Professor Frank Roberts, 1st degree blackbelt, has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since June 2010 under Karel "Silver Fox" Pravec. He was an instructor for Silver Fox Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Saddle Brook) for over 8 years, teaching both adults and children of all levels.
He now is the head instructor and owner of Silver Fox BJJ East Hanover which has cultivated a Jiu-Jitsu family composed of competitors and hobbyists of all ages since 2020. His attention to detail while instructing plays a crucial role in the success of even the most beginner of students.
Joe Franco has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2006 with his formal BJJ training beginning under Jamie Cruz. He was awarded his blackbelt and 1st degree from Carlos Catania while stationed in Maryland for his career with the government.
He started wrestling as a 12 year old at the insistence of the coach and as a way to avoid the winter basketball season.
That decision would make him a student of grappling martial arts for life. He is currently a Federal Control Tactics instructor and student of Silver Fox. He also has B.A’s in English Literature, Philosophy, and a Master’s Degree in Education and Theory.
Ray started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Spring of 2008, and received his brown belt in the fall of 2021. With over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, he not only brings his passion for teaching, but delivers all the knowledge he continues acquiring as a life long student of Jiu-Jitsu.
Adam started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec in 2015, receiving his brown belt in July 2022. Once learning the fundamentals of the guard, Adam fell in love with the martial art. He started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a means of self defense and fitness, although the community and playful nature of jiu-jitsu are what made Adam a lifelong practitioner. He has since developed a passion for sharing the knowledge and philosophy that he’s acquired, and continues to acquire, through training.
Angelo began wrestling at the age of 5 in his hometown of Hanover Park.
As his interest in wrestling grew, he began to train under Ernie Monaco and Dave Esposito at Edge School of Wrestling.
Angelo continued his wrestling career at Seton Hall Preparatory wrestling folkstyle as he simultaneously trained freestyle under Matt Ciampa at Eclipse Freestyle Wrestling.
His passion for wrestling led to his interest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu joining Silver Fox BJJ Academy in 2020.
Angelo received his Purple belt in October of 2022 under Professor Frankie Roberts.
Nikki started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Frankie Roberts in 2021, earning her Blue belt in April 2022.
After learning the fundamentals of the Armbar, Nikki was hooked! Her passion increased with every class, nurtured by the support of the incredible Silver Fox community.
Compelled by the subtleties demanded by each move, the intrinsic understanding of each movement, the dedication required to master the martial art, Nikki has committed herself to learn as much as possible and is determined to one day receive her Black belt.
Currently, she is an active competitor who enjoys competing in No-Gi. In addition to training Jiu-Jitsu, she is an avid rock climber and lover of the outdoors.
Finishers Sub Only: Gold in Blue Belt
Pride BJJ: Gold in Blue Belt
Grappling Industries: Gold in Blue Belt; Bronze Absolute
NAGA: Gold in No Gi, Gi, Absolute
Grappling Industries: Gold in White Belt
Sam got his start in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Frankie Roberts in March of 2021, earning his blue belt in April of 2022.
As Jersey as Jersey gets, He attended Rutgers University and graduated with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. His affinity towards critical thinking paved the way for a career in analytics, which is what also drew him to the human chess game that is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Coupling that aspect with the amazing Silver Fox community, it is safe to assume that the initial infatuation has developed into a permanent passion.
He hopes to share what he has learned to this point and will continue toward the elusive jiu-jitsu paradigm of truly becoming sick.
2022 Grappling Industries – 1st place
(155 lb. white belt)
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