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Head Instructor

Jay Hayes

– 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

 

Jay was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a friend in 2003 and immediately fell in love with the art.  At the time Jay had been doing post grad work in elementary education at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ where he had already received his Bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  It was at this time that he realized that his dream was to teach the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jay also fell in love with the competitive aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He went on to establish himself as one of the most successful American jiu jitsu competitors, medaling 4 times at the prestigious IBJJF Pan American Jiu-Jitsu championships and winning a Bronze medal at the 2012 IBJJF World No Gi Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Jay is also a 7 time Grapplers Quest champion and a 6 time North American Grapplers Association (NAGA) champion.

Jay has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2005 and received his Black Belt from Jared Weiner in 2009.  He has experience teaching everyone from the casual practitioner who is looking for a way to get in shape and learn effective self defense, to the competitor or Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

Jay has also trained and cornered many fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, and most recently has been the Jiu-Jitsu trainer and coach for UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio.

International Competition:

Silver Medal : 2013 IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Black Belt Masters), 09/13

Bronze Medal : 2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Black Belt Masters), 11/12

Bronze Medal : 2009 IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Black Belt), 10/09

Bronze Medal : 2009 IBJJF New York International Open (Brown Belt), 04/09

Bronze Medal : 2009 IBJJF Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Brown Belt), 03/09

Gold Medal : 2007 IBJJF Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Purple Belt), 04/07

National Competition:

Gold Medal: Head 2 Head Combat Supreme Grappling Pro Division, 04/10

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: Beast of the East IV, 03/09

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest No Gi: Beast of the East IV, 03/09

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: U.S. Nationals (shared podium with
training partner), 06/08

Superfight Champion: 2008 New Jersey Grappling Championships, 02/08

Silver Medal: Grapplers Quest: Liberty Bell Challenge, 11/07

Gold Medal: NJ State Open Challenge, 12/06

Gold Medal: NAGA: North American Championships, 11/06

2006 ADCC North American Trials Professional Division Competitor, 10/06

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: Copa Atlantica, 10/06

Gold Medal: NAGA: 10th Year Anniversary Tournament, 10/05

Bronze Medal: Grapplers Quest: North American Championships, 09/05

Gold Medal: NAGA: Cape Cod Grappling Classic, 07/05

Gold Medal: BJJ Fighter Submission Open, 06/05

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: U.S. Nationals, 05/05

Bronze Medal: Grapplers Quest: U.S. Nationals, 05/05

Gold Medal: NAGA: North American Championships, 10/04

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: North American Championships, 09/04

Gold Medal: NAGA: Battle at the Beach 5, 08/04

Silver Medal: NAGA: Battle at the Beach 5, 08/04

Bronze Medal: Grapplers Quest: U.S. Nationals, 05/04

Bronze Medal: NAGA: World Championships, 03/04

Gold Medal: Philadelphia Grappling Championships, 11/03

Silver Medal: Delaware State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, 09/03

Gold Medal: Delaware State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, 09/03

Gold Medal: Grapplers Quest: World Championships, 09/03

Gold Medal: NAGA: New England Grappling Championships, 09/03