Totowa MMA: A look inside NJ United Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors

Jay Hayes – 1st Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Jay was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a friend in 2003 and immediately fell in love with the art.  At the time Jay had been doing post grad work in elementary education at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ where he had already received his Bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  It was at this time that he realized that his dream was to teach the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jay also fell in love with the competitive aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He went on to establish himself as a successful competitor, medaling 3 times at the prestigious IBJJF Pan American Jiu-Jitsu championships and winning a Bronze medal at the 2012 IBJJF World No Gi Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Jay is also a 7 time Grapplers Quest champion and a 6 time North American Grapplers Association (NAGA) champion.

Jay has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2005 and received his Black Belt from Jared Weiner in 2009.  He has experience teaching everyone from the casual practitioner who is looking for a way to get in shape and learn effective self defense, to the competitor or Mixed Martial Arts fighter.Jay has also trained and cornered many fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, and worked as the Jiu-Jitsu coach for middleweight fighter Mike Massenzio during one of his fights in the UFC.


Bronze Medal: 2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships           (Black Belt Masters)

Bronze Medal: 2009 IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships           (Black Belt)

Bronze Medal: 2009 IBJJF New York International Open (Brown Belt)

Bronze Medal: 2009 IBJJF Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships           (Brown Belt)

Gold Medal: 2007 IBJJF Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships            (Purple Belt)

7x NAGA Champion

6x Grapplers Quest Champion


Derek Havran – Assistant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor

Derek has an extensive background working with children both as a teacher and as a coach. After attaining a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University (and a Bachelor’s Degree in History), Derek went on to teach both 1st and 2nd grade.

He is also a teacher for Travelin’ Tumblers, a preschool fitness and tumbling company for the past 3 years. He was the employee of the year for 2007-2008, as well as 2009-2010.

Derek also has coached and worked with several youth lacrosse camps and teams during his collegiate lacrosse career.
As a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jay Hayes, Derek has also had success in grappling competition.

He has 1st place wins in Grapplers Quest and the Rockland County BJJ tournament, in both Gi and No-Gi jiu jitsu. Derek also has several second place finishes in Grapplers Quest and at the Pride Cup in Ecuador.


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