BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio

“I studied under Brian for over a year learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His knowledge of the art is immense and work ethic is second to none. If you train with Brian, you will see results… period.”

Malin Hess, Co-founder and CEO at Luxury’s Finest Malin Hess reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past three and half years. I started in NY City and upon my move to Florida I started my search for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school that was welcoming and offered quality instructions with

Jorge “The Animal” Rodriguez, Army Veteran & LEO Jorge Rodriguez reviews Grappling Mastery

 “I’ve known Brian Ruscio since 2005 and trained for a few years with him in Orlando. I decided I would travel to Mt. Dora from Lakeland, FL and train with him. Grappling Mastery was very clean and professionally ran by

Chris Lowe, Firefighter Chris Lowe, Firefighter

Before I start my drive to Mt. Dora, I’d just like to take a moment and say what an honor and a pleasure it is to train at Grappling Mastery.  It is a rare thing indeed to find a coach

Brandon Elliot, EMT Brandon Elliot

“Brian is one of the most dedicated athletes I’ve ever trained with and is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to better themselves physically.”

Brian Dickerman, WJRR Radio Host & BJJ Black Belt Dickerman of WJRR 101 reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“I have trained with Brian for over 3 years and have learned more about the art of Jiu-Jitsu from him than anyone else. What a great gym he has created and great family. My experience at Grappling Mastery has been

Chuck Pivetz, Business Owner Chuck Pivetz Review of Professor Brian Ruscio at Grappling Mastery

“Fantastic school to learn BJJ plus many other techniques. It’s like one big family! Professor Brian Ruscio is very knowledgeable and patient with his students. It’s a great family and positive environment.”

Brian Cole, Father Brian Cole reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Fun, great exercise… tiring. Wonderful instruction. From Brazillian Jiujitsu! wrestling,! Boxing! Muay Thai! Tae Kwondo! and MMA competitors you have a perfect mix. fun, super affordable, friendly, and professional. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Leslie McQuilkin, Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Leslie McQuilkin Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Reviews Grappling Mastery

“Brian Ruscio is an excellent Black Belt Bjj instructor. Very technical and motivating. His wrestling background is an added bonus. Try out the free class, you’ll see what I mean.”

Jason Cuatchon, BJJ Purple Belt Jason Cuatchon BJJ Purple Belt Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“I met Brian Ruscio at Gracie Barra Orlando when he was working his way up to Black Belt in BJJ. He has always been very friendly and helpful. Brian is very patient and detailed-oriented, has never taken advantage of his

Hector Cordova Sr., Owner & President at HXC Consulting, LLC Hector Cordova Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Along with my wife I brought my boys to this gym a year ago. They have come a long way through diligent practice and focus on training lead by the amazing coaches at Grappling Mastery. I can’t begin to explain

Jason Weber, Business Owner Jason Weber Kids BJJ Review of Professor Brian Ruscio and Grappling Mastery

“I have known, and trained with Brian for almost 6 years. Not only is Brian a great trainer, but he also offers a unique approach since he was experienced in freestyle wrestling before becoming a black belt in Brazilian Jiu

Tim “Patterson” Dodson, Retired Professional Wrestler Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim "Patterson" Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango

“I train here with my daughter. It’s perfect not just in learning self-defense, but it gets us moving. Brian was also very accommodating to my schedule, which usually prevents me from participating in group classes. Brian is awesome, even in

Margie Bou, Mother and Nurse Margie Bou Review of Grappling Mastery

“I been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past three and half years. I started in NY City and upon my move to Florida I started my search for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school that was welcoming and offered quality instructions with

Jorge “The Animal” Rodriguez, MMA Fighter, BJJ Blue Belt, and Motorcycle Mechanic

“I cannot explain how excited my son is to go to class everyday! He loves it! The staff are hands on and extremely patient, but stern in the choice to teach the kids. My son knew nothing about BJJ before,

Allison Folgore, Mother and Business Owner Paul and Allison Folgore Review of Grappling Mastery

“Brian is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and humble. He is very patient with the kids and us older learners. Everyone at Grappling Mastery was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!”

Michael F. Jenkins Michael F Jenkins reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Great Place to Training , Legit BJJ Osss FURIA”

Mauricio Furia, Owner of Furia Jiu Jitsu Sports and BJJ Purple Belt Mauricio Furia Jiu Jitsu Sports Reviews Grappling Mastery

You hear a lot of stories about returning Combat vets. They’re Angry, Drinking, Depressed or have PTSD; well I’m glad to say this isn’t me and there one very distinct reason for that, besides my wife; Grappling Mastery. I was

Sgt. Tony Tindell, Army Medic & Firefighter/Paramedic Army Medic, Tony Tindell in Afghanistan

“Great Class for all levels!  As a professional fighter I have worked with many talented coaches and many great gyms.  However, I can honestly say I have found my home here.  The level of knowledge and professionalism is bar none

Aron J Bland, Army Staff Sergeant & MMA Fighter Aron Bland MMA Fighter reviews Grappling Mastery

“I took my daughter here in March 2015 because we were looking to get her into MMA. She has been loving the classes as well as the great teachers! I even started private sessions with Brian and the women’s Brazilian

Katie Joseph, Mother, Sales Katie Mother of Serenidy Joseph Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Great coach, Brian is helping me learn BJJ to make me a better MMA fighter. I really like the way he teaches and helping me learn the ground game.  Grappling Mastery is a great gym and Brian Ruscio is a

Kai “The Hammer” Staton Kai "The Hammer"

“We have so much fun coming to train, very honored and proud to be a part of the Grappling Mastery Team!! It has been a life changing experience.”

Tracie Eckert Valdes, Event Coordinator Harley Davidson Tracie Valdes Review of Grappling Mastery

“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

Ryan Swinford, Army Captain Army Captain Ryan Swinford review of Grappling Mastery

“Grappling Mastery is more than just a great BJJ and MMA academy, it is a growing community. We not only help and learn from each other, we communicate and hang out with each other outside of class, too. We’ve helped each

Ken Roberts, Armed Security Ken Roberts with Mike Chiesa photo for Review of Grappling Mastery and Professor Ruscio

“I have known Brian for over seven years. Brian is a skilled, knowledgeable, and friendly trainer. He is a black belt and trainer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and additionally a high level wrestler. He is an excellent and patient instructor

Dennis Ela, SWAT Sniper, Sergeant at Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

This place is amazing! It has been such a great experience for my 11 year old son. His self confidence has gone up so much in just a few weeks. Brian and the other instructors do such a great job

Jessica Hartman Donahue, Mother

“I’m proud to say I train with some of the nations best jiu jitsu fighters… It’s an honor.”

Sean Singh, Business Owner I am Sean Singh reviews Grappling Mastery

“Brian does a great job of managing one of the most popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Central Florida and the World. (Gracie Barra) Brian always takes his time with instruction and is always patient with students of every level.”

Joey Green, Software Developer Joey Green Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“I have the great pleasure to Know Brian for over 11 years, and seen him learn and become the incredible athlete he is today. One thing that has always separated him from the crowd was his love for teaching and

Fernando Reyero Fernando Martin Reyero Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Awesome instructor. Brian (and Rita) are very patient with my son when he needs help. He’s a beginner and they are excellent with him even in a group setting.”

Heather Brooks, Mother Heather Brooks Mother of Jordan reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

Grappling Mastery’s BJJ, and Muay Thai classes have taught me so much. Brian Ruscio is a great instructor and I would highly recommend his classes. I initially joined to learn self defense, and after a few months feel able to

Erin Mullen, Mother Erin Mullen with her son, Sammy

“I’m very pro-active and women (and men) need to know how to defend themselves. You offer a great free program and it would behoove a lot of people, women and girls especially to get some sort of at least a

Jamie Asmus Jamie Asmus reviews Grappling Mastery

“I was completely blown away with the style of teaching that Brian brings to the table. He is able to explain things in multiple ways until you understand when, how, and why you are doing certain techniques. The atmosphere is

Ted “Doc” Kendall, Navy Field Medic Ted "Doc" Kendall, Navy Field Medic

“I finally got the opportunity to train at Grappling Mastery last night and was honestly impressed. He was very welcoming and had plenty of time for all of his students. The class was filled with enthusiasm and students were having

Jeremy Miller Jeremy Miller Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Excellent training.. omg, this place is awesome, and they work with you and show you the correct way.  They are very patient even for an old guy like me. The boys love it here. They are always eager to come.

Jamie Hoover, Father Jamie Hoover Reviews Grappling Masterys Kids Anti Bully Program with Professor Brian Ruscio

“I got to try a class out recently and it kicked my butt!! Awesome trainers and a great group of people to be in class with.”

Christina Noel Christina Noel Reviews Grappling Mastery BJJ Academy

“I had the opportunity to train under Brian Ruscio for about 2 years.  As a woman I did a lot of research on what to expect prior to attending my first class.  In spite of that, I still couldn’t help

Jennifer Hovestadt Jennifer Hovestadt reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Unique training. Multifaceted … and flexible, the coaching and staff really know how to teach BJJ to anyone, of any capability, and special needs. Talented group. After a few classes the knowledge you have can be applied immediately as a

Jay Pagan Jay Pagan review of Grappling Mastery

“Brian is an amazing instructor, with an incredible nack for not only showing me proper techniques in my training but also taking the time to explain the do’s and don’ts in detail. he is extremely professional, knowledgeable and patient. He

Michael Guido, Operations Manager Mike Guido reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Can’t say enough about Brian and his team! They inspire, teach discipline, respect, and all while having fun. So glad my family has become a part of something so wonderful. Amazing gym and such a wonderful crowd. Brian and his

Brandi Rust, Behavioral Health Tech & Mother Brandi Rust, Behavioral Health Tech & Mother

“I have trained in Jiu-Jitsu at various periods in my life since the late 1990’s. I started with Alliance Jiu-Jitsu in Atlanta. After a few years off, I trained under a Gracie Barra program where I used the knowledge to

Michael Mashburn, MMA Trainer Michael Mashburn reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“I have known Brian since 2006; he has demonstrated many attributes which make him a success. He is extremely personable which enables him to work well with others. He has always demonstrated a high degree of integrity which makes clients

Shariq Khan, Director at Wyndham/Marriott, Purple Belt in BJJ Shariq Khan Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“This academy is truly outstanding! My son has attended since November 2014 and he is a tough one to like any activity but from the first class Brian (instructor/owner) made him interested! Brian has the unique ability to keep the

Jaimie Goldsmith, Mother and Insurance Agent Jaime and Preston Goldsmith

“Brian puts his heart into his work. The commitment necessary to obtain a black belt in Jiu Jitsu demonstrates his commitment to excellence.”

Reginald Nelson, Sales Manager at Diamond Resorts International Reginald Nelson reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

If you are within driving distance of Mount Dora you have to check out this gym. It is conveniently located next to Gold’s Gym and has a huge parking lot so you’ll never have issues with getting a spot. The

Mitchell Chamale, Director of Combat Night & Pro MMA Fighter Mitchell "Mama's Boy" Chamale

“Over the past few years, my son has been fortunate to become one of the best teen grapplers in the country. We have had many, many coaches across many states, and I can clearly state that Brian Ruscio from Grappling

Shane Croft, Father of Sage Croft Shane Father of Sage Croft Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“This is really a great place. Best in town. Stop on by and learn the top of the line jiu jitsu.”

Gustavo De la Rosa, Tae Kwon Do Black Belt

“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

“Brian is a highly motivated, detail orientated professional. Brian has worked extremely hard to rise to the top of his profession, while also maintaining a very diverse background.”

Ralph Dozier, Retired

“It’s been a long time since I did Judo, 35 years ago. Next month I will be 66 and today I started Jiu Jitsu. I have type 1 diabetes, this ITP thingy which nearly killed me 2 years ago, duff

John Dalziel, 66 year old, Riding Instructor at Metropolitan Police John Dalziel Riding Instructor at Metropolitan Police

“Great teacher, great folks. Brian knows how to break the moves down so even beginners can understand how and WHY they work.  I’ve been training at grappling mastery now for a year and a half. I can’t say enough about

Alexander Scopino, Real Estate Agent Alexander Scopino Reviews Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

“The best place for martial arts I’ve beer been to.  The atmosphere is relaxed enough to enjoy learning but has the intensity to make you strive for achievement .”

Christopher Gerkin Christopher Gerkin review of Grappling Mastery BJJ Academy

“Grappling Mastery… it’s the BEST style of martial arts I’ve experienced in town! Brian was very kind and was patient and soft spoken with my little man! My son was excited to go back and quickly learned the moves! I

Christina Carroll, Mother Christiana and Keanu Carrol

“Coach Brian not only knows what he is doing, but is a fantastic coach!  He is great with kids… and adults too.”

Julie Tytler, Teacher and Mother Julie Tytler Johnson reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

Awesome, Brian was always a great athlete. He is a very thoughtful guy and also strong, his background in wrestling makes him dangerous. Great teacher!!!!!

Jose Usquiano

“He’s a good teacher! Will take his time to teach you the right way, with all his heart into it! And also very fun to do!”

Jose Andres

After training in several other grappling schools, I am so pleased to have found the best at last! Not only is Brian very thorough and proficient in jiu jitsu techniques but his vast wrestling background really compliments and solidifies the

Keith Donaldson, Silhouette Artist Keith Donaldson, Silhouette Artist

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian a few years back when I trained at my local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy. He is very personable, professional, and knowledgeable about the sport. Brian’s integrity and commitment to the sport projects

Harriet Medrozo, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Harriet Medrozo, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Teacher

“Awesome!!! Just Awesome!!! From the instructor, Brian Ruscio, to the teammates I train with! Doesn’t get any better.  I have studied jiu jitsu since 09, and have been out of the game for the last year. Until now, meeting Brian

Eric Hertel, BJJ Purple Belt and MMA/Kickboxing Instructor Eric Hertel BJJ Purple Belt Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“A great place that teaches with a passion for Martial Arts and care for students.”

Walter Swaney, TKD Black Belt and School Owner Walter Swaney Tae Kwon Do Black Belt reviews Grappling Mastery

“This training is one of the best things we have done for Johnny! Brian Ruscio is by far the most patient, caring, happy go lucky instructors out there. Johnny loves learning from him and he’s doing very well at it. My Lake

Tina and John Helms, Bulldog Tactical Bulldog Tactical John and Tina Review Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Outstanding instruction! Definitely an awesome learning environment and it feels like one big family! Brian and Rita genuinely care about your progress and growth in Jiu Jitsu! No one is out to prove anything which creates a very comfortable and

Lucas Martineau Lucas Martineau Review of Grappling Mastery

“Since I was 9 years old, I have studied many forms of self defense from; Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Eagle Claw Kung Fu. Out of all the different facilities that I have trained at, they are nothing like the

David Robarge II, Web Designer David Robarge II Reviews Grappling Mastery

 “I started training at Grappling Mastery about 4 months ago. Brian Ruscio is a patient, knowledgeable coach and the academy is family friendly for all ages. I am now trying to get my 6 year old into BJJ as I

Tom Benitez, 63 years old, Photographer Tom Benitez 63 year old reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Excellent Instructions!  I watched Brian come into the sport and manage a (Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu) school while earning his way to a black belt. As he progressed Brian was always polite, welcoming, helpful, fair and professional. I watched Brian work

Sarah Matheson, Personal Trainer, Business Owner Sarah Matheson Garcia Personal Trainer Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio Grappling Mastery

“Grappling Mastery has established itself as an important part of the community. Brian Ruscio is a highly trained First Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also has a life time of experience in wrestling. Brian is an amazing

Deetra Staton, Mother and Zumba Instructor Deetra Staton, Zumba Instructor reviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“I am 33 but have always been fascinated with martial arts ever since I was a kid but have never had a chance to get into it. Well today I took my first Muay Thai class and I must say,

Jonathan Vazquez, Business Owner

“We are so pleased to find an instructor that has the patience, time, skill, great with kids, and all around passion to teach. It is great to learn from a Black belt instructor with Gracie lineage. My child was new

Mike Staton, Boxing Coach and Business Owner Mike Staton Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Brian Ruscio was one of my instructors for 3 years, and I can tell you he’s a great one! He is extremely friendly and never too busy to help. Genuinely cares about his students, and will spend however much time

Kevin Martincowski, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Kevin Martincowski reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Master different arts!  Grappling Mastery offers you not one but many different Martial Arts to choose from in the Tavares area. I have known Head Instructor, Brian Ruscio for many years and I know the quality and dedication he has

Camilo Mogollan, Marine Infantry/Mortarman and BJJ Blue Belt

Brian and the rest of the Grappling Mastery Team bring a level of professionalism that sets the standard in our regional area. He leads with truth and integrity and teaches complex moves in a way that could easy be published

Freddy Batista, Army Veteran, Father & Photographer "Chino" Batista Reviews Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

“Great Gracie Barra Black Belt”

Jason Henry, BJJ Purple Belt Jason Henry Gracie Barra Purple Belt Review of Professor Brian Ruscio at Grappling Mastery

“I am pleased to announce that I have recently joined the Grappling Mastery family and I could not be happier with my choice! Professor Ruscio has created a positive environment for all athletes, regardless of their abilities. His patience and

Anthony Biasella, Police Captain Police Captain Anthony Biasella Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

I would like to share my experience. I joined October 2015 and wanted to be sure to give a review based on many months after I joined. I am new to BJJ, started 6 months prior to joining here. I

Kathern Uvalle, Self Employed Mother Kathern Uvalle, Self Employed Mother testimonial of Grappling Mastery

“Great classes! Brian really takes the time to work with you and show techniques in depth. I look forward to continue training with him at each and every class.”

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