The Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy will be closed Nov. 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving. The normal schedule will continue on Saturday. Thank you.

Marcelo Garcia
Jiu-Jitsu

NYC’s Premier Martial Arts School and home of 5x World & 4x ADCC Champion Marcelo Garcia. Come train Jiu-Jitsu with our elite instructors and revolutionize your submission grappling game.

Marcelo Garcia
Head Instructor

Marcelo Garcia, is an internationally renowned teacher and competitor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling. With his innovative and battle-tested repertoire, careful attention to detail, love for Jiu-Jitsu, humor, and friendly personality, he is one of the most sought after instructors in the world.

Training Programs

Classes at the Marcelo Garcia Academy are held in both Gi and No Gi. All classes begin with a short dynamic warm up that includes both plyometric and calisthenic exercises. Classes are offered for every level, every day.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments. However it can be used in some self-defense situations and does serve its purpose. Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese JuJutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.