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Tony Villalpando
Tony Villalpando

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Last Name: Carvalho
City: Paterson
State: NJ
Country: USA
School: Edson Carvalho Academy

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1. Submitted by Hurricane Wayne on Friday December 9, 2011 7:44 AM
Not JUST a great Bjj instructor, but a Coach, Mentor and leader of a fine academy. You don't need to look far if your in the NJ area and you desire a great Bjj/Judo instructor. Training days are just as challenging as they are enjoyable. We coined our training at Team Edson Edson Carvalho, "The Good Addiction." Ooosssss

2. Submitted by Anonymous on Friday December 9, 2011 9:22 AM
I couldn't of said it better Wayne. Sensei Edson is a great instructor, mentor and inspirator. I am proud to be his student and part of a team that I consider family.

3. Submitted by Steven on Friday December 9, 2011 4:25 PM
Sensei Edson pushes his athletes past their limits and beyond. He shows us what we are truly capable of and makes us exceed our own expectations. He has faith in every single one of us and instills the true meaning of hard work and getting back up when knocked down multiple times. He expresses his faith in God through his knowledge, advice, teachings, and actions!

4. Submitted by Widder on Saturday December 10, 2011 3:55 PM
Best Sensei ...THE BEST TEAM!!!

5. Submitted by Gene Olvera on Saturday December 10, 2011 9:25 PM
My first instructor was not Sensei Edson Carvalho, it was under a different school in 2001. My first instructor was petty,egotistical not fit to instruct. My first experience was this bad, I thought this was common and that's it. So I stopped training for about 6 months, until I found Sensei Edson Carvalho. I've never seen such genuine caring from an instructor. When I witnessed the level of Sensei Edson Carvalho's devotion to his students, that's when I said I found my school. Ossss

6. Submitted by Samantha & Scott Fellman on Sunday December 11, 2011 9:48 AM
Sensei Edson is the BEST!. We love him. He has a wonderful way with teaching the kids that makes them want to learn and come back for more. He understands the way they think and makes learning so much fun. He really cares about all of his students and it shows in everything he does. Osss.

7. Submitted by johnny serrano on Sunday December 11, 2011 10:02 AM
i thank sensi edson for his humble persona in teaching and understanding,plus going out of his way to help on the teaching.

8. Submitted by Iralda Cruzado ("E") & Angel Urquizo on Sunday December 11, 2011 11:30 AM
Think that only is an excellent instructor, would not be enough. Sensei Edson Carvalho is someone who cares about your performance and development. Better motivation doesn't exist. The dojo definitely has an excellent leader.

9. Submitted by javierbjj on Sunday December 11, 2011 7:57 PM
Not JUST a great Bjj instructor, but a Coach, Mentor and leader of a fine academy. You don't need to look far if your in the NJ area and you desire a great Bjj/Judo instructor. Training days are just as challenging as they are enjoyable. We coined our training at Team Edson Edson Carvalho, "The Good Addiction." Ooosssss Sorry Wayne I had to steal this from you. Javier

10. Submitted by Jeannet Lillebæk on Monday December 12, 2011 5:36 AM
Sensei Carvalho is one of the most loving, caring and disciplined people I have ever met! He taught me to be stronger than I thought I could be, and made me feel like I was a part of a family I had never known before! he teaches with such displin and passion, that as soon as you come to your first class, it is like being in a different world! ossss all the way from Denmark!

11. Submitted by Henry on Monday December 12, 2011 11:14 PM
Sensei Edson Carvalho is a true professional in his art, and i am honored to be a student and part of the team. His extensive experience and teaching skills make him and his academy one of a kind.

12. Submitted by yakuza on Tuesday December 20, 2011 5:29 PM
I was and still am fortunate enough to not have to go dojo to dojo to find the right school for me. As soon as I stepped on that mat two years ago, I knew I found my bjj/judo home. Sensei Edson placed a lot of focus on his new students, ensuring that we knew the basics..learning the proper ukemi, dojo rules, japanese terminology and history etc. His school is male-dominated but he shows plenty of respect to his handful of female students. He trains the women as hard as the men. When a female student of Sensei Edson's compete, you won't see a woman..what you'll see standing on that mat is a BEAST.

13. Submitted by Big_Meech on Saturday February 18, 2012 6:27 PM
sensei carvalho is the best teacher ive ever had.he is also one of the nicest people on this planet (till its time to train).if it wasnt for sensei carvalho,gene,javi,marc,dom,and every one else at the gym i dont know what i would be doing with my life. going there was the smartest decisions ive ever made thank you

14. Submitted by Ronin on Wednesday May 1, 2013 7:25 PM
Sensei Edson Carvalho is indeed a good coach, but on a personal level he fails. Sensei Edson is incredibally egotistical, self-centered and self-absorbed. If the subject at hand is not about himself, he will turn it about himself. Sensei Edson has no respect for women, nor does he respect anyone else for that matter. He is all about himself, and as long as you are a good brown noser you will go far in the team, if not you will be shut out. Sensei Edson thinks that to be feared is to be respected. His beating of Wallid Ismael in 1994 didn't bring any respect to him, but he talks about it with pride. However, if you ask him about his involvement with Mestre da Morte he will be silent. Who gave him the Jiu-jitsu black belt anyway? and who promoted him to 6th Dan? Any certificates? Thanks! and good luck if you wish to train with this monster.

15. Submitted by Tom on Friday September 20, 2013 5:13 PM
Sensi edson is the real deal anyone looking to train hard and learn judo and jiu jitsu cant go wrong he teaches the way he learned from Carlson himself which is put up or shut up which isn't for everyone especially people who needed to be babied. I've been through training in the army and two police academy's and I can tell u that training with edson is more of a challenge. OSS!

16. Submitted by Richie aka Goya on Saturday February 15, 2014 5:48 PM
Sensei Edson is Very traditional in training judo & bjj. He is Very humble and caring person. My journey start 7 years ago with teamcarvalho. I was rejected from to others judo dojo because of my size. Sensei Edson welcome me with open arms. I never look back

17. Submitted by DT on Sunday February 16, 2014 4:04 PM
I have been with Sensei since day one and he has guided me not only to be a BJJ practioner but to be the man that I am today. I have now made my three kids apart of what I hope to be a growing tradition with Team Edson Carvalho

18. Submitted by Chris on Sunday February 16, 2014 7:07 PM
Sensei and BJJ changed my life. I started training at 49. I brought my sons to train when Sensei asked me why I wasn't training. I said I thought I was too old to start. After encouragement and Sensei introducing me to an student the same age, I decided to give it a try. I've lost over 40 pounds and at 53, I am an athlete again. More important than learning this amazing martial art that is now in my blood and has become my therapy, I've met men at the dojo that have become my brothers. It's a family at Carvalho Jiu Jitsu. Moreover, when Carvalho Jiu Jitsu team members compete (and we don't have to...there is no pressure to do so), we win or we place. It's a strong team with an amazing leader. If you want to train Jiu Jitsu and be a part of something very special, come to Carvalho.

19. Submitted by Sara Goldberg on Wednesday February 19, 2014 5:40 PM
From the moment I entered the dojo at Edson Carvalho I was hooked. Sensai Edson immediately made me feel accepted and inspired. I knew that I had already become a part of the wonderful family that is the Edson Carvalho team. Sensai creates an environment in which all of his students are there to help each other grow. He provides amazing instruction and he genuinely wants every one of his students to be the best that they can be both in BJJ/Judo and in life. His attention to detail when teaching judo or BJJ is sometimes difficult to master yet doing so mandates persistence. This style of teaching ultimately makes you not only a much better fighter, but also a stronger person. Sensai Edson is truly an amazing coach and the team he has created is one where mutual respect and brotherly/sisterly support permeates throughout the gym.

20. Submitted by Roberto Rivera on Thursday February 20, 2014 5:40 PM
To say that Sensei Edson is a great instructor is to sell him short. Sensei Edson is a great person all around which is what I believe makes him a great instructor. He is a humble man which is a rarity in today’s society for a person with his knowledge and skill. When I was looking for a dojo to train in I would ask certain questions to the instructors which were actually a test to see if the school was just a money maker or an actual dojo. One of the questions I’d ask was “how long would it take for me to get my black belt??” When I asked Sensei Edson the same question he laughed a little and told me “just come, learn, see if you like it and you go from there, the belt isn’t everything.” From the moment I started Sensei Edson and the rest of his students made me feel welcomed, it’s a family atmosphere; I knew I found the right place for me. The classes are as tough as they are fun and always rewarding. I can’t imagine going elsewhere. Oosssss

21. Submitted by Gene Ruiz on Thursday February 20, 2014 10:57 PM
About seven years ago I decided to improve my martial arts and after some research on BJJ in NJ, I was lucky to find TEAM CARVALHO. I found out that Sensei Edson Carvalho have 7th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt & 6th Degree Judo Black Belt. I visit TEAM CARVALHO dojo in Paterson NJ and watched kids and adult training. Students are all ages, belt levels and weight. Many students are champion competitors. Soon I realized that it is a top BJJ school! I started training BJJ with my son and daughter for a good package price compare with other schools. You are constantly challenged and exposed to new techniques. I guarantee their level of professionalism, work ethic, effective teaching ability that you would get in a professional structured academy environment. School facility is large and well maintained. Staff keeps the area hygienic. Sensei and black belt instructors are always happy to answer questions and even stay after class. Fellow teammates are a diverse range of people including pro fighters, amateur competitors, senior citizens, young professionals, outstanding athletes, and people looking to get in shape. We always watch each other and coach each other. The people at this academy aren't just my instructors or my training partners; they are my brothers. No matter how bad my day is or how tired I am from school or work, all that goes away when I step on the mat. You gain excellent physical conditioning and mental prowess and also Self Defense FOCUS, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, and CONFIDENCE. Oss

22. Submitted by Edward Shirey on Monday July 18, 2016 4:05 PM
My son told me about the posting on Wed, May 1, 2013, 7:25PM by Ronin and I want to respond to one of his questions: "and who promoted him to 6th Dan?". The answer simple, I was one of the examiners who tested Sensei Edson for over eight hours and recommended he be promoted to Rokudan (6th dan) in judo. There was a second examiner, but I speak for myself when I say his judo was outstanding and smooth. I would without reservations recommend Sensei Edson for Schichidan (7th dan) in judo after he meets the mandatory requirements. Note I said "recommended" because only the USJA (in this case) Promotion Board had the authority to promote Sensei Edson Carvalho--which the board approved and promoted him. I hope this answers the question. Edward A Shirey, Schichidan and Master Certified Rank Examiner, United States Judo Association (USJA).

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