Do you have classes for beginners?
Yes! We have a distinct and separate program for beginning students.
Are there rules or etiquette to follow in class?
We have some basic etiquette guidelines - feel free to take a look at our etiquette guide.
Do I need to be in shape for class?
People of all fitness levels and capabilities practice jiu-jitsu. You don't have to be in peak condition – you will notice your conditioning, endurance, and flexibility all increase naturally as a side effect of regular class attendance.
What are the cost of classes?
That depends on which program you are in – Fundamentals, Advanced, or Kids + Teens. Click here to view academy pricing.
Do you allow drop-ins?
Out-of-town students from affiliated and non-affiliated academies can contact us for drop-in information.
Do you have testing or ceremony fees?
No. There are never any extra fees.
Who are your instructors?
Our academy Head Professor is Max McGarr, who spent 16 years directly under Master Renzo Gracie and John Danaher in New York City, where he earned his black belt. He spent over 10 years teaching classes and developing world champion athletes at Renzo Gracie Academy NYC. You can read more about Max here.
Coach Vince is a former special ops combat diver, former USAF Pararescueman, and former EMT Paramedic. Vince is a brown belt, three-time Fight2Win Pro Champion, a PanAm Silver Medalist, and Onnit World Open No-Gi Advanced Division Champion. Vince is a Crossfit instructor as well, so you'll be sure to get a workout during class warmups.
Coach Scott is a United States Navy veteran, and has spent the last 13 years dedicated to jiu-jitsu. Three of those years were spent training and competing in Japan. He is a Renzo Gracie brown belt. Scott has studied and earned certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Systems. Scott is a patient instructor who puts his own fun and humor into class.
Coach Tim is a UNR alumni, where he studied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. He is a purple belt. Tim is NCSF certified, first aid and CPR certified, NSCA member, and studying for CSCS certification. Tim is a two-time Fight2Win Pro Champion and Submission ProTour Sacramento Advanced Division Winner. Tim is a patient instructor with a strong focus on self-defense and Fundamentals.
Are you an official Renzo Gracie school?
Yes, we are a direct extension of our main academy in NYC. We are not a franchise. You can click here to read more about our academy's Head Professor Max McGarr.
See what Renzo Gracie has to say about Max and RGA Reno.
See what John Danaher has to say about Max and RGA Reno.
Do students have to compete?
No, you are not required to compete at all.