ABOUT Gracie Lake Norman

Gracie Lake Norman proudly offer

  • Classes led by professional, caring, and student-focused instructors
  • Our instructors are highly trained & hold black belts in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Submission Grappling, Karate, Wrestling & Karate
  • Experienced trainers who who competed & won Stateside & International Jiu-Jitsu competitions
  • Judo- 3rd degree black belt who competed on the Olympic team
  • Classes designed to suit all levels of skill from beginners to advanced
  • A multidimensional teaching approach, performance tracking, and goal-based testing
  • A democratic learning environment – Open discussions & interaction with everyone
  • A friendly, safe, and clean environment

Message to Students & Parents

Give yourself & child the opportunity to become who they were meant to be in a fun, safe, clean learning environment.

Our instructors hold Master degrees, training certifications and have backgrounds in psychology, teaching & personal development. We value education & experience.  We promote independent, strategic, & critical thinking. We challenge and encourage our students to be & expect more. They will learn leadership through our various teaching techniques.  It’s GREAT for kids who struggle with attention & behavioral issues.

Teens & Adults- We offer simple and highly effective jiu-jitsu techniques that require no special training, knowledge or skills.  You do NOT need to be in a special shape, have certain flexibility or athleticism to train here.  We will give you a structured yet challenging approach that will improve your skills dramatically.   Here’s the reality, you have a life outside of Gracie Lake Norman.  You may be here to get in shape, learn some jiu-jitsu, self-defense or simply have a new hobby. Regardless, get started now.  Come to a class and check it out for yourself.  You will get personalized attention.

History & Lineage

We are a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Offense school located in Mooresville, NC.  We first opened our doors in 2009.  We continue to empowered students from all ages, physicality’s, skill levels and more. You’re going to learn authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Offense from certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black & brown belts who were taught by Royce Gracie (UFC Champion & Hall of Fame Inductee) for over 14 years and 8th degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Corel Belt Luiz Palhares.

Ranard Brown is a 1st degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 8th degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Coral belt Master Luiz Palhares. Previously, Ranard trained for 14 consecutive years under the UFC legend Royce Gracie. He has coached and trained professional who has worked with many UFC and MMA professionals in the past. Ranard recently took Gold/1st place in the Master Black Belt division in 2017 IBJJF Switzerland Open. He remains active in competition and training with world class practitioners in various martial arts. Ranard is a real expert who is ready to help everyone learn the arts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and how they can defend themselves against any threat.

Ranard Brown


What is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?

  • Recognized by the MMA & fight community as the most effective martial arts
  • Gracie Jiu-Jitsu incorporates standing and ground techniques
  • We teach positions, escapes, submissions, self-defense against attackers with sticks, knives & guns
  • All techniques have been tested in actual situations. No garbage!

What is JAG Self-Offense

A proactive way of protecting yourself.  You have to recognize the environment you’re in.  Be aware of the looks and stares you’re receiving from others.  Notice the distance they are from you.  Take note of the comments, tone, harshness of their voice.  Are they making a fist, hiding their hands, stepping into a fight stance?  You MUST have situational awareness to ensure you don’t give the attacker a competitive advantage.

  1. Environment (Situational awareness)
  2. Looks (Observation from others)
  3. Distance (Personal space and attack zones)
  4. Verbal threats (Making insults, making demands or yelling)
  5. Acts of aggression (Making fists, pushing you, showing a weapon)
  6. Physical attacking (what you should do first and how)

All Student Train & Learn

  • To avoid confrontations
  • How to end physical fights without punching and kicking
  • To control, defend, escape, submit, and/or beat bigger, stronger and more aggressive kids
  • To speak up for themselves against peer pressure and bullies
  • To articulate and justify their thoughts/actions


This martial arts school provides some of the best training environment that you could find in the whole state. With as much as 1500 sq. feet of mating you are ensured to have enough space to do all of your training without ever being in the way of somebody, or somebody being in the way of you. Additionally the schools is equipped with its own restrooms and changing rooms for greater convenience to all of the students there. There are TV screens for educational moments.

Innovative and Accelerating Teaching Methods

The Gracie Lake Norman martial arts schools has come up with some innovative and accelerating teaching methods that can help all students learn the art of self-defense. Some of the methods that are taught in this school include teach back, which encourages students to teach the group what they have learned and thus increase their theoretical knowledge; critique session, where instructors guide the students in order to help the perform better; technical drilling, where after each practice there is a feedback session that amplifies effectiveness; sparring, where everyone shows what they have learned. All of these methods have been first introduced in the Gracie Lake Norman martial arts school and have really shown that they help each student learn much easier, faster and better not only the basic but also the more advanced and complicated techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Thanks to the Gracie Lake Norman martial arts school and the guidance of Ranard Brown you will be able to not only learn how to successfully defend yourself against any potential attackers but will also be able to soon start participating in many competitions. The dream that many of us shared as kids to be able to fight like the action heroes from our favorite movies would finally be able to come true thanks to the guidance of Ranard & his team of professionals at their martial arts school. We can assure you that you will never regret signing up to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Lake Norman.