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Basulto Academy of Defense

Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville is Western North Carolina’s source for authentic instruction in RGDA Gracie Jiu Jitsu by certified and trained instructors.  Basulto Academy has been training people in self-defense tactics for over a decade.

TEAM BAD is not just an acronym for Basulto Academy of Defense.  It is also a philosophy of self-discipline in “BAD” situations and circumstances.  It is a moniker for a group of people committed to a certain perspective on training and developing martial skills; a perpetual search for immersion in difficult and “BAD” training scenarios to hone the mind, sharpen skills and temper the body. Befriending fear and the uncomfortable is a prerequisite for understanding self-preservation.

Instructor Armando Basulto began training in the 1970’s in Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing and various martial arts disciplines. As a competitive kickboxer, he has fought in the USA and Europe (Muay Thai and Savate). He began his training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the 1990’s in California.  Armando has been a private student of Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie and David Adiv.

Mr. Basulto has been a member and representative for Royler Gracie/David Adiv (RGDA) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over a decade, coaching his students to several championship titles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling.   He has traveled to Brazil to train at the world-famous Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro and was a competitor in the 1999 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Championships.

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