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Gracie Center of Self Defense

Gracie Center of Self Defense in Palm Coast and Daytona, a member of the Rilion Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Association and Team R.O.C., is the premier academy for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Northeastern Florida. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded by Rilion’s father, Carlos Gracie, in the 1920’s and has been proven to be the most effective form of self defense ever developed. Rilion is widely recognized as one of the best jiu-jitsu practicioners in the world. He is the only member of the famous Gracie Family teaching in Florida and he closely supervises and trains each of his Association Instructors. If you are a beginner who wants to learn self defense or are already a jiu-jitsu competitor, the Rilion Gracie Association of Palm Coast and Daytona is for you.

Instructor Peter Pitts-Dilley was born and raised in Brazil and began his Jiu-Jitsu training at the age of 13 in Rio de Janeiro. In 1995, Peter came to the United States with his parents and four years later enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. Throughout his decade long career in the Army, Peter served multiple tours of duty including one in Bosnia where he was special liaison to the Portuguese Marine Corp. Peter started his Special Forces training in 2001 and went on to do several tours of duty with 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, NC. During his last overseas tour, Peter served as the primary combatives instructor for his duty station at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

After the military had adopted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as its primary form of hand to hand combat, Peter sought to increase his training by pushing himself to be the best in this field. Through rigorous and intense physical conditioning with top level instructors of the U.S. Special Forces he is now qualified as an Army Combatives Level I & II Instructor. While in Special Forces, Peter worked extensively with Greg Thompson, owner of Team ROC (Reality of Combat) and one of the foremost practitioners in military hand to hand combat and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the years Peter has traveled across the United States to train with the world’s most renowned instructors such as Pedro Valante, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Carson Gracie, Relson Gracie, and Jacare and Luis Sucuri of Team Alliance.

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