Tom DeBlass is one of the well-loved figures in Jiu-Jitsu a former Bellator and UFC fighter with a 2nd degree BJJ black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida.
Tom was a County Champion Long Jumper in High School graduating from Central Regional High School in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Tom DeBlass was known primarily as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor winning such titles as Pan American and World Championships. He then fought professionally in Ring of Combat. In only a year and a half DeBlass captured two titles and got called up to fight in the UFC. DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy hosts 300 students. He has produced his own World Champion students, such as Garry Tonon, Tom’s first student to compete in ADCC, October 20, taking place in China.
He wrote on his Facebook about what are some misconceptions and facts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: “There are many misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is, in my opinion, is the most practical martial art there is”.
The fact of the matter is, most of the students in my Academy never want to compete, and I like it that way. I have doctors, lawyers, school teachers, law enforcement, gas station workers, and basically people from all different walks of life on the mats.
Many people think you are forced to live train and spar. This is wrong. While rolling live is encouraged it is never mandatory. Many students come and take the work out to stay in shape and be around positive people with similar goals.
Did you know you burn an average of 1,000 calories in 1 one hour class?
People think they can get the same workout in the gym as they can in a reputable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. People are wrong. As I do encourage people to use a gym it is not the same. While there are many disciplined people who train at gyms to stay in great shape, it is still very different. On the mats, you build bonds that are almost impossible to break. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood only those training can understand.
Many people think it is too late to start training. Wrong. It is never too late and the moment you step on the mats you should be treated like you have been there for years. Everyone should welcome you with open arms and be eager to help you. Also, we have different classes for different levels my friends.