Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Austin

The landscape for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Austin is about to change.

A few days short of six months ago, my instructor and a select group of students broke off from one academy to start another. It would be best, he decided, if we initially did not take any additional students. There were three reasons for this:

“First, we are building an academy that will be free of all the elements that are so often a part of today’s Jiu-Jitsu schools – ego, pettiness, unsportsmanlike behavior, rumor mongering, disloyalty, and general poor character. And we can only achieve this ideal if we start fresh. A building is only as strong as its foundation, and we are working hard to build a foundation that will withstand the test of time and the inevitable setbacks associated with continued growth.

Second, it is our goal to have an academy that can be open to anyone who loves Jiu-Jitsu. Gone is the time when academies in one city viewed each other as ‘rivals’ or ‘competitors’. While we believe deeply in loyalty to one team, we are firm believers that opening our doors to share our Jiu-Jitsu with others will only promote the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu and encourage the camaraderie that should be common amongst all Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.

So, out of respect for all the other academies in Austin, and with particular regard for Phil Cardella and the Relson Gracie Academy in Austin, we will NOT be taking any students (blue belt or above) who are current students at any other local academy until the start of the new year.”1

The six-month grace period is almost over. In fact, as far as I understand, we’re taking students starting January 1st. That, my friends, is pretty exciting. The days when a dozen student class counted as ‘busy’ are going to be long gone. I’ll take the liberty of speaking for the whole team when I say that the change will be good for us.

Don’t miss out. Gracie Humaitá Austin.


1. Fresh start, looking to inculcate a particular culture, and out of respect to Phil Cardella and Relson Gracie Austin, to condense down the writing of our Warrior-Poet.

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