ADCC World Champion & IBJJF World Champion
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.
Bjj United Black Belt
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
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.
Yelp Review 6/22/18
On a trip to visit my family in the area, I asked a friend which BJJ academy he recommended and he quickly said BJJ United. It happened to be super close to where I was staying so I went to check them out. Now that I've been to a few classes, I can say that even if I hadn't been staying close, I'd travel to get my training here!
I was really impressed with the facility upon walking in. Honestly, years of driving down Old York Rd., I never noticed this place on the corner but looks are definitely deceiving from the outside. I was actually intimidated by how much space there was! I'm really glad there were water fountains too because I had forgotten my water bottle.
Anyway, I was able to make it to mostly the midday gi classes that start at 11:30 and one evening nogi class and was glad to get instruction from different instructors, all black belts, and to spar with belts of all different levels. The academy where I train regularly in LA county is fairly young so we don't have too many higher level belts to train with so it was fun to continuously get challenged. I really enjoyed the focused skill training and the ample amount of time left in class to just roll. One thing that stuck out to me was that there was always room for everyone to start from standing instead of seated. Most academies I've been to start from sitting so I don't get much experience from standing, where all fights start from anyway so I was happy about that.
All of this is to say that I will definitely be back!