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Easily one of the best small gyms in NJ! Whether you want a good workout or want to be high level this gym has some of the most technical and high level instruction in NJ!!
I've been a member of uptop for over 7months. Coming into BJJ I was concerned about the quality of my instruction with so many schools nearby I was unsure who to pick. I tried several and chose Uptop. When I met Instructor Yanni I was immediately impressed by his ability to teach the novice and advanced students alike. He is confident in his craft and clear with his instruction. The school has a community vibe and all the higher belts join in helping you progress your learning. It's an amazing place to learn/train.
I trained at Up Top only for a few months back in 2011 but quit training due to health issues. I recently picked up training jiu jitsu again at a school that is closer to me, and stopped in at Up Top for a couple of open mat sessions. Yanni remembered me and welcomed me back with open arms. The team here is incredibly skilled, very friendly and welcoming. Yanni's skill and his acumen as a teacher are second-to-none. All you need to do is talk with some of his past students such as myself, or other black belts in the area that have trained with him, to get an idea of just how solid a practitioner and teacher he is. This is one of the best martial arts schools in the area and Brazilian jiu jitsu is truly a life-changing art. I would give my highest recommendation to Up Top and urge everyone to reach out to Yanni to try a class. You won't regret it.
Prof. Yanni is one of the best jiu jitsu practitioners in the state of New Jersey. The facility clean, everyone at the gym is friendly. If your looking to get into martial arts, come to Uptop. Highly Recommend this gym.
Went for a free class it was really good but I wasn't able to sign up due to moving but I would recommend.
Where do I start.... This school and it's instructor Yanni have done more for my brother and I than I could have ever hoped for. A balance of positive work ethic, fun, and high level learning has been what makes this school so unique. Yanni is a high level black belt and yet, he demonstrates technique in a way that is fun and easy to follow. Up Top martial arts is a family of people who like to learn and have fun and I would recommend this school to just about anyone. There is a reason that my brother and I and many others have won tournaments and become successful in our lives and BJJ. It is all thanks to Yanni! Best, Alex
Great school and very friendly people. Very affordable as well. I highly recommend.
This Martial Arts Studio is Top Notch! From the Owner to the instructors to the individuals i've rolled with, this place is the BEST! Excellent people to work with and a lot of fun to workout with! I would not look for any other Martial Arts studio to go to beside UpTop in Wayne NJ! You guys Rock! ~Vinny
Head coach Yanni is an incredible black belt with a passion for his students and a real gift for teaching. I've been in BJJ for 15 years and still seek him out regularly to improve my game.
the best place to train in NJ. the instruction is top notch and everyone is very welcoming and friendly.
Parent of student who has been training at up top for 7yrs
As parents, we say enough positive things about this martial arts studio especially about the instructor/owner. He is truly an excellent teacher so motivated. Our son has learned an enormous amount of discipline and self control. He is 11 and has been training since he was 4 years old. This studio is flexible in that our son has played and continues to play seasonal sports as well as train with martial arts. It is worth every penny. Up Top is one of the few places around where the owner is honest hard working and doesn't price gauge. We have recommended many families who are pleased to Up Top.
Home away from home
Up top martial arts and its instructor Yanni have provided another place I can call home. I have learned that when the going gets tough you have to keep going and Yanni does such an excellent job at making sure each and every person is motivated. Yanni has such a vast knowledge of jiu jitsu and learning from him is an absolutely privilege. The students that come to the classes are also very welcoming and are all willing to work with you and help you grow. I recommend up top to anyone willing to add jiu jitsu to their daily life.
Up Top Martial Arts
My 2 sons have been taking Tae Kwon Do classes there for about 6 years and have learned so much. They have gained confidence, physical strength, and discipline. It is a wonderful learning atmosphere and classes for kids and teens. There are also many reasonable times for your kids to take the classes during the week and the sensei is an asset because he makes himself available to the kids and parents.
Where champions are born.
Look BJJ isn't a cakewalk but, this school has the best of both worlds. A competitive atmosphere with a family environment. The instruction is greatly detailed from a black belt who is always will to work with you during and after class. There is a special group of people who were very welcoming to me when i first started. this academy is unique and open to everyone. Think your not ready for BJJ? Try a class you'll be surprised and forget it is even a workoutZ