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"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off." -Franklin D. Roosevelt Co-operation vs. Competition.  When you really think about it, to give your child the...

Red Belt Grand Master Pedro Valente Sr. has passed away to another step in his spiritual journey. From the Gracie Miami website: "In 1953, father and son went to the academy in downtown Rio and started learning Jiu-Jitsu. The late Dr. Syllo Valente was a naturalist and a...

Congratulations Keivan!  Two years of dedication, hard work, and attention to detail have allowed you to master the fundamentals and achieve the Blue Belt.  You are definitely more than prepared to face a bigger, stronger opponent in a real situation and survive, escape or end...

20 Solid Reasons to Roll with Us Certified Instructors with a detailed criminal record background check- Peace of mind, but also a good high standard to ensure every instructor has gone that extra mile in order to qualify to share our mats with our students. Our academy was established...

Açaí: The Real Story Most people don't realize that the Gracie family, specifically Carlos Gracie himself is responsible for bringing Açaí to Rio from the north of Brazil.  If you've never tried it, it's delicious.  Check out this fun video on making Açai below: Gracie Diet Açaí Recipes...

Hello Everyone! I'm excited to announce that we have reached the Half Guard Chapter.  From Today May 15th til July 1 (six weeks, because there is a lot of material to cover), we will be focusing on developing the Half Guard transitions, controls, sweeps, submissions, passes...

Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Action 2 This amazing video showcases a number of other martial arts vs Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the only martial art that effectively addresses ground grappling in self defence situations.  The most important yet most neglected part of any real...