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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / MMA Gym in Staten Island: “We won’t turn away anyone because they can’t pay”


STATEN ISLAND, NY – After the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that shut the world down, two City of Staten Island employees – who made their mark in the world of wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA) – had to fulfill their dream of training the next generation of waiting MMA fighters.

But last October, Mark Fileccia, FDNY captain and Tottenville veteran MMA, and Joe Peteroy, outstanding wrestler and Graniteville Corrections officer – who met through their love for MMA – made it their goal. to open an affordable mix. martial arts gym a reality.

The pair – who have amassed a myriad of titles in the sport – have teamed up with Brazilian professional fighter Marcio Bittencourt to kick off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA from Staten Island to Westerleigh.

“The reason we opened this gymnasium is very different from other schools,” said Peteroy, who holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, has participated in several kickboxing and MMA fights and won many jiu titles. Brazilian jitsu. “In general, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is extremely expensive. My partners and I have no desire to profit from our school. We just charge our students the lowest amounts so that we can pay the rent. Joe and I noticed that a lot of people don’t practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it is too expensive. We have solved this problem. We will not refuse anyone because they cannot pay.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA students and teachers from Staten Island. (Staten Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA)

Since he and Fileccia – who holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a veteran MMA fighter with a record 31 wins and two losses, the New York State kickboxing champion and cage fighting champion New Jersey MMA – both are city workers, they offer huge discounts to New York employees and US military and veterans.

“Some of our students have lost their jobs or are in financial difficulty. But we will always help them. In addition, if a member of your family is injured [U.S. Military] warrior, you can train for free in our gym, ”said Peteroy.

Since its opening, the gymnasium has attracted students from various martial arts disciplines.

“Our students and coaches are extremely diverse. Our boxing coach is a female boxing champion with a record 31 wins and two losses, ”said Peteroy. “If our gym generates a profit, we intend to donate a large portion of it to organizations, such as the Staten Island Clean Up Crew, which cleans up trash and graffiti on Staten Island. “

Staten Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA

The facility offers training in a variety of martial arts. (Staten Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA)

COURSES / TRAINING OFFERED

The gym offers a variety of classes for ages 12 and up.

“Since we opened, the place has exploded. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done. So it’s a little cheesy, but it’s literally a school that was built on our friendship and the connection that Mark and I have, ”said Peteroy.

And the Staten Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / MMA Competitive Team already competes all over the world and has amassed many titles.

“The majority of our coaches are professional and amateur veterans. The instructors have all competed and know firsthand how to prepare our students for the competition. Most schools don’t offer this level of education, ”said Peteroy.

Staten Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA

“Some people train with us because they want to lose 50 pounds. Some want to be fighters. … We try to get people to measure themselves against others – if they are ready. I would never put someone who is not ready, ”said Peteroy. (Staten Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA)

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A FIGHTER

And you don’t have to be an MMA fighter to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA from Staten Island.

“Some people train with us because they want to lose 50 pounds. Some want to be fighters. … We try to get people to measure themselves against others – if they are ready. I would never put someone who is not ready, ”said Peteroy.

“We are open to everyone. I don’t care if it’s your first day in a gym or if you’ve fought 20 times before, we’re here to teach newbies, and we teach pro fighters and everyone else, ”he said. he adds.

STATEN ISLAND’S BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU / MMA AT A GLANCE

Address: 407 Manor Road

Website: Sibjjmma.com

Instagram: instagram.com/si_bjjmma/

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