Mike grew up in Ohio and began wrestling from a very early age. Following in his father's foot steps, Mike wrestled D1 for Ohio State while in college, after which he pursued a short career in mixed martial arts, culminating in 2013 with two fights in the UFC. Mike brings not only a technical edge to our standup from high level wrestling pedigree, but adds valuable insight and motivation as a coach, and training as a teammate!
Nima began training in 2007 at Manchester Jiu-jitsu academy after having wrestled four years in High School. Nima received his black belt from Pedro Sauer in 2016, and his first degree in 2019. Nima is a super nice guy who likes to impart his unique personality for the benefit of the class atmosphere. He has a mean arsenal of Head and Arm chokes along with many sneaky techniques that are certain to make your tool kit a lot more deadly!
Born in 1994, Jamie is a life-long martial artist. He started his journey at four years old with Bushido Karate. At the age of 12, Jamie began Tae Kwon Do and at 15 began grappling under David Falcon in Somers. In 2017, Jamie began training under Coach Jordan as a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jamie was awarded his blue belt by Coach Jordan in 2019, after which he moved to florida for three years to train under Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu and Vagner Rocha. Jamie returned to The Mill as a Brown Belt in January, 2022
Nick started training under Coach Jordan at the age of 14 in 2017. Since day one Nick has used his intelligence, work ethic and natural athleticism to excel quickly in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. After only three and a half years of trainging, Nick has racked up some formidable competitive achievments not limited to submitting all seven of his opponents on his way to victory of SoGi submission only championship. Nick is a compassionate and kind hearted young man whose passion for Jiu Jitsu and development rub off effortlessly on the children who he coaches at theJiuJitsuMill.
The Jujitsu Mill is a first class experience,coach Jordan, Jamie, Nick, Elijah, and the entire team are extremely talented, knowledgeable and willing to help you grow as a student. Being a marine, I look for a place to push me, teach me and hold me accountable to be the best I can. The Jujitsu Mill does just that! I’m so grateful to be part of this family and so looking forward to be part of the jujitsu mills team for years to come. If you’re looking for jujitsu experience, I highly recommend the Jujitsu Mill.read more
12:27 04 Jun 23
The Jiu Jitsu Mill has been a wonderful experience. I came in 3 months ago and I felt like apart of the family right away. Coach Jordan and all the other coaches do a great job promoting a competitive and welcoming environment especially for individuals (like myself) who are new to jiu jitsu. The quality of training is next to no other and they make sure to take the time to answer all of our questions during training sessions.
One thing that I really want to point out is the cleanliness of the gym. Coach Jordan and his staff do a phenomenal job maintaining the mats, showers, and changing areas.read more
14:31 30 May 23
I joined the Jiu Jitsu Mill with a lot of sports experience but almost no martial arts experience. This was a bit daunting at first. As a white belt, the coaches but even more importantly the students, have been so accepting and patient with me as I learn the ropes. This is a great academy with its own values and unique community that is a pleasure to be a part of.read more
11:16 14 May 23
Incredible experience at the Jiu Jitsu Mill. My 4 year old is learning coordination, discipline, and focus in an environment that is both safe and extremely fun. My 7 year old is developing all the same skills, plus growing in his physical confidence and comfort with overcoming difficulty. The transformation has been amazing in 6 months. Jordan and the other coaches are supportive and encouraging while also maintaining high expectations of the students. I couldn’t ask for a better martial arts gym for my kids.
The adult classes have been great as well. As a beginner student, I don’t feel like I need to worry about injury or being pushed beyond what’s appropriate for a new student. Likewise, the advanced students are constantly looking out for the beginners and are very helpful as well. Again, couldn’t ask for a better place to train.
I only wish we had joined The Jiu Jitsu Mill years ago.read more
23:56 03 Apr 23
I recently started attending classes at Jiu Jitsu Mill, and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. One of the things I love about this gym is that it's open for conveniently, making it easy to find a class that fits into my busy schedule. The coaches at Jiu Jitsu Mill are incredibly helpful and encouraging, always pushing me to do my best and improve my technique. I've noticed a significant improvement in my skills since I started attending classes here.
What excites me most is that I can't wait to enroll my daughter when she's old enough. The coaches are great with kids and make the classes fun and engaging, while still teaching them the skills they need to be successful in jiujitsu. Jiu Jitsu Mill has a great atmosphere, and the other students are friendly and supportive.
Overall, I highly recommend Jiu Jitsu Mill to anyone looking to learn self-defense, get in shape, or just have fun while learning a new skill. The instructors are knowledgeable and approachable, always willing to answer questions and provide guidance.read more
14:28 03 Apr 23
The Jui Jitsu mill is one of the finest martial arts dojos in the region. We visited many before deciding that this dojo, and particularly Coach Jordan were the real deal. We love the professionalism he and his assistant coaches take with their students, knowing all their names, being engaged with them all at all times, even giving equal attention to them even when they are sparring against each other. He also has a non-nonsense approach, which helps instill the right discipline. There is also a consistent effort made to acknowledge student performance in each class, and performance tests are an exciting event. My son loves this class!read more
15:39 28 Mar 23
Our daughter, age 4, started at the Jiu Jitsu Mill in the fall of 2022, a little over 6 months ago. I have nothing but the best things to say about the program, philosophy and positive mindset the practice instills. Not being knowledgeable myself on anything martial arts, it was a little intimidating and it wasn’t at the top of her list for fun activities. I am beyond grateful we went for it because she is SO proud of her mat skills, which she regularly demonstrates at home for us, and most importantly, her self confidence. She was not lacking in self confidence prior to starting (at all!) however the attraction for our family was what happens off the mat - looking people in the eyes, showing respect for self and others, being responsible and making good decisions. The self defense has been a bonus! She can scrap with the best of them now, meaning her big brother and his friends. ;)
5 stars all the way!read more
Yorick van Limpt
01:45 06 Mar 23
The Jiu jitsu mill is a great place to train! The lessons are of high quality and there is a lot of attention to learn the fundamentals properly. The sparring at the end of each class may be difficult and demanding as a beginner, but it is incredibly rewarding when you can perform one of the moves you learned. There are also a variety of classes available in the morning, afternoons and evenings. The schedule is absolutely incredible and convenient for all the walks of life! All in all the mill does everything to teach you jiu jitsu and their dedication is absolutely top notch!!read more
05:55 13 Feb 23
Absolutely wonderful experience. My son (11) and Daughter (10) have been going to the Jiujitsu Mill for 7 months now, which started off tough for them, especially my son who has never showed interest in sports or martial arts and more into Books, playing instruments and chess. However, the coaches took their time to understand and work with them day in day out, along with support at home encouraging them to NOT give up, today they are both extremely happy and proud of every accomplishment they achieve. This place is a learning tool for discipline and a way to fight obstacles as well as having fun while learning a ton. Shortly after the kids joined, I joined the adult classes, to help encourage my kids when they were having a hard time adjusting early on and I’m happy to say the coaches work well with adults as they do with the kids. it’s been one of the best decisions I ever made. If you’re looking for a program that builds confidence, teaches respect, and you want a positive experience that will last a lifetime, for you or your kids, then I recommend The Jiujitsu Mill.read more
20:59 10 Feb 23
I've been training at the Mill for about 3 months now and it has been an amazing experience that starts with the coaches. Jordan, Jamie, and Nick are everything you could hope for in a set of instructors -- knowledgeable, tough, kind -- and most importantly dedicated to their students' growth.
They have created an atmosphere that is welcoming, encouraging and supportive of new students, but doesn't baby them. Expect to be pushed on day 1, but know that it will be safe and well managed.
Lastly, the other students at The Mill are friendly and helpful. The upper belts can often be found helping lower belts refine techniques and offering other advice. Even beyond the jiu jitsu, it's a tight group of like-minded people who have fun training.
If you've been hesitating to join a gym, join The Mill, you won't regret it.read more
23:48 04 Jan 23
Did a drop in class while visiting family in the area. The class was fantastic. Many people at the gym were very welcoming, the instruction was to the point, Jordan was very attentive and was quick to correct mistakes in everyone's form, the gym has a changing area and nice showers and the rolling was high quality and safe. Fully intend to return the next time I'm in town.read more
23:15 04 Jan 23
I am a white belt and visited this place while home from college on a break. Coach Jordan and his students were extremely welcoming and gave me a great experience. More importantly, I felt extremely safe while training yet was still being able to push the pace, break a sweat, and learn a lot about the sport from different students. Super glad to have found this place. I will be coming back here whenever I am home from school.read more
14:33 03 Nov 22
My 6 year old son has been training at the Jiu Jitsu Mill for just over 7 months and I have seen him gain confidence, conquer fears and learn the meaning of hard work. He is looking forward to competing in the near future! The coaches- Jordan, Jamie and Nick are undoubtedly skilled at Jiu Jitsu, but most impressively, they know how to reach kids of all ages and skill levels. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in training!read more
00:44 20 Oct 22
I was in the area for a few weeks, and had the opportunity to drop in. Instruction is more didactic and meticulous, the sparring is simultaneously high intensity and technical, and the community is very welcoming and passionate about jiujitsu. People from all backgrounds, experience levels, and ambitions train here. I had a lot of fun and strongly recommend giving this place a visit.read more
19:49 29 Aug 22
There is no better gift to give your daughters than the life skill of being able to defend themselves. Every session they are learning new skills; they gain confidence and resilience. The coaches are awesome; this is a great place for the whole family!read more
Rick Del Gatto
12:54 10 Aug 22
The Coaches couldn't be more helpful and the school itself is a great place to learn and put in hard work. It attracts like minded people. I look forward to class every week. Coach Jordan is a wealth of knowledge and knows how to light a fire in you. It's a great school and i hope it continues to grow as it has.read more
11:59 25 Jul 22
Excellent instruction! I see my son gain confidence every week in his abilities! The more he is learning, the more excited he is to get to class. I believe this program is great to teach any child to be respectful, strong and resilient.read more
18:44 22 May 22
Although I've only been enrolled for a month or so, training at the Mill has been one of the most fun and welcoming experience I've had in awhile. The team is incredibly welcoming and willing to help lower level students, such as myself, and the coaches are amazing, being extremely dedicated to helping their students grow. I've always enjoyed martial arts, but being a boarding student, working around my schedule was difficult, but lucky the Mill has a very flexible schedule so I could get at least 2 days of training per week. I could not ask for a better gym that the Mill!read more
21:55 16 May 22
Started training at The Jiu Jitsu Mill with absolutely zero BJJ experience. The coach’s are extremely knowledgeable, and attentive to all the students in the class. I HIGHLY recommend the Jiu Jitsu Mill to anyone who is looking to get some real and professional training.read more
16:13 14 Apr 22
We love how much of an emphasis they put into the discipline of Jiu Jitsu. They really hold the kids accountable and show how important it is. Our own child has already shown so many positive attitude and habit changes due to their ability to apply the focus they practice in Jiu Jitsu to other areas at home and school. We cannot recommend The Jiu Jitsu Mill more!read more
12:16 28 Mar 22
Can’t say enough great things about the Mill. Very welcoming environment and the more experienced students are always open to teaching you new things and improving your game. Not only is it a great workout but teaches you things you can apply in a self defense situation. My two daughters also train at the Mill and they love it. It has taught them great sportsmanship. We hope to be a part of the Mill for a long time.read more
03:24 28 Mar 22
No matter if you are an adult or child, when you endeavor to strive towards new goals you know your going to need help along the way. The sense of vulnerability you feel as you begin a journey outside of your comfort zone can be unsettling. Fortunately, the coaching staff at The Jiu Jitsu Mill truly shines in helping their students feel immediately welcome. Not only are they knowledgeable practitioners and excellent teachers, but they actively look to support each student as they progress on their own unique path. As both a student and parent of a student, I have witnessed this through multiple lenses. Plus, in addition to the supportive nature of the staff, this philosophy resonates throughout the membership as well. There is truly a sense of community among the membership - everyone is very supportive of one another. It is clear the collective goal is growth. I would highly recommend to anyone considering jiu jitsu that they consider starting their journey with Coach Jordan at The Jiu Jitsu Mill.read more
16:12 27 Mar 22
My son, Adam, started at the Jiujitsu Mill as a trial about 1 1/2 years ago and he was hooked after his first class! Jordan and all the other coaches are phenomenal!!! They engage the kids, teach them discipline, self defense, but most of all self confidence!!! My son went from a novice to winning GOLD in a competition against other students from around the Northeast and I could not be more proud and grateful to the Jiujitsu Mill.
Looking forward to many more years to come! 😁read more
19:26 25 Mar 22
Excellent training, offered every day of the week. Coach Jordan is very helpful, and accommodating to all skill levels. Both gi and nogi are offered. Wrestling Thursdays, conducted by UFC veteran Mike King, has become a personal favorite mine. Furthermore, the environment at the mill is very welcoming. It doesn't take long to become close with your training partners. This makes getting onto the mats more fun, and progression easier. Training at the mill is a great choice to learn and progress in every facet of jiu jitsu.read more
18:58 25 Mar 22
I’ve been training for over 15 years and have had the opportunity to train at multiple gyms. Coach Jordan fosters a culture that is welcoming to all skill levels and personalities. He and the other coaches are knowledgeable and they themselves train at a high level but remain attentive to everyone in the class and are always willing to helpread more
15:56 24 Mar 22
Great gym with great coaches and leaders who are willing to answer your questions and take your progress seriously. The environment is very welcoming with participants of all levels. Happy to be a member!read more
12:06 24 Mar 22
My 5 year old son starting training at the Mill this winter and it’s been a wonderful experience to watch him learn and grow. He is always excited to put on his gi and “focus his body, eyes, and mind” in class. I can already see his confidence growing and he loves the challenge of learning the moves and techniques. I am very glad we signed him up and look forward to more development.
The coaches are wonderful. Firm, direct yet compassionate and motivating. One of the best features for us parents is they also have mat cams so you can watch remotely if you can’t be there.
Highly recommend The Jiu Jitsu Mill.read more
Chris Michael Rushing
12:35 08 Mar 22
Jordan and the team at the Jiu Jitsu Mill are the most welcoming, helpful and genuine group of people I could’ve hoped for when beginning my journey with Jiujitsu.
In an arena that could be very intimidating, I was welcomed and thrown right in to started learning immediately.
From the instructors to the other students, I felt like I was right where I belonged.
I’m excited for this journey and very grateful to have found The Jiu Jitsu Mill.
Now let’s go!!read more
17:47 05 Nov 21
Our son has really enjoyed taking Jiu Jitsu classes at The Jiu Jitsu Mill. The coaches are great and professional, and really encouraging to the kids. It's been an awesome experience so far!read more
Marih Heloany Reis
11:35 02 Nov 21
I have been training at The Mill for a year now. There is a friendly atmosphere and everyone is willing to help you. I have learned a lot and developed much more than I thought in such a short period of time. Training jiu jitsu as a woman, it can be intimidating; but here I always felt safe. If I think it is equal? Not yet. So we need more women on the mats, this way it’s gonna be easier to change. So I would highly recommend this gym for everyone especially for a woman!read more
Jennifer X. Williams
18:31 28 Oct 21
I had an absolutely wonderful and inspiring experience at the Jiu Jitsu Mill in Port Chester! I took multiple women's self defense classes with Coach Jordan--who is on a mission to empower women through the discipline. If you are curious, definitely check it out!read more
14:42 08 Sep 21
I had harbored an interest in the “gentle art” for about a decade and it took me just as long to work up the courage to seek out a place to actually start learning it for myself. I am lucky I found the Mill on first try. I had sent emails to about 4-5 nearby academies, introducing myself as an absolute and utter beginner in his early 30s looking to learn BJJ both for my appreciation of its technical complexity and as a means of exercise to help me lose some weight. I mentioned how I was very apprehensive and somewhat intimidated at the thought of walking into a gym as a total, unconditioned novice on that 1st day. Of all the email replies, Jordan’s was the most comprehensive; he answered all my questions, assuaged my anxiety, and helped me get my foot in the door at the Mill. And I’m so pleased he did.
So far it has been an awesome experience. The gym is in such a great location, is carefully maintained, and the class schedule is well thought through. But ultimately I think the strength of the place is the people. Jordan is a phenomenal coach and instructor. He has an incredibly sharp eye for detail which he applies to all his students. He is serious, knowledgeable, and emphasizes precision in technique. But he is also supportive and encouraging. When by bad luck and ill timing I was having some family issues interfere with my very first week, Coach kept in touch with me personally via text to make sure I saw my commitment through. All in all, he threads the needle: for me the sessions have been very physically demanding and rigorous; but they are also a blast. I have nothing but positives about assistant coach Nick as well. He is always there to answer questions or point out small details in a drill or technique. Could not be more impressed by him as a young person and a young teacher.
Because of the culture instilled at the top, the Mill is a community that reflects the above values. Students come from across the spectrum of ages and life experience. There are very advanced students and there are others more like me. In this respect, I love that the Mill offers a 2x per week Fundamentals Class which is tailor-made for those just starting out and looking to get a solid foundation on which to build. But regardless of the particular class session, everyone to a man has been super friendly, supportive, encouraging, and positive; it’s a really tight-knit community.
So I am so glad I found the Mill and would recommend to anyone looking for a place to learn BJJ. It has been such a great experience that I convinced my younger brother to join after about a month. Now we are both hooked! Thank you for everything Coach Jordan! Willread more
08:55 07 Sep 21
My imagination of the gym was completely different from my overall experience, and I mean that in a good way. Starting off, I really didn’t know what to expect. In my head I thought only of the worst. Whether that be terrible management/coach, sanitation, or lack of care with someones health. However, I was completely wrong. The environment this gym offers you is very refreshing and comforting. Not only do you have a coach that cares for you and wants what best for you inside and off the mats, the people you train with are also a delight to get to know. Overall this places accepts you with open hand right off the bat, and treats you as if one of there own. I would recommend people to check this place out and give it a try because for me it’s been a pleasure so far to train at this place!read more
21:53 06 Sep 21
The Jiu Jitsu Mill is an awesome place to train and heighten your jiu jitsu game. The team is extremely welcoming and the classes are instructive with a very positive, competitive vibe. Coach Jordan is great at communicating the day-to-day of the gym as we all work through the pandemic, which makes training feel safe and inclusive.read more
18:37 04 Sep 21
Both of my boys started in the classes. They both love it and look forward to every class. The classes have been very good for them even outside the class.read more
13:40 03 Sep 21
I’ve trained at a lot of jiujitsu gyms. Coach Jordan and the Jiujitsu Mill are top notch. The training, the friendly but tough training partners, and flexible schedule make it a place that’s perfect for newbies and higher belts alike.read more
14:48 02 Aug 21
I was visiting my hometown for the month, and wanted to continue my martial arts training. I’m so glad I found the Jiu Jitsu Mill. I felt welcomed and I learned so much. Great instructors and students, it was a pleasure to train there and I will be in touch the next time I’m in town!read more
Rapper Big E The perfection
14:29 21 Jul 21
Coach Jordan is an amazing person and instruction was great I’d love to keep practicing with him but I living in California definitely hope to visit againread more
02:07 10 Jul 21
Had a great time here they have awesome and very welcoming vibe. Everyone there is very friendly and their gi class was very informative for all levels to be able to take in the techniques they taught.read more
17:49 29 Jun 21
6 month White belt - was visiting the northeast for the day and couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome.
Despite knowing I wasn’t going to join, Coach took the time to correct my technique with some key details. Rolled with almost all the lads and they were all a pleasure (no egos there).
Don’t hesitate to drop by; you won’t regret it.read more
23:06 09 Jun 21
My daughter recently started and loves it. She looks forward to going each week and learning new skills.
20:58 09 Jun 21
Terrific place for kids! Coach Jordan and Coach Nick are the best. The kids are developing great skills, confidence, making friends and are having a blast. Fantastic experience!read more
19:45 09 Jun 21
The Jiu Jitsu Mill is amazing! My wife and I enrolled our 5 year old for self defense during covid and he’s had grown leaps and bounds not just physically but personality wise. My son has learned structure, discipline and how to face adversity from Coach Jordan and Coach Nick. He looks forward to every class and comes home very excited. Highly recommend!read more
14:24 28 May 21
The coaching is top-notch and the gym's culture is very welcoming to newcomers.
19:40 23 May 21
I have trained in several gyms and this school has one of the best environments that I have come across. Coach Jordan is a proficient grappler and is supportive coach to each of his students.read more
01:11 19 May 21
My daughter started in the Lil Ninja program back in September 2020 and is thoroughly enjoying it. Coach Jordan and his team go above and beyond. They are attentive, motivated and care deeply about the drive and improvement of their students. I have also noticed that my daughter has more self confidence, respect for others and not to mention strength!read more
21:31 31 Mar 21
100% recommend. I was new to Jiu Jitsu and the Jiu Jitsu Mill and did not know what to expect.
On day 1 I immediately picked up on the comradery and friendliness of the training environment. Coach Jordan offers expert and detailed instruction, while staying committed to every individual's improvement regardless of their skill level.
He runs the Jiu Jitsu Mill like a true professional - ensuring the quality, cleanliness, and safety of his facility. Great taste in music too!
Jiu Jitsu is such an interesting martial art and a great way to burn fat and build muscle quick. Head to The Mill!read more
19:18 02 Mar 21
its the best jiu jitsu place i went here before covid and now going again its a really good place recemmend it 100# and im gonna try to be the best student ever.read more
14:03 25 Feb 21
Training at the jiu jitsu mill has been one of the most positive experiences of my life. The place is great. The students are a wonderful group of very serious , very positive people who are great to train with and lots of fun to learn from. Coach Jordan is a superb teacher. He is also very conscientious about covid precautions.
In short an amazing school, great students, a great environment to train and learn and a first class teacher.
I am hooked for life.read more
17:49 03 Oct 20
This place is the real deal. My children love coming to learn, practice, and exercise. And as a team, they love joining their friends from the gym in applying their skills to competitions. During COVID, the gym has been even more so, ultra clean. The coaches have developed a methodology to keep the children separated and healthy.
The Jiu Jitsu Mill is much more than a place just to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Coach Jordan is a true community leader bringing children and families alike, together. Coach Jordan and his staff truly care about their students' well-being and extend their support way beyond the gym. During the crazy world we live in today, I have to hold my children accountable for cleanliness, homework, chores, and so forth. It is a breath of fresh air to have someone I trust to hold my children accountable for their exercise.read more
16:58 03 Oct 20
Coach Jordan and the entire coaching staff are second to none. Training at The Mill will leave you with unmatched feelings of strength, positivity and respect. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran looking for a new gym to hone your skills; look no further, this is the place.read more
14:39 03 Oct 20
The Mill is a great community of Jiu Jitsu players from all walks of life and skill levels. the kids program is great and really focuses on providing the fundamental tools to develop into a great Jiu jitsu player.read more
21:14 02 Oct 20
I've been practicing martial arts for more than 30 years, and one year ago, when I moved to the East Coast, decided to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but was afraid I wouldn't find a place where I felt as comfortable and at home as my old dojo. I was lucky to find The Jiu Jitsu Mill, with it's hard to find technical depth and drive but at the same time so friendly and welcoming. Then the pandemic hit... but the school reacted fast, first with it's online offerings then with safety protocols in different levels that allowed us to slowly go back to training according to our own perspectives on the risks behind the COVID crisis. Surprisingly, the post-covid Mill is even better, and in the last 4 months, I must say I learned and developed more than the 8 months before that. The combination of the team spirit the challenges created a tighter community feel, And the new ways of training, mixing the best of online and in person, small classes with limited training cells according to your weight+age+skill made learning more effective and more fun. As proof: before covid, I was training twice a week. Now, counting online etc, I train at least 5 times, wishing my 47 years old body could handle two more! Oss.read more
18:27 29 Sep 20
Great environment with knowledgeable coaching that will help you achieve your Jiu Jitsu goals. I’ll be coming here for many years to come!!read more