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Less Martial,
More Art

 Our classes are always fun, interesting, and with one single aim: your progress. We are not growing if you are not achieving your goals. Grappling is not an easy art to learn, and our team understands that. We will walk you through the proper steps ensuring safety and development. We are a proud affiliate member of Team Choke Lab. 


Adult Classes

Less Martial, More Art is the way we like to approach teaching, learning, and training BJJ. Being a contact sport and martial art, it can be intimidating to step onto the mats for the first time or with people you have never trained with before. Our approach, focusing on movement and precision, fosters an environment of creativity for students to express the art in the way best suited for them.

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Kids Classes

With 5 children of his own, Don De La Pena is an expert when it comes to developing a program for all ages. Our Brazilian Jiujitsu classes for children are aimed to teach: structure, self-control, discipline, respect, and social skills; all while having FUN and getting great exercise!

We aim to foster a welcoming environment for all. If you are in the Northern New Jersey/Morris County are we encourage you to stop and train with us.

Our Instructors

Don De La Pena

Born and raised in the Philippines, Don De La Pena started his Martial Arts journey in 1997 studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Wing Chun, and Isshin Ryu Karate. After moving to the United States with his family Don joined Team Choke Lab and earned the prestigious rank of Brown Belt under Chief Instructor Josef Manuel. Owner/Instructor De La Pena founded Parsippany BJJ in 2018 with the goal of sharing his passion for Martial Arts, especially BJJ.

Matt Walter

Matt Walter started training in 2002 under Professor David Adiv. Several years later, Matt joined Chief Instruction Josef Manuel's team. In 2019 Matt achieved the rank of black belt with Team Choke Lab. As a full-time athletic trainer Matt spends a great deal of time around youth sports. This experience suits him perfectly in helping develop their skills and train safely. Come join him for our morning classes and open mat. 

Josef 'Ze Cobra' Manuel
Chief Instructor  

Professor Josef Manuel’s extraordinary journey in martial arts spans over 20 years. He was first introduced into martial arts through the study of Boxing.  On his quest to learn from the best, in 2005 Professor Josef Manuel was introduced to 7x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and A Master Robson " Robinho" Moura from the world renowned Nova Uniao Academy in Brazil. Since then Professor Josef Manuel has trained, studied and traveled with Master Robson as an instructor and competition team representative.
Professor Josef Manuel attained the coveted rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Robson “Robinho” Moura’s as his first American Black Belt World Champion & RMNU association representative. He is now the head instructor for Team Choke Lab association. 


Members have access to all classes offered at Parsippany BJJ





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101 Gibraltar Drive suite 2e, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Call/Text (973)664-7906

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Mondays & Wednesdays 9-11 A.M


Monday-Friday: 6-8 pm


Saturday: 10:30 am-12:30 pm



Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5-6

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