Carnival Fundraiser at Williams Elementary School of San Jose

Another May 2019 fundraiser event for Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu took place at Williams Elementary school in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. The annual Carnival event is hosted by the PTA at the school called WINS Foundation and in turn funds many activities for students throughout the school year. It is special because Carnival …

First Adult Promotions Award Stripes to BJJ White Belts in San Jose

In May of 2019, Justine "Machine" Holder made his first adult promotions as the new location of Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in San Jose. These three students represent a new younger demographic at the gym. They each started in the Mountain View location and continued their journey here. Physically, each has shaped into a more athletic …

BJJ in a Thong? BJJ Academies Continue to Get Trolled by “Paulinda”

Jackie got trolled! The "Paulinda" BJJ prank is still alive and active. For what appears to go back at least 6-years may be the longest running practical joke on BJJ academies according to an article written in 2017. More specifically, a woman named "Paulinda" (or in other cases Gabby) called our Ralph Gracie gym in …

Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – San Jose Fund Raiser for Indigo Elementary School

This May of 2019, Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu - San Jose hosted a seminar as a fundraiser for a local elementary school, Indigo Elementary School at Frost Elementary School. During the fundraiser at the elementary school, donations were made for the 12-person class. We ended up going over the commitment for number of students. The seminar …

HISTORIC “MOTHER” BAY AREA BJJ ACADEMY IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

During the spread of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Brazil across the Unites States in the 1990s, as discussed in the Brief History of Bay Area Jiu-Jitsu under the leadership of the legendary Ralph Gracie, an important seed was planted in Mountain View, California of the Bay Area. Mountain View Academy Athletes The Mountain View academy --- …

BRIEF HISTORY OF BAY AREA JIU-JITSU | SPREAD FROM JAPAN TO SAN JOSE

The "gentle art" of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taught in our San Jose academy is a modified form of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, as developed by Ralph Gracie's grandfather Carlos Gracie, Sr. and as taught by Ralph Gracie here in the Bay Area since 1996.  Initially borne in Sao Palo Brazil, the Gracie family spread their knowledge across …