ABOUT US

In 2001, while serving in the United States Marine Corps, Greenwich Native, Jeff Morris was unceremoniously introduced to a strange martial art, from a far away land: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the time, the concept of strategically dominating a large, aggressive opponent, from an inferior position, seemed to be an impossibility, at least without a large dose of imagination. However, Jeff was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the techniques could be both learned and applied in real-time situations. Nineteen years later, and countless hours of mat time spent both training and instructing, Jeff can truly say how significantly he underestimated the power of the art. Be it self-defense, competition, personal empowerment, bullying prevention or even spiritual awakening, Jiu-Jitsu has the power to ground you in reality while forcing you to grow in ways unimaginable. At the Greenwich Jiu Jitsu Academy, we embrace the struggle, the beauty and the growth that Jiu Jitsu provides and we look forward to sharing those experiences with you and your children. Jeff Morris, an active Law Enforcement Officer, is also a certified State of Connecticut Law Enforcement Instructor and Emergency Medical Technician.

Bryan began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007, after searching for something to fill the void left behind by his first love; wrestling. That journey eventually ended with Bryan finding the red mats of Master Marcio "Macarrao"Stambowsky at Gracie Sports. After years of dedication to the art, as well as multiple successful competition runs, Bryan was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in 2016, by Master Marcio "Maccarao" Stambowsky. Now, as an Instructor, Bryan focuses on teaching a well-rounded version of the art, blending his vast knowledge of both wrestling and Jiu Jitsu, resulting in both a versatile and formidable style of grappling. Whether it be a stand-up battle, ground fight, self-defense situation, or competition setting, Bryan strives to help his students feel comfortable in any scenario thrown their way. Bryan is an active Law Enforcement Officer, certified State of Connecticut Law Enforcement Instructor, Student Resource Officer and Emergency Medical Responder. 

JEFF MORRIS

OWNER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU BLACK BELT                     UNDER

Master Marcio "Macarrao" Stambowsky

Gracie Sports 

Bryan Wallman - Instructor 

1st DEGREE BLACK BELT UNDER 

Master Marcio "Macarrao" Stambowsky 

Gracie Sports 

Joseph Darula was born and raised in Greenwich, CT.  Growing up tremendously active, he caught the competition bug early, focusing on football and baseball throughout high school. He continued baseball while getting his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Eckerd College and guided by his yearning for constant growth and innate determination, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he served as a scout/sniper in two combat tours in Iraq during 2003 and 2004. After an honorable discharge, he sought new challenges and discovered Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. After training for ten years and competing in numerous jiu-jitsu tournaments (North American Grappling Association and Grappler’s Quest), he received his brown belt from Master Marcio “Macarrao” Stambowsky. Brazilian jiu-jitsu has grown as an essential part of Joseph’s life and he is honored to be able to share his knowledge with the next generation.

Joseph Darula - Instructor

2nd DEGREE BROWN BELT UNDER 

Master Marcio "Macarrao"Stambowsky

Gracie Sports 

Nick has been training jiujitsu for over 11 years.  When he first started training, Nick was significantly smaller and less experienced than all of his training partners.  Due to these disadvantages, Nick slowly built up a strong, defensive-minded game that eventually allowed him to be formidable in both the gym, and in competitions.  In the past few years, Nick has had training partners that were smaller than him, giving him the opportunity to hone in skills offensive that would work with a faster, more flexible opponent.  His “game” consists of a strong blend of technique and pressure that are applicable to all jiujitsu practitioners, regardless of experience and size.

Nick has a Masters degree in Special Education, spending the last 13 years working in public schools as a Special Education Teacher, Autism Consultant, and a Paraprofessional before that.  Nick has taught jiujitsu to all ages, 3-73, and from all different skill levels, first day trial classes to a room full of black belts.  While constructing lesson plans, behavior management (for the kiddos!), and delivering instruction with fidelity all come with years of teaching, Nick’s main skill is making sure that you will understand what is being taught and how the teaching applies to you.  If you do not understand something, Nick will figure out how to make the technique or concept work for you and your game, body type, and/or any other exceptionalities that you may possess.

Nick Coletti - Instructor

BROWN BELT UNDER 

Master Marcio "Macarrao"Stambowsky

Gracie Sports 

Quavon, better known as “Coach Q”, began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in 2013. Coach Q  is constantly honing his craft as an instructor and truly loves both teaching, and watching the development of our GJJ students. Coach Q has an extensive strength and mobility-focused background and is a highly certified Movement and Personal Athletic Trainer. Coach Q's diverse athletic background allows for GJJ students to both progress in Jiu Jitsu as well as overall fitness under his tutelage. Coach Q's enthusiasm and passion for teaching are always apparent and his alternative approach to BJJ principals from an athletic perspective has become a highly regarded value to the GJJ family as a whole. 

Quavon Reede - Instructor

PURPLE BELT UNDER 

Master Marcio "Macarrao"Stambowsky

Gracie Sports 

Alex Testani was born and raised in Trumbull, CT. Alex began his athletic career playing football at age 9, eventually playing for Trumbull High School, followed by Sacred Heart University. Alex graduated from SHU Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, National Criminal Justice Honor Society. He started training Jiu Jitsu in college but was unable to maintain a balance, along with his studies and football. Once Alex graduated college, he was hired by a State of Connecticut Police Department, where he immediately began training BJJ during his time at the Police Academy. Upon completion of his police training requirements, Alex began training at a variety of BJJ academies across CT and NY. Alex brings a high level of enthusiasm and energy to the mat each and every time he teaches.

"Every time I travel, I bring a gi with me because I have an opportunity to build an unbreakable bond with another member of this rapidly growing subculture."
 

Alex Testani - Instructor

IBJJF NY Open Heavyweight Champion - X's 3

UAEJJF North American 94kg Champion

PURPLE BELT UNDER 

Professor JT Torres

Essential/Atos JJ

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