Trasso Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling

Trasso Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling is a clean, safe, and fun martial arts community for children, teens, and adults. Our academy offers world-class instruction in both Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling, equipping students with the necessary grappling skills from their feet as well as from the ground. Our mission is to not only make you or your child proficient in both arts, but to also help you get active, get healthy, build confidence, build self-esteem, meet your goals, and experience positive social interaction. If you or your child are looking for a new hobby, a way to get in shape, to learn self-defense, or to be a serious competitor, come to Trasso Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling!

Our academy is in downtown Glen Rock, New Jersey, and conveniently located near Paramus, Ridgewood, Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Saddle Brook, Oradell, River Edge, Township of Washington, Maywood, Elmwood Park, Waldwick, Wyckoff, Oakland, Ramsey, Wayne, and many other towns in Bergen County and Passaic County.


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Trasso Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling

Owner & Head Instructor

Michael Trasso

1st Degree Black Belt


Michael’s journey on the mats began in 1995, training Jiu Jitsu at just five years old. Throughout the next decade, he picked up wrestling and would become one of the world’s most accomplished adolescent Jiu Jitsu competitors. In 2008, Michael was recruited to wrestle for Rhode Island College. In 2011, he was nationally ranked #9 and one year later, attained his 100th collegiate victory. In 2016, Michael began teaching and training in San Diego where he received some of his most notable awards in adult Jiu Jitsu competition while training part-time. Michael is a 2x IBJJF World Championship bronze medalist and a 3x IBJJF Pan American Championship medalist.In 2020, he moved back to New Jersey, started The Merge, and opened his own Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling academy.

2x IBJJF World Championship Bronze Medalist

  • 2017 Adult Brown Belt Middle-Heavyweight (Gi)
  • 2017 Adult Brown Belt Middle-Heavyweight (No Gi)

3x IBJJF No Gi Pan American Championship Medalist

  • 2017 Adult Brown Belt Middle-Heavyweight – Gold Medal
  • 2018 Adult Black Belt Middleweight – Silver Medal
  • 2021 Adult Black Belt Middleweight – Bronze Medal

Other Awards & Achievements:

  • 2018 & 2019 World Ranked Top 20 No Gi Adult Black Belt Middleweights – FloGrappling
  • 2021 IBJJF No Gi New Orleans International Open – Silver Medal (Adult Black Belt)
  • 2020 Fight 2 Win 136 No Gi Superfight Winner – 180 lbs. (Adult Black Belt)
  • 2019 IBJJF No Gi San Jose International Open – Gold Medal (Adult Black Belt)
  • 2018 IBJJF No Gi Las Vegas International Open – Silver Medal (Adult Black Belt)
  • 2012 12th Wrestler in Rhode Island College history to earn 100+ wins
  • 2006 ADCC North American Trials – Gold Medal (Teens Division)
  • 500+ matches in career competition


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Trasso Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling

Assistant Coach

James Boujakli



Awards & Achievements:

  • Adult Purple Belt Abu Dhabi Trials Silver Medalist (Gi)
  • Adult Blue Belt IBJJF Pan American Silver Medalist (Gi)
  • Multiple time IBJJF and NAGA Gold Medalist
  • Multiple time Grappling Industries Gold Medalist
  • 100+ High School Wrestling Wins (NJ)
  • High School Wrestling Record Holder for Most Wins
  • Vince Lombardi Scholarship Winner

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