RABJJ Academy, began in 1997 when Professor Ricardo Almeida moved from Brazil to New Jersey to be an assistant instructor at the Renzo Gracie Academy.
Professor Almeida currently has the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt and is the highest ranked student under legendary Renzo Gracie. He is multiple times National Brazilian Champion, No Gi World and Pan Am Champion.
Professor Ricardo Almeida is among the most accomplished grapplers to ever make the transition from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into Mixed Martial Arts. He began his international career as a young prospect in the Abu Dahbi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships and traveled to Abu Dahbi multiple times to teach and train with Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed and also Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Ricardo is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and Pride FC. He won the coveted King of Pancrase title in Japan in 2003.
The RABJJ Academy has graduated more Black belts than any other school in the region, producing multiple Jiu Jitsu World Champions and world class Jiu Jitsu Instructors.
Our students look for the academy either because of our reputation of world class instruction or Jiu Jitsu’s reputation for being an incredibly effective and life changing martial art. Students loose weight, get fit, build muscle, loose fat, gain confidence, improve energy and much more!
They are more than just students who walk into our doors and then leave. we become friends, family, support, and guidance for each other.
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“Couldn't be more happy with RABJJ our son has been training for about 18 months. He has become confident and physically fit, he has learned patience, team work, respect and comraderrie. I would recommend RABJJ for both kids and adults alike."