We are committed to our students' success. We create an environment for all to train.
The mission of Connected BJJ is to provide a welcoming, friendly environment in which anyone – men, women, teens, and children – can feel comfortable training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – be it for fitness, self-defense, or sport. Connected prides itself on its friendly atmosphere, technically sound instruction, and challenging roll partners.
The meanings behind Connected
As grapplers, we are connected to each other during rolls as we react to one another’s movements and techniques while working to gain control.
As teammates, we are connected to each other as training partners looking to further each other’s progress and development because as the saying goes, “you can’t roll alone.”
As people, we are connected to each other as valued friends and members of a shared community.
Connected was established in 2015 by Professor Casey Van Brookhoven who held the rank of second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the title of Kru in Muay Thai. Casey’s strengths as a martial artist included Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and wrestling. His wrestling career began in high school and continued through college when he was named a national qualifier and a two-time Academic All-American. Casey began practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2002 and received his black belt from Royler Gracie, David Adiv, and Louis Vintoloro in June 2010. At the age of 28, he became Performance Jiu Jitsu Academy’s youngest black belt. Throughout his Jiu Jitsu career, he competed regularly with many first place finishes.
Students of Casey Van Brookhoven continue his legacy in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction as the new management of Connected BJJ. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as an art, is valued for its lineage. As Casey was respected not only for his abilities in BJJ, but his spirit as an instructor, community role model, and school owner, Connected BJJ’s leadership carries this important responsibility …
Connected Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enters into an association with Princeton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the greater Marcelo Garcia Association. This unique affiliation with Professors Emily Kwok and Art Keintz of Princeton BJJ (both third degree black belts and Emily a world champion) will enrich our students’ experience with new training and instructional opportunities. We’ll have the opportunity to learn from Princeton BJJ and Marcelo Garcia instructors, and students who wish to compete will do so under the greater umbrella organization.