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Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most in demand Martial Art style in the United States! At Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Hamilton, New Jersey, you can learn the same techniques the Gracie Family and their students have used to dominate Mixed Martial Arts Competitions.

An accomplished competitor himself, our head instructor Ricardo Almeida recognizes the difference between self defense study and preparing for a competition. We provide a positive and non-competitive environment for students with a great approach to realistic self defense and personal excellence pursuit.

Professor Ricardo Almeida is a 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt, who started his training in 1992 at the world renowned Gracie Barra under the tutelage of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. In 1997, he moved to New jersey to be an Assistant Instructor at the Renzo Gracie Academy. In 1999, he was awarded the rank of Black Belt by Master Renzo Gracie, and is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is also under contract with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Ricardo is multiple times Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts Champion, and has competed in the biggest organizations worldwide.

After one visit to our school you will know why many are saying that this the most positive place in Hamilton. Also, we ensure that our students will always train in a safe and sanitary environment. Our facility is a must-see: visit us today!

5 COMMENTS
  • SZ says:

    I can’t recommend this gym. The prices and contracts are outrageous ($179/month & required TWO YEAR contract) and the gym is overcrowded. New students have their names written in Sharpie on their gi lapels because the instructors simply cannot remember everybody. The turnover is very high. RABJJ feels like a business first and a BJJ school second.

    Lastly, I had a 6-month contract initially and after it expired, I continued to get billed for several months. I contacted Ally Almeida, the co-owner and she had the payments ceased and promised me a refund. After almost a dozen e-mails and phone calls I never got a penny of my money back. Awful, unprofessional customer service. There are other much better gyms in the local area than this big-name business.

  • Draines says:

    Well…What has a higher monthly cost…a Porsche or a Hyundai? A Porsche does…you know why? Because it’s better than the Hyundai! That takes care of your cost issues. Secondly, you rant about a required two-year contract but YOU only had a 6-month contract. Seems it isn’t as “required” as you think.

    Tertiary, names are written on your gi for the other students, not the instructors. Do the instructors always remember everyone’s name? No, but that isn’t because of the “business” aspect of the school, it’s a reflection of the amount of people on the mats. And since you seem to know very little about BJJ schools, and you didn’t even stay at this one for 6-months, you should know that being at a gym that is “overcrowded” is a GREAT thing! The more people there are on the mats the better the training! Why do you think there are so many people on the mats at this school? Because the bjj here is the best!

    Finally, the contract is not with the bjj school. It is with the payment company that collects your payment for the school. That way the school can focus on your bjj and not collecting payment from every person like you who decides to walk away from their commitments after 6-months. I don’t know you or your situation, and maybe it was legit? But you should definitely know a little about the topic and place prior to trying to bad-mouth it.

    For anyone else who would like to get the best jiu jitsu…feel free to come down to the Academy and speak with an instructor, and watch a few classes. You’ll see after a few minutes why there are so many world champions training here. Look it up.

    Good day-

  • CW says:

    I’ve attended this school for a while now and believe it to be one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life.

    As the first person wrote, the names are written on everyone’s Gi, but not because the instructors don’t know the students. Actually, the instructors go out of their way to personally address each individual and get to know that person and their parents (if they are a child.)

    Second, the classes are not always over crowded. Yes a lot of people do train, but you are recieving top level instruction that you can’t find anywhere else. There’s a reason that UFC fighters such as Frankie Edgar, Nick Catone, Nate Mardquardt, Brendan Schaub — come here on a consistent basis. And for those that just want to train without any aspirations of fighting, that is very encouraged as well.

    Instead of taking either the positive or negative opinions of the school as the end all be all…visit the school to see if you have an interst. Learn about it on your own terms.

  • Dan P says:

    You’d be surprised at how reasonable and common 179/month is for a BJJ school. Just started training here and I’m already inspired by how well the students are for most schools the teacher is always the biggest draw but the training you get with your brothers on the mat is a huge second. I’d recommend this school to anyone looking to up their game and train with some “higher belts” of good caliber.

  • Ap says:

    179 is a steal for the instruction. If your money motivated dont even do martial arts. There’s 50 dollar school out there who charge very little to get money and bounce or they are young and have no clue that they need to make a living. If your looking for the old days when martial arts was taught by a “tough” guy, with a “black” belt in an art that noone has heard of, in his garage then good luck. Fact is Martial Arts is now a serious profession. The amount of training, schooling and hours add up to more than any other profession. I don’t even train with Almeida but know his instruction is top notch. Pay the man his worth, train, and expand yourself. As far as billing, unfortunately by law all martial arts or fitness centers do not have to stop billing after contracts expire. they automatically renew. When you join any place you have to have it in writing that you will not be continuing past your contract and yes you have to make sure they have a copy and I would always suggest notifying your card company. That goes for basically any contracted service.

  • DNICE says:

    I took my teenage son here for a free intro lesson and I was extremely impressed with the instruction. He learned way more in that one lesson than should be possible. However, while I was talking to one of the instructors about cost, I was presented with one package, when I said I couldnt afford it, I was presented with another package which was badically the same thing for a lower price. Really? I understand the concept of Martial Arts schools needing to pay bills and thier instructors, and working with ppl to help them afford it. But it’s also basically saying if I would have accepted the first package, I’d be paying more than I could be paying. There should be one price for the same instruction not two or several. Because of that incident, I did not return.

  • DNICE says:

    I took my teenage son here for a free intro lesson and I was extremely impressed with the instruction. He learned way more in that one lesson than should be possible. However, while I was talking to one of the instructors about cost, I was presented with one package, when I said I couldnt afford it, I was presented with another package which was basically the same thing for a lower price. Really? I understand the concept of Martial Arts schools needing to pay bills and thier instructors, and working with ppl to help them afford it. But it’s also basically saying if I would have accepted the first package, I’d be paying more than I could be paying. There should be one price for the same instruction not two or several. Because of that incident, I did not return.

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