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Bayside Jiu Jitsu believes that jiujitsu is for everyone. Whether you’re a lifelong practitioner, a collegiate level wrestler, a first responder looking to develop a skill, or just somebody looking for a new hobby — Bayside Jiu Jitsu is the gym for you. From your first class at Bayside Jiu Jitsu, you will be welcomed with open arms and treated like a teammate. 

Bayside Jiu Jitsu is Milford’s rapidly growing gym for the the up and coming combat sport, submission grappling! We are a Brazilian jiu jitsu school that aims to empower our members through martial arts. Jiu Jitsu has been a pivotal part of our lives, and we want to share that with you through self-defense, fitness, or sport. Our goal is to support you on your journey, whatever that looks like for you and your life.

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Gabby is the owner of Bayside Jiu Jitsu. She is an active competitor in the sport, holding a purple belt and has been training since 2016. She also helps teach both kids and adults classes in jiu jitsu. In her youth, Gabby was a high level gymnastics competitor, with current ties to the sport as the head coach at Bayside Gymnastics in Milford, DE. She is also a mother and Licensed Practical Nurse.

Owner and Jiu Jitsu Coach

Gabrielle Best

Nick is currently a jiu jitsu brown belt and a lifelong wrestler that began training jiu jitsu full time in December 2018. Nick wrestled as a heavyweight through elementary and middle school and stopped growing, forcing him to learn how to wrestle step-by-step as a young adult in high school. In high school, Nick was a 3-year varsity wrestler, captain of his team, and placed 3rd in the state tournament. As a collegiate wrestler, Nick wrestled 5 years at the NCAA Division II level for Millersville University, where he served as a 2-year starter and a team captain.

Nick is an accomplished jiu jitsu competitor with over 100 matches at all levels. Nick has competed at numerous local tournaments, the IBJJF Pan and World championships, and has been featured on multiple superfight cards for Fight2Win and Finishers Sub Only. He is an amateur MMA fighter with a recent win via TKO. Nick currently teaches both Gi and Nogi class, where he shows how he has adapted his takedown game to fit jiu jitsu.

Head Jiu Jitsu Coach

Nick Mancini

Rich began training in 2015. He has been teaching jiu jitsu since 2017 and is currently a purple belt. His profession is in Information Technology Management, and he has one daughter. 

Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach

Richard Layne

Paul has been involved in different sports throughout his life and found jiu jitsu in 2020. He enjoys the physical and mental benefits to training and currently is a 1 stripe blue belt. He works for hospice and has 4 children (3 who also train with him).

Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach

Paul Bowman

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You do not need to be "in shape", have great cardio or flexibility to begin training. The best way to get in shape for jiu jitsu, is to practice jiu jitsu! While you can do additional training to benefit your jiu jitsu, the best way to get in shape is to just start. As your time in Jiu jitsu progresses, you will build muscle, increase your endurance, and improve your flexibility all through drilling, sparring and conditioning in class. We have multiple members who started to see health benefits after their first month including weight loss, decrease in medication and improvement in their mental health. 

Do I need to be in shape to start Jiu Jitsu?


Absolutely not! We have members of all ages, ability and experience. When starting Jiu Jitsu, you can take it at your own pace. If there are exercises or drills that you can not do due to injury or disability, we will make modifications to make jiu jitsu work for you. You are in control of your body and have the option to do any certain drill or spar at the end of class. New students will always be paired with more experienced students because they are more controlled with their movements and can help break down the techniques as you work through them. 

Am I too old to start Jiu Jitsu?


If it’s your first time trying jiu jitsu, you will be partnered with a more experienced practitioner. Everybody struggles with something new; don’t be intimidated!! Learn a little each class and you’ll begin to improve. There’s a secret to getting a black belt in jiu jitsu: keep training and learning. A black belt is just a white belt who never gave up!

What Should I expect in my first class?


You can wear gym shorts and a t-shirt, rash guard or compression shirt to your first class. Please make sure your shorts do not have any zippers on them since this can damage our mats. If you are attending a Gi class, we will have one for you to borrow for your first class. No shoes are allowed on the mat, but you should bring flip flops or slides to leave at the side of the mat. 

Wjhat should I wear to my first class?


Sparring is 100% optional! You are never required to spar in any of our classes. If you do want to spar but are nervous about injury, you will be paired with an upper belt who is more controlled with their movements and can help you through the round safely. You also always have the option to turn down a roll if you do not want to spar with a certain training partner. We want to make sure you have the tools to protect yourself before you ever enter into a sparring situation. People can get hurt when they are inexperiences and enter "fight or flight" mode instead of using skill. Your safety is our number one concern and we will make sure everyone has a positive jiu jitsu experience.

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Theresa Pheasant | Bayside Parent

"My daughter Mia has been a part of BJJ since August 2022. She was very timid at first to start Jiu Jitsu, but all the coaches made her feel very good about doing something different. Coaches Gabby, Paul and Rich have taught Mia different techniques in defending herself. Mia has developed a great relationship with Coach Gabby. Coach Gabby encourages Mia to try her best and has even convinced her to try competing. Jiu Jitsu has made Mia comfortable with herself. She loves going to class and learning a new technique. Jiu Jitsu has opened Mia up to so many new things, and it's a life skill that can't be taken away from her. It has made Mia learn how to handle whatever is thrown at her and how to conduct herself in all situations."

RJ Nealon | Bayside Visitor

"I have never felt more welcome and comfortable at Bayside BJJ when training at a gym. Regardless of skill level, there is always someone there ready to help. Whether your goals are to learn self-defense, just to get in shape or compete, the instruction caters to every style. The camaraderie stands out among the members and Gabby is a wonderful leader, who’s a great role model for all. I highly recommend Bayside BJJ."

Jake and Chelsea Rankin | Bayside Parents

"Jiu Jitsu has been great for our daughter’s confidence and discipline. Bayside BJJ has been an excellent place for her to learn. All of the coaches have been very welcoming and helpful. They really take their time working with the kids here and also make the practices fun. We highly recommend this gym if you are anywhere around the Milford area."

VALERIE EVANS | Bayside Member

"As someone brand new to BJJ, I was nervous and a bit intimidated about what to expect. Since starting at Bayside BJJ, it’s been an absolute blast. I was instantly welcomed into this community where everyone is trying to grow and help you grow along the way. The instructors want to see you succeed and the skills they teach you have you leaving each class with an increased boost in confidence and desire to learn more. I’m so glad I took the step to join. It’s the therapy I never knew I needed. "

KEILA MONTALVO  | Bayside Parent

“My boys have been training for almost a year and they absolutely love it! The Jujitsu classes have shown them self-defense techniques as well as how to be committed and disciplined. The coaches have been an excellent source inspiration as well as great with one on one instructional hands on training. I would recommend Bayside Jujitsu to any parent or child wanting to learn self-defense or the art of Jujitsu this is definitely the place to go! The Owner Coach Gabby and staff are so friendly and helpful and the place has a great family oriented atmosphere. “

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