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Carnicella Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a school dedicated to teaching the self-defense system of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts to men, women, and children of all ages. The school was founded by Paul Carnicella who received is Black Belt under Sensei Edson Carvalho who was part of Team Carlson Gracie Sr. Sensei Paul's training program will provide you with great physical conditioning as well as an extremely effective close combat self-defense system.  He is certified under the state of New Jersey as a physical conditioning instructor.



Paul began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under national Jiu-Jitsu and Judo champion Edson Carvalho. His background also includes American Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, and Russian Sambo. He has competed in the Masters Division at the Mundials where he won his weight division and placed third in the absolute division. He also took second place in the Black Belt Division of the Battle at the Beach in 2007, he is a former Kickboxing competitor, former Golden Gloves competitor and competed in numerous grappling tournaments.


Paul is currently head coach and instructor for the MMA Team Carnicella & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. He has trained numerous fighters ranging from amateur to professional level including: USA Boxing, Strike Force, World Series of Fighting, Bellator, and the UFC. The team has one many titles in both IBJJF, NAGA, Grapplers Quest, as well as Judo tournaments.


Paul is also a member of the Newark Police Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) and holds the rank of detective. This team is one of the most active SWAT teams in the Eastern U.S.. His Law enforcement background includes the NPD Tactical Auto Recovery Group and Enforcement Team (TARGET), Fugitive Apprehension Squad, Police Academy and Firearms instructor.  Paul was responsible for standardizing the defensive tactics program for the police training commision in the state of New Jersey. He is the lead defensive tactics instructor for the Essex County Police Academy. 


Paul was also the primary instructor for the Combatives Fighting System developed specifically for police tactical units, elite military units, and protective service specialists. He has served as a protection agent and CAT team member for various dignitary protection missions including the U.S. Secret Service.


Paul has trained various military groups including the U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force Special Operations, and Law Enforcement Tactical Teams.

On December 1, 2017 Paul was inducted into the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame with the award of " TRAINER".

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