Who We Are!
Grappling University Martial Arts is a state of the art training facility with black belt instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling. We provide a safe and friendly environment that accommodates the everyday person and the competitor.
1st Degree Black Belt
Professor Steve started his jiu jitsu journey in June of 2006 at the age of 38 under Efrain Rojas’s instruction. His lineage is Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Davis Adiv > Efrain Rojas > Steven Abill. Professor Steve received his black belt from Professor Rojas in May of 2014 and received his first degree in May of 2017 from Royler Gracie disciple Vitor Terra. Professor Steve has been actively involved with the youth of Clifton for the past 15 years as a football and wrestling coach and has also coached softball as well. His success on the football field and wrestling mat is directly attributed to his experiences in jiu jitsu, the lessons learned on the mats translated directly to his coaching. He is married and has 4 children, all of which has never impeded his training, his love for jiu jitsu started on the first day and has only grown over the past 13 years.
Sensei Jose 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan)
Sensei Ben 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan)
Sensei Alex 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan)
Coach Miguel started training in martial arts at the age of seven at Yong In Tae Kwando under Master Ha Sun Choi. After a few years into the sport he made his transition to boxing, where he was taught by his grandfather Rosendo Monge. Rosendo, better known as “La Changa Monge”, won the 1957 Puebla “Guantes de Oro” or Golden Gloves and proceeded to compete amongst the best bantamweights in Mexico. After a few amateur bouts under his grandfather, Miguel took a long hiatus before he began to coach the youth of his community in efforts to keep them off the streets. In June of 2018 Miguel began to work with professional and amateur MMA fighters including notable prospects in the region. He furthered his knowledge of the sport by teaming up with fellow striking coach George Betantcourt, founder, and former Co-Owner of Train Smart in Passaic New Jersey. After the disbanding of his team Miguel traveled across the tri-state area with amateur MMA prospect Joseph Musse III, working with coaches in Philly, New York, and New Jersey. In June of 2019 Miguel embarked on a new personal journey by joining Grappling University and dedicating his time to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Steven Abill and Mike Hanley. In December of 2019 Miguel was given the opportunity to start a new striking program at GUMA and has been dedicating his time to GUMA Striking since then.