aug 13 Royce Gracie Seminar and Championship Tournament: please note class time changes!t

Royce Gracie Open Seminar and Championship Tournament:

August 13, 2011, $1000 Grand Prize, Winner Takes All.

Train with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and UFC Legend, Royce Gracie, Saturday August 13, 2011

*8:00-10:00: Fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense:  $80 cash only at the door

*10:30-12:30: Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA:  $80 cash only at the door.

*1:00 until the last competitor is standing: Royce Gracie Open Championship Tournament:  FREE for Competitors with your seminar admission.


Seminar and Tournament Spectators: $40 at the door. CHILDREN UNDER 16 FREE WITH A PAID ADULT.

Spectators and Fighters: Get all your memorabilia signed by the Legend himself. (That signed pair of UFC gloves is worth serious money, just ask our friend, Sam, owner of K&M All Star Sports in the Crystal Mall).

This seminar and tournament is open to all martial artists and the many diverse stylist of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and anyone wanting to learn from Royce Gracie.

UNION STATION, HARTFORD CT, Saturday August 13. DOOR OPENS AT 7:30AM , classes at 8:00; 10:30 and Competition starts at 1:00. 

Sponsored by,,
Coors Lite: The Coldest Beer in the World, K&M All Star Sports & Vigil Clan Entertainment

Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its growing popularity in the media

Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
and its growing popularity in the media

By College Student Paul V

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the mass media is the topic I choose to write on. I find this interesting because I’m a communications major and like to see new trends in media and its contrast them to the changes in society. One growing trend that sticks out in my mind is MMA and within that Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. To fully understand the transition and popularity of Gracie BJJ and its part in MMA we must look at the roots to compare and find when it grew in popularity. ​Carlos Gracie’s brother Helio Gracie founded Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. By 1921 the steps of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were being formed and near completion. Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became more popular in the nineties when Royce Gracie captivatingly won UFC one, two and four. The history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is commonly mentioned in some form in the media, such as in UFC where name recognition and its influences in MMA are often mentioned. Media plays an important part in the popularizing of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu because of the amount of face-time that Royce would get for his victories and use of unique style. The importance of ground fighting was found through his victorious displays as well as the foundation of BJJ becoming a staple for a lot of MMA fighters. Today we see many shows and channels dedicated to MMA such as UFC, Pride, WEC, and Strikeforce. The Gracie name is still seen as an important name and used to hype fights such as an upcoming fight between another Gracie. ​The fight plan we learned and are continuing to learn are important in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu because they show the fundamentals of defensive techniques. The fight plan is shown by closing distance, establishing a clinch, organizing a take down, and achieving a dominant position. When put in a bad position it’s important to learn how to protect oneself in that position, reverse it, and end the fight with a submission. A lot of viral videos are posted online to show the fundamentals of a good fight plan and defending oneself by practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. On youtube alone a single training clip can hit as many as one hundred forty five thousand, and clips of Royce’s first UFC fight hit half a million views. Truly the popularity of the MMA as a sport and the style of BJJ is growing. ​In the media the theory of Gerbner’s “Mean World Syndrome” which is linked with cultivation theory which tries to explain the effects of over exposure of certain themes on television to peoples emotions and thoughts. Mean World Syndrome goes further into detail explaining that in our cultures society we have a disproportional viewing of violence and evil acts on the news than in reality. Usually the news shows ten times more violent acts than what actually occurs on average. People handle the rise of fear for ones well being in different ways, one being self-defense classes. These social issues are relevant to our class in that it helps teach proper ways of dealing with conflict and handling oneself in everyday circumstances as well as proper self-defense in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practice. ​Relating the components of the fight plan to these issues of Mean World Syndrome and other identified problems are done by comparing the affects of fear in the media with fear felt in high conflict situations. Like many fears in life, the problem can be linked with a lack of knowledge. By having a plan like the fight plan taught in this class based off of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu one knows in harsh situations that the proper training and planning along side a calm and collected mind could help in reducing the fear and triumphing over it.


Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu: The Importance of Preparation By Dan R

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu: The Importance of Preparation. By Daniel R.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu emerged when Helio Gracie, a man who was considered too small to participate in martial arts, decided to create his own form of jiu jitsu. His new form relied not on the size, strength, or athletic ability of the fighter, but leverage and timing. This would allow smaller fighters, like himself, to have a better chance of defending themselves from larger opponents.

Helio’s sons, Rorion, Rickson, Royler, and Royce began an academy to teach this successful form of self-defense in California in 1989. The strategy of Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu stresses to always be prepared. You should always be aware of how to escape if you suddenly find yourself in a bad situation, such as knowing where the exits are located in the case of a fire. Practicing Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu’s techniques of self-defense is crucial to our preparation as repetition enables one to efficiently defend oneself by having a fluent fight plan. It is always beneficial to be prepared for whatever conflicts may arise.

The fight plan of Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu can begin two different ways. The first option is to run away from the fight, hoping you avoid the fight altogether or come back to the fight on terms that are more to your advantage. The other option is to avoid harm by getting closer to your attacker, because he or she will be unable to throw powerful punches of kicks from a close distance, and follow that by wrapping your attacker’s arms to prevent harm and especially to prevent the possibility that your attacker is trying to reach for a weapon. One should attempt to tire his or her opponent, force the opponent to the ground, and end the fight with a submission hold. The idea is often to end the conflict without hurting one’s opponent because it can prevent the situation from escalating, which often occurs when someone gets physically hurt.

Self-defense is very important in today’s society, especially on college campuses. As I approach the end of my final year at the University of Connecticut, I’ve seen countless fights off-campus, been at parties where stabbings have occurred, read about the recent murder of Jasper Howard on-campus, and heard of attempted rapes in the UConn community. One of these rapes was prevented because the woman knew a form of self-defense and was able to fight off her attacker and find an exit. Still, this university is regarded by many as a relatively safe environment, which proves how important it is to know self-defense as the world can be a very dangerous place. Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a very effective form of self-defense that doesn’t rely on size or strength, which allows anyone to benefit from its teachings.

“Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer” College Paper on Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Evolution of MMA College Course Paper By Kelly W

“Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer”

​I have always been taught to run in the opposite direction in the case of an emergency. In the situation that someone was trying to hurt me, run away and try to find safety. But, this is not always possible, in fact, it is more likely than not that I won’t just simply be able to run and escape my attacker. I have learned from this class that closeness may in fact be my best bet to escaping an attack unharmed. By staying in close, I have a better chance of catching my attacker make a mistake and, therefore, be able to put to use what I have learned in class and be able to gain an advantage over the other person.

​In the unfortunate case that someone is attacked, without the proper training that we have received in this class, their first instinct is probably to try to run away. Of course there is a chance that this will work out for the best, with the hope that there will be someone or something that can provide safety nearby. Unfortunately, in most cases of attacks that is not actually the case. Even if you do try to run away, there is always the risk that your attacker will catch up to you, and when they do they will be even more upset. Your best bet is to actually get in close to the attacker. Most, if not all, of the moves that we have learned in this class require one to become closer to the attacker and to restrain them in this manner. If you are able to get in close to your attacker, you have a better chance of practicing a move that could potentially save your life. There are also times when running away is not even an option at all. Say, for example, someone grabs my neck to choke me against a wall. If this were the case, running away would certainly not be an option. The move we learned to push their hand away and then restrain them with a hug is a way to protect yourself that I certainly would not have been aware of if I had not taken this class.

​Being a female on a very large college campus, there is always that fear of being attacked by someone. There have been many times that I have stayed at the library late at night and then had to walk back by myself. A situation like this is obviously not ideal, but knowing what I know now I have a better chance of protecting myself against someone who may be trying to hurt me. Of course, it is always best to never be walking alone late at night, but sometimes that is not always possible. I now know that if I absolutely have to walk home by myself, I need to be alert and prepared to practice the moves that I have learned throughout this course. If I do experience an attack, I now have the confidence and knowledge to defend myself against someone, even if they are bigger or stronger than me.

UCONN Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student, Christian, writes about fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

The History and Fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

by Christian F


Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a time tested self defense system that will allow a smaller and weaker

person to take down and have full control over their opponent. The history of this martial art

began in 1925 when Carlos Gracie established the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil. He was taught Japanese jiu-jitsu by Esai Maeda, a Japanese immigrant. Helio

Gracie, the youngest brother of Carlos was only able to observe lessons taught by his older

brothers due to his small and weak body. In 1928 Carlos is absent for a lesson and Helio who

had memorized all of the techniques offers to teach the class. Helio discovers that he is not

strong enough to successfully use the Japanese techniques against a larger and stronger

opponent. Paying attention to timing and leverage, Helio modified every technique to

accommodate his weaker body and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was created. In order to prove the strength

of his new form, Helio openly challenged all the reputable fighters in Brazil and defeated

eighteen opponents which included a heavyweight wrestling champion and the number two

world ranked Judoka, Kato, who was choked unconscious in six minutes. Helio’s defeat against

Kato qualified him to fight against Masahiko Kimura, Japans best-ever Jiu Jitsu fighter who was

also eighty pounds heavier than Helio. Even though Helio lost, Kimura was so impressed with

the effectiveness of Helio’s techniques that he asked him to teach them in Japan. In 1978,

Helio’s Eldest son, Rorion, moves to Southern California and starts teaching in his garage. Out

of frustration with America’s belief that flashy high flying kicks and brick breaking was the most

effective martial art, Rorion developed the Gracie Challenge. He invited anyone of any size or

discipline to fight him to prove the superiority of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. With martial artists of all

forms and styles accepting Rorion’s challenge, they were astounded when they found that the

swift and efficient take down techniques of Gracie Jiu Jitsu reigned superior to all others. As if

this wasn’t enough to prove the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, with the airing of the first

Ultimate Fighting Championship, Royce shocked the world by winning the eight man single

elimination tournament as the smallest and most unassuming fighter. Now proven as the most

effective combat system, the US Army and hundreds of military and law enforcement agencies

around the world have adopted Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

The reason for the success in Gracie Jiu Jitsu does not come from the specific techniques

but from the principles and foundations that unite them and makes it a way of life. Grand

Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie understood that the principals of efficiency, patience, and

control lead to triumph in all aspects of life. Efficiency or getting the most output with the least

amount of input is seen in leverage based techniques and natural body direction. It is this

principle that allows someone to defeat a larger and stronger opponent by simply exhausting

them. Practicing efficiency in normal everyday life such as the workplace is extremely useful.

By getting the most amount of work done using the least amount of energy will result in a higher

energy level, work promotions, and a greater sense of overall achievement. Patience or

maintaining steady perseverance involves a perfectly timed execution of a technique so that you

can apply your energy the most efficiently. In everyday life, patience is imperative in dealing

with problems one might encounter. Many things in life we simply do not have control over. By

maintaining a calm attitude will result in a more efficient solving of problems without any

unwanted or unneeded frustration. In a fight, control is the final goal which leads to your

opponent surrendering. Without physically dominating your opponent you risk losing the fight.

The principle of control also applies to the fight within oneself. Without self control you risk

losing your own life. By controlling oneself from partaking in risky behavior and following a

healthy eating habit you are giving yourself the greatest potential for succeeding in all aspects of


Find a Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Affiliated School or Academy

Check out the links below for a royce gracie brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts school or academy near you. first. go to for bjj/gjj throughout the new england areas including ct and mass.

then go check out:

Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Schools around the world

Royce Gracie

Jeremy , Alexandria VA

Greg Thompson, Durham NC

Jason Culbreth, Raleigh NC

Steve Gupton, Henderson NC

Mike Kogan or Hallie Hair, Charlotte NC

Marc Fletcher, Graham NC

James Speight, Greenville NC

Ray Simpson, Greensboro NC

Jeff Reese, Scranton PA

Jim Campbell, Jupiter FL

Sensei Frank Cook, Naples FL

Jon Burke, Orlando FL

Rob Khan, Tampa FL

Harlan Taylor, Port St Lucie FL

Brandon Durham, Bedford Hills NY

Tosh Cook, Fresno CA

Ivan Kravitz, Laguna Niguel CA

Evaldo Lima, Long Beach CA

Craig Cramer, Cleveland OH

Mark Flynn, Pittsfield MA

Mike Torres, Bloomingdale NJ

Pat Hardy, Silsbee TX

Jonny Garcia, Brownsville TX

Tony Torres, Houston TX

Jason Hawkins, Paducah KY

Chad Chilcutt, Arlington TN

John Simons, King William VA

Lamonte B. Tyler, Charlottesville VA

Jeff Gordon, Germantown MD

Kendall Goo, Kapaa HI

Eric Aasen, Savage MN

Mike Stump, Parkersburg WV

John Oliverio & Charlie Wisport, Augusta GA

Adam Martinez, Loveland CO

John Crouch, Arvada CO

David Benyamin, Carmiel Israel

Roberto Fleischmann, Guatemala

Roberto Bitar, Ecuador

Pedro Shihan, Mexico

Steven Cowan, Norfolk UK

Jason Davenport, Leicester UK

Steve Marsden, Yorkshire UK

Shunji Akamine, Oita City Japan

Gracie Japan, Tokyo Japan

Gracie Family Links

Royce Gracie

Royler Gracie

Rorion Gracie

Rodrigo Gracie

Get in the best shape of your life with Royce Gracie’s SuperFit and Stand Up MMA.

Hey guys! It’s Paul here from East Windsor Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Just wanted to let everyone know that we are getting ready for the summer and will be having “Who is the biggest looser?” contest in East Windsor. The official start date will be June 1st. Anyone from our network can participate even if you don’t go to the East Windsor location. All you need to do is… 1. Record how much you weigh and your waistline measurement June 1 and e-mail it to me at 2. Make a commitment over next month to show up to as many classes as you can at any of our locations with any of our coaches. 3. Keep me posted with your progress each week through e-mail. 4. Email me your final weight and waistline measurement after the last day of June. I know that we can all cheat, but I want you to be honest with yourself. Better health is better life.

You can also join me on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in East Windsor for the Biggest Looser Challenge from 7-8 during our Royce Gracie’s SuperFit and Stand Up MMA class. It combines core strength conditioning with full body weight circuit training, high intensity plyometrics and MMA. Class is great for all levels. Also feel free to stay for Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense afterwards.

If you are new to the website and not yet a member, check out the closest location near you and get started. It is very easy all you have to do is show up. If you have any questions you can call me at 860 233 3000.

If you still find your self on the fence because you are not sure about if our program is going to help you improve your health, then just give us a try for TWO WEEKS FREE. Get started at any of our locations and see how much weight you can loose while having fun and being the biggest winner by loosing.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Life and Baseball?

The Concepts of Royce-Gracie Jiu Jitsu & Baseball

Throughout the semester we have learned a lot about the fundamentals and philosophies of Royce-Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Simple, yet effective practices, coupled with proper training can prove to save a person’s life in a dangerous situation; however we have also been taught that the same concepts can lead us to success in other areas of our life. When originally given this assignment, I tried to think of something in my life that interested me and that I cared about. To me this was easy, ever since I’ve been old enough to run around, I’ve played baseball and it’s something that I love to be around. At first thought, the two seem relatively similar – success in both require proper athleticism and training, but also heavily rely on being mentally prepared and disciplined. Digging deeper, I was able to think of more and more connections between the two and how someone could relate the concepts learned in one to help succeed in the other.
One of the first topics we discussed in our Royce-Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes was to control our breathing and to remain calm, collected, and relaxed. It is much easier to deflect a dangerous situation when keeping an even mindset, waiting for an opportunity and making the most of it. The same can be said of a hitters approach during an at bat. Of course, swing mechanics and fundamentals are important, but being able to clear your mind before you step into the batter’s box is vital. Knowing the situation, whether it be two men on base, 1 out, or an infield shift is the same as knowing your surroundings, which Mr. Hughes has expressed to us is extremely important. Even more important is understanding your opponent, in baseball’s case, the pitcher. Analyzing what type of pitcher they are, do they follow patterns, what is he going to try to get you to do during your ‘fight’ and using it to form a strategy, wait for that perfect opportunity and execute. Knowing what to expect, and what you want to do before the situation arises can be an extreme advantage to a hitter or a fighter. We’ve learned that when a hostile person reaches back, a punch can be expected. The same concept applies to baseball, waiting for the pitcher to step back, lift his knee, and when his motion moves forward to get into your ‘ready’ stance and put yourself in the best position to hit the oncoming pitch.
Positioning can be just as important, in fighting there are times where creating distance is the best defense, or when closing the distance can protect you the most. This all depends on the situation. This, again, relates perfectly to hitting. If you are trying to work a walk, you might want to position yourself closer to the plate and attempt to take away the strike zone. If the hitter is trying to advance the runner, he might back off the plate in order to take a pitch the other way. The similarities seem endless. Sometimes it can be valuable to give up position, say maybe leaving your ears exposed in order to position yourself to take your opponent down. In baseball it may be necessary to sacrifice your at bat, in order to advance the runner and place yourself or your team in better position to succeed. Both are examples of fighting to win the ultimate war, and doing what is necessary to gain an advantage. Additionally, as Mr. Hughes has told us countless times, being a fast runner can have its advantages in more than one situation.
During our meetings, we learn beneficial techniques and spend time practicing them in a hands-on approach in order to be prepared for a real life situation. This is no different in baseball training. You often take a hundred swings or a hundred throws, so that in that one moment during a real game you are prepared and your muscle memory and instinct can take over. Knowing how to react when any approached with any situation is important, even if that situation may never arise, it is worth knowing what to do and being prepared to execute.
In baseball as in a fight, there are two sides -offense, and defense. In baseball, it may be a more formal distinction, but the ability to excel at both is important in both disciplines. For each practice, the best defense can be to put yourself in the best possible position and to be prepared to react to whatever may happen. Mr. Hughes has told us many times to put ourselves in a good position by not walking alone, or keeping your head up to the world and walking with a purpose in order to be aware of your surroundings. In baseball positioning is a little different. This may include judging the type of hitter and situation in order to play closer to the line so as to prevent any doubles, or to cheat in if a bunt is expected. After putting yourself in position the only thing one can do is to know what to do if the ball comes to them and get into a ready stance. For example, we discussed in class if someone is to grab your throat to lower your chin to take away access, grab the arm with your off hand, dip your knees, and push the hand away from your neck. This is extremely similar to a second basemen playing in a close ballgame with men on second and third and 1 out. If the ball is hit hard and fielded cleanly, the first act is to check the runner at third, if he breaks for home throw home, if not, pump fake to make him return to the bag then throw to first for the out.
Of course there are situations where some fights are just unwinnable. The pitcher could throw a perfect pitch, and every player can be in great position, but sometimes the hitter is just as good and hits an indefensible ball for a hit. Fighting is the same way, there are some fights that we may never win, but the best approach is to train properly and put yourself in the best position to succeed. When the opportunity arises its best not to shy away from it, but to stand tall and be willing to engage in whatever fight may be necessary. This is no different than in fielding a ground ball. Players are not taught to sit there and wait for the ball to come to them, but to ‘charge’ the ball in order to engage contact and then make the play. In this case sitting back and waiting for the ball to take an awkward bounce is the equivalent of standing back and waiting for your opponent to reach for an unsuspecting weapon. There are times where being passive rarely helps in either situation, therefore we are taught to be prepared, accept the responsibility, and engage to reduce the threat.
The more time I spend writing this paper, the more and more similarities I see between Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu and a sport like baseball. How waiting for your opponent to tire themselves out and making an aggressive move, is the same approach a hitter may take towards a pitcher with a climbing pitch count. Or how sometimes it is best to stay away in order to come back and fight on a better day with better circumstances. From what I can draw, the concepts and attitudes we discuss in class not only pertain to Jiu Jitsu, but to almost all walks of life. Every day we will be met with challenges, and the best way to get through these challenges is to always be prepared and be ready to face them head on. One day it may save your life, or just help you get through a tough exam, but the key is to take every battle seriously and approach it the right way, always finding a way to succeed.


Message from Jim Hughes to Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu members competing in Grapplers Quest Hartford CT

Good classes this week all around the Royce Gracie Network in prep for Grapplers Quest. Here’s the short course: breath out, let everything go. Light your hair on fire and run directly into battle free of hesitation. Breath and run towards your destiny calmly. Anything can, and will, happen in a fight. Be present and open, allowing your true nature to reveal itself. Take good care of what you find on the battle field.

Rodrigo Gracie teaching seminar in Connecticut Saturday July 17

Members and friends: please join us for a Gracie Brazilian Jiu JItsu Seminar with Rodrigo Gracie Saturday July 17, 2010.


Norwich: 10:00 to 12 Noon; $60 cash at the door.
439 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah (Norwich) CT

New Haven: 3:00 to 5:00; $60 Cash at the door.
214 State Street, New Haven CT

Please be ready for both gi and no gi training. All skills levels are welcome.

Learn as close to the source as you can get. Rodrigo Gracie has been at Royce’s side at many of his fights. He is an accomplished fighter. He is an amazing teacher and conveys his families Martial Art with great authority and passion.

We look forward to seeing you.