BJJ Black Belt Andrew Smith Seminar August 8th

We will be hosting Andrew Smith for a Jiu Jitsu seminar on Friday, August 8th! More details to follow.

Andrew received his black belt from Julio “Foca” Hernandez in 2008.  He got his 1st degree in 2011.

3x Pan American Champion

5x Virginia State Judo Champion

20x US Grappling Champion



Grapplemania 17, Morrisville, NC on 7/26/14

Some information on this weekends tournament.


3717 Davis Dr.
Morrisville, NC 27519

Thursday, July 24, 2014

8:00 PM – Online Preregistration closes
9:00 PM – Event Timetable posted

Friday, July 25, 2014
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Weigh ins and registration at NetSports.  If you weigh in on Friday night you do not have to weigh in on Saturday morning!

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Weigh ins begin for all divisions – 8:00 AM

Weigh ins end for all NO GI divisions – 9:30 AM

Rules Meeting – 10:45 AM

Weigh ins end for all GI divisions – Noon

Event Division Order (to be scheduled after pre-registration closes on Thursday, July 24, 2014)
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Men’s Advanced No Gi

Women’s No Gi (all skills)
30+ No Gi (all skills)
Juvenile No Gi (all skills)
Men’s Intermediate No Gi
Men’s Beginner No Gi
Men’s Novice No Gi

Pedro Sauer Knee on Belly Escapes


Gracie Raleigh will be closed Friday July 4th.

Training will restart with normal Saturday scheduled classes.

Welcome two new blue belts! Michael Benfield and David Wall!

Congratulations guys!

Saturday June 28th. Belt Promotions.

Yeah thats right. Get in roll and see if you got a belt or some stripes coming your way!

Upcoming Grappling Events

07/12/14 ADCC North Carolina (Cabarrus Event Center)

07/26/14  US Grappling Grapplmania 16 in Morrisville, NC (Netsports)

08/09/14  NAGA Myrtle Beach (Florence Civic Center)

08/30/14  IBJJF Atlanta International Open (Georgia International Convention Ctr.)

09/27/14  US Grappling Pendergrass Classic in Morrisville, NC (Netsports)

11/15/14  US Grappling Greensboro, NC (Barber Park)

Gracie Raleigh’s Daniel Branch has his Professional MMA debut at The Rock at the Dock #8 in Mooresville NC

Last Saturday night June 21st saw our very own Daniel Branch make his pro debut at The Rock at the Dock 8 in Mooresville, NC.  Daniel lost a hard fought decision but displayed tons of heart, stamina, and composure.  Daniel landed some good shots standing and delivered power but his opponent was able to dominate the wrestling and showed excellent ground control.   While not the result Daniel would have wanted, still a solid performance.  We are very pleased at Daniel’s improvement from fight to fight.  He will learn from this loss and come back stronger. We look forward to his next fight!  Stay tuned!



NAGA Charlotte Results

Gracie Raleigh Blue Belt Andrew Bitner takes gold!  Blue Belt Travus Helmsley takes Bronze!  Great Job guys.

NAGA Charlotte Event Notes

The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over
220,000 competitors worldwide. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, NAGA returns to Concord, NC (right near Charlotte, NC)
with its annual NAGA Charlotte Grappling Championship No-Gi & Gi tournament.


The weigh-ins will take place at the event venue. Adults please bring a photo ID to weigh-in. If you have any
questions, contact NAGA at 860-295-0403 or
FRIDAY (6/6/14) – Weigh-In & Registration Option – The Friday weigh-in will be open to all competitors
regardless if you pre-registered or not. The weigh-ins are from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
SATURDAY (6/7/14) – Weigh-In & Registration Option – Weigh-ins open at 8:00 AM. Children & Teens need
to be registered and weighed in by 10:00 AM. Adults can weigh-in all day, anytime up until their division is called.