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Our Kids programs are world-class, with instruction from accomplished Jiu Jitsu competitors. They’re high energy, with the highest level of techniques and skill.

We run classes for kids in Manhattan, NY and Totowa, NJ.

Saturdays are always free in NYC your first time.

Kids of all level and teams are welcome – no Jiu Jitsu politics!

Unity Jiu Jitsu Kids Program - Training for the Kids Pans 2016

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Free Beginner Kids Class:

The Beginner Kids classes are for kids who are trying Jiu Jitsu for their first time. Kids will learn what Jiu Jitsu is all about and get to play from day one! They will learn to problem-solve, and get creative with moves while building their confidence.

Free at NYC location.

Kids Jiu Jitsu Play:

These classes are great for the younger kids (ages 3-7) who learn through play. Continue to build knowledge about Jiu Jitsu, basic concepts, and techniques! Whether you want to be a competitor, or you just like rolling around on the mats, this is where it all begins!

JV Kids Jiu Jitsu:

Welcome to JV! So now you know some things, and are ready to know MORE things! Whether you did a Beginners Kids Class, or are coming from another Jiu Jitsu School, we will start your journey here by looking at what you know, what you sort of know, and what you know you don’t know yet. Then we fill in the holes of your Jiu Jitsu to make sure you’re on your way to developing a well-rounded Jiu Jitsu game!

We do Gi on Mondays, and No Gi on Wednesdays.

Varsity Kids Jiu Jitsu:

Learn and practice everything you need to know in order to start competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Or just to be really good, if competition isn’t your goal. We have a team of experienced competitors ready to work with you to get you ready! This is where you will develop your A, B & C Games, make sure your Jiu Jitsu is well-rounded, and get the invaluable training that will prepare you for the tournaments!

Kids Pro Training:

For kids who know how to spar, to get a LOT of it done! We start with 1/2 hour of drilling, then launch into a full hour of sparring, pushing each other to be the best we can be! It’s the Kids version of the Adults Pro Training. Join us any Saturday!

New York

Unity Jiu Jitsu School
144 W 14th St.
Stair A Door, Basement
New York, NY 10011

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New Jersey

Unity Jiu Jitsu School – NJ
247 Crooks Ave
Clifton, NJ 07011

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Kids Program Instructors

Ana Lowry

Ana is responsible for the Kids Programs, Women’s Program, and Introductory Program.

Originally from Maine, Ana began training Jiu Jitsu in 2006, managed a world famous Jiu Jitsu academy in the Washington, D.C. area before relocating to Sao Paulo, Brazil for five years of hard training and relentless competition. She is a 2x Brown belt No Gi World Champion, as well as a No Gi Pan American Champion and Brazilian National Champion in both the Middleweight Division, and in the Open Weight Division. She competes under Unity Jiu Jitsu and Cicero Costha’s PSLPB Social Project, a project that brings underprivileged children into Jiu Jitsu.

Devhonte Johnson

We are proud to have Devhonte “Bones” Johnson as the head instructor of Unity Jiu Jitsu-New Jersey. Devhonte Johnson was born in Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America, being raised in one of the most crime-afflicted areas of Passaic County called the 4th ward, on a street named Godwin Avenue.
As a child Johnson became increasingly interested in sports, and although he played a few at school it wasn’t until high school that Devhonte found something he really enjoyed and wanted to pursue: Baseball, a sport he played in parallel with basketball through his freshman and sophomore years at Eastside High School, choosing to focus solely on baseball after that.
Although Devhonte saw baseball as his passion, during his senior year he discovered jiu-jitsu, a martial art that soon took over on Johnson’s priorities ranking. Not one to split his focus unnecessarily, the young New Jersey athlete decided to quit the ball game and swap it for the gi, becoming a two sessions per day type student from the very get-go.
Coach Edson Carvalho was Devhonte’s first instructor and the man who guided Johnson up to purple belt. As a white belt, young “Bones” was of the belief that he could go far in the sporting facet of jiu-jitsu and trained hard to achieve his goals. Although he loved his team, Devhonte felt his fellow training partners lacked his competition mindset – the class consisting mainly of over 30’s part-time trainers.
Searching for a room where he could have a world-class instruction and sparring, Devhonte decided to leave team Carvalho in 2015, then joining Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York City with coach Murilo Santana. The head instructor at Unity took Devhonte under his wing, structuring his training and raising the youngster’s attributes to a professional level.
It was also during this purple belt stage that Devhonte started his coaching career, being given a few classes at Unity HQ in Manhattan. Months later, after a few requests from personal friends who asked Johnson to teach BJJ to their kids, and as those friendly privates became consistent in numbers of students, there was the need to grow into a gym, Bones ended up opening his own Unity Jiu-Jitsu affiliate in New Jersey.
On August 2018, after a spectacular year as a brown belt, when Devhonte conquered titles in the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, IBJJF European Open Championship as well as the IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship, Johnson was awarded his black belt rank by coach Murilo Santana.
To keep up to date with Coach “Bones” tournament results follow his social media pages!

We are proud to have Devhonte “Bones” Johnson as the head instructor of Unity Jiu Jitsu-New Jersey, Bones BJJ. Devhonte trains under the tutelage of world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor Murilo Santana in New York City and brings the same dedication, principles, and commitment that he trains with to his own students.

Devhonte commutes from New Jersey every day to train with us in the Pro Training, and evening classes. He helps out instructing some of the 5:30pm Open Drilling Classes, and competes in just about every competition available to him.

Main Achievements:
1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)
1st Place IBJJF New York Fall NoGi Open (2018)
1st Place IBJJF Washington DC Open (2019)
2nd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019*)
3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019**)
Main Achievements:
1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 purple, 2018 brown)
1st Place IBJJF World NoGi Championship (2014 blue, 2015 / 2016 purple, 2017 brown)
1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017* purple, 2018 brown)
1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 / 2017 purple)
1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2014** blue, 2016 purple, 2018** brown)
1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2017** brown)
1st Place IBJJF NY Summer Open (2017** brown)
1st Place IBJJF NY Summer Open NoGi (2017** brown)
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple, 2018 brown)
2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown)
3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016* purple)
3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2015* purple)
3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 purple)
3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 brown)
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"I love this team! They are inviting, respectful, competitive, modest and motivating!!!!!! I love their sense of community.”

- Jeanie C.

"This place is ALL Jiu jitsu! My daughter trains under the GFTeam flag but has cross trained at Unity. They have welcomed us & she gets serious competitive training here. Murilo & Ana are great instructors & are very patient. Def the place to be!”

- Bianca C.

"Great gym! This place caters to everyone from newcomers to advanced competitors. You will get individual attention here that is hard to come by in NYC. Highly recommended!”

- Jonathan M.

"Friendly environment, great instruction and if you're looking to start training, enrolling your kids into their kids program or switching schools it's worth checking this place out first.”

- Ted C.

"My son who is 5 started the kids class a month ago and he loves it! Ana and the other kids in the class are great. Very positive environment for learning, exercise and fun!”

- Al B.