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
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.
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.
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.
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.