Next Belt Testing/Promotions Feb.7 @ 12pm

Be there! Dont miss the chance to stripe up or even maybe belt up!

Full Fight Card Posted for upcoming TORO Cup (2/28/15)


The New Digs!!!


WE HAVE MOVED! as of the new years!

As of the new years Gracie Raleigh has expanded and moved into a new space not far from the old location in order to keep growing!

410 W Davie St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 451-0749

Upcoming Grappling Events

US Grappling Events
• Submission Only Greensboro-January 31, 2015 – Barber Park – Greensboro, NC
• US Grappling Greensboro-November 14, 2015 – Barber Park – Greensboro, NC
IBJJF Events
• Atlanta Winter International Open IBJJF Championship-January 31st 2015, Atlanta, USA
• Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship-March 11th*, 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th, 2015, Irvine, USA

Newbreed Events

Gracie Raleigh Competes at the TORO BJJ Superfights Feb. 28th, Triangle BJJ in Durham

Black Belt Coach Jason Jelen (GR) takes on Adam Setton (Evolution MMA).
Brown Belt Coach Jason ‘Bumpkin’ Wingate takes on Sean Zorio (Pendergrass).

The event looks to be great and we would love to see all members come out and support the guys who give us so much!

JelenToro Cup Bumpkin


We will be closed on the following days:

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day

We will be moving to 410 W Davie st. on 01/02/14

Good luck to GR MMA Fighter David Grissom this weekend at the Bull City Brawl!

2014 IBJJF Worlds Highlights

Weight Lifting and BJJ


First off, don’t freak out.  We all know how much Brandon lifts and he will crush you.  That said, there are some practical needs for strength that need to be addressed.

90% of high level BJJ practitioners do some kind of weight training.  It might be low weight high repetitions or heavy.  Heavy without a lot of stretching will doom you in BJJ.  It doesn’t matter how strong you are, if a simple kimura gets you every time because you have no flexibility in your super sized shoulders.  If you are a complainer that cries foul when you get beat by a guy who is much stronger then maybe your technique needs more work.

Here are some recommended lifting practices that WILL help your BJJ.  

1.  Squats:  Take downs on anyone are much harder if you don’t have the legs for it.  Power generated by a take down comes from the strongest muscles you have……your legs.  Squats work your quads, butt, hamstrings, and even your back. If you do a squat and don’t feel like you’ve worked all of those muscle groups, you’re doing something wrong.

2.  Bench Press: It works the chest, triceps, anterior deltoids, and your back. All of these muscles are extremely important in grappling.  Change your grip on the bar to isolate muscle groups further.  No machines!  They don’t make you use all those other stabilizing muscles and these are hugely important in reaction to quick changes on the mats.

3.  Dead Lift:  A dead lift begins with you in a less advantageous position, lifting from the floor. It also works a variety of muscles that the squat leaves out, such as the shoulders and arms. If you want your legs to be strong, and improve your physical ability to work your guard, this is an excellent lift to start doing. It’s a full body-lift that carries over into all of your body motions while grappling.

4.  Bent Rowing:  Bent Rows strengthen the back a lot. They make the upper back muscles stronger and they also build up the shoulders around the rotator cuff. Healthy and strong rotator cuff’s is a must, as anyone who has been caught in a kimura is aware of.

If you have any questions about the proper technique of any of these exercises please talk to Brandon Garner.  If he is not available contact resident meat head Matt Gordon.  Matt is also available for hair product advice and general grooming issues.