I have spent three years in Gracie Raleigh’s jiu-jitsu and kickboxing programs. Having experienced many years of traditional martial arts training and having visited many jiu-jitsu academies, I can tell you without question that Gracie Raleigh provides an outstanding learning environment with top flight instruction and a fantastic facility.

The instructors' credentials speak for themselves. You’ll be learning from jiu-jitsu black, brown, and purple belts, as well as former and current MMA fighters and kickboxers. The school is populated with competitors who seek out opportunities to challenge the skills they have honed.

But just as important is the atmosphere fostered by those instructors and adopted by the students. For all the skill and ability present, you’ll find no bullies here. There’s no shame in being the “new guy” or the “new girl.” Or if competition isn’t really for you. All are welcome.

And in exchange for taking that first step through the doors, you’ll be rewarded with an opportunity for both fun and fitness that is hard to beat.

If you’re in the Raleigh area and interested in jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, or MMA, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stop in at Gracie Raleigh to see what they offer.

Michael Henry,