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Nathan H

I've been training at Affinity Academy for just over 1 year. Every class is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences I am fortunate enough to participate in, every chance I get. The safe, positive environment reflects the values and passion of the family ownership, staff, and the members. A passionate, respectful culture of support and constant improvement is ingrained in the Academy. I cannot speak highly enough of Affinity to effectively convey the need to come for a visit and see for your it for yourself! You'll be back.

Chris English

My experience at Affinity Academy has been amazing. You will receive instruction that is detailed, methodical, patient and immediately applicable. The people you will meet here are some of the highest quality human beings you could hope to meet. The atmosphere is fun, supportive, and very much like family. If you are looking for world class training in the gentle art of Jiu Jitsu then Affinity Academy is the place for you!

Gigi Lam reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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Everything is AWESOME! I have seen a big confidence boost in both of my girls since they have started classes here and I would recommend this gym for anyone thinking of trying something new for their kids or themselves. This gym provides a safe, friendly and clean environment to practice BJJ where everyone is treated with respect.

Vitaliy Oliveira reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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A great environment that quickly becomes your family. They have so many different programs that there truly is something for everyone of all ages and skill set. I have learned so much at this school in such a short time and it is the direct effect of good people, in a good place, all doing something we feel very strongly for. Would recommend Affinity Academy to anyone thinking of starting the sport.

Lesley Trail reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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I currently have 2 kids in the jujitsu program at Affinity and couldn't ask for a better introduction for them both to martial arts. The coaches are excellent at engaging with young children and the other members have been very welcoming. Has very quickly become the favourite activity for both my kids and I believe the technical skills and the character lessons taught to them there will benefit them greatly as they grow. I would highly recommend this gym and these coaches to anyone looking for a BJJ program for their sons or daughters.

Nathan Rose reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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What can I say about Affinity, that hasn't already been said?!
It's amazing! I love it. The instructors are awesome, very knowledgable, approachable and just all round good people. A friend convinced me to come try, although to be honest I have always wanted to learn bjj so it really didn't take much convincing at all, and as soon as I stepped on the mats and tried my first class, I was hooked.
The people at Affinity treat you like family, the sr. belts are always more than willing to slow down and show you proper form and technique.
I could go on for ever, but will just say this,I definitely have zero regrets about joining and I plan to train for years to come!

Thank you Affinity Academy for making me feel welcome, and guiding me down this new path in life!

Fitzgerald Lacebal reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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I started BJJ at the Affinity Academy in February. It was a challenge for me to get started because I was afraid and quite anxious. It was something completely new to me and I thought maybe I wouldn't be strong or "tough" enough to join. From my very first class until now, everyone has been so welcoming and very supportive with one another. The Academy is a very positive and family friendly environment. Our Sensei's Andell and Clifton are professional and very knowledgeable of this art. Classes are well structured and quite challenging, which keeps me coming back for more. BJJ is beginning to change my life in many ways. I take pride in being a part of this team. I will be forever grateful and will continue to be humble learning this gentle art.

Mun Fong reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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Excellent programs for both adults and kids with great instructors. A family and community oriented academy with a safe and fun learning environment. A wonderful martial arts academy for all ages, highly recommended.

Ef Repato reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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My daughter started about 3 months ago and I think she's doing really well. That's because of the amazing instruction and, most importantly for her age, other children who are very welcoming and friendly.

Joseph Muir reviewed Affinity Academy of Martial Arts
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I love this place. Super clean facility, friendly and knowledgeable people who are more than willing to help you feel safe and comfortable learning the art.

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Tom DeBlass is a proud 3rd Degree Black Belt student of Ricardo Almeida, a 4th Degree Black Belt under Renzo Gracie. Tom began his martial arts career studying Tae-Kwon-Do at the young age of 6. In high school, his love of sports drew him to the track and field team, where he excelled as a county and state sectional long-jump champion. While attending Monmouth University, where he would eventually earn a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, he decided to focus his attention on training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the world’s most effective martial art. The following year proved to be a major turning point for Tom when he met Bill Scott. Bill was studying under world renowned BJJ instructor, Ricardo Almeida, and brought Tom to the Ricardo Almedia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Since then Tom has been a loyal and devoted student to Ricardo Almeida and the rest of Team Renzo Gracie. In 2006, Tom was honored with the role of co-captain of the Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team.

Professor Tom DeBlass has established himself as one of the best adult American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors. He is the ONLY person in NJ to win an adult Black Belt Pan American Title and the ONLY person in NJ history to win the North American ADCC trials two times. Success through dedication. His competition record includes medals and championships in some of the world’s most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu competitions such as the Worlds, Nationals, and Pan American Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.

Professor is also an Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator Fighting Championship Veteran. Professor Tom and his staff have also managed to build one of the largest Jiu-Jitsu academies in New Jersey in both facility size (over 6,000 sq. feet) and student count (close to 500 students from all different walks of life). As an instructor, Professor Tom helps all individuals reach their goals and keeps classes non-competitive by offering separate classes for those looking to compete and those who do not.

The academy’s environment is family-oriented and stress-free. The top priority of each instructor at Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to make sure each student gets the individual attention they need in order to accomplish their goals while acquiring the knowledge of a sport that has changed the lives of so many.

In 2014 Professor Tom decided to focus once again 100% on Jiu-Jitsu competition and teaching after winning his last two MMA fights by TKO, and knockout. Since then he has proved himself to still be one of the best competitor’s in the world without the Gi, winning the North American Trials for the second time and having a draw against the current number 1 No Gi fighter in the World, Joao Assis.

2003 NAGA NAGC Novice Heavy Champion
2003 NAGA Battle of the Beach White Belt Heavy Champion
2003 NAGA Worlds White Belt Heavy Champion
2004 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals Light Heavy Silver
2004 Grapplers Quest Beast of the East Champion
2005 Grapplers Quest Beast of the East Heavy Champion
2006 NAGA World Championships Black Belt Division Silver Medal
2006 NAGA World Championships Advanced Division Silver Medal
2006 Battle of the Boardwalk Advanced Division Champion
2006 Iron Man Superfight Champion
2006 Grapplers Quest National Champion
2006 Abu Dhabi Trial Renzo Gracie Representative
2007 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Bronze Medal (Brown Belt)
2007 American National Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2007 No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt World Champion
2008 Pan American Brown Belt Champion (Super-Heavy)
2009 West Coast Abu Dhabi ADCC North American Trials – 3rd Place

2009 East Coast Abu Dhabi ADCC North American Trials Champion (second person in the history of NJ)
2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Championships Competitor
2009 No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Bronze Medal Black Belt Division
2011 Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight Champion
2012 Ring of Combat Heavyweight Champion
2012 World MMA Light Heavyweight – #3 Ranked Prospect
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship Veteran) - Professor Tom made it to the UFC while fighting Professionally just a year and a half.
2013 Grapplers Quest National Champion, Super Heavyweight Expert Division
2013 Black Belt Adult Pan American Ultra Heavy Champion
2013 Black Belt Adult World Championship No-Gi Bronze Medal
2013 Grapplers Quest Worlds Expert Ultra Heavyweight Champion
PGL (Professional Grappling League) Superfight Champion against 375 lb Mark Tarman
2014 ADCC NY superfight Champion (Defeated Legend Renato “Babalu” Sobral)
2014 No Time Limit Submission Only Superfight Winner Against Nelson Puentes
PGL (Professional Grappling League Champion) Superfight Champion

2014 ADCC North American Trial Champion
Goodfight Superfight Heavyweight Champion (Submission victory over Rodrigo Correira- 64 minute match)
Main Event in Submission Series Pro against #1 in the world No Gi competitor 2012-2015 Joao Assis. Result-Draw
Bellator and UFC Veteran
Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Record 9-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
2015 Inducted into the NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2015 Black Belt Masters 1 No Gi World Championships Ultra Heavyweight Bronze
2015 Black Belt Masters 1 No Gi World Championships Absolute Division Champion Gold medalist
2016 ADCC Nationals Absolute Division Pro Champion
2016 ADCC North American Trials Champion
2017 Fight to Win 30 Main Event Winner over Ricco Rodriguez

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