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Close Quarters
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Self-confidence through self-defense training!

CQBJJ offers self defense classes,
yoga and fitness classes

Qualified Instructors

Owner – Head instructor Rich Hernandez is a passionate business owner, father and husband. Rich has been involved in the martial arts since a child, starting with wrestling and later into adulthood trained in boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA and for the past nine years has found his passion in training and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rich offers private and group instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, striking and fitness. Rich is a Black Belt under Professor Jonavin Webb, a UFC mixed martial arts veteran and accomplished professional submission grappler. Rich specializes in teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Striking, Strength and Conditioning to kids, teens and adults. Rich also offers women’s self defense seminars and bully proof seminars for kids.

Modern Studio

Our training studio is located in Westville NJ. You can also sign up for full size classes under the eye of several high level instructors. We are a new studio and are steadily updating our equipment and gear. We have approximately 1000 square feet of mat space and matted walls for your safety. We are located at 1999 Gateway Boulevard Westville NJ.

Our Philosophy

We follow the traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt system for kids and adults. This system is very challenging and takes years of training to truly grasp its full potential. We teach and adhere to principles of respect, humility, confidence, resilience, and of course we like to have fun. We are a family gym. All who walk in the doors and join the team are treated with the utmost respect and compassion, like family. Our goal is to provide our members with top level and professional instruction in a safe and fun filled family environment.

Biography

Pj Sweda

Muay Thai program
and instructor

PJ is the current 70 KG World Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion. He teaches our adult and kids Muay Thai Kickboxing Program. Our Muaythai kids program is for kids ages, 8-13 and for adults 14 and up. These classes are for all levels, from trained fighters to recreational, for men and women alike.

Yoga Instructors

Lana,

Has over ten years experience and teaches a hot vinyasa yoga class.

Julia,

Has over ten years of teaching various Yoga styles and specializes in Buti. Her classes are every Thursdays.

Ceara

Teaches Buti yoga, as well as HIIT, sculpt and ab fitness classes.

Our Gallery

What clients say

100% Recommend

Based on the opinion of 9 people

Elias Bossert
Elias Bossert
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Amazing place, super friendly, good people, very encouraging, flexible schedule and private lessons available. Great place to just workout if you want that while learning self defense. This is also an amazing place if you want to get into Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitively. I highly recommend it. I’ve been to plenty of gyms so I know a good one when I see one.
Steven Myers
Steven Myers
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Great place to train and learn for all levels. It's a welcoming environment and has a lot to offer. Whether you're just getting in shape and learning a new skill or training to compete, this is the place to do it.
Therèsè Carrozzino
Therèsè Carrozzino
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Friendly environment and super welcoming!
Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth
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For anyone who doesn’t know Rich, my two boys have been training with Rich for about two years now. He is a wonderful role model and their Jiu Jitsu skills have grown tremendously under his instruction. I would highly recommend his facility!
Scotch Johnnie Walker
Scotch Johnnie Walker
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I’ve been here for about two months. I love how they have Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, yoga and other programs. I started fresh and completely out of shape (263lbs). The gym has taught me a lot about myself. You must remain humble and leave your ego at the door. I’ve built friendships and learned a sense of new found respect for everyone on the mat. Rich and his guys have been awesome. Top to bottom this experience has changed my life. I have a long way to go but to lose 23lbs has given me a sense of hope. Thanks guys.
Nick Lynch
Nick Lynch
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I started at 295 and now I am 264. I can't believe I lost 30+ pounds from training with coach Rich. Class gives great cardio on top of learning something new in every class you take.
Joe Marrone
Joe Marrone
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Rich is awesome. He really breaks down technique to make sure you understand it. He also understands that people learn differently and will adjust his teaching/coaching to you. As a beginner, BJJ can be very intimidating but Rich, and the team, really makesure you don’t have that feeling.
Andrew Jasinski
Andrew Jasinski
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Rich is a fantastic coach who treats all of his students with nothing but respect. I have trained with him for nearly two years and have come a long way in that time. He is very detail oriented and knowledgeable. Rich is a great mentor who is always putting his students first. The team here is also great, there's tons of good character at close quarters.
Jim Oxley
Jim Oxley
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Fantastic technical training. Rich does an amazing job breaking down advanced, high level technique, so that they make sense and aren't overwhelming. I've been training with him for almost 3 years. Great teacher, would highly recommend.
Courtney Lynn Pipitone
Courtney Lynn Pipitone
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PJ IS THE MAN!!! Great time
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