renzo gracie garwood Programs

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

As parents, we all know that kids need to stay active and healthy. Martial arts is a great way for kids to do both these things. Instead of seasonal sports where progress is slower, kids who participate consistently in a martial arts program will see guaranteed changes in behavior at home and school. At Renzo Gracie Cranford, we focus on building kids’ life skills while they are making friends and learning martial arts. Watch your child’s energy, confidence, and spirit rise while he or she becomes strong and confident. We’re not just talking about physical strength, but also self-esteem and self-confidence that will build a successful life, personal and professional.


Kids Kickboxing

Kids naturally love to move. Kickboxing will improve a child’s self-confidence and self-awareness, it also teaches body awareness, coordination and balance. As well as keep them healthy and strong. At Renzo Gracie Cranford we help our younger students develop their social skills in an athletic environment based in technique and mutual respect for instructors as well as other students. Our class alternates high-intensity work with a martial-art-style focus.


Self-Defense / Bully Proof

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse – emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical, and cyber. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. At Renzo Gracie Cranford we will empower your child with unshakable confidence. They will learn the verbal strategies to stand up to bullies, and a series of non-violent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked.

Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu includes throws, hold downs, and submissions to control or neutralize your attacker. It can be practiced at all ages by men, women, and children. Regular training creates a strong, lean body and a sharp mind. It is a game of physical chess. There are many moves to master, and combinations to ingrain. It takes time and effort, but the BJJ journey is like no other.

Adult Muay Thai

Muay Thai, like boxing and various forms of kickboxing, is recognized as a very effective striking base within MMA, and is very widely trained among MMA fighters and specially K1 organization. K1 fighters such as Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic, Remy Bonjasky, Ernesto Hoost, Mike Zambidis and Buakaw Banchamek, also MMA fighters such as Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Alistair Overeem, Jose Aldo, and Gina Carano employ a broad range of tactics born of Muay Thai. Many techniques associated with Muay Thai are often seen in MMA, such as punches, elbows, clinch fighting, leg kicks and knees. Tony Valera adds an American style of Muay Thai with a big boxing style.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi - Grappling

No-Gi also knowing as Submission Grappling is a new sport with a long history. The object is to submit your opponent using a variety of joint locks and chokes, or to win the match on points. Competitions in this sport resemble Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitions, although competitors do not usually wear gis. This lack of gi increases the amount of speed and athleticism required, and it also limits the sweeping and submission options of the competitors. Submission Grappling is mainly based on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.The influence of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can be seen in the types of positions and submissions most commonly used in the sport.

Capoeira (Kids and Adults)

Personal Growth Benefits

  • Gain confidence: If nothing else, capoeira is perfect for instilling a sense of pride and confidence in anyone who plays. Not only will you feel stronger and more courageous once you become comfortable in the "game", you’ll find confidence in knowing that you are unique among your (non-capoeira) peers because you can do things they couldn’t imagine doing.
  • Live authentically: Capoeira is a total body, mind, and emotional expression.  It involves one’s whole authentic person.  Now that takes time to do with ease and regularity.  But as you grow more confident in the martial art, you also grow more confident in the ability to express yours unique voice.

Physical Benefits

  • Stress Reduction: A regular capoeira practice does wonders for relaxing the mind and body.  Any capoeirista can attest to the dramatic shift in attitude before and after class.
  • Strength: Capoeiristas are always moving around on their hands in handstands, rolls, poses, etc. This makes a marked improvement on upper body strength. Also, so many of the movements require you to engage the abs and core strength that you has no choice but to whip them into shape.
  • Flexibility: Some capoeiristas are on par with serious yoga practitioners in terms of their flexibility.  But even those who moderately improve their flexibility lower their risk for injury and increase their everyday mobility.
  • Cardio and Stamina: Many times athletes from various sports are surprised when they feel winded from a capoeira workout.  This is because capoeira uses muscle groups and cardio fitness in unique ways.  Intense capoeira games can require enormous amounts of energy. This, combined with constant repetition of movements and techniques, makes capoeira a valuable cardio exercise.
  • Overall Fitness: Capoeira will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina, thus improving your overall fitness. It may take a while to become fit, but once you start to take capoeira seriously you can become the picture of fitness.

Social Benefits

  • Meet new people: When you join a capoeira group, you become part of a family. You will definitely make new friends along the way.  You will meet people from your own city and all over the world through capoeira events and practice.
  • Learn a new language: You may not become fluent (though that’s always a possibility), but there is no doubt that you will come to understand and perhaps speak a bit of Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Travel abroad: There are frequently opportunities to travel both regionally and internationally for capoeira activities.  And traveling as a capoeirista is far superior to traveling as a tourist.  When you do, you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to experience visited cities as a personal guest of a fellow capoeirista.  You will often even have the option to stay in someone’s home for low or no cost.
  • Learn about a new culture: Capoeira is deeply connected to Africa and Brazil. In a time when many martial arts are reduced to aerobic workouts and cookie cutter dojos, capoeira maintains all of its roots and traditions.  For those who value heritage and generational wisdom passed down over hundreds of years, you will love this about capoeira.
  • Join a Community: Capoeira is at once a widely communal and a deeply individual experience. Once you become a capoeirista (practitioner of capoeira), you form an instant bond with thousands of people across the globe who share your passion. At the same time, you will gain the ability to do things that most of the general public could never dream of. And in doing so, you will discover a true sense of uniqueness.