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Black Belt Instructors

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."



Max McGarr is Head Professor of Renzo Gracie Academy's Reno location and a second degree black belt directly under Master Renzo Gracie and John Danaher.


A two-time cancer survivor, two-time gold medal PanAm champion, and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, Max has spent half his life training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and Muay Thai. He spent over 16 years training directly with Master Renzo and John Danaher in New York City.


Max taught fundamentals, advanced gi, no-gi submission grappling, and MMA at the flagship Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC for over 10 years. He was a student favorite and held packed classes daily. Max holds a Bachelors in human movement and sports science, where he held an assistant teaching position in physics. He attended graduate school for biomechanics and physical therapy.


This academy has put out a huge amount of champions over the of the most important figures in the development of those athletes was Max McGarr.

John Danaher, Renzo Gracie black belt and senior instructor


Interested in becoming part of the Renzo Gracie family? Contact us and we'll see you on the mats.


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