Joe D'Arce

  Joe D’Arce Joe D’Arce started training with the legendary Renzo Gracie at his New York City academy in 1997 and had the honor of being promoted to black belt in 2003. Through the years Joe competed in over a hundred submission grappling and Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitions winning many titles. Joe is  a veteran of the Pancrase fighting organization in Japan most notably representing team Renzo Gracie in July of 2004 when they went head to head with team Pancrase. Joe is also well known for a technique known as the Darce choke which has become widely popular in both Jiu Jitsu and MMA competitions. Some titles include: 2000 Pan American gold medallist. 2000 Mundial World Championship silver medallist. 2002 Pan American gold medallist. 2003 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight finalist. 2004 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight national champion. 2005 Grapplers Quest 4 man tournament (pro division) finalist. 4 time NAGA Superfight champion. Mixed Martial Arts: 1-1 record 2003 loss to Kazou Misaki by TKO 2004 win over Hiromitsu Miura by TKO Kickboxing: 3-0 Amateur Record    

Bill LePosa

    Bill "bogey" LePosa Bill is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and also holds a black belt in Japanese jiu jitsu. At age 57 it's never too late!! He has studied under Joe D'arce for over ten years and is in constant pursuit of becoming a more well rounded practitioner. Bill has been a Professional golfer and golf instructor for the past 35 years. He brings that same passion and teaching ability to the Bjj students at the school.            

Eric Sickles

  Eric Sickles Eric is Joe's sixth black belt, a great accomplishment to be sure. While he is an absolute force on the mat, teaching is where he excels the most. Three things happen in every class he teaches, you laugh, you learn and you have an awesome workout. His understanding technique and attention to detail make his classes great for students of all levels.    
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