Saddle Brook, NJ

380 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Butler, NJ

1572 Route 23 North, Butler, NJ 07405




Troy Hodas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu First Degree Black Belt

Troy was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was in high school in 1994. His father was an accomplished boxer and kickboxer, and after seeing the first UFC, was impressed with the ease standup fighters were submitted on the ground. Troy and his father began traveling over 2 hours each way to train with Craig Kukuk and then Renzo Gracie when he came to the U.S. From 1996-2000 while Troy attended college in NJ, he continued training at the Renzo Gracie Academy, and additionally 3x/week with Karel.

In 2000 upon graduating Farleigh Dickinson University (magna cum laude) with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, Troy started competing in BJJ/submission grappling, and medaled in each tournament he entered.

In 2001-2009, life took hold and Troy couldn’t train much, but he missed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the camaraderie of the academy. In 2010 Troy came back to continue this martial art. He had remained in touch with Karel and found a great place to train at the Silver Fox BJJ Academy. Within just months of starting up training at Karel’s academy he began competing again and has been met with success:

  • 2011 No-Gi Pan Ams 3rd Place Adult Purple Belt
  • 2011 New York Open 2nd Place Masters Purple Belt
  • 2010 Renzo Gracie Open 3rd Place Adult Purple Belt
  • 2010 No-Gi Pan Ams 1st Place Masters Blue Belt
  • 2000 NAGA Tai Kai Challenge 1st Place
  • 2000 Grappler Quest Kimono Combat 1st Place
  • 2000 NAGA Grapplers Games 1st Place


In November 2012, Troy received His BJJ Black Belt from Renzo Gracie and Karel Pravec

In February 2016, Troy received his 1st Degree Black Belt from Karel Pravec.