Richie Peplin

Richie Peplin

The choice of Jiu-Jitsu gym is a very personal one. You’re going to spend a lot of time there with your coaches and fellow students. These are people you’re going to show your weaknesses so you better be comfortable with them! This is a fantastic group where everyone trains hard and responsibly. Everyone has a […]

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Matthew Jameson

Gracie Lake Norman has become my new home for BJJ and self-defense training. I’ve trained at other, well-known academies prior to moving to the area, and while I certainly learned strong fundamentals elsewhere Gracie Lake Norman took my skill set to the next level. Coach Ranard and Coach Mike are attentive to the needs of […]

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Bogdan Bayrak

Bogdan Bayrak

Our son has just started training at Gracie Lake Norman Jiu-Jitsu club, but he really enjoys going there. The practices are lots of fun for kids and parents watching them. Coaches are friendly, knowledgeable and do a very good job explaining lessons to the kids in a way they’d understand and don’t loose their interest. […]

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Robert Duffield

Robert Duffield

I have been training for two months in Pennsylvania and was in Lake Norman, NC for a weekend getaway. I called ahead to see if I could train at the gym. Laurie called me back and said that would be fine. I arrived ahead of time to get the lay of the land and stretch […]

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Adam Jacoby: thriving

Adam Jacoby

My 6 year old daughter has been thriving under the instruction of Coach Mike and Coach Ranard. They are tremendous with the kids, the different ages, skill levels, personalities, etc. Knowing my daughter is getting instruction from true Gracie lineage BJJ blackbelts and will be able to defend herself if necessary someday is awesome from […]

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Daniel Neill

Nothing makes me feel better than knowing the training I am receiving from Ranard and Mike is the best around! To all of my fellow law enforcement officers please come learn from the best. The training is tough but it should be that way. Ranard and Mike’s training may save your life one day. Google […]

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Anthony Cancellieri

They will motivate you, be polite, and never withold information. If someone gets a good move on you, they will be more than happy to show you how they did it. A great group of people and a fabulous martial arts gym, I highly recommend it. Google Reviews

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Kamol Khodjaev

Kamol Khodjaev

I was visiting family and friends from San-Francisco and I brought my GI to continue trining even when i am on vacation. I found the Gracie Lake Norman 5 min away from the house. They were very welcoming and made me feel as I was back in San-Fran in my own academy. Renard is awesome, […]

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Matt Hill

Matt Hill

Amazing place. All the people I met here truly love jujitsu, and the environment is very welcoming to newcomers. The instructor and experienced grapplers explain the techniques in multiple ways so that everybody can learn from each class whether they have been doing it for one week, one year or 10 years. Google Reviews

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Chelsea Joseph

Chelsea Joseph

A great environment for beginners and experts young and old. The instructors there really care about their students, it truly is a passion for them to teach everyone self-offence, no matter your skill set. I’ve tried other self-defense classes and studios before coming here, but this place is like no other. Everyone there wants you […]

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