isn't anywhere else I would go to train.
Bryan Preston
Owner of Martial Arts Fitness Center
I have been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over a decade and NJMA is one of the most reputable schools in the area for one simple reason- they offer an outstanding product no matter what your goal is. Marco Perazzo is a world class instructor who has trained fighters at the highest level, but he is also personable, knowledgeable, and articulate enough to know that most people aren't looking to become professional fighters. The curriculum he sets forth for all of the classes at NJMA allows you to become as good as you want to be. Whether you are looking to fight professionally, or just learn something new, you will be welcome at this school. Perhaps the greatest asset this school has is the welcoming environment and the type of students which it creates. If you start training at NJMA, you'll not only gain great knowledge of BJJ/MMA/Muay Thai, but you're just as likely to gain great relationships with friendly people who are willing to help you learn and excel.
Bobby P.
Attorney
I have been practicing martial arts almost every day since 1983. Twenty five years Shotokan karate and now 6 years jiujitsu. If you are serious about martial arts then NJMA is the school of choice. Professor Marco Perazzo is both a wealth of knowledge as well as a very fine coach. Classes are geared for absolute beginner all the way up to MMA professional. The students are very friendly and I am happy to be able to call the school my home away from home. Stop in and take the tour- it will be one of the best decisions you ever made.
James G.
Recruiter
I have been training at NJMA for over 5 years now, I currently commute from Philadelphia to train here, i pass quite a few other schools to get here. I trust Marco to get me ready for fights, get me ready for Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and get me ready for my Muay Thai fights. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for it.
Scott H.
Sales Exec
“As the Founder of Grapplers Quest, the World’s Largest Ground Fighting Events, I’ve seen many coaches and instructors come and go, but there have been very few, I’ve watched grow from a White Belt student and competitor to World Class Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor like Marco Perazzo. His nickname “The Professor” only partially shows the high level of respect he has achieved in the martial arts, but also his amazing and admirable dedication to his students, his family.” Brian Cimmins CEO of Grapplers Quest
Brian Cimmins
CEO fo Grapplers Quest
“I am Eric Henningsen, a husband and father of three girls. I don’t have a black or brown belt, I am not a national or world champion, actually I have never competed in a tournament. I just love jiu-jitsu. There are three things that jiu-jitsu gives me: fitness, self-confidence, and camaraderie and you will find these and more at NJMA. Each class has a cardio component as a warm up before the techniques are reviewed. I don’t have many opportunities to workout and the class is a great way for me to fit some exercise into my routine.It is amazing how my self-confidence has increased since I started training. I would never have thought that as a grown man something could affect me the way studying Jiu-Jitsu has. I have to attribute all of my gains to the tremendous teachers that I have had in my years of training. I have been very lucky to have studied under some of the best Jiu-Jitsu artists in the world and I count Marco and the staff at NJMA among them. All you have to do is check out the news page to see the NJMA students and staff that excel in competition. I don’t compete but if you are interested in competition, the teachers and students here at NJMA will definitely prepare you. I think the most important and enjoyable aspect of my training is the camaraderie that I find at NJMA. I have known Marco for many years and the only thing that surpasses his knowledge of the sport of jiu-jitsu is his genuineness and his commitment to his friends and students. In fact, all of the teachers at NJMA share that commitment to the students. The students also share the in the commitment to each other. Many times after a long and strenuous class, students will help each other with a difficult technique or additional training for a competition. The time that I spend at NJMA means very much to me. The sense of team and joint achievement is truly inspiring and I know that is one of the greatest benefits a person can get from participating. This gym is more than a place to go and train. It is a place where I can go and people care for others and join in the spirit of community. I understand why people decide to drop everything to focus their lives on jiu-jitsu. This art goes to the hearts of men and takes hold. For me,Jiu-Jitsu is an escape and it helps my mind and body. Jiu-jitsu mirrors life, you must always think and you get out of it what you put into it.” Eric Henningsen Project Manager
Eric H.
Consiltant
“Prior to my MMA career I had the honor of wrestling on the United States National wrestling team. While on the U.S. national team I lived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center where I was coached by the nation’s most elite and well respected coaching staff.  Training at the Olympic Training Center spoiled me in terms of what I expected out of a coach. Upon leaving the O.T.C, I never thought that I would be lucky enough to once again be trained by a coach who was as passionate, motivating, and intense as the coaches I left in Colorado Springs….Until I met Marco. Marco Perazzo is a world class trainer who knows how to and expects to get the most out of his athletes.” Kyle Cerminara Professional MMA Fighter, Assistant Wrestling Coach University of Pennsylvania On completion of my service I started training, and eventually teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Along the way I have trained with many world class instructors, including Marco Perazzo from NJMA.. I am part of Team Balance, having received my black belt from John Hassett. Marco, coached me at the Pan American jiu jitsu championships winning me a gold medal, and continues to coach me, and others in jiu jitsu, and mixed martial arts. Marco, and his academy are held in high regard by his peers, and his community.”
Kyle Cerminara
NY State Trooper and LIMMA Wrestling Coach
I want to tell everyone that i have the great opportunity to train at NJMA with Marco Perazzo, as well with a lot of upcoming fighters in the area including Zuuu, Tim Carpenter, Tim Williams and Kyle Cerminara. Hands down the best place to be training at. Great instructor, classes are great, great atmosphere to come and train at, if your in the South Jersey area this is the place for you. hopefully we will see you soon.
Sam Oropeza
Professional Boxer
Hey Marco, I feel great. A little beat up but that's to be expected right? Yes i was surprised. I tried to be ready, cause I didn't want to be unprepared just in case, but i was def surprised to hear my name called. I feel like I've been in a pretty good groove recently, and I'm even more motivated now. Got to keep it going, keep improving, and prove I'm worthy! Thanks 4 everything by the way. The older I get, life becomes routine but not when it comes to bjj. There is always something to improve on, and strive 4, and the community of guys @ njma couldn't be better. It's improved my life in so many ways and its not only the sport, but the environment that you've created @ your school.
Dan P.
High School Guidance Counselor
My friends always joke that I am like an angry Chihuahua—maybe because I’m a 5’2” girl with a slight Napoleon complex. I’ve always been aggressive, so I wonder why I had to find Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by accident. I just so happened to walk past the MMA table at my college activity fair, see these two super adorable, super huge and super scary guys and think “man, why not?” The first Brown GAMMA (Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts) meeting, I was scared as anything- there were these huge guys pummeling one another, and like 3 girls. But we quickly realized how addicting it was to fight and keep learning and getting better. The girls in that club became my best friends here at college, and I keep thinking how different my life would be without GAMMA. That’s the back-story. My time at NJMA began over winter break, when I realized that I didn’t want to go a whole month without fighting. I decided to focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and really try to zero in on learning the basics at a high level. The first thing I noticed was how much Mr. Marco “Professor” Perazzo cared about just making good students. Because of my unique situation with college and only being in Jersey for a few weeks, Mr. Perazzo let me get a customized membership. He gave me a chance to train without worrying about financial semantics and for that I am grateful. When I started, I noticed how few females there were, which initially intimidated me quite a bit. At my first open mat, I happened to be the only girl that day, and I was terrified that the people there would look at me and think, “What is she doing here?” I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone was extremely open to my being there. They all took time to teach me new things and make me a better fighter. I was trying to prepare for the New England NAGA (a grappling tournament), and so many people took me aside and taught me how to best go about fighting from the feet. As for my inexperience, one member told me that rolling with me was actually helpful to him, because I reacted in ways that more experienced grapplers would not. Practices then, were rigorous and demanding. At practice, I met two other girls who were total beasts, and completely assuaged any fears I had about being a girl in a predominantly male class. After every single practice, I felt so happy with myself. I thought, “If I can get through a practice like that, I can do anything.” Mr. Perazzo would tell us to do, like, 30 pushups. He’d say, “Do all 30. Don’t cheat yourself, don’t cheat your life.” That attitude is something I noticed in fighters. Do what is difficult, because it is the most satisfying thing in the world. Becoming stronger. Successfully trying a new submission. Helping someone become better. These are things that genuinely bring joy to fighters. Even though I only trained at NJMA for a month (I cannot wait to go back in the summer), I feel like it has changed the way I see fighting. I don’t feel out of place in a “guy’s” art. I can be great, and things like being a girl, or being little are not hindrances- they are unique qualities that I can work to my advantage. I came in third place in my division at the NAGA, and know that I couldn’t have imagined doing that without the knowledge I gained training at NJMA. I met amazing people who just loved to fight, and I hope to share their passion as I move through life.
Priya P.
Ivy League University Student
Out of my sixteen years of teaching and studying martial arts, I have only met and experienced a handful of people whom I felt could really teach. Marco Perazzo is one of those people. His skills and techniques are that of a true master, but what really separates him from everyone else is his ability to create champions. Marco has a gift for getting people from all walks of life to perform the techniques properly. If you live near or are visiting the New Jersey Martial Arts area, I highly recommend you stopping by. It will change your life.
Ricardo Migliarese
Co-owner of Balnce Studiios and Relson Gracie Black Belt
While training at another gym, my friend invited me to train at an open mat at NJMA.  When I walked in the door, I knew instantly knew that wanted to be part of this team.  The vibe in the gym was so positive and the caliber of jiu jitsu was so impressive.    Even though I wasn’t his student (yet), Marco went out of his way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. In fact, everyone made me feel that way.  Even though I was one of few women on the mat, I wasn’t treated any differently than any other student.  I noticed that the culture of the gym was team-oriented, and that egos didn’t dominate the gym.   I initially started training jiu jitsu to learn self defense, and I immediately fell in love with the sport.  But it wasn’t until I found NJMA that jiu jitsu became a lifestyle.  At every class, Marco teaches us skills that translate to life lessons.  Through training here, I have learned to trust myself more, to stay calm under pressure, and to remember that a small adjustment can make a huge difference.  I feel more confident and more capable of protecting myself than I ever have before.   I have met so many amazing people at NJMA and developed many friendships.  I can’t speak highly enough of Marco and the rest of the team at NJMA.
Chrissi M.
Social Worker
I met Marco through a mutual friend over 8 years ago. His knowledge of training and his teaching styles are world class. He is also very respected among the martial arts community. I always look forward training there after a stressful day. My wife also trains at his 2-3x a week . If your looking for martial arts training professor Perzarro and his facility are top notch Professor Marco Perazzo has over 20 years of training, coaching and leading some of the worlds very best martial artists. This is not a school that hangs its hat on a few UFC names. It’s a school that creates and provides one of the absolute best and most exciting places to train in the area.
Steve Wilson
Owner of 8 Days Later Fitness
I've been training at NJMA with Prof. Perazzo since 2007. I have nothing but accolades about my experience there. NJMA is great for the beginner, intermediate and advanced BJJ practitioner. Under Prof. Perazzo's instruction I advanced from white to black belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Prof. Perazzo provides top notch instruction and proven technical advice. I have no hesitation in recommending anyone or everyone to train at NJMA. Go see for yourself, drop in and have a roll, you won't be disappointed!!!!
Carlos R.
NJ State Trooper NJMA Black Belt
I want to share my experience at NJMA. I am extremely grateful to have found this place and Marco. I have never done martial arts in the past and have been wanting to learn jujitsu for a long time. For me, going into a place to learn was really intimidating, but since the first class I felt right at home. Not only is Marco an amazing coach but his attention to detail makes all the difference. All the coaches really care and make sure you are well prepared before they put you in open mat. The best part is that community of people that show up on a nightly basis. They Are some of the best people you will ever meet. They are positive and helpful to lower belts and I never feel that ego macho attitude I was expecting. I can't say enough good things about Marco and NJMA. It's one of the best parts of my week and I recommend it to everyone. I'm even getting my girlfriend to think about going so I can train more.
jared Tavasolian
Movement Expert
I've been training with Professor Perazzo for close to fourteen years. He's is a knowledgeable instructor with over 20 years of experience. He is able to convey the most subtle of details in a technique and make it easily understandable. Whether you're competing in MMA or in a grappling, he's a terrific coach. He is able to systematically work you through you're match. This is a rare trait that he possesses. NJMA is a large and clean facility. The classes are great blend of BJJ specific conditioning, drills, technique then live training. All of the students are solid grapplers at their level and very welcoming. If you're in the area, I cannot recommend enough.
James C.
Police Officer and Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
I've been training at NJMA for a year now and I love it. The thought of learning jiujitsu was both exciting and intimidating. From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcomed by Professor Marco Perazzo, the staff and the students. The intimidation quickly left and the excitement continues to grow. Professor Perazzo and other instructors provide top notch instruction from the basic fundamentals, to self defense, to advanced techniques. All with a positive and friendly attitude. There are no egos. The students at NJMA are amazing. Always willing to help, encourage and push one another. Whether you are a beginner, advanced student or a fighter I highly recommend NJMA. No matter what is going on in life, I always leave NJMA in a better mood and a happier person.
Jenn S.
OR Nurse
New Jersey Martial Arts is a top notch training facility. Whether your goals are to join a community and get in shape, or, learn the skills to compete at the highest level of competition. I make the 1 hour drive on a weekly basis to train with great students and staff of NJMA. In addition, I have coached and cornered fighters along side Marco Perazzo for years at every level. From amateur grappling competitions, all the way to the highest level professional MMA championship fights.
Jimmy M.
IT Specialist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
NJMA is a fantastic place to train. Marco (Perazzo), the head Professor in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and MMA Coach, is well a sound instructor and coach in BJJ, No gi grappling, MMA, and self defense. I no longer compete due to an old injury, but I sought out his coaching when I did. I strongly recommend NJMA as a place to train from those who want to fight on the national and international stage to those looking for self defense and fitness.
Dan Haney
Physical Therpaist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
My senior year in college would not be complete without jiujitsu. Came for the knowledge, stayed for the community, great individuals and stellar training. I thank Professor Marco for the excellent time here in South Jersey and I wish everyone the best with their training.
Raymond T.
Nursing Student
This review is long overdo. If you're looking for quality training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, look no further! A few years ago, I trained at NJMA for a few months with Marco before I moved out of State. The instruction I received at NJMA in BJJ is second to none. Classes were extremely welcoming and above all fun. It was a humbling experience for me. I left there not just with the ability to defend myself but with a passion for BJJ. A passion so deep, that I now travel 4 hours to train in BJJ every week. Thank you, Marco.
Matt S.
When I tell people I got my blue belt from Marco Perazzo and Rick McCauley, they know it's legit.
Don B.
UX/UI
I moved to NJ for med school and training here has really helped with my stress and anxiety. The teachers are super thorough and explain each detail of the techniques. Live training is the best part because all the other students are cool and willing to answer questions or guide you. Marco is careful to manage the group dynamic so that everyone feels welcome. Really an amazing group of people.
Sonali B.
Medical Student
I've been training here for coming up on 4 years this summer. NJMA is home to some of the greatest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Marco is a great instructor. My jiujitsu has improved drastically under his instruction and with the help of all of the team at NJMA. Don't be fooled by everyone's ingratiating attitudes and charming personalities, there are some serious mat monsters here. If you are a noob looking to start your adventure in the marital arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and/or Muay Thai, or you are a seasoned veteran of the arts, this is the place to be.
Karl S.
Medical Student
New Jersey Martial Arts is without a doubt the best gym I have had the privileged of training at in my 4 years of studying grappling and striking. NJMA offers a welcoming atmosphere with great instruction from Professor Marco Perazzo and others, as well as experienced students who are more than willing to help you out if you're just starting up. These classes will help you prepare for both "real life" self defense and competitive combat sport situations. I am very excited to continue my journey and development as a martial artist at NJMA.
Frank B.
Produce Manager
Great people. Great training!!! Great location. Go check it out
Chris C.
Restauranteur
Marco and the team at NJMA made my training experience here excellent. I learned soo much in my 2 years here! If I hadn't moved to CA I would still be training, I miss this place!
Christine C.
I was in the best shape of my life when I went here, just wish life would allow me to return. It was a great experience and I'd love to be able to return again some day.
Bob F.
HVAC
Great place to train at!
Charlie Vinch
Owner of Budo Martial Arts
I have been training at NJMA going on 7 years and will continue to train here for the foreseeable future. I travel 40-50 minutes, up to 4x/week, to do so. That should say it all...
Jim Z.
Dept. of Treasury
The amount of excellence associated with Marco and his school is unfathomable. I have seen a ninja come into this school before and left a legend. That's what they do here. Create legends.
Thee Phil Nguyen
entrepreneur
Marco is a great person and instructor he treats people with love and respect and is a good example of a true martial artist
Al S.
Real Estate Inverstor
I started Jiujisu in August of 2007 after becoming bored with lifting weights in a gym. NJMA was the first place I went into and I continue to train brazillian jiujitsu there now. It's honestly one of the greatest and most rewarding decisions I've made in my life - not only are my workouts inside the gym way more intense than anything I've done but my health outside the gym improved drastically to be able to go back everyday and train more. Even if you're not looking for it you truely start to adopt a new healthier lifestyle with martial arts. NJMA is a great place for anyone to come in and learn how to defend themselves on the street or for a jiujitsu/MMA competitor looking to take their game to the next level. Not only are the students at the school world class but the coaching you recieve from Marco is by far the best in South Jersey. This should definitely be one of your first stops when shopping around for a jiujitsu or mixed martial arts school.
Dan P.
Technical Sales
New Jersey Martial Arts is a great place to work out for people that are tired of the same normal workout at the gym. You can say in top shape and learn a skill at the same time. I have been working out there for the last 5 years and could not imagine going back to a standard gym. The training there is top notch and after classes each day the gym is open for an hour to workout with live training.
Jason Z.
IT
I started training at New Jersey Martial Arts 5 1/2 years ago after checking out other school in the area. I chose NJMA because of the very friendly atmosphere and professional instructors. In under 4 months I lost 20lbs while learning amazing self defense techniques. It didn't even feel like a work out beacuse of all the fun I was having in class. I recommend NJMA to anyone looking to get in shape, learn self defense, or maybe even becoming a professional fighter.
Peter F.
Real Estate Agent