Dream Martial Arts emerged from a quest to help others in establishing martial arts, fitness and mindfulness practices in their lives. Our primary objective is for our students to reap the many benefits that such practices can impart to them, including healthy bodies, improved self esteem, increased confidence and the capacity to better respond to and deal with stress.

As the name suggests, we also support our students reaching their highest potential and identifying and achieving their dreams. The Martial Arts is a solid base by which to demonstrate the process of goal identification and achievement. Martial Arts train us in discipline, tenacity, grit and determination. For children, it can show them the slow and steady process of working hard to achieve your dream. What does it take and how does it happen? It answers the questions: can I do this? YES. Should I believe in myself? YES Will it be easy? Probably not! Are you a creative person? A sensitive person? An outgoing person? A high energy person? How can you use these attributes to achieve your goals and help other people?

Emilio DeLia founded dream Martial Arts in Upper Montclair, NJ in June of 2017. Emilio began his martial arts journey in 2002 while living in San Francisco, CA. A chance encounter led him to the person who would become his first instructor. After moving back to the east coast in 2004 to pursue his Masters Degree at New York University, he began training at Professor Fabio Clemente’s jiu-jitsu academy in Manhattan. There he studied with accomplished BJJ practitioners such as Babs Olusanmokun, Lucas Lepri and Marcelo Garcia. That is also where he met his current teacher, Marcos Duarte.

Over the past 17 years Emilio traveled extensively to study and learn various arts. Spending spent time in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Cuba studying under some of the best teachers of Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and boxing. Most recently, Emilio became certified as a Personal Defense Readiness instructor under Coach Tony Blauer’s SPEAR system.

Emilio received his yoga teaching certification (RYT200) in 2014 from Flor Yoga of Jersey City. A yoga practice is an exceptional compliment to the physical demands required by Jiu-Jitsu and a powerful healing modality unto itself.

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