Welcome to the Garage! For a little history on Gracie Garages, click here. The gist, though, is this, “We created the Gracie Garage branch of our learning network to serve communities that lack a Certified Training Center. Derived from the original garage concept, the new Gracie Garage is an unofficial training facility at which people gather to practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Since Gracie Garages have no certified instructors, we expect members to use the Gracie University curriculum or the instructional DVDs as their primary source of instruction. And although they are unofficial establishments, we expect and demand that safety and teamwork remain the most important priorities of a Gracie Garage, just as they are here at the Gracie Academy. “ ~ Gracie University.
With that in mind I opened my own Gracie Garage: Jonny’s Jiu-Jitsu. I love training and teaching and learning the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. It keeps me in shape. It keeps me humble.
It’s kind of crazy to think that people still train Brazilian and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu out of their garages, especially with the explosion of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training facilities all over the world. You’d think with all the hype and interest surrounding the world’s fastest growing sport that finding a location to train Jiu-Jitsu would be fairly simple. However, in rural locations it’s still not as easy as finding a Karate or Tae Kwon Do dojo. Rural locations are not the only reason people still train out of their garages.
There are different “breeds” of Jiu-Jitsu. There’s competition Jiu-Jitsu, MMA style Jiu-Jitsu, street-defense Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi and submission wrestling, and whatever else you can think of. Some folks are picky about their style. For example, try and get a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to come roll at Gracie Barra’s gi class and they’re in a whole new world. I’m not saying they can’t handle themselves; it’s just not their style. Take a Gracie Jiu-jitsu student and put them in board shorts and MMA gloves and they’ll defend but not necessarily look to attack. Again, it’s not that they’re not capable. It’s just not their style.
So maybe MMA isn’t your thing. Or, maybe you just want a fundamental, true Gracie lineage style program. A Gracie Garage might be your best bet. You’ll find quality training with some excellent players. I love having mine and training with the people that come through.