Relson Gracie NC partners up with Cyberdyne Strength & Conditioning!

We are now at a new location in Albemarle, NC.  Relson Gracie NC/JJMA has teamed up with Cyberdyne Strength and Conditioning/RDX Crossfit.  So please come by and train with us at the best facility in Albemarle, NC.  You can train in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and get in the best shape in your life at Cyberdyne/RDX Crossfit. Here is the facility website:

The address is:

42840 NC 24-27-73 Hwy Albemarle, NC 28001.

Here is a picture of the front of the facility:

Thanks to Crossfit Harrisburg

I want to thank Crossfit Harrisburg and Frankie Richardson for hosting Johnny Edwards and myself for the Women’s Self Defense Seminar on Saturday, March 29th.

Techniques Taught: Defending Against -

  • Grabs
  • Bear Hugs
  • Chokes
  • Attacks from the top (with an opponent on top of you)


Women’s Self Defense Seminar #3

The 3rd in the Women’s Self Defense Seminar Series is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 from 1:00pm–2:15pm.  This seminar will focus on defending against attacks from behind.  Please wear athletic and comfortable clothing for the seminar.  Seminar information is below:

Where: Crossfit Delphi

461 West Main St

Albemarle, NC 28001

When:     Saturday,  April 12th, 2014

Time:      First class:       1:00pm-2:15pm

Cost:        Public: $15.00

Crossfit Delphi Women: $10.00

Contact:  phone:  704-465-0590



Women’s Self Defense Seminar at Crossfit Harrisburg

I am happy to announce that Crossfit Harrisburg will be hosting  Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Albemarle, NC instructors for a Women’s Self Defense Seminar. The Seminar takes place on Saturday, March 29th from 1:00pm–3:00pm.  The seminar will focus on defending against grabs, body holds, chokes, and  being picked up and taken from one place to another.  The cost of the seminar is $20.00 for Crossfit Harrisburg members and $25.00 for non members.  Please wear comfortable athletic clothes for the seminar.  Here is the address and contact information of Crossfit Harrisburg.

Crossfit Harrisburg

5550 Harrisburg Industrial Park Dr,

Harrisburg NC 28075 /Ph: 704-453-3818

Or you can contact Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu NC for seminar information by:

phone:  704-465-0590


facebook page:

Hope to see you all there!

Women’s Self Defense Seminar #2

The first seminar was a great success with over 20 women learning proven self defense techniques.  This second seminar will focus on techniques that were different than the seminar on February 1st.  So come to Crossfit Delphi and learn some self defense.

Where:            Crossfit Delphi

461 West Main St

Albemarle, NC 28001

When:     Saturday,  March 1st, 2014

Time:      First class:       1:00pm-2:15pm

Second class:                    2:30pm-3:45pm (if first class fills)

Cost:        Public: $15.00

Crossfit Delphi Women: $10.00

Contact:  phone:  704-465-0590


Classes will be limited to 14 participants so make sure you reserve your spot and specify which class you prefer.  In this seminar women will learn how to neutralize the common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being choked.  We will also focus on striking an attacker while on the ground on your back.  Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in  this self defense seminar series will focus on leverage, technique, and timing. This focus on technique will allow anyone,  regardless of age or athleticism, the ability to defend themselves against larger opponents.


In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the highest belt one can earn is that of a Red belt.  There have been less than 50 red belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s history.   Master Relson Gracie has been a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu for over 40 years.  On April 6th, 2013,  Grandmaster Relson Gracie was awarded his red belt by his older brother Grandmaster Rorion Gracie.

Relson taught two seminars that weekend.  The fist seminar was on Friday, prior to the promotion. That was his last seminar as a Master. The next seminar was following the promotion, which was his first as a Grandmaster.  It is a rare occasion in Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu history to see anyone awarded the red belt.  I am proud to be a student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Relson Gracie.

Below is a link to a video of Grandmaster Relson being awarded the red belt:


The only thing that is guaranteed in life is change.  With that said after 11 years at the same location, the inevitable has happened.  Relson Gracie Albemarle, North Carolina Association (JJMA) has now joined forces with Crossfit Delphi and moved classes to the Delphi facility.  It is not much of a move as Crossfit Delphi is located at 461 West Main St. Albemarle, NC which is one block away from the old location on West Main St.  Even though the location has changed, the schedule will remain the same.  We encourage everyone to come and check out the new location and facilities.  Here is Albemarle’s Crossfit Delphi website:

There are many special promotions coming up to celebrate this change.  We are going to put on a Women’s Self Defense Class very soon.  I encourage everyone to come by and take the free two weeks of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as well as sign up with Crossfit.  Remember we train Jiu-Jitsu and Crossfit for all the people who can’t.  Come back here often because more information and programs will be announced very soon.

Metomoris Pro: An Event that Jiu-Jitsu Needs

I do not cover many BJJ events on this site but this is one I find very intriguing.  The event  is named the Metomoris Pro.  It is a professional super fight event, put on by Ralek Gracie, that will take place in San Diego California on October,14 2012.  Here is how the matches are structured.  Two competitors are matched up for 20 minutes instead of the standard 10 minutes for black belt tournament matches.  Now add the fact that there will be no points awarded for the execution of techniques.  The event is submission only and if there is no submission, the match will be considered a draw. How do I like this structure?  I personally love it.  I want to see the best go at it and not play the points game where, for example, a fighter will use strategy (cough, stall, cough) until the last minute or seconds where they try for a sweep or take down for the win.  Or the reverse happens in which one fighter gets a lead on points early in the match and stalls or plays a very conservative game so that they can win.  We fans of jiu-jitsu want to see who is the best.  We want to see the elite match ups.  We want to see the killers and the beasts of jiu-jitsu go at it.  If you didn’t know, “beasts” and “killers” are positive terms of description in our martial art.  This event is structured as if you are rolling in class.  Say you have 20 minute rounds  and at the end of the time limit and no won gets the submission, most do not say I swept you three times and you only mounted once so I win.  Do you really win if there is no submission?  My first jiu-jitsu instructor told his students that as long as you are not submitted, you do not really lose.  The Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community is really excited about this event, so definitely check it out if you get the chance.  Finally I and happy to see that the participants will be paid.  These men train like professionals and should be paid like professionals.  Here are the Metomoris Pro’s web and facebook pages:

Here is the official trailer of the event:

Below are the individual match up preview videos:

Roger Gracie vs Marcus “Bruchecha” Almedia:

Andre Galvao vs Ryron Gracie:

Kron Gracie vs Otavia Sousa:

Jeff Glover vs Caio Terra:

Kayron Gracie vs Rafael Lovato:

Dean Lister vs Alexander “Xande” Ribeiro

New Children’s Class Started

I am excited to say that Relson Gracie NC (JJMA) has just added a new children’s class to the weekly schedule.  I have taught children’s for over 10 years now.  In the past I always divided the class all the kids trained during the same class.  The 5 to 8 years olds would train on one half of the room and the older kids would train on the other half. Then something interesting happened.  Those young kids got older.  I know, its shocking.  Those little cute rascals actually do age.  So those 5  to 8 year olds are now 10 to 14 year olds.  Over the last few years I would get calls and request from parents to start a young kids class and now I am excited to announce that the new children’s class has started.  I am starting the class small to develop and routine that the kids can get used to.  I also want to give each child individual attention.  So come and check it out.  The class will be structured in a way that the kids will learn techniques based on various jiu-jitsu games.  So to them they are just having fun but at the same time they are learning Gracie Jiu-jitsu.  Here is the schedule for the Little Sharks Class:

Monday and Wednesday:  6:30pm-7:30pm

International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Inaugural Hall of Fame

At this years World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship marked a special occasion in that the IBJJF announced the 1st inductees into their Hall of Fame.  The requirements for induction are that each inductee must have won at least 4 gold medals in their world championships, consistently demonstrated outstanding character and serve as a proper symbol for the sport.  Most are giants and legends in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I have admired most over the years and tried to emulate (and failed in many occasions) their games.  I mean how many people do you know can grapple like Royler Gracie with his freakish flexibility.  In a surprise move some athletes were inducted while they are still active in competition.  Most organization do not induct people into their Hall of Fame until after they have retired.  Below are the list of athletes, the championships they won in our beloved art and finally a video with small clips of the inductees in action.

First up are the women:  Babrielle Garcia(4), Kyra Gracie (4), Michelle Nicollini (5),  Bianca Andrade (6), Leticia Riberio (6) and Hanette Staack (7).

Now we have the men:  Bruno Malfacine (4), Roberto Magalhaes (4), Royler Gracie (4), Rubens Charles (4), Fabio Gurgel (4), Robson Moura (5), Marcelo Garcia (5), Saulo Ribeiro (5), Alexandre Ribeiro (6) and Roger Gracie (10).

Stay technical,