• Isac Chaves, State Correctional Officer, East Jersey State Prison , Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    I have a very high stress job as a corrections officer. The academy has become a place I can go to stay in top physical shape and destress from my day. This place is my therapy. ~Isac Chaves

    Isac Chaves, State Correctional Officer, East Jersey State Prison
  • Eric Llerena, State Correctional Officer, East Jersey State Prison , Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    Training at Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been nothing short of a life changing experience. Since day one the academy has played a major & positive role in my life, helping me get into shape, learning how to defend myself, and building confidence. It has helped me prove that anything I set my mind to I can achieve. Martial Arts is truly a great way to improve in all aspects of your life, and CEBJJ gives you just that, from the head instructor down to the newest member of the team. If you've ever felt hesitant to try a martial arts academy stop right there because it's one big family, and we will welcome you with open arms or a friendly stranglehold. ~Eric Llerena

    Eric Llerena, State Correctional Officer, East Jersey State Prison
  • Marcelo Aguilar, Director of Human Resources , Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    I came to CEBJJ in February 2010 overweight, out of shape and pre diabetic from years of poor eating habits. Professor Manuel and CEBJJ were able to set and motivate me to achieve goals which is a staple of the academy. Everyone at CEBJJ is humble and welcoming, a family in every sense of the word, I hope to continue that example for any new students who may pick our academy to change their lives. ~Marcelo Aguilar

    Marcelo Aguilar, Director of Human Resources
  • Marcus Nieves, Professional Dance Instructor, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    Cutting Edge is the best kept secret in North Jersey! Professor Josef offers traditional values combined with competition-level training to achieve balanced students. I've been going for about four months and have healed a back injury with the help of training and stretches. The conditioning program is proven and effective as shown by the instructors in their many tournament victories. I am definitely proud to be part of this dojo. ~Marcus Nieves

    Marcus Nieves, Professional Dance Instructor
  • Ariel Romero, Financial Analyst, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    “Friendly atmosphere to get in shape, learn self defense, and discipline. All level belts attend class (no white or blue belts only class). Professor Manuel is highly knowledgeable and friendly to all students (he rolls with everyone!) Afterwards the group is always ready to eat acai and hangout. I love this place! ~Ariel Romero

    Ariel Romero, Financial Analyst
  • Joshua Russo, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    The art is awesome and the way the instructor teaches is awesome. More than teach the technique where you understand concepts of the move. He goes into detail with Jiu-Jitsu so you'll do everything the right way. Jiu-Jitsu teaches you more about your body and more how to take care of yourself. You will meet people here that will help you throughout each class. World class instructor with an awesome atmosphere! ~Joshua Russo

    Joshua Russo
  • James Lyons, US Marshall, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    I have been training at Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 8 years. It has been the most positive thing I have done for my physical well being. I have lost over 40 lbs and am in better shape at 53 than I was at 33. The people I train with have become very close friends and both of my children train there as well. Josef Manuel's expertise and instruction are unparalleled . If you have made it to the point of reading reviews you owe it to yourself to come on down and check it out. ~James Lyons

    James Lyons, US Marshall
  • Don De La Pena, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    I met professor Josef Manuel when he visited our school in Dover, NJ. I was amazed with his vast knowledge and wisdom in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his flawless techniques, you can clearly see his teacher (the legendary Robson Moura) in him. He made the lessons so simple that even my two daughters, who joined us for class, could execute the move. One thing that Impressed me the most is his personality. He is very humble and approachable, he made us feel like we've been his students for a long time. I will always be grateful to him that he took some of his time to visit, teach and train us. His students are very lucky to have him as a teacher and all of us are lucky to have him as a friend. I finally joined Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in October of 2017. They welcomed me with open arms. I am amazed on how dedicated the students are to the art and it shows by how technical they are. I attribute this to our Sensei because he shows us his love for the art, his passion in teaching and his dedication to his students. I travel at least 20 miles one way which is between 20 to 30 mins just to attend class. I do this because I want to repay my Sensei with the same dedication he shows us. I also feel like a kid with a new toy every time I train. Every time Professor teaches, the technique lingers in my brain for hours and hours. This place is definitely a place I call home. It's an amazing place. ~Don De La Pena

    Don De La Pena
  • Chelsea Cullen, English Teacher, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the perfect blend of incredibly intricate BJJ and warming familial bonds. Josef Manuel’s love for the sport infuses every class with vigor, determination, and awe. The array of techniques unmasked ensures he or she will establish a great bjj game while engaging in an intense workout. The outpouring support interwoven within each participant makes one feel apart of something bigger...because he or she is. The environment at CEBJJ is not just a school or gym...it is a family striving for greatness. ~Chelsea Cullen

    Chelsea Cullen, English Teacher
  • Jonathan Pagan, Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Testimonials

    Ever since I started training at cutting edge, all I can say is that the atmosphere is like no other. The people there has their own stories and living proof that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can change your life in a positive way! The teaching is astonishing and mind blowing. All I can say is if you like being mind blown, experience new things, want to lose weight, and be motivated to push yourself than look no further this place would be for you! ~Jonathan Pagan

    Jonathan Pagan
  • If you are thinking about training in MMA or Jiu Jitsu then you have to check out Cutting Edge first. I had trained in numerous other styles of Martial Arts and no other Sensei had articulated the same amount of knowledge about their craft as Prof. Josef Manuel. This is beyond a craft for him, it is his life. If asks you to do a particular move he will explain exactly why and how. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the class, there is no pressure put on you from the students or the staff. You are an equal no matter what belt you have and your concerns and goals are Prof. Manuel’s main priority. I have only known Prof. Josef for a little over 2 years now but he has grown to become one of my closest friends. I can’t even properly portray in words the amount of respect and the level of caring he has for his students. If you are thinking about going to another school, please feel free to call me and I will tell you about my experience at CEBJJ and how it changed my life.

    Dan LeFante
  • My 6 year old son Gavin has been training with Professor Josef for about 3 Years now and I am amazed at how much he has learned. His education extends beyond the Jiu Jitsu training. Not only does my son learn self defense but he learns about conditioning and respect for himself and for others. Professor Manuel is a great teacher. I plan on signing my daughter up as well when she is old enough.

    Michelle Ramos
  • I wanted to let everybody know that as a mother of two kids that train at Cutting Edge BJJ it was one of the best decisions of my life. My son started first and professor Josef Manuel has been so supportive and such an inspiration to my son. He changed is life in so many ways. My son has a goal to go to college to get a business degree and save money to open is own school under Professor Josef Manuel. My son is on the competition team and has won several medals always with the professor and some of the higher ranking students that are also great instructors at Cutting Edge BJJ by his side guiding him. When you join Cutting Edge BJJ you became part of a beautiful big family. They help, love, respect and care for one another and that comes from the Professor Josef Manuel. I always say that people are born with a gift and his gift is teaching people about anything not just Jiu- Jitsu. People and I will say specially kids just listen to him with such an admiration and respect that is amazing. My daughter also started training last year and just this month joined the competition team. She has changed physically and emotionally so much and I have to thank Professor Josef Manuel, the great staff he has with him and also a shout out to all the great students. My husband always says that this is the best investment of our lives and I agree 100%. If you have doubts about it just go there and spend a few hours observing the classes but let me warn you that you will immediately feel that you belong there.

    Helena Ferreira


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