Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Testimonial from UFC Welterweight Champion
Georges St. Pierre

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

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Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefits

In addition to the overall benefits of a rigorous fitness program, you will enjoy unique benefits as a member of the  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program:

  • You will be taught authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie way
  • You can train 6 days a week with multiple classes per day
  • You will experience a great martial arts workout
  • Our official Renzo Gracie belt promotions and will be recognized by any other Academy
  • You can train for FREE as a visitor at any Renzo Gracie Academy in the world
  • Attend seminars  conducted by Black Belt World Champions and Pro UFC MMA fighters
  • You will also be invited to participate in RGA sponsored field trips to Brazil to train
  • You will be eligible to compete in the annual Renzo Gracie Invitational Tournament in NY
Mark and Master Renzo


To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.

This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

Many students first learn about jiu jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian jiu jitsu technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian jiu jitsu . The practice of Brazilian jiu jitsu as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While there is a professional MMA team at the Renzo Gracie Academy, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.


The Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy CT is officially endorsed by the legendary Renzo Gracie. The Gracie Family invented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and we are proud to uphold the values of honor, integrity, and courage. Our Head Instructor Mark Cerrone is among a select group of Renzo Gracie’s first American students. He has been Renzo’s loyal student for over 21 years. Mark, Shawn Williams and John Danaher are the only 3 Americans ever given the honor to teach at Renzo Gracie’s main Academy in NYC; The mecca of Jiu Jitsu.

He has been a training partner for 3 UFC Champions: George ST Pierre ,Frankie Edgar and  Matt Serra. He has been the training partner and has worked with dozens of other pro fighters including many UFC  fighters. With the Gi, he has also been the training partner of Renzo Gracie himself and numerous Jiu Jitsu Stars including the worlds most dominant  7 time  World Jiu Jitsu Champion Roger Gracie. He has worked and trained with over a dozen members of the Gracie Family including Renzo, Ralph, Ryan, Rolles, Roger, Rodrigo, Igor, Gregor, Daniel and Kyra.  If you’re looking for the real thing, you found it.Renzo Gracie has 51 Jiu Jitsu Academies worldwide in 14 countries.

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Ideal Student

When you join The CT Renzo Gracie Academy you become part of a family.The Connecticut Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program is designed for the person whose primary desire is to learn self-defense on the ground with a focus on technique and fitness. We also have a Jiu Jitsu Competition Team and are very active on the Tournament scene .Every student is different and whether  it is Self Defense your looking for, Tournament training or just to get in shape we have a program designed for you and to meet your needs. Give it a try!!!!


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