JT Torres

First off I want to say that BJJ United is one of the top BJJ academies in the world hands down and that's because it's ran by a world class black belt by the name of Jared Weiner. I first meet Jared when I was a purple belt on the local competition circuit and soon after meeting him I started training along side of Jared, which only took my game to the next level, helping me achieve gold medals on the international level. I had the pleasure and honor to have been promoted to BJJ Black Belt by this man. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area or planning to take a trip I strongly advise you stop by BJJ United! It's a great environment for those want to improve their fitness/health levels or for those who want to compete at a high level.

JT Torres, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Walking into my first class at BJJU was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. It’s also one of the best.

I’ve never been a very physical or athletic person, so I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to do martial arts. But when I survived that first class, and each one after it, I began to realize I’m capable of a lot more than I ever suspected. And to me, that realization is the number one most rewarding thing I’ve gotten out of training muay Thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu at BJJU.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a whole host of other benefits to the training: getting in shape, weight loss, increased flexibility, self-defense. I’ve made several close friends at BJJU. The teachers are first rate, both as instructors and as people. And the team atmosphere makes it feel like a home away from home.

But for me all of that is secondary to going in every day and doing the impossible. Getting lumped up, getting scratched, bruised, exhausted, reaching to the edge of your limits, and knowing that you’re still okay. Knowing that you are, in fact, better off because of it. It’s the most liberating feeling in the world. Because if you can do this one thing you didn’t think you could, maybe you can do anything.

Julie Tague
Julie Tague

Hunter Gallagher

I was fortunate enough to grow up around world-class athletes. My brother being a junior Olympian under Patrice Remark, it was not uncommon to have Olympians and world champions live and train at my families home. That's why when I started training at BJJ United I knew I had found something special.

I picked this academy because Jared Weiner and Wilson Reis are legitimate world class athletes, and I don't say that lightly. The talent on the mats and the level of instruction is incredible. I joined as a brand new blue belt, and was more than impressed with how much time these high caliber competitors would spend answering my most basic questions and correcting the details of my techniques. Jared was as inviting and helpful as could be on and off the mat from the moment we first spoke, and Wilson is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. I went from being a hobbyist to training twice a day because I fell in love with being on these mats. Whether you are looking to just train for fun, or want to become a champion, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu United will feel like home.

Hunter Gallagher

The story of how I first got involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United is a little different then most. I didn't want to be a fighter and I was not looking to be in the UFC.

In 2008 my son Gabe was in first grade and I noticed he was having some self esteem issues at school. I didn't want this to become an ongoing problem. My friend had been training at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United and he mentioned how great the school and instructors were. At that time my son would not do anything unless I did, so guess who had to give it a try first. After one class each we were both hooked! That was five years ago and we are still going strong. Today he is a confident and respectful 11 year old. He has also learned to be a leader by helping new kids in class. Just like most parents I'd like to say the change was because of my good parenting but the truth is I owe much of it to BJJU. The staff at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United has been an incredibly positive force in Gabe's life.

My experience has been equally incredible. I am a Probation Officer and have to deal with extremely stressful situations daily. Just like everyone else, I also have to deal with the everyday life problems. When I go to class the rest of the world goes away. I challenge you to take a class at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United while thinking about some problem you are having. I guarantee you cannot do it! Every time I walk out of class I feel clear headed and more relaxed then when I walked in.

You will often hear people say that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. While this is true, I don't think that every school caters to everyone. BJJU is for everyone! They have classes for children, BJJ competitors, classes for beginners and advanced students and even a class for older students. The Masters Class is for students 40 years and older. If the idea of training with 18-20 year olds is intimidating for you then the masters' class is a great way to get started. Jared and his staff have created an atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. If you are looking for a great workout with world class instructors and want to be part of a family then you need to give Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United a call.

John Flite
John Flite

Morgan Family

Before every class at BJJ United we tell our kids to "work hard and have fun". For the past three years that's exactly what they've done. At BJJ United our kids are learning serious jiu-jitsu from highly skilled coaches but just as importantly they are experiencing the value of hard work, determination and focus. Our kids learn something new every day and love coming to class. As parents we couldn't ask for anything more. We are proud to be part of the BJJ United family.

Joe and Jayme Morgan

I have been watching Jared compete since i was a blue belt, his game has been a huge influence for me. And if you are like me you are always looking to bring your training to the next level. Anytime I am on the east coast, I always make a trip to visit him and get that little edge on the competition i need. If you are in the Philly area, there is no excuse for not checking out one of the most premier gyms in all of Pennsylvania.

Mike Fowler, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Mike Fowler

Glenn Parker

Jared Weiner and all the guys at BJJ United are first class. I was working a lot back east and needed a gym to train at. I was very new to BJJ, a stranger in town and a guy who could only be in the gym one or two days a week. Jared and the guys made sure I felt welcome and at ease. NO egos, NO BS. Jared trains in a professional manner and deserves respect from all who train with him. I could not have earned my blue belt in that first year without his teaching, but more importantly his encouragement and friendship. Jared now travels to Arizona to help me and my guys train and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. First class instruction with a first class instructor; all in a friendly, inviting, no ego setting. Go See Jared!

Glenn Parker, 12 year NFL veteran and broadcaster

In my opinion there is no better place to train than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu United. Jared is an outstanding coach that understands all elements of training from competition to self-defense. He will not let you quit on yourself or settle for something less than what you are capable of accomplishing.

I have been a police officer for over ten years. In Law Enforcement it is important to be able to physically control people if the situation arises. BJJ not only gives you the skills to control resisting people it does so in a way that looks much less violent than many other martial arts. Having the mental and physical attributes that BJJ gives you along with technical skills creates a safer work environment for you and your opponents. By using skill instead of brute force confrontations can be over before they become out of control.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has given me self-confidence, better physical conditioning, and improved mental toughness. There is a constant battle for improvement in BJJ. No matter how good you are there are always improvements that can be made. This can only be accomplished through training and hard work. Working hard to meet goals while enduring strenuous activity and overcoming fatigue improves the mind and the body at the same time. BJJ also improves your strategic thinking as you work to out think and maneuver opponents with technique and skill.

Self Defense is important for anyone that wants to live their life free and unafraid. Discipline and hard work with a competent instructor that motivates you is the only way to make it happen.

Robert Urwin
Robert Urwin

Joseph Schwartz

I'm not exactly sure what initially motivated me to take up grappling as a hobby was back in 2006, but I do know with certainty what has motivated me to continue all these years. What's so compelling about the gym that Jared runs is it's lack of negativity. There's no animosity, no jealousy, no pettiness. I've met and formed relationships with some of the nicest and genuinely good people through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United. Practices are no doubt competitive and at times intense, but all conducted with an over-arcing positive tone. Everyone honestly wants you to improve.

Several years ago, my wife started coming to and taking classes with me. Traditional exercises have never really appealed to either of us, given their sometimes monotonous structures, and grappling seemed like a novel way to stay in shape. And while Jiu-Jitsu can come off as a little intimidating, she had no problem acclimating to the sport given BJJU's positive, welcoming environment. I can't tell you how much of a help it is to each of us to have a partner who shares the same unique passion. Whether it's drilling techniques we don't have down quite right at home, or simply being able to talk about what just happened in class on the car ride home, we've both really enjoyed our experience at BJJU.

You honestly couldn't ask for a better gym to train at, regardless of your reasons for starting. It's more than a team, sport, or hobby. It's a family.

Joseph Schwartz, BJJ Black Belt

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It is rare to find someone like Jared who is both a world class competitor and gifted instructor. He is a person with great character, integrity and passion for what he does. I highly recommend Jared Weiner as a MMA and BJJ Instructor.

Kenny "KenFlo" Florian, UFC veteran
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BJJ United is the best place to train!!! BJJ...MMA...!!! Whenever we play Philly that's the spot we hit!! Real hardcore training without the attitude!!! So don't talk about it...Be about it!!!

Hoya, Bass player of the legendary N.Y.H.C. band Madball
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If I lived in the area, there is no question this is where I would be training every day.

Alex Varkatzas, Vocalist for the band Atreyu