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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 Clifton, NJ.

The first Saturday is free in NYC!

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

Unity Jiu Jitsu & Bones BJJ Academy

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View Kids Program (Ages 12 & below)

Kids classes are great for all kids – fun, instructive and a great form of exercise! We normally start at age 4, but 3-year-olds are welcome to come and try and see if they’re ready!

Shorts and t-shirts are proper attire until a uniform is acquired! We have gi’s for kids for sale once you’re ready to make that investment, but no rush.

New York

Unity Jiu Jitsu School
144 W 14th St.
Stair A Door, Basement
New York, NY 10011
917-409-5550

[email protected]

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New Jersey

Bones BJJ Academy
247 Crooks Ave
Clifton, NJ 07011
(201) 292-3641

[email protected]
https://bonesjiujitsu.com/

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Kids Program Instructors

Felipe Cesar Silva

Felipe Cesar, also referenced as Felipe Silva or simply “Felipinho”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa, as well as a representative of the well known São Paulo based team Barbosa Jiu Jitsu team (B9), as well as Unity JJ in New York City. Well known for his submission oriented game, Cesar’s reputation was earned during his brown belt campaign of 2013-2014, and was later cemented as a black belt.
Felipe Cesar Silva was born on the 14th of August, 1992 in Araçatuba, Brazil. He started training jiu-jitsu in 2008 with coach Gilberto Gabas at the Gabas JJ Academy, an affiliate of Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu academy in the city of Araçatuba. Felipe remained with coach Gabas until his blue belt.
At the end of his blue belt career, Felipe understood he had the talent to succeed in the sport and decided to go pro, leaving everything behind to move to the Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu headquarters (B9) in Sao Paulo and train full time.
After a fantastic run at brown belt where he medalled in the world championships (gi and no-gi) as well as the Brazilian nationals (gi and no gi) he was graded a black belt by his coach Barbosa on July 2014. From 2016 Felipe became a regular face in the New York City-based academy – Unity JJ.

Main Achievements:
1st Place ADCC Brazilian SP Trials (2017)
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019*)
1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2015)
1st Place IBJJF Houston Winter Open (2020)
1st Place UAEJJF New York City Pro (2016**)
1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open NoGi (2015*)
1st Place Desafio UK Challenge Champion (2015)
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019)
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2017)
2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2018*)
2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2016)
3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019)
3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2018)
3rd Place IBJJF Houston Winter Open (2020*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013 brown)
1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2013** brown)
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013 purple)
1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open (2013 brown)
1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open NoGi (2013 brown)
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014* brown)
2nd Place IBJJF WorldChampionship NoGi (2013 brown)
2nd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship NoGi (2016)
2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013 purple)
3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 brown)
3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2014 brown, 2012 purple)
* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

See more at: https://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/felipe-cesar

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!
https://www.instagram.com/_bonesbjj_/
https://www.facebook.com/devhonte.johnson

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)
** Absolute
** Weight and absolute
See more at: https://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/devhonte-johnson


Testimonials

"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.


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