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Renzo Gracie RI

About Renzo Gracie RI

Welcome to RGRI, our premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in New England! With 7,000 sq. ft. of specially designed mats, we offer the perfect training space for all levels. As part of the world's longest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage, we uphold a rich tradition of martial arts excellence.

Our state-of-the-art facility includes separate changing rooms for both men and women, with bathrooms and showers for your convenience. Join us for top-notch jiu-j
itsu instruction and a supportive martial arts community. Discover your potential with us! Make a decision today and become part of the Renzo Gracie RI family.


Program Details

The new student will engage in a learning journey based on the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and get in touch with the most effective self-defense system developed by the Gracie Family.


Kids Program

Young students embark on an exciting journey, learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while gaining self-respect and confidence. Our experienced instructors nurture physical and mental growth, impart self-defense skills, discipline, teamwork, and resilience. This creates well-rounded individuals ready to face life's challenges with pride.


Beginner's Program

The Beginner Program is the first level for adults & teens beginning their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Students will learn the fundamentals of BJJ and basic techniques. The class structure is formed around a warm-up, a lesson in technique and partner training to practice the technique from the lesson.


Advanced Program

Our advanced BJJ class focuses on in-depth and advanced techniques, perfect for experienced practitioners looking to refine their skills and take their understanding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the next level. Join us to elevate your expertise in a dynamic and challenging environment, paving the way to becoming a true BJJ expert.



Our no-gi class offers a unique twist to traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In this class, the absence of the Gi is replaced with shorts and a rash guard, creating a faster-paced, dynamic training experience. Here, we focus on specialized techniques tailored for no-gi grappling, providing a comprehensive and exciting way to enhance your BJJ skills.


40+ Masters Class

Our 40+ BJJ class is for practitioners aged 40 and above. It's a welcoming, supportive environment, focusing on effective techniques and accommodating your body's needs. Join us to refine your skills, stay fit, and connect with like-minded peers in a friendly setting.


Private Lessons

Private lessons at our BJJ school are all about you. Our expert instructors customize each session to your skill level and goals, offering personalized, one-on-one guidance. It's the fastest way to improve and master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Proud Partner of We Defy Foundation

We are a certified We Defy Foundation training facility

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Meet Our Leader

Marcelo Cruz

Professor Marcelo Cruz

Marcelo Cruz is an exceptional martial artist, holding the prestigious rank of 4th-degree black belt, a testament to his dedication and expertise. With a training lineage that is unparalleled in his region, Marcelo has honed his skills for over two decades. His martial journey began as a teenager in São Paulo, Brazil, where he immersed himself in the art, showcasing a remarkable commitment to his craft.

Contact Us

856.238.2613  |

417 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

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