Bang Muay Thai in Central Florida!

Bang Muay Thai Mount Dora in Central Florida

Bang Muay Thai comes to Central Florida!

“This is the Best System in the World.” – Joe Rogan

Central Florida's Premier Bang Muay Thai Affiliate
Bang Muay Thai for MMA
Duane "Bang" Ludwig and Coach Brian Ruscio
Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Coach Brian Ruscio

Bang Muay Thai was developed by the one and only Duane “Bang” Ludwig who currently holds the UFC record for the official fastest knockout, only 6 seconds. He is also well known for leading T.J. Dillashaw to his dominating TKO victory over Renan Barao.  Duane “Bang” Ludwig won consecutive Coach of the Year awards in 2013 and 2014!  He was considered the key element in helping Team Alpha Male win the Gym of the Year Award by the World MMA Awards.  Previous to these coaching accomplishments, Duane “Bang” Ludwig won several championships with K1, ISKA, WKA, and IKF. He was the only K1 World MAX Champion to compete in UFC and 1 of only 5 K1 Champions to do the same.

Grappling Mastery is proud to have Coach Duane Ludwig at the head of our Bang Muay Thai program!

Muay Thai is known as the art of 8 limbs because it uses knee strikes and elbow strikes in addition to feet and hands. Originally known as Muay Boran, it was designed for war, to take out an opponent as quickly as possible. Like grappling, Muay Thai Boxing is up close and personal,  perfect for the grappling styles.

Grappling Mastery offers Bang Muay Thai classes to compliment our superior grappling, giving our students the complete package for MMA. Great grappling and awesome striking! Perfect for MMA! Ready for any situation!

Bang Muay Thai Central Florida Kid's Program
Grappling Mastery’s Little Ninjas!

We also have incorporated Bang Muay Thai into our Kids Bullyproof Program as well!  The Little Ninjas will learn how to defend themselves should they ever need to.  They will learn how to punch and kick in combinations just like the adults in a class that is focused on them.  We teach Muay Thai as a martial art first, so respect and discipline is very important to us.  Students will have the opportunity to be ranked in the Best Muay Thai System in the World!

We will be implementing the program immediately.  Anyone who attends class in April will receive a Free Bang Muay Thai Ranked Shirt.

Information on Ranking and Requirements will be provided as it becomes available.  If you are new to Muay Thai you can find gear at MMA Warehouse.  You will need 14-16 ounce Boxing Gloves and Muay Thai Shin Pads.

Classes will be 6 days per week, morning and night!


Submission Wrestling and No Gi BJJ Classes

NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Champion, Brian Ruscio

Submission Wrestling, also known as “No Gi” is most similar to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but without the use of the Gi. Athletes simply wear shorts and a rash guard (Under Armour). Submission Wrestling uses joint locks, holds, and chokes, to overcome an opponent. Some other differences are that many times rules are less strict on footlocks and other techniques. Grappling Mastery’s curriculum includes many of these otherwise “illegal” techniques, making it a great style for self defense as well. Like BJJ, Submission Wrestling teaches balance, leverage, flexibility, and coordination. It will teach you how to transition your body in a fight into effective positions and get out of potentially bad ones. It is highly effective for self defense and was developed with bigger stronger opponents in mind and teaching you how to use leverage and technique to your advantage. No Gi is usually more desirable for a potential MMA fighter to study since he/she will not be wearing a Gi in their fight in addition to the fact that some techniques that are illegal in BJJ are not illegal in MMA. These techniques are taught in our No Gi Classes.

Because there is no Gi or belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Ranks do not apply to Submission Wrestling. Athletes are usually categorized by years of experience and classified as Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advance, or Expert.

Undefeated in No Gi Submission Grappling competitions, Coach Brian Ruscio is the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Pan-American Expert Champion.


“I haven’t been in the bjj world very long but felt right at home at Grappling Mastery. Brian is a great instructor, in so many ways.”

Wesley Smith, Business Owner Wesley Smith Review of Grappling Mastery

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BJJ Technique: Bow and Arrow Choke with GI from the Back

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

The Bow & Arrow Choke in BJJ is one of the most powerful and effective chokes.  Holding the opponents pant leg near the knee and using your entire body weight to lean back and apply the choke makes it very difficult to escape.

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Self Defense Demonstration and Interview on WESH 2 News

Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women
Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women
Brogan Morris of WESH News interviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery about Self Defense for Women

Brogan Morris of WESH TV recently interviewed Professor Brian Ruscio about the Ladies Only Classes at Grappling Mastery and had the opportunity to practice some moves that can be used to defend herself should she ever be attacked.  We picked a couple of techniques to be shown live on video and answered a few common questions about self defense.

Brogan: “There have been 77 reported sexual assaults in Orange County in the past six months. Of those 77, nine were from the University of Central Florida area alone.  Knowing how to protect yourself can save you if you are ever attacked. Grappling Mastery is a place in Central Florida where women can learn self-defense.”

Brian Ruscio speaks on Self Defense for women
Brian Ruscio speaks on Self Defense for Women

Brian: “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most effective martial art for women’s self defense.  Every attacker wants to take you to the ground.  That’s where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specializes.  Not only will you learn self defense, but you will get in shape, have fun, and develop self confidence.”

Brogan Morris of WESH 2 News Throwing BJJ Black Belt Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery
Brogan Morris of WESH 2 News Throwing BJJ Black Belt Brian Ruscio

Brogan: “What would you say to any ladies that might be hesitant to join a class?”

Brian: “That’s normal, even most guys are hesitant.  It’s always better to overcome one moment of hesitation, than to live a lifetime of regret.”

You can find the FULL VIDEO with Brogan Morris of WESH and Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery here.

BANG Muay Thai Combinations from a recent class at Grappling Mastery

Muay Thai Class at Grappling Mastery in Mount Dora

Here are some videos from another Muay Thai Kickboxing Class at Grappling Mastery MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.

Photo Gallery of our Grand Opening in Mount Dora!

Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA hosted a Self Defense Seminar, Ginastica Natural Class, and a Zumba Fitness Class at our Grand Opening of our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora on US HWY 441 near Loch Leven.

Enjoy the photo gallery below!

It’s not too late! You can still enjoy Grappling Mastery BJJ & MMA Academy for 30 Days Free!  For more great pictures and videos subscribe to the Grappling Community below!

Grappling Mastery Grand Opening of our New BJJ Academy located in Mount Dora, Florida!

This event has already passed but you can view the Photo Gallery here!

All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida
All are welcome to celebrate our New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Florida

The event will be catered by Chipotle and we will also have hamburgers and hotdogs for the kids!

Be ready for a great workout and come out with a ton of knowledge:

  • Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Grappling Mastery Professor, Brian Ruscio
  • Free 1 hour Zumba Class with Deetra
  • Ginastica Natural demonstration with Suay Al-Aziz
  • Q & A with the Instructors and Team
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Mat with the Grappling Mastery Team and North Florida Women’s BJJ Group

Don’t wait!  You can start training now for 30 days free and still attend the Grand Opening!  We will be offering incentives to new members who join on or before April 11th, 2015.


Zumba Classes in Mount Dora, Florida

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We are excited to announce that Zumba Fitness classes are now available in Mount Dora, Florida located inside Grappling Mastery BJJ & MMA Academy.  We will be rolling out Zumba Fitness Classes at the Grappling Mastery Grand Opening on April 11th, 2015 around 12:00 pm after the Free Self Defense Seminar at 10:00 am

Join this Event and share it with your friends on Facebook!

Zumba Fitness at Grappling Mastery with Deetra
Zumba Fitness at Grappling Mastery with Deetra

Which Martial Art is Best for Women’s Self Defense?


Let’s be honest, punching and kicking an aggressor just won’t work when they are bigger and stronger than us.  And what would you do if it escalated and they took you down to the ground, get on top, and you can’t get away, punch, or kick anymore?  Attackers try to overpower and intimidate.

Most martial arts are striking arts and rely on punches and kicks. There is an alternative, Grappling.  The most popular form of grappling is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Watch the video below and then read on to learn more.

Below is a common scenario involving a woman at a bar with a man that won’t take no for an answer.  What would you do?  The video demonstrates a technique that most ladies can perfect on their first day of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It could save your life.

Video uploaded to Youtube by Mark Ward

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect martial art style for a woman to be able to defend herself.  Most times in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we will start on the ground, even on our back.  We learn how to maneuver and protect ourselves using leverage and technique.  How to isolate an opponents limb and use our entire body against it to incapacitate them.  We also learn various chokes and strangles that will make the attacker pass out, giving you time to escape.  Below are some videos of the Grappling Mastery Ladies learning some BJJ Techniques.

To try out our Ladies Only Classes for Free and Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Professor, Brian Ruscio, register for 30 Days Free at Grappling Mastery.

Join our Ladies Team!!

Ladies Only Class at Grappling Mastery
Ladies Only Class at Grappling Mastery

Ladies BJJ Gi Coming Soon!

Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi
Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi

We are excited to introduce our Grappling Mastery Ladies Gi!

Available Now in the Pro-Shop

Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi
Grappling Mastery Ladies Custom Gi

High Quality and Custom Embroidered.  These Kimonos, as are all Grappling Mastery Kimonos are made by the same company that works with Koral, Venum, Hyabusa, and Bad Boy.