NESF Boston - The Most dedicated No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu School in Greater Boston



Headshot of head instructor Dave Roy.

Dave Roy is a 3rd-degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts in New England. His dedication to the sport began after watching the notorious Royce Gracie showcase the effectiveness of BJJ in UFC 1. Realizing the paradigm shift this presented in combat sports, Dave immediately partnered with Kirik Jenness to open the first MMA school in New England, New England Submission Fighting (NESF). For over three decades Dave has refined his craft, focusing on No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu and its applications in MMA.

As the head instructor at NESF Boston, Dave shares an extensive skill set developed over thirty years of dedicated study. He brings a unique perspective to the mats, with a diverse technical repertoire built from his experience in various disciplines. His ability to connect with the needs of each individual student allows him to help everyone progress, regardless of experience or predisposition.

For more information about Dave’s martial arts history with NESF, visit NESF Amherst’s instructor page.

3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Began training Jiu-Jitsu November 13, 1993.
Received blue belt from BJJ legend Renzo Gracie in 1996.
Received purple belt from UFC veteran Kenny Florian in 2004.
Received brown belt from UFC veteran Din Thomas in 2009.
Received black belt from Renzo Gracie/Ricardo Almeida black belt Chad Beatty on June 2, 2012.

Winning Competition Experience
No-gi Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Sport Karate

Other Information
Co-founded the first MMA school in New England in 1993
Former UFC judge (UFC 27)
Former head referee for The DangerZone MMA events
Former head referee for Rhode Island Vale Tudo MMA events
Former head referee for NAGA
Technical editor for the Fighter’s Notebook
Author of the 1001 Submissions book & DVD series
Co-founder of The Underground Forum


Jake Smith

Headshot of assistant instructor Jake Smith.

Rank: Brown

Alex Warren

Headshot of assistant instructor Alex Warren.

Rank: Brown


Dave Roy is the head instructor of NESF Boston and a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He is a true pioneer of MMA on the east coast, and continues to provide a unique perspective to MMA and Jiu-Jitsu through the combination of old and new school technical expertise.

Dave Roy is a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.