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!

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt holds a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar in Mount Dora, Florida!

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt holds a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar in Mount Dora, Florida!

Grappling Mastery is a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy in Mount Dora, Florida. They will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, April 11th starting at 10am. The new BJJ and MMA Academy is located at 19051 US HWY 441 Suite #200, Mount Dora Florida. “We are excited to be located in a safe and professional plaza within a great community!” says Head Instructor, Professor Brian Ruscio. You can find a virtual tour of their new facility on their website, .
The event, which is going to be catered by nearby Chipotle, will boast a Free 2 hour Self Defense Seminar taught by Professor Ruscio, who is currently undefeated in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and recently won a Light Heavyweight Pan American Championship! The event will also feature Zumba and a Ginastica Natural Class, which is similar to Yoga with Jiu Jitsu drills mixed in. Afterward, there will be an “open mat” session with the members and ladies visiting from other BJJ schools in Florida.
Grappling Mastery is Building Champions On and Off the Mats. They have a great kids program giving them the opportunity to compete in tournaments. Many of the children have won championships and medals that are proudly displayed at the gym. Recently the Kids Team won 3rd place overall at a major tournament! What impresses us more than medals is the character of Professor Ruscio’s students. They are well mannered and confident. One proud father stated, “I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of not only their results in competition but also the discipline and sportsmanship that is impressed upon them during their training.”
Adult Classes are available to everyone, however Grappling Mastery also offers Ladies Only Classes for women who may not feel comfortable in a combined group. “We focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it applies to Self Defense. We show them how to use leverage and technique to incapacitate larger opponents with joint locks and chokes.” This is a free ladies class that Grappling Mastery holds every Saturday.
Police, Firefighters, and Military make up most of Grappling Mastery’s membership base. “I’ve been training directly with police and military officers in some form for over the last 10 years and offer a ‘Hero Discount’ in honor of their continued service.” In this day and time of violence against police it’s good to know there is a place for them to prepare themselves for the dangers of their occupations. The rest seem to be professionals and business owners. Grappling Mastery offers what they call Executive Jiu Jitsu, which caters to professionals. Professor Ruscio states, “I designed it to teach Jiu Jitsu to men and women who want to learn BJJ but don’t want to risk injuries that could affect their career or lifestyle.”
This is a great addition to our community and offers a great way to learn self defense, get in shape, and meet new people. The Grappling Mastery team seems a lot like a family. Professor Ruscio has developed a culture of mutual respect. “The type of guy that comes in trying to be tough and beat people up doesn’t last long here. That’s not what we’re about. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lifestyle and our members are everyday people trying to live a healthier life.”
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How Yoga can Improve your Flexibility and Breathing Habits for BJJ and MMA

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Rickson Gracie doing Yoga and Breathing Exercises
Rickson Gracie doing Yoga and Breathing Exercises

Yoga is known to enhance flexibility, reduce injury, muscle stability, and relieve stress.  Many top BJJ Athletes and MMA fighters use Yoga to improve their flexibility and breathing habits.

Most athletes focus on strength and explosiveness, while flexibility is often ignored.  Flexibility can give you advantages by allowing you to perform techniques that opponents may not expect.  It can also give you some resistance to certain techniques where others may have to submit.  Where there is flexibility, there is also mobility and strength. Your agility will improve along with this flexibility.

The biggest focus of Yoga is your control of breathing.  Proper breathing also helps control your heart rate.  This in turn, will improve your cardio greatly allowing you to last longer in matches!

Grappling Mastery Members will enjoy Free Yoga Classes included in their membership after April 11th!

What is Ginastica Natural?

Ginastica Natural for Fighters designed by Master Alvaro Romano

Onnit Multi-MatMany BJJ Competitors in the past and present have used Ginastica Natural to improve their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Developed by Master Alvaro Romano, Ginastica Natural is known as a revolutionary method of Physical and Mental conditioning which has been applied in many fields like: Fitness (Health and Quality of Life), Sports (Surfing, Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed-Martial Arts, etc.), Film & Art Industry (TV Commercials, Choreography).

Master Alvaro Romano has dedicated his life to physical education , research and training to create the Ginastica Natural and after 40 years it is in 30 countries around the world and growing.

Werewolf Legend BellHere is a video from Master Alvaro Romano about Ginastica Natural and how it will help you.

Video and Information from Master Alvaro Romano’s Youtube Channel

We will be having our very first Free Demonstration of Ginastica Natural by Certified Instructor Suay Al-Aziz at our Grand Opening Celebration.

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.