Gracie Academy Philadelphia is the Premier Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Classes in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are taught by Zak Maxwell, Brian Rago and Tim Sylvester, with all black belts under Regis Lebre. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu begins with one basic premise: technique trumps all. While we can’t change our height, reverse our age, or all become big and strong, we all can develop technique.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu philosophy assumes our opponent will be bigger, stronger, and faster. Instead of strength we rely on body mechanics and leverage to manipulate resisting opponents, so even relatively smaller and weaker practitioners can defend themselves against bigger and stronger adversaries.