World renowned instruction in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

We provide a safe, clean, and fun environment for people of all ages and skill levels.

The Academy

Daniel Tavares BJJ Academy was founded in January of 2014 by World Class Fourth Degree Black Belt and multiple-time champion, Daniel Tavares to spread the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle and make a positive impact in the South Jersey area.

Our mission is to teach you the world’s most effective Martial Arts – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Training with us will help you get to a better place both physcially and mentally. Whether you train for competition or fitness, you will meet great people in class, learn self-defense, lose weight, and boost your confidence.

With Daniel Tavares, you will learn pure and authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What differentiates us

The Daniel Tavares Academy experience is like no other in its innovative approach and mission. Students receive direction from the expertise of one of the best national and international professors/athletes in the specialized disciplines of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We love what we do

Our goal is to create a champion on and off the mat. No matter the age or the skill level of the student, our Jiu-Jitsu instructors are patient, well-trained, and experienced, ready to help you reach your goals.

Daniel Tavares has dedicated his life to teaching others about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and changing people’s lives. He’s a seasoned competitor in both BJJ and MMA, as well as an accomplished official for the IBJJF.



Fourth Degree Black Belt

Daniel Tavares

Notable Career Wins
  • 2019 Kasai 6 No-Gi Super Fight Champion
  • 2018 World Master Champion
  • 2018 NY BJJ Pro Champion (Lightweight Division)
  • 2018 NY BJJ Pro Champion (Absolute Division)
  • 2011 Pan American No Gi Adult Champion
  • 20x IBJJF Champion
  • 14x IBJJF Medalist (7 times in Absolution Division)
  • 9x Pan American Medalist (Gi and No Gi)
  • 4x IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship Medalist in 2019, 2017, 2016 & 2014
  • 4x Fight to Win Gi Super Fight Champion
  • 2x UAEJJF New York Pro Medalist in 2017 (Weight Division and Absolute Division)
  • 2006 International Challenge Fight Champion (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 2005 Brazilian Cup Medalist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2004 The World Cup of Jiu-Jitsu Medalist (Salvador, Brazil)

Professor Tavares was born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil. His Jiu-Jitsu journey began in 1997 at the age of 17, when he had his first contact with the sport through his cousin, Cláudio Pires. From the moment he entered the tatame (mat), Daniel knew that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was his passion. He pursued his art with great intensity, rigorous training, and disciplined conditioning. Additionally, he served his community as an instructor for the 5th Battalion Quarters of the military police in Ceará.

As a world-class professional athlete with numerous victories in his native Brazil, Daniel was awarded his black belt by Master Francisco Sá (of SAS Team) in 2005. Although this achievement was symbolic of reaching the highest rank in the sport, it also represented a new chapter in his life. In 2007, Daniel accepted an invitation by, at that time, 3rd degree Black Belt Professor Ademir Oliveira (Team Oliveira/SAS), to share his knowledge with American BJJ students in New Jersey. As an ambassador of his art, Daniel passionately embraced the opportunity to bring his proficiency to the U.S. and has cultivated a strong student body in South Jersey. In February of 2014, Daniel Tavares opened his own academy.

Professor Daniel Tavares has dedicated his life to teaching others about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and changing people’s lives. He is a seasoned competitor in both BJJ and MMA, as well as an accomplished official referee for the IBJJF. He currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. His classes feature a mix of modern & traditional Jiu-Jitsu techniques that have allowed him to become a World Master Champion, Pan American No Gi Champion, multiple-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation champion/medalist and the holder of numerous other titles and high accolades.

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.”

-Henry Ford
Notable Career Wins

Black Belt

  • 2019 FUJI NY State Champion
  • 2019 NY IBJJF Spring Open – 2nd
  • 2018 Pride BJJ Champion
  • 2018 NY IBJJF Fall Open – 2nd

Brown Belt

  • NY IBJJF Summer Open Champion
  • NY IBJJF Spring Open Champion
  • NY PRO IBJJF Champion
  • IBJJF Masters Worlds – 3rd
  • NY IBJJF Summer Open Absolute Division – 3rd


  • 2013 NJBJJF Spring Open Absolute Champion, Purple Belt
  • 2011 NAGA Wildwood Champion, Blue Belt
About the

SAS Team

The Sá Family and Jiu Jitsu in Ceará

Master Francisco Viera Sá was born in the remote town of Senador Pompeu, about 200 km from the city of Fortaleza, on December 17, 1935. His first had contact with the sport came through magazine publications in “Cruzeiro” in which Hélio Gracie showed various techniques and talked about BJJ. He also spent time training with Professor Nilo Weber Veloso, a student of George Gracie from a time when the Gracie family came to live in Fortaleza for two years. During this short time, Hélio Gracie also introduced Pedro Hermetério, Coronel Tony Magalhães, Pinheirão, and others to the sport.

In his late teens Master Sá moved to Recife in the state of Pernambuco to follow a career in the Brazilian Air Force. While in Recife, Master Sá learned that a Jiu Jitsu master by the name of Takeo Iano was teaching in the area. He immediately sought out the Kodokan Academy standout to continue his training. Master Sá dedicated himself to the study of Jiu Jitsu, and in six years advanced from white belt to achieve his instructor certification under Takeo Iano.

After years of training in Recife, Master Sá returned to his home state to be closer to his family. There he opened his first academy, called the Central Ringue Club, later renamed the Academia Professor Sá, a very successful school of Jiu Jitsu. Professor Sá has taught more than 25,000 people in his long career including many successful fighters such as Daniel Beleza, Jorge Gurgel, Marcus Aurelio, and Daniel Tavares, as well as his sons Professor Francisco Carlos Pinto Sá (“Sazinho”), Professor Guybson Costa E Sá, and Robson Sá.

After years of training in Recife, Master Sá returned to his home state to be closer to his family. There he opened his first academy, called the Central Ringue Club, later renamed the Academia Professor Sá, a very successful school of Jiu Jitsu. Professor Sá has taught more than 25,000 people in his long career including many successful fighters such as Daniel Beleza, Jorge Gurgel, Marcus Aurelio, and Daniel Tavares, as well as his sons Professor Francisco Carlos Pinto Sá (“Sazinho”), Professor Guybson Costa E Sá, and Robson Sá.

Master Francisco Viera Sá is one of the rare people to have acquired honor that is Red Belt, the highest rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It takes approximately 40 years of training after being awarded a black belt to gain this honor. Master Sá was a Black Belt for 54 years in 2013, having received his Black Belt in 1959 from Professor Nilo Weber Veloso and recognized by the Pernambuco Jiu Jitsu Federation.

Sadly, on the morning of September 13, 2013 Master Sá passed away due to Melanoma at the age of 77. He was survived by his sons, and left behind a True Legacy of 59 years of dedication to the Gentle Art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Professor Carlos Pinto Sá “Sazinho” is Master Sá’s oldest son and successor to leadership of SAS Team. “Sazinho” was born in Fortaleza in 1964. He was promoted to Black Belt in 1985, and currently holds the rank of 6th degree Black Belt recognized by the Cearense (FBJJO-CE), Brazilian (CBJJ), and International (IBJJF) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federations. He is the President of SAS Team BJJ Worldwide, President of the Olympic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation in the state of Ceará, and President of the National Professional Fighting Confederation.

“Sazinho” is a two time Brazilian National Champion and Pan American Champion, all at the rank of Black Belt. He has trained more than 100 Worlds medalists and many MMA fighters who have made it to the biggest events in the world.

The Founding of Team SAS in Ceará

“Sazinho” partnered with André Pederneiras and Wendel Alexander to align the academy with Nova União and form the Nova União team in Ceará. Under the guidance of André Pederneiras, “Sazinho” also founded the Olympic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation in Ceará. In 1994, recognizing the need for stronger competition in Ceará, he organized the “Copa da Amizade,” or Friendship Cup BJJ competition. This competition and the media attention it garnered helped increase the talent in Ceará and cause the team to rapidly expand.

In 2009 “Sazinho” broke the bond with Nova União to form SAS Team BJJ. SAS Team BJJ promotes the philosophy of Professor Sá, and honors the legacy of the family that pioneered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Northeast Brazil. The main objective of the team is to educate its members on the etiquette and ethics expected in the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while remaining on the cutting edge of technical ability, as well as setting guidelines for basic curriculum and belt advancement of affiliate schools. SAS Team BJJ has 120 affiliate schools worldwide. Our members proudly represent SAS Team BJJ and the Phoenix which is our logo.

What Our Students Say

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    This is the best BJJ academy in the area! Daniel is the real deal and authentic as they come. Everyone is super nice and welcoming, great environment for people of any background to learn in. No meatheads or egomaniacs, just great jiu-jitsu!

    • Jason S.
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    Over the past few years my daughter has trained with Daniel. I have seen an amazing difference in her self confidence and self esteem. She has made amazing friendships!! There is a culture of love and loyalty bred there. She is definitely in the best shape of her life!

    • Sandra White
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    I took the offer of a free week trial a little over a year ago and I've been hooked ever since! You won't find anyone more knowledgeable, patient, and passionate as Professor Daniel Tavares. Everyone at the academy is so nice and welcoming, they've become a family to me. I lost over 35 lbs just in my first 6 months and was prepared to step on the mat for my first ever competition, all because of the confidence that the Daniel Tavares BJJ Academy gave me. If you're looking to get in shape in a friendly environment while learning authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by one of the best professors around, this is definitely the place for you!

    • Craig Hobbins
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    I took my son to Professor Daniel's Academy because he was getting bullied at school. His confidence has increased a lot in the 6 months that he has been attending. Professor Daniel is very experienced and knowledgeable but also passionate and humble and this reflects on his students. I feel we made a great decision to bring our Son to Daniel Tavares Academy!

    • Will Huerto
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    Daniel is a fearless world champion with incredible depth of skill on the mats. He is humble and approachable. Great teacher and would recommend his school without reservations.

    • Philip Stroffolino
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    I had the pleasure of stopping in to train while in town for business and had a great experience. Very welcoming environment with great people and instructors! I wish I'd had time to make a second class but was not able due to changing travel arrangements. I would definitely recommend this school and hope to be back one day.

    • Jill
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    If I could leave 10 stars I would. This a perfect BJJ school if you are new or someone that has been training for a while and wants to get to the next level. Everyone is friendly, competitive, and respectful. Daniel Tavares truly cares about his students and their success in learning Jiu Jitsu at the highest level. He is a hands on teacher that rolls with all of his students to make them the best they can be. I would recommend this school to everyone.

    • Rick Kowal
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    Noah has been a student of Professor Tavares for almost two years and within that timeframe, he’s learned valuable skills within the sport of Jiu Jitsu as well as had tremendous personal growth. Although his Jiu Jitsu competency over this time period has been outstanding, at this point in our young child’s life, we aren’t as concerned with his ability to win trophies or perform at the highest levels. We want him to understand the importance of commitment, teamwork, physical achievement, discipline, and confidence. Professor Tavares has exceeded our expectations in helping these skills resonate in Noah and for this, we are proud and very excited for the future of Daniel Tavares’ academy.

    • Father of Noah C.
    • Grey with Black Stripe Belt, DTBA student since February 2015
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    I started training with Daniel Tavares as a purple belt. Having trained at other various other schools, I can say Daniel is one of the best bjj instructors. His academy is great for beginner and high-level BJJ practitioner. Daniel is a world champion level competitor who is amazingly talented at transferring that knowledge to his students at all levels.

    • John G.
    • 1st Brown Belt, DTBA student since September 2014
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    From the very first day I came to Daniel’s academy, Daniel himself and his students made me feel comfortable and at home. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was nothing I had planned to do. Not until after college. Now I can say that joining this family and with Daniel’s guidance, leadership and enthusiasm, I don’t ever plan on stopping. It changed my life! Being part of this family, you gain more than BJJ skills: You gain extreme confidence in yourself and friends for life. Thank you, Daniel, for everything you do for us and God bless you and your family. Obrigado. Oss!

    • Augusto S.
    • 4th degree White Belt, DTBA student since March 2015
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    Amazing training under a world class competitor and overall a great guy! I’ve been training under Daniel for almost 9 years and he is the real deal. Nobody spends more time on the mats with students and cares more about their individual progress in BJJ and life. I highly recommend this school for kids or adults. Very friendly family environment. Mats are kept extremely clean. The price is the best in South Jersey especially with the amount of attention you get from Daniel. Take a trial class.

    • Anton Gotsmanov
    • Black Belt, DTBA student since November 2007
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SAS Affiliate

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