Renzo Gracie Academy

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA in NYC.

Established in 1996, the Renzo Gracie Academy in Midtown Manhattan continues being one of the world’s leading schools in martial arts.

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“We are not in the business of martial arts. We are in the business of building confidence. Confidence not only to defend yourself—we help build the confidence required to face life.”

~ Master Renzo Gracie

Instructors at RGA

Classes are taught by renowned experts with decades of experience in martial arts.

Harley Flanagan

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Jamie Crowder

Mixed Martial Arts

Neiman Gracie

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Lucas Noonan

Muay Thai

Elijah Clarke

Muay Thai

Mike McKee

Muay Thai

Robson Gracie

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

P.J. McMahon

Muay Thai

Joshua Brandenburg

Muay Thai

Joe Sampieri

Muay Thai

Igor Gracie

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Gregor Gracie

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Rafael Costa

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Rolles Gracie

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

John Danaher

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Bridget Grace

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

It doesn't matter where you start, as long as you do.

Some of the greatest fighters in the world have honed their BJJ and Muay Thai skills at the Academy.

Our Programs

We have programs available for any age or experience level.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit.

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Muay Thai

Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts.

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Submission Grappling

The objective of Submission Grappling is to submit your opponent using a variety of joint locks and chokes, or to win the match by points. Competitions in this sport resemble Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions, although competitors do not usually wear gis.

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Aimed at kids ages 6-15 yrs old, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Program integrates physical education and self-defense technique with conditioning and skill-building games aimed at improving coordination, motor skills, agility, and flexibility.

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Try Our FAQ

Do you allow drop-ins?

We allow drop-ins only for BJJ. A visitor day pass is $40 which allows you to train in as many classes as your schedule allows. If you’re from a Renzo Gracie affiliate school, a day pass is $20.

Unfortunately, we do not allow drop-ins for Muay Thai at this moment.

I’m not a member of your academy. As a visitor, may I wear my own Gi?

Only if your Gi is blank and does not contain references to another academy. We kindly ask for you to not wear another academy’s Gi. If you don’t have a Gi with you, or if your Gi contains branding from another academy, you will have to rent a Gi ($10) from our academy.

Can I try a class?

If you’re serious about joining our team, we do allow a free trial class in both BJJ and Muay Thai. You must be living in New York.

When does John Danaher teach?

Professor Danaher's classes are currently closed for visitors. Only existing students can join.

Professor Danaher's schedule is as follows:

No-Gi Classes:
Mondays at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM,
Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:30 AM.

Gi Classes:
Tuesdays – Fridays at 12:30 PM.  

Please note: Prof. Danaher does not do a warm-up at the beginning of class.
Feel free to come earlier and stretch on the mats before he starts.

How many classes am I allowed to take per month?

Our membership is unlimited so for one set price, you’ll be allowed to take as many classes as your schedule permits. 

Do you offer MMA classes?

We don’t offer MMA classes to the public. In order to attend this type of class, you must be a member of our academy for a significant amount of time. If you’re serious about this class, please express it to one of our coaches and please be extremely respectful towards everyone involved. This class is invite-only.