“JT has years of experience and backed by a solid team. One of the best competitors and coach in the business. Definitely recommend his academy whether your a competitor or train to stay fit. Jiu-Jitsu will challenge you every time you get on the mat.”

John Veloso Ouano


“I have been training Jiujitsu for over 9 years . And since I started training with Professor JT Torres I feel like I’m actually getting better every day . He is an amazing instructor and his attention to detail is amazing . If you want to step your game up and be a better Jiujitsu player this is the place to be !”

Luigi Cerrato


“Best of the best. JT Torres future hall of fame and amazing human being. His knowledge from the basic fundamentals to the most advance modern jiujitsu is extraordinary. Based on my personal experience as a teammate, student, and spectator he has phenomenal teaching and interpersonal skills. Definitely an ESSENTIAL for martial arts and life.”

Kris Kimpo


“Our gym has not stopped talking about the recent JT Torres Seminar, his instruction blew all our minds! His attention to detail and experience level is unmatched on the east coast. Can’t wait to train at Essential jiu jitsu when it opens.”

Tyrone Garcia


“We’ve been lucky to have watched JT Torres competing since his early days. He has grown into a world class instructor, competitor and now school owner. Highly recommended!”

Brian Cimins


“JT is the complete package. World class competitor, great instructor and super friendly person. You’re gonna love his academy!”

Travis Tooke


“As good as it gets! My son has had the privilege of training with JT Torres, the owner/professor of Essential Jiu Jitsu.You literally cannot ask for a better more experienced instructor for adults or children. Hartsdale is so fortunate to have a true Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion in their midst, so please take advantage of it.┬áThere are few people in the world that match JT’s ability to compete, train, and effectively communicate with students. If you want to learn BJJ, this is the place.”

Graeme G.


“JT Torres is a world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt!”

Jeremy Lee Henderson