Renzo Gracie Academy

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

“We are not in the business of martial arts. We are in the business of building confidence,

confidence not only to defend yourself—we build the confidence required to face life.”

~ Master Renzo Gracie

The Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan Where Champions Train

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

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

Programs Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and More

Train in a variety of styles. We have programs available for any age or experience level.

Renzo demonstrating a jiu-jitsu grip

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.

Renzo Gracie Academy Muay Thai Instructors

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.

Georges St. Pierre and Renzo Gracie Practicing

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.

Renzo Gracie BJJ at 4 Years Old


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.

¿Questions? Check Out the FAQ

Q: I would like to sign-up for a membership, but I travel for work often. What can I do?

If you go out of town, you can freeze your membership at no cost. All you have to do is fill out a “freeze form” at the academy* and provide us with a return date. Your membership payments will automatically go into effect upon your return date.

*Freeze forms are not available online at this moment (they are coming soon). Until then, you must fill one out at the academy.

Q: Do you offer private lessons?

We offer private classes in both BJJ and Muay Thai. Please note that Master Renzo Gracie does not give private lessons. To take private lessons with Prof. John Danaher, please select that option from our contact form dropdown. Click here to be redirected to our contact page.

Please call our academy if you’re interested in booking a private class with any of our other instructors.

Q: Do I have to wear a rash guard under my Gi?

You are not obligated to wear a rash guard under your Gi but it’s highly recommended. We have rash guards for sale at the academy.

Q: I forgot my belt, may I train without a belt?

No, you may not train without a belt. We kindly ask that you train in a complete uniform. We rent belts for $5.

Q: Does your school have showers?

Yes, we do have showers and antibacterial soap in each stall. Feel free to bring your own toiletries and towel. We also rent shower towels for $3.

Q: What are your hours of operations?

We open at 6:40am and close at 9:30pm Monday-Friday. On Saturdays we open at 8:30am and close at 3pm. We are closed on Sundays but our members are allowed to train in our Williamsburg academy (RGFA).