• My experience at CEBJJ has been one of kind. Since I have joined, I feel more fit physically. That's not the only thing you work out at CEBJJ also your mind is worked out, every other day Professor Manuel shares a quote that makes you look at things in a different way. I live in P.A and there are many Jiu-Jitsu academies where I live, but I would rather be at CEBJJ my second home.

    Tiago Soares
  • First and foremost, I was sold on the idea of the Nova Uniao’s vision of being the “Robin Hood” of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Each student receives the same attention and world class instruction regardless of their economic and social status. That vision appeared to be practiced at Prof. Josef Manuel’s academy. Not only does the academy emphasizes the quality of training that they provide, Prof. Josef Manuel also empowers his higher ranking students to help and guide his less inexperience students (white belts) like myself. Prof. Manuel also promotes to all his students the importance of family, camaraderie, brotherhood/sisterhood in his academy. Everyone is treated with the utmost respect for one another as teammates, under one umbrella, one family. The truth is Cutting Edge Academy has a healthy and positive atmosphere which makes it an enjoyable atmosphere for anyone to train at that school.

    E.R. Salanga
  • 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
  • My 6 year old son 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 is a great teacher. I plan on signing my daughter up as well when she is old enough.

    Michelle Ramos
  • My Journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has finally come full circle in the sense that I have finally found an Academy & Instructor, who give me the true Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Experience.I have trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 3 years with some of the best instructors in the world, but none of them compare to the instruction that I am currently receiving at the Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.All the training that I have received seems to be belittled by the technical prowess and skill that Black Belt Professor Josef Manuel instills in me with his training everyday. He is truly an individual who has dedicated his life to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and he continues to prove his love by competing & continuing to train under his Master, 7x World Champion Professor Robson Moura.I have trained with various instructor who would never practice what they preached. They would never roll with their students, teach the same repetitive techniques, be out of shape, and they would never come to support their students when they would compete. They would also expect their students after all this to invest a ridiculous amount of money into substandard training.Professor Manuel is the complete opposite as there is never a class that he does not teach. He runs with you in the park and is not afraid to roll with you. He is always supportive of their students and their goals. He understands that his true role as an instructor is to keep his students happy and to nurture them so they will become great practitioners of the art he so truly loves.I am truly blessed to be under Professor Manuel because he actually cares about my training and is willing to help me achieve my goals at whatever the cost. Please feel free to call me and I will tell you about my experience at CEBJJ and how it changed my life.

    Rigo Asencio
  • Joining CEBJJ was the best decision I made in the past 10 years. The academy has helped me get into shape, its restored my confidence and more importantly introduced me to incredible bunch people that like me, wake up in the morning with a purpose. CEBJJ for life !!!

    Romeo Vela
  • I have known Josef for about 3 years now, since he was a brown belt. It was by chance that I even met him, as he helped out my Sensei Matheus Diaz when he was lost at the airport in California after the 2005 Mundials. That in essence defines Josef as a person. He is always helping people, whether it be in the Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which he very much loves, or in life, he deeply cares about other people, particularly his students. Let's not forget that Josef is very good at Jiu Jitsu also with his proven competition track record.

    Igor Mendelevich
  • With the private lessons that I took at CEBJJ with Josef Manuel I have been able to break through the jiu jitsu plateaus I have been experiencing in training. Josef has expanded my jiu jitsu to another level through the use of a variety of different techniques to improve my game. Josef has worked with me on a personal and physical level & I am very happy to be a member of CEBJJ. Osu!

    Max Lopes
  • I have had great time training at CEBJJ with Professor Josef. He has opened my eyes to a lot of things on and off the mat. Whether it’s how importent the little details are in BJJ or one of his motivational sayings or stories. The best part about everything is that how they all can be used in training or in life itself. I come from a wrestling background and he never shied me away from it when I throw some moves in the mix when rolling. I recently took a private with him that completely opened my eyes to how so many movements relate to one another. Not just what we went over but many moves in different positions or working different techniques. The movements are there you just have to adjust to the situation. All in all my experience has been great and I am looking forward to my next private lesson with Professor Josef. Taking a private lesson was one of the smartest things I have done besides signing up for another year of training at CEBJJ.

    Brian Wiltrout
  • I am very thankful to Professor Josef Ze Cobra Manuel & CEBJJ for the goals he helped me achieve in my time training with him. He's work ethic is second to none, his condition and technique are like the samurai and his sword before the battle...always ready! It has been a great pleasure and honor to be a part of the Cutting Edge family and have Prof. Ze Cobra as my instructor and friend. Thank you for believing, thank you for opening your doors to me and for the amazing journey it has been the past two years and to many more!! osu!! Luis "Wicho" Giron

    Luis Giron