INSTRUCTORS

Professor David Branch

Professor David Branch

David Branch : Is a 2nd Degree Black Belt under the Legendary Renzo Gracie. David Branch started training under Relson Gracie at age of 22 years old. In 2004 he started training at the acclaimed Renzo Gracie Jiu Jiu Academy in New York City. David has competed and won in numerous Jiu Jitsu tournaments across the country. He is a 2x Pan American champion, Abu Dhabi trials competitor, Bellator veteran, 2 division WSOF champion, and current UFC middleweight. Simultaneously holding the Light Heavyweight & Middleweight belts.


Professor Andre Denson

Professor Andre Denson

Andre Denson started training BJJ in 2000 under 2x Pan Am champion David Ginsberg in Boston Massachusetts. During that time, Andre was trained at some of the top BJJ/MMA schools in New England and New York. Since then he has had the opportunity to train with a wide range of athletes from NBA players to Olympic athletes and UFC champions.He received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and as a licensed MMA judge he has officiated hundreds of amateur and professional fights.


Professor Sidney Nemes

Professor Sidney Nemes

Sidney Nemes started his journey in Jiu Jitsu with Emerson Souza Nearly 8 years ago. Since then Sidney has been training under the tutelage of David Branch. Sidney received his Black Belt and has competed in numerous tournaments placing medals in various IBJJF tournaments, representing the school well.


Coach Matt Bilse

Coach Matt Bilse

Matthew Bilse is a Brown Belt under Professor David Branch. Matthew started training BJJ in 2011 under Professor David Branch and he continues to train under Professor Branch to this day. Matthew has trained with a wide range of training partners from professional athletes, college All Americans to beginner students. Matthew currently teaches the beginner class at David Branch Jiu Jitsu where he focuses on fundamentals and basic techniques that are critical for students as they continue develop as a martial artists.


Coach Matt Loy

Coach Matt Loy

Matt Loy started his Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2009 at Titan Fitness while attending Penn State where he was also a member of the varsity Lacrosse team. He has also trained at Advanced Martial Arts in South Brunswick, NJ and joined the David Branch Jiu-Jitsu family in 2013. Matt was promoted to Brown Belt in 2016 by Professor Branch and is working hard to achieve Black Belt status. Matt brings his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling to teach fundamental and intermediate classes at David Branch Jiu Jitsu.


Kids' Instructor Coach Marvin Nino

Kids' Instructor Coach Marvin Nino

Marvin Nino: I’m a Colombian national that came to the United States in 1995 as a 10 year old. One of the toughest parts as a foreign kid was being able to fit in with the rest of the crowd and dealing with bullying. As years went by I encountered a great amount of people that helped build me into the person I am now. Under the tutelage of Renzo Gracie black belt Jose Chierighini I was able to follow and learn motivation, determination, compassion and, most importantly, respect for one another. I was given a wonderful opportunity to work, teaching kids BJJ for Jose Chierighini. I taught a great amount of kids, some with disabilities, and learn that even they can accomplish so much more if given a chance. I’m now a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and I have extended my skill to the world of MMA. The very foundation and passion in teaching kids and adult Jiu jitsu / MMA is to give back to my community and help those that need the confidence and guidance to push themselves further. To be able to help shape and affect in a positive way the lives of those I encounter is my path and my ultimate goal in life.


Scott Anderle has been a practitioner of submission wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years, entering his first grappling tournament in 2003. As a student of Renzo Gracie black belt David Branch (WSOF Middleweight and Lighweight champ and current UFC veteran) he earned his purple and brown belts before becoming Professor Branch's first black belt in January of 2016. Scott is a long-time competitor in BJJ tournaments earning a nogi Pan Ams gold medal and several other first place finishes in IBJJF, NAGA, Grappler's Quest, and Good Fight competitions. As part of his law enforcement career Scott has been a ground fighting instructor at the police academy since 2014.


Michael J. Guarneri, Jr started training BJJ in 2006 eventually earning his black belt under Mike Wacker (Rob Kahn Black Belt) and Samer Marji (Chuck Anzalone Black Belt). He entered and won his first BJJ tournament in 2007. He has since placed first in over 20 BJJ tournaments. Michael also started Boxing under Joey Valle in 2012 and trained under him for about 4 years. Michael's first amateur MMA fight was in 2012. He would fight 7 times as an amateur with a record of 4-3 including winning a title at 140.0 lbs. He had 1 fight as a professional with a resulting record of 0-1. Michael started training at David Branch Jiu Jitsu in 2017.