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Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is focused on a positive first experience on the mats. We know that taking your first Jiu Jitsu class can be intimidating and we are committed to making you our priority. Our diverse coaching staff will teach you jiu jitsu techniques in a controlled environment to increase your confidence in your ability to defend yourself and learn a new and ever evolving sport. 

We offer a flexible schedule of Gi, No Gi, Wrestling for Jiu Jitsu, Striking, Judo for Jiu Jitsu and Mobility classes. Our Kids program is for children age 7-13 and is held 3 times a week. While competing is not required, we have a young competition team that is consistently on the podium. No matter your goals, we have classes and coaches to help get you there.

What to Expect at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu 

Whether you are a complete beginner, hobbyist, competitor or professional fighter, Riverfront Jiu Jitsu has classes and coaches that can help you reach your goals. You will be welcomed and supported as a member of the team from your first visit. 

ELYSE SHAW

Elyse is the co-owner of Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. She started training in January of 2020 when the school opened and is now a competitive blue belt. She has competed regularly at local tournaments over the past year, is undefeated at Finishers Sub Only and has been on superfight cards including Emerald City, Tap Cancer Out, and Sub Out Domestic Violence. Elyse teaches a mobility for jiu jitsu class, teaches kids class, organizes all Riverfront Fights events and is the Delaware State Representative for the We Defy Foundation. When not at the studio, Elyse works as a surgery vet tech at Old Ridge Vet. 

MOBILITY instructor

Jay is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started training Judo and Jiu Jitsu in 2007 at Wilmington Jiu Jitsu where he received his blue belt. Jay then started training at NexGen in New Jersey where he moved through the ranks, reaching black belt in 2018. Once Jay started training he was hooked and began competing across the country from white belt to purple belt. After his competition days were over, he realized his passion for teaching and sharing the knowledge and skill he has gained over the years. Jay teaches Judo for Jiu Jitsu which is a hybrid class focused on takedowns, defense to takedowns, grip fighting and setup.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Luíz Vicente da Silva Júnior > Sean Allen

Jiu JitsU instructor

SEAN ALLEN

Sean began training jiu jitsu in early 2006. After being introduced to the art by a close family friend, he was immediately drawn to jiu jitsu's ability to neutralize and defeat opponents regardless of size. In 2013, Sean received his black belt from Luíz Vicente da Silva Júnior (Vicente Jr.). In 2021, Sean joined his long-time friend and training partner, Billy Shaw, at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. Sean's focus now is helping newer jiu jitsu practitioners build their skill sets by sharing his over 15 years of knowledge. 


STRIKING instructor

Grant has trained male and female MMA and Kickboxing competitors, as well as recreational martial artists since the early 2000’s and trained military and police personnel since the 2010’s. His teaching style emphasizes in-depth technical instruction and understanding. Grant wants to help his students to build a martial arts foundation set in sound, well-proven, and time-worn principles. Grant wants his students to be technically sound, to understand the roots of why they do what they do, and to always have fun while learning.

Grant Bacon has an extensive history of training multiple martial arts since he was a child. Through this training, Grant became an amateur MMA and Kickboxing competitor, and continued training in (and eventually began to teach) Jeet Kune Do, MMA, and Combatives. Over the many years he’s been involved in martial arts, he’s become an instructor in multiple systems, has ranking in even more systems, and has taught military combatives and defensive tactics to military and police personnel at every level. 

GRANT BACON

Nick is an accomplished jiu jitsu competitor with over 100 matches at all levels. Nick has competed at numerous local tournaments, the IBJJF Pan and World championships, and has been featured on multiple superfight cards for Fight2Win and Finishers Sub Only. Nick is an amateur MMA fighter with a recent win via TKO and is a consistent presence in Grant Bacon's "Striking" class. Nick currently teaches Riverfront Jiujitsu's "Wrestling for Jiu Jitsu" class, where he shows how he has adapted his takedown game to fit jiu jitsu. 

JAY HUBBARD

NICK MANCINI

Nick is currently a jiu jitsu purple belt and a lifelong wrestler that began training jiu jitsu full time in December 2018. Nick wrestled as a heavyweight through elementary and middle school and stopped growing, forcing him to learn how to wrestle step-by-step as a young adult in high school. In high school, Nick was a 3-year varsity wrestler, captain of his team, and placed 3rd in the state tournament. As a collegiate wrestler, Nick wrestled 5 years at the NCAA Division II level for Millersville University, where he served as a 2-year starter and a team captain. 

Jiu jits instructor

Brian Grant is a Purple belt who has trained under Professor Billy Shaw for the past 5 years. At Riverfront Jiu Jitsu, he instructs kids classes and beginner Jiu Jitsu. In the military, has been a U.S. Army Combatives Instructor for the past 11 years.

He is the lead instructor at Defender BJJ, a Riverfront affiliated team, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. As a Police Officer, he has instructed Defensive Tactics in the Academy, and during in-service training. Currently, he is one of the lead control tactics instructors for a large federal agency. He is also a bagpiper with the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums.

BRIAN GRANT

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Alexey Cruz-Pickerell >
Alexandre Quintella > William Shaw


Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is a We Defy approved school and Billy is a mentor for combat veterans who use jiu jitsu to overcome their challenges. Outside of jiu jitsu, Billy enjoys hiking and is a dog rescue advocate and currently has 4 rescue dogs.

Billy Shaw is the owner and head instructor at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. He has been training since 2007 and received his black belt in 2019 from Alexandre Quintella. Billy started running the kids class when he was a blue belt and realized his passion and talent for teaching jiu jitsu. Billy is very open about his troubled past and battle with addiction and credits jiu jitsu for helping him get on the right path. Riverfront Jiu Jitsu was opened with the goal to create a more welcoming and non-traditional gym environment. Billy is an ambassador for mental health treatment and recovery and offers sponsorships to children and adult students in need.

BILLY SHAW

Owner and head instructor

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JUDO instructor

JAY HUBBARD

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Elyse SHAW

SEAN ALLEN

GRANT BACON

NICK MANCINI

BRIAN GRANT

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Elyse SHAW

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Alexey Cruz-Pickerell > Alexandre Quintella > William Shaw


Billy is an ambassador for mental health treatment and recovery and offers sponsorships to children and adult students in need. Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is a We Defy approved school and Billy is a mentor for combat veterans who use jiu jitsu to overcome their challenges. Outside of jiu jitsu, Billy enjoys hiking and is a dog rescue advocate and currently has 4 rescue dogs.

Billy Shaw is the owner and head instructor at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. He has been training since 2007 and received his black belt in 2019 from Alexandre Quintella. Billy started running the kids class when he was a blue belt and realized his passion and talent for teaching jiu jitsu. Billy is very open about his troubled past and battle with addiction and credits jiu jitsu for helping him get on the right path. Riverfront Jiu Jitsu was opened with the goal to create a more welcoming and non-traditional gym environment. 

BILLY SHAW

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Owner and head instructor

Elyse SHAW

Brian Grant is a Purple belt who has trained under Professor Billy Shaw for the past 5 years. At Riverfront Jiu Jitsu, he instructs kids classes and beginner Jiu Jitsu. In the military, has been a U.S. Army Combatives Instructor for the past 11 years.

He is the lead instructor at Defender BJJ, a Riverfront affiliated team, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. As a Police Officer, he has instructed Defensive Tactics in the Academy, and during in-service training. Currently, he is one of the lead control tactics instructors for a large federal agency. He is also a bagpiper with the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums.

BRIAN GRANT

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JIU JITSU instructor

Elyse SHAW

As a collegiate wrestler, Nick wrestled 5 years at the NCAA Division II level for Millersville University, where he served as a 2-year starter and a team captain. Nick is an accomplished jiu jitsu competitor with over 100 matches at all levels. Nick has competed at numerous local tournaments, the IBJJF Pan and World championships, and has been featured on multiple superfight cards for Fight2Win and Finishers Sub Only. Nick is an amateur MMA fighter with a recent win via TKO and is a consistent presence in Grant Bacon's "Striking" class. Nick currently teaches Riverfront Jiujitsu's "Wrestling for Jiu Jitsu" class, where he shows how he has adapted his takedown game to fit jiu jitsu. 

NICK MANCINI

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Nick is currently a jiu jitsu purple belt and a lifelong wrestler that began training jiu jitsu full time in December 2018. Nick wrestled as a heavyweight through elementary and middle school and stopped growing, forcing him to learn how to wrestle step-by-step as a young adult in high school. In high school, Nick was a 3-year varsity wrestler, captain of his team, and placed 3rd in the state tournament. 

WRESTLING FOR JIU JITSU instructor

Grant has trained male and female MMA and Kickboxing competitors, as well as recreational martial artists since the early 2000’s and trained military and police personnel since the 2010’s. His teaching style emphasizes in-depth technical instruction and understanding. Grant wants to help his students to build a martial arts foundation set in sound, well-proven, and time-worn principles. Grant wants his students to be technically sound, to understand the roots of why they do what they do, and to always have fun while learning.

Grant Bacon has an extensive history of training multiple martial arts since he was a child. Through this training, Grant became an amateur MMA and Kickboxing competitor, and continued training in (and eventually began to teach) Jeet Kune Do, MMA, and Combatives. Over the many years he’s been involved in martial arts, he’s become an instructor in multiple systems, has ranking in even more systems, and has even taught military combatives and defensive tactics to military and police personnel at every level. 

GRANT BACON

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STRIKING instructor

Sean began training jiu jitsu in early 2006. After being introduced to the art by a close family friend, he was immediately drawn to jiu jitsu's ability to neutralize and defeat opponents regardless of size. In 2013, Sean received his black belt from Luíz Vicente da Silva Júnior (Vicente Jr.). In 2021, Sean joined his long-time friend and training partner, Billy Shaw, at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. Sean's focus now is helping newer jiu jitsu practitioners build their skill sets by sharing his over 15 years of knowledge. 


SEAN ALLEN

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Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Luíz Vicente da Silva Júnior > Sean Allen

JIU JITSU instructor

JAY HUBBARD

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Jay is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started training Judo and Jiu Jitsu in 2007 at Wilmington Jiu Jitsu where he received his blue belt. Jay then started training at NexGen in New Jersey where he moved through the ranks, reaching black belt in 2018. Once Jay started training he was hooked and began competing across the country from white belt to purple belt. After his competition days were over, he realized his passion for teaching and sharing the knowledge and skill he has gained over the years. Jay teaches Judo for Jiu Jitsu which is a hybrid class focused on takedowns, defense to takedowns, grip fighting and setup.

JUDO FOR JIU JITSU instructor

Elyse is the co-owner of Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. She started training in January of 2020 when the school opened and is now a competitive blue belt. She has competed regularly at local tournaments over the past year, is undefeated at Finishers Sub Only and has been on superfight cards including Emerald City, Tap Cancer Out, and Sub Out Domestic Violence. Elyse teaches a mobility for jiu jitsu class, teaches kids class, organizes all Riverfront Fights events and is the Delaware State Representative for the We Defy Foundation. When not at the studio, Elyse works as a surgery vet tech at Old Ridge Vet. 

ELYSE SHAW

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MOBILITY AND KIDS instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE TO START JIU JITSU?

You do not need to be "in shape", have great cardio or flexibility to begin training. The best way to get in shape for jiu jitsu, is to practice jiu jitsu! While you can do additional training to benefit your jiu jitsu, the best way to get in shape is to just start. As your time in Jiu jitsu progresses, you will build muscle, increase your endurance, and improve your flexibility all through drilling, sparring and conditioning in class. We have multiple members who started to see health benefits after their first month including weight loss, decrease in medication and improvement in their mental health. 

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AM I TOO OLD TO START JIU JITSU?

Absolutely not! We have members of all ages, ability and experience. When starting Jiu Jitsu, you can take it at your own pace. If there are exercises or drills that you can not do due to injury or disability, we will make modifications to make jiu jitsu work for you. You are in control of your body and have the option to do any certain drill or spar at the end of class. New students will always be paired with more experienced students because they are more controlled with their movements and can help break down the techniques as you work through them. 

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN MY FIRST CLASS?

When you arrive to the gym, leave your bag on the shelves at the bottom of the stairs and only bring up your shoes (preferably flip flops or slides), and water. Once upstairs, take your shoes off and clean your feet in the foot cleaning station, dry your feet and get on the mat. Every jiu jitsu class follows the same structure. First we will line up against the wall by rank (white belts will be at the end of the line to the right), and begin warm up. Follow the upper belts as you go through a jiu jitsu related warm up. This will be followed by learning a technique and drilling. Class will end with sparring, however, new students do not spar and will watch until they have learned enough to be a safe sparring partner. 

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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY FIRST CLASS?

You can wear gym shorts and a t-shirt, rash guard or compression shirt to your first class. Please make sure your shorts do not have any zippers on them since this can damage our mats. If you are attending a Gi class, we will have one for you to borrow for your first class. No shoes are allowed on the mat, but you should bring flip flops or slides to leave at the side of the mat. 

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I AM WORRIED ABOUT GETTING INJURED. DO I HAVE TO SPAR?

Sparring is 100% optional! You are never required to spar in any of our classes. If you do want to spar but are nervous about injury, you will be paired with an upper belt who is more controlled with their movements and can help you through the round safely. You also always have the option to turn down a roll if you do not want to spar with a certain training partner. We want to make sure you have the tools to protect yourself before you ever enter into a sparring situation. People can get hurt when they are inexperiences and enter "fight or flight" mode instead of using skill. Your safety is our number one concern and we will make sure everyone has a positive jiu jitsu experience.

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WHERE EXACTLY ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our address is 512 Justison Street, Wilmington DE 19801. We are located inside RIV athletics. Once you are inside, head all the way to the back and up the stairs on the right. 

Parking: You can park on the street or in the parking lot in front of the restaurants. Do not park in the lot directly across from the gym. A permit is required to park there and they will tow. 

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I came here as an experienced competition purple belt and love everything about this school. RJJ teaches inclusive classes that are beneficial for everybody; from the first day white belt to an experienced black belt, everybody benefits.

Incredibly grateful to be training with such an awesome group of people.

Nick Mancini | RJJ Member

I retired from the Military in 2016 and for years have looked for a program that made me feel the experience and camaraderie I did when I was in the service. Well I found this within Riverfront Jiu Jitsu. I'm so comfortable and relaxed when training. I feel like we are all brothers and sisters just trying to get better and more skilled. Everyone is so eager to help you succeed. Billy Shaw is a dynamic instructor and has so much patience with the students. He is very professional but laid back as well. Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is military and law enforcement friendly. I wish I had found Riverfront Jiu Jitsu years ago.

Stefan Talabisco | We Defy Sponsored Member

I’ve been doing BJJ for over 10 years, trained everywhere from Philly to Baltimore and everywhere in between. Riverfront embodies what jiu-jitsu is supposed to be on every level and I’ve found a home here. Billy Shaw is a top notch black belt, coach and all around great dude. Wether you’re a competitor or a beginner there is room for you. Come be part of a team on the rise.

Chris Williams | RJJ Member

I don’t even know where to begin! First and for most the children's program is Absolutely amazing! Billy and Elyse are wonderful with my two children! They are very kind hearted, understanding and make you feel very welcomed and comfortable!! I have noticed since my son has been doing jiu jitsu he is a total different child, he’s more focused, his attitude has changed majorly! If your looking for jiu jitsu for children this is DEFINITELY the place to go!!

Veronica Garrison | RJJ PArent

Great place to train! I was just visiting Delaware and needed a place to train at. Billy and everyone there was super friendly and respectful. They are also very law enforcement friendly.

Will definitely be coming back here when I’m back in Delaware.

Migal Shrestha | RJJ Visitor

The atmosphere Coach Billy Shaw has created and maintained can’t be beat. Coach Billy truly cares about every single person who’s a part of the RJJ family and it shows as his number one goal is to help all of his students get better every day. The warm, welcoming environment is also thanks to everyone who trains at RJJ on a daily basis, constantly helping each other learn and get better. Whether you’re looking to compete, learn a new skill, be a part of an awesome team or just want a new hobby that keeps you active, Coach Billy will ensure that RJJ is the place for you.

Greg Moserowitz | adopt a cop Member

I have been training at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu for nearly 10 months. It has made an immediate impact on my life. I think that jiu jitsu would be a worthwhile venture anywhere. But training with Billy Shaw at RJJ is more challenging and simultaneously rewarding than I could imagine anything could be. His attention to detail is impeccable. Everyone at the gym is welcoming and kind regardless of whatever your experience or fitness level is. I couldn’t ask for a better place to have started Jiu Jitsu.

Miguel Cruz | RJJ member

My son was hesitant about doing jit jitsu, once he started the class he flourished. His confidence, determination and discipline has increased dramatically. I really appreciate the attention they give the children. They are teaching valuable lessons in a fun setting. When we return home my son is practicing what he learned. I am extremely pleased with the class, the instructors and friendliness they show. They are on the mat helping the kids understand the moves. The way they engage with the kids is just AMAZING.

Tee|RJJ Parent

The environment at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is second to none. No matter your skill level or your reason for training, Riverfront Jiu Jitsu is accommodating to everyone. The amount of classes offered and the time and attention that is placed on each class has made my time at Riverfront Jiu Jitsu a blast. The hardest part of starting anything is showing up, but the physical and mental benefits that jiu jitsu has to offer far outweigh the awkwardness of walking through the door for the first time.

Gene Reid | RJJ Member

My kids first start with Billy Shaw at a previous school. In life I have learned that being good at something(he is excellent by the way) doesn’t mean you are necessarily a good teacher. Billy is great at both. He has taught my son confidence and skills he didn’t know that he possessed. We travel from Delaware County, Pa to Delaware for his instruction. He is worth it.

Dan Ganley| RJJ Parent

Hands down the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio in the area. In addition to the top-notch instruction, each member is treated as family. Whether it is your first class or 15th year of training, you never feel uncomfortable or out of place. Billy (the owner and lead instructor) takes the time to explain positions (and the reasoning) in great detail. All of this translates to bringing out the best in everyone. Regardless of body type and/or age, there will always be several people in any given class that will be a perfect training partner for you. Unlike a lot of studios, there are no egos at RJJ. You will never find a more inviting place to learn and practice jiu-jitsu. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Sean Allen| RJJ MEMBER

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