Brian Ruscio NoGi Leglock Seminar to Benefit Team Jay

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

Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery hosted a Submission Wrestling Seminar focusing on Leglocks to Benefit Team Jay on Saturday, June 25th.

The seminar lasted over 3 hours and we raised almost $1000 for Team Jay!

Professor Brian Ruscio is currently undefeated in BJJ competition with and without the Gi.  His last major competition was the NAGA Pan-American Expert Division Championship.  He finished his finals match by way of Toehold from Deep Half Guard vs. Wanderlei Camilo of Brazilian Top Team, who is also a leglock expert and MMA Fighter.  Brian Ruscio loves the leglock game and has many unique setups and finishes that you’ll want to know as leglocks become ever more popular in the world of Grappling.

Team Jay: Jay is a 9 year old boy from Mount Dora, Florida who has battling leukemia since January 17, 2014. During that time he has had to overcome multiple setbacks beyond the expected challenges of chemotherapy. His treatments are ongoing still today, over 2 years later.  All donations will go directly to Jay Ryon, Jr. and his parents.  His parents stay with Jay each time he s in the hospital and drive form Lake County to Orlando multiple times each week when Jay is home. Please support him as he fights leukemia!

We will be combining the proceeds with our Jim Alers MMA Seminar both to benefit Team Jay!

Marc Dickie Judo Seminar at Grappling Mastery

Marc Dickie, 4th Degree Judo Black Belt

Judo is a Grappling martial art and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano.  At Grappling Mastery, we use Judo for it’s effective throws and takedowns using the Gi.  It transitions perfectly for those who want to compete in BJJ and are looking for a way to take an opponent to the ground while remaining on top.  It is similar to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in it’s use of immobilizing joint locks and chokes, while also similar to Wrestling in its effectiveness in throws.  Grappling Mastery teaches Judo in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes. This seminar will teach everyone Judo from the perspective of a pure Judoka. Judo techniques can be modified to work very well in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Sensei Marc Dickie started Judo in his home country of England at the age of 11 and trained there until immigrating to the US at 16. He continued his pursuit of the martial art in the California Bay Area studying Karate and Kung Fu until leaving California. Traveling about the country, he went to Western New York and back to judo. There he met Dr. Sachio Ashida and studied consistently with him and his students for the next 20 years, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt and winning 2 National Masters Championships. Dr. Ashida’s judo came directly from its founder, Professor Kano, and relied on proper technique and the principle of maximum efficiency, minimum energy, principles that Sensei Marc insists in his students.

In his own words, ”I’m not a natural at Judo. I had to pick everything apart to learn it. As such, I have a great knowledge base to coach and assists students of Judo, having intimate knowledge of the path they are now on.”

Sensei Marc believes in the foundational purpose of judo and all sport being to develop the character of a person as well as the body. He has trained with many great judo men and is eager to pass his knowledge on to those who wish to learn.

Seminar details:

Saturday, April 16th 11:00-2:00

Cost: $20

Location: Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai Academy

19051 US-441 Mount Dora, Florida 32757


2 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Grappling Mastery 2 Year Anniversary Celebration
Cake Cutting at Grappling Mastery 2nd Year Anniversary 2015 Celebration
Cake Cutting at Grappling Mastery 2nd Year Anniversary 2015 Celebration

We are happy to announce that Grappling Mastery introduced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Lake County Florida just over 2 years ago.  We’ve now been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tavares, Florida and the Lake County area for at least two years now and are growing tremendously in size and skill!  After helping run a Gracie Barra in Orlando for 7 years, Brian Ruscio moved to Leesburg and started teaching private lessons in his garage for free!  As word spread he was given the opportunity to teach his passion in an actual dojo.  Now, two years later, Grappling Mastery has it’s own location, Professor Ruscio has earned his first degree and we’re bursting at the seams!  Things are definitely looking up for our team this year and more big things are on the horizon.

We welcome everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone!

We plan to be celebrating at Grappling Mastery on December 12, at 10 am.  Invite your Family and Friends, all are welcome.  We will be doing a team picture at 11am so bring your GIs!  The gym will also be open so you roll and we will also have a bounce house and cake for the kids!

You can RSVP Here

Afterwards, you can Watch UFC 194 Aldo vs. McGregor with the Grappling Mastery team!


Watch UFC 184 for Free: Rousey vs. Zingano

Join Grappling Mastery as we watch UFC 184 as a team.  All members and guests are invited.  Contact Brian Ruscio, Rita Rojas, or a Grappling Mastery member for more details.

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Fight Card as found on MMA

New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares area!

Grappling Mastery BJJ & MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.

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Grappling Mastery is excited to announce our new BJJ Academy in Mount Dora located behind the Chipotle and Starbucks on U.S. HWY 441. We will be consolidating all of our Lake County BJJ locations into one larger Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA School.

If you live in the Tavares, Eustis, Mt Dora area and are interested in adult, teen, or child instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or Judo I cannot recommend IBJJF Black Belt Brian Ruscio enough…absolutely the best instructor for all ages and skill levels in the area!!! – Ryan Swinford, U.S. Army Captain  …more reviews

New BJJ & MMA Schedule of Classes.

We now have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes morning and night classes, beginner and advance classes.  We also offer Kids Classes 4 days each week starting at 5pm!  As always we offer Ladies Only Self Defense Classes, Beginner and Advanced Muay Thai Classes, and MMA Classes!

Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA is located to the right side of Chipotle and Starbucks in Mount Dora just off US 441 & Donnelly at 19051 US-441 #200, Mt Dora, FL 32757!

Mount Dora’s newest BJJ Academy is bigger and better than before!  Over 1600 sq. ft. of the Highest Standard Zebra Mats have arrived and we will be placing them down on every inch possible.  We will be installing heavy bags, throwing mats, and more!  There are No Limits!  This is only the beginning.  Join Now and be part of something Great! This is what everyone has been talking about!

For the Highest Level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you have to come try Grappling Mastery for 30 Days FREE and see what makes them the Best BJJ School in Central Florida for MMA or Self Defense!  Learn from Professor Brian Ruscio, an Undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Pan-American Expert Champion!!  Brian Ruscio is also experienced as a USA Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling Coach, Competitor and Referee!  Professor Brian Ruscio managed one of four locations from the Largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(BJJ) schools in Central Florida, Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, for 7 years alongside 6th degree BJJ Master, Marcio Simas and World (Mundial) Champion, Gutty Muggiati.

You will want to subscribe to the Grappling Community below this post so you can be alerted when we announce our Grand Opening!  We will also be having a very special seminar with 6th Degree BJJ Master, Marcio Simas and World Champion, Gutty Muggiati to celebrate very soon!  Subscribe Below or Like us on Facebook so you don’t miss anything!

Grappling Mastery continues to associate with Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu and other BJJ Academies allowing you to train when you travel!

Leesburg motorcycle mechanic thrilled to make mixed-martial-arts fighting debut.

Orlando Sentinel Article about Jorge Rodriguez’s MMA Debut:

Leesburg motorcycle mechanic thrilled to make mixed-martial-arts fighting debut.


View Jorge “The Animal” Rodriguez’s MMA Debut and 56 second choke out of his opponent here!

Multiple Black Belts hold BJJ Seminar for a Great Cause!

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Professor Brian Ruscio trained under Mestre Marcio Simas and World Champion Master "Gutty" Muggiati alongside over 20 years of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belts
Professor Brian Ruscio trained under Mestre Marcio Simas and World Champion Master “Gutty” Muggiati alongside over 20 years of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belts

To benefit 10 year old Aubrey, who is in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital, Grappling Mastery’s Brian Ruscio along with numerous other Black Belts from Gracie Barra and other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academies in Central Florida will be hosting a BJJ Black Belt Seminar at the Gracie Barra in Kissimmee.  Each Black Belt will be showing at least one technique from their arsenal!  ALL PROCEEDS raised will go to Aubrey and her family to help her. This is a seminar you WILL NOT want to miss!  When will you have the chance again to learn from so many Black Belts at the same time AND support a great cause?

When:  Sunday, February 8, 2015

Location: 2800 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Donation Amount: Minimum $20

RSVP HERE for the Black Belt Seminar

Read Aubrey’s story below:

Aubrey was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike with a friend.
Aubrey was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike with a friend.

On January 20, 2015, while riding her bicycle with her friend in Ocoee, Aubrey and her friend were struck by a careless driver. Her friend that was with her was injured but is now doing well. Aubrey, on the other hand, is currently in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital undergoing a number of medical procedures to help her return to her normal life as a happy, playful 10-year old girl.

Due to the medical procedures, Aubrey is going to require constant medical procedures and care to get her back to a normal life. All of this will take time and cost money.

Osceola FD Benevolent, a 501(c)3 organization that assists firefighters and the public through charitable work, is asking that you assist us to help Aubrey and her family with her recovery. ALL PROCEEDS raised will go to Aubrey and her family to help her.

If you cannot make the seminar you can donate via paypal at Osceola FD Benevolent

Osceola Fire Department Supports Aubrey
Osceola Fire Department Supports Aubrey

Watch UFC 182 in Eustis for Free with Grappling Mastery

UFC 182 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier – Bitter Rivals

Free for Grappling Mastery Members and their Guests

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Fight Card:

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
Brad Tavares vs. Nate Marquardt
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Louis Gaudinot
Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder
Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt
Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier
Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson
Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau

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2014 NAGA Pan American Championships Gallery

Congratulations to everyone that competed!  Everybody displayed their hard work over the last few months to prepare for this tournament!

Video of Professor Brian Ruscio winning the NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Championship.



Aron Bland training for his September 6th MMA fight in Jax

Coach Brian Ruscio, Aron Bland, and Jorge Rodriguez
Aron Bland, with Coach Brian Ruscio and teammate Jorge Rodriguez

Between meeting his responsibilities as an Army Recruiter among other things Aron Bland has been training hard for his MMA fight in Jacksonville.  The Grappling Mastery team has been there to support him all the way and we look forward to the event.  Tickets are available for $38.  Click here for the original post about Aron’s fight.  We would like to recognize Aron’s sponsor, Scrap Soldier Clothing.