The Renzo Gracie Academy (located in Midtown Manhattan) is a central hub for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Renzo Gracie, the main instructor, is known worldwide as a legend in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts competition. On the mats of the academy, students of all levels learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Renzo, himself. This style has been proven among the most effective in fighting competitions (such as Ultimate Fighting Championships) as well as in the street, and Renzo is widely recognized as one of the best within the style. Renzo personally teaches many of the classes at the academy, including all of the Advanced classes. He is well known for providing personal feedback and instruction to all students.
Other classes are taught by his top students, many of whom are themselves top competitors in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts competitions such as Mundials, UFC, Pride, and King of the Cage. Techniques are taught both with the gi (the traditional uniform used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and without the gi (wearing shorts/sweats and t-shirt or submission wrestling-style clothing). Beginner classes are for those with little or no experience, and focus on basic takedowns and sweeps, positions, and submissions (joint-locks and chokeholds). Advanced classes present more complex techniques and combinations. Drilling technique as well as live training with a partner is a part of all classes. Men and women are welcome — some of the women who train at Renzo’s are also top competitors!
One of the most amazing things about training at the Renzo Gracie Academy is that once you are there you are part of a huge family. The closeness of the students and the camaraderie cannot be rivaled. Team Renzo has consistently placed at the top of all competitions that they enter and are the current NAGA East Coast Champions as well as the Top Team at the Grappler’s Quest. It is here that you will learn to be a champion too.