Instructors

Instructors

KAREL
KAREL "SILVER FOX" PRAVEC

Karel Pravec, commonly known as the Silver Fox, is an internationally renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, who earned his rank through Renzo Gracie, and is one of Gracie’s very first students in the United States. He was inducted to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2017. His continued drive for improvement & his analytical skills keep the Silver Fox BJJ Academy at the forefront of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

JUAN GALARZA
JUAN GALARZA

Juan is a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel Pravec and began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2008. Juan teaches both the kids and adult classes focusing on technical details of BJJ.  In between training and teaching, Juan has competed both in MMA and in BJJ. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management

No Gi Pan Ams Medalist
Ring of Combat MMA Champion (161 lbs )
MMA Pro Fighter

ENRIQUE GALARZA
ENRIQUE GALARZA

Enrique is a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. Full time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, he has dedicated his life to this martial art. Teaching both adults and kids with the same passion he has for training it.

– IBJJF Black Belt No-gi Pan American Bronze Medalist
– IBJJF Black Belt  No-gi New York Open Champion
– IBJJF Black Belt No-gi Toronto Open Champion
– Pura Vida invitational Champion
– SOGI middleweight Champion
– Fight 2 Win veteran
– Finishers SubOnly veteran

JOE HLAVENKA
JOE HLAVENKA

Joe is a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel Pravec with a B.A. from New York University. Joe started at the old Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, where he trained with Renzo’s top black belts. For the last 10 years, Joe has taught at Silver Fox with a focus on the fundamental techniques and concepts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Joe’s passion for Jiu Jitsu goes beyond being a martial art and has become a lifestyle and art form.

FELIX ROSARIO
FELIX ROSARIO

Felix has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2008. He has been a Black Belt under Karel Pravec since 2017. He started his Jiu Jitsu career in hopes of getting into shape but it grew to a love of the art and competition. Felix holds a degree in Industrial Electronics and Networking.

Roger Borshe
Roger Borshe

Roger Borshe is a Black Belt under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. He has devoted his life to helping others find their path to being successful. Since 1997, Roger has competed in numerous competitions from grappling to striking. In addition, he taught martial arts to children and adults since the late 1990’s. Roger has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for the last 10+years helping those who struggle with mental illness learn to cope & thrive in the current society.

MIKE GONZALEZ
MIKE GONZALEZ

Mike Gonzalez is a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel Pravec. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shortly after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Penn State University in 2010.  Mike uses his ability to visually learn in helping him excel as an artist and competitor. With his main focus being an elite professional MMA Champion, he began training muay thai as a purple belt. Since then he has competed and defended his title in Ring of Combat and Cage Fury Fighting.

– Dead Serious MMA Bantam Weight Champion
– Grappling Industries No Gi gold Medalist

Sergio De Bari
Sergio De Bari

Sergio started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009 and is currently a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel Pravec. His love of BJJ comes from the relationships he has forged with his coach and his friends on and off the mat. BJJ has given him a platform to constantly test himself and become a better competitor and coach. Using his experience with wrestling matches and BJJ tournaments, he took his competitive nature to the world of MMA.

– NAGA North American No Gi Expert Gold Medalist
– Dead Serious MMA 147 lbs Champion

FRANK ROBERTS
FRANK ROBERTS

Frank is a 1st degree Black Belt under Karel Pravec. Frank has been an instructor for both the adult and kids classes for 8 years. Frank has been a competitor in BJJ and MMA. As of 2020, Frank is running the new Silver Fox East Hanover location.

– Men of War Pro Super Fight
– Dead Serious 155 LB Champ
– CFFC 53 PRO-AM

FRANK CAMISCOLI III
FRANK CAMISCOLI III

Frank Camiscioli III has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2011 under Master Karel Pravec and the other instructors at Silver Fox Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  His greatest joy is introducing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to new students by teaching introductory classes. In July 2017 Frank received his BJJ Brown Belt from Karel Pravec. Although, now a recreational martial artist, he has won and placed as a competitor. Currently, he is the Operations Manager for the Academy. 

– IBJJF  Montreal Open  Gold Medal
– IBJJF  New York Open  Bronze Medal

Matthew “Crash” Wiswesser
Matthew “Crash” Wiswesser

Matthew has been a Brown Belt under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec since 2018. Matthew started training in 2013 and ultimately fell in love with the intricacies of the art. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Athletic training and is certified in Tacfit.

– NAGA Silver Medalist
– Grapplers Quest Bronze Medalist

Teddy Drake
Teddy Drake

Teddy Drake is a Brown Belt under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. A full time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, he has dedicated his life to this martial art. Teaching with the same passion he has for training. He is also an avid MMA practitioner as well, with a 2nd degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

– Active MMA Competitor
– Men Of War Pro Grappling Veteran
– 4x UGA Gold Medalist
– Grappling Industries Veteran
  NAGA Bronze & Silver Medalist

Jessica Nasuti
Jessica Nasuti

Jessica is currently a Brown Belt under Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec.  She trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a youth and after college, in 2015 she returned to the martial art here at the academy. In 2019, she became a youth coach for our Fox Cubs and Junior Foxes. Jessica graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic training and is a certified personal trainer.

– Grappling Industries No-Gi (Gold medalist) & Gi (Silver medalist), Purple Belt
– Kasai Gi Blue Belt Gold medalist
– NAGA North America (Gold Medalist) Gi and (Gold Medalist) No-Gi, Blue Belt
– Good Fight World Championship Silver medalist
– NAGA North America Expert Division No Gi Silver medalist

Aliya Appassova
Aliya Appassova

Aliya started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2015 and received her purple belt in 2019. After a trial class, she fell in love with the mental and social aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Aliya has her degree in Psychology and has been an Early Education Teacher for over 7 years. She has combined her passion of teaching and Jiu Jitsu with instructing the kids’ classes.