Jiu-Jitsu is one of the oldest forms of self-defense, dating back over 2000 years to the Buddhist monks of northern India. Translated it means gentle way. Grandmaster Helio Gracie developed Gracie (Brazilian) jiu-jitsu and passed it on to his sons. It is considered by most practitioners of martial arts as the most effective form of self-defense. This martial art does not rely on physical size and strength but uses leverage and technique as its foundation. This enables the smaller person to defeat the larger person. By gaining the position, then control and finally submitting the opponent, this martial art is really like no other. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has spread from a relatively unknown form of self-defense from Brazil, to world-wide acknowledgement and acceptance due mostly to Royce Gracie's UFC triumphs. Royler Gracie oversees our RGDA program to ensure consistent quality and correct techniques are followed. David Adiv, Royler's black belt representative to North America provides guidance and expertise in ensuring the class format is adhered to. Royler and David regularly conduct seminars and gradings, and sometimes make a guest appearance. For students who want to learn self-defense, compete, or those who simply want to learn Gracie jiu-jitsu for its physical benefits, this program offers something for everybody. It is broken down into two age groups, ages eight to eleven and twelve and older. The RGDA jiu-jitsu twelve and over students may participate in our MMA classes.