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Ronin Athletics

Ronin Athletics has been a pioneer in the education and training of  Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing in New York City since 2001.  We are the official Gracie Jiu-jitsu Certified Training Center in the Manhattan, New York City area.

Whether its self-defense, fitness or competition our curriculum is designed to provide you the tools necessary to reach your developmental goals.  We provide an environment which fosters a collective approach to learning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing in a safe and fun environment.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie jiu-jitsu is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) in its complete form, as it was intended by its founder, Helio Gracie.

The Jiu-jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. - Helio Gracie

While the techniques taught share those with other Brazilian Jiu-jitsu schools, the differentiating factor is its emphasis on Self-Defense as its  foundation that guides the students development.  Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is comprised of position and submission techniques often spotlighted through sport  and Mixed Martial Arts competition.  However, without a [self defense] principle to guide the practitioner, he/she can easily waste valuable time practicing techniques that are effective in competition at the cost of practica/’street’ application.

Our Programs

Gracie Jiu-jitsu is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu taught in an organized manner, with a curriculum and a clear path to  learning its most important techniques.  The Gracie Jiu-jitsu programs we offer are:


Our beginner adult program where you will learn the 36 core Brazilian Jiu-jitsu techniques to prepare you for the most common, high probability, altercation scenarios.  Once mastery of this program is achieved and you have passed the examination, you  will earn your Gracie Jiu-jitsu Combatives Belt and will have a lifetime free membership to our Combatives Program as an assistant instructor.


Our adult advanced training program for those that want to go beyond the Gracie Combatives belt.  The program delves further into the advanced techniques required in order to move towards achieving the next level belts that move towards Black Belt.


Our Kickboxing program revolve around a hybrid blend of stand-up training that incorporates the modern concepts of Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Dutch Style Kickboxing.  They are taught in two segments – the 101 version, focusing on punching and kicking combinations and 201 version, an extension of the 101 class introducing a controlled sparring environment as a tool to further develop distance management, timing and dynamic movement in applying the combinations learned in 101.

Boxing – This martial art, familiar to most of the world as the ‘Sweet Science,’ incorporates the 4 basic punches – the Jab, Cross, Hook and Uppercut – thrown in rapid succession. Our kickboxing classes use Western Boxing’s strategic fighting styles and mold them to fit the strikers’ preferred approach.

Muay Thai – Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ because it utilizes eight points of contact to strike an opponent. Specifically, the eight points are the fighter’s Hands, Elbows, Knees and Shins.

Dutch Style Kickboxing – The most modern of the three striking disciplines, Dutch Style Kickboxing was developed in the 1970’s as a hybrid of Boxing, Muay Thai, and Kyokushinkai Karate. It’s a unique approach to fighting that combines angular movement, timing, and combinations utilizing the striking tools of Boxing, Muay Thai, and Karate.


Our self-defense program specifically designed for women.  We will teach you 15 essential techniques to neutralize the 15 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on women.  Once mastery of this program is achieved and you have passed your exam, you will earn your Gracie Jiu-jitsu Pink Belt and will have a lifetime free membership to our Women Empowered program as an assistant instructor.


Gracie BullyProof (www.graciekids.com)

More than just Jiu Jitsu and Martial arts for kids

In the Gracie Bullyproof program, our goal is to instill in your child unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence. Due to the non-violent nature of the techniques, CNNABCNBC, and Oprah have featured the Gracie Bullyproof program as one of the few effective counter-measures to bullying for children between the ages of 5 and 13.