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a bOur academy is part of the Rilion Gracie Assocation with Schools all around the world. Our team has over 40 years combined training experience in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. With a strong mindset on life development and sport, We hold close to Master Rilion's vision and techniques.

A grappling-based martial art developed by Carlos Gracie Sr. in Brazil.

Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

A vision that started in late 1900s.

Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr.

He fought anyone and everyone who was willing, regardless of size, weight or fighting style. Even though he weighed a mere 135 pounds, his style was so effective that Carlos Gracie was never defeated and became a legend in Brazil.

Master Rilion Gracie

He is the youngest male son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. He has been involved in his father’s tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Our Professors

Marcelo began his martial arts career at age 15 at Academia Jacaré, and had as his first master Romero “Jacaré”. However, due to the great distance from his house to the academy, he ended up training Jiu-Jitsu with master Luis Claudio Isaias, from Academia Carlson Gracie. After a few years, Marcelo was training full time with the legendary team at this gym, having as training partners legends of the sport such as Murilo Bustamante, Sérgio Bolão, Amaury Bitteti and Wallid Ismail, and many others who made history in the 90s. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo graduated from UERJ, getting a degree in economics and then going on to work with the stock market, before forging his path as the owner of a company that imports and distributes tiles and flooring. Today, Marcelo is a 5th degree black belt, having competed and won almost all tournaments he has competed in, among them some state-wide, country-wide, 1 Pan-American, and 1 world championship each as a purple and brown belt respectively, and 2020 IBJJF Masters World Champion.

Prof Marcelo Herz

Our Coaches

Jason Reynolds
Purple Belt 4 Stripes



The Official Rilion Gracie School in Panama City