Moving our Salem Academy to 20 Rocking Ham Rd.

Train With The Family

Adult & Childrens classes can now be held at the same time at both locations.  The goal of every parent is to raise a happy and well-adjusted child.  At Renzo Gracie NH we live by our values, family, teamwork, loyalty and integrity.  We believe these basic values hold true for any family and we invite you to come in or call to learn more about our new family training classes.

We are offering a special spring 2017 discount to those interested.

50% off family enrollment special.  

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We look forward to seeing you!

Shortly after my son turned four, my wife and I brought him to Renzo Gracie NH to check out the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Kids Program. After meeting with Professor Kevin Landry, I knew Renzo Gracie NH was perfect for us.

Team mate of the month 2

What brought you into RGNH

I wanted to learn extra self defense, as a women you can never have enough. 

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled

I’ve noticed I’ve gained a newfound confidence in every sense of the word. 

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled

I’ve noticed I’m healthier and my body feels better from all the exercise. 

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled

I’ve noticed I’ve gained a giant extended family that I wouldn’t trade for anything. 

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled 

I’ve noticed I’m more confident in my ability to defend myself if the need ever arises. 

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled 

I’ve noticed I enjoy being here and learning new techniques every day!

Team mate of the month

What brought you into RGNH

I have always wanted to try a martial art, but it never seemed like the right time, and i never had enough confidence. One day I decided it was time for me to invest in my personal development on a physical level. I walked into RGNH and was immediately drawn to the warm environment. I didn’t have to look any further. I had found my academy.

What was the biggest change you’ve noticed since you enrolled

I have noticed a big difference in my level of confidence, the ability to get out of my comfort zone and try something completely new, both inside the academy and out.

What would you say to the person that is intimidated to come try a class

I had a friend say this to me and my response to her was, “step foot in my academy and you will never turn back. The environment is warm and the people are amazing.”

Do you feel strength is required

no. I never thought so. If I did then as a 4′ 11″ woman I wouldn’t have considered it. This was confirmed when inexperienced that the right technique can work for any size person. It is all about the technique.

What is the best challenge RGNH brings you

to challenge myself and not quit. You will have great days and bad days, but when you look back on the time you have spent training, you realize how far you have really come. That, in and of itself, is extremely gratifying.

Is short how do you feel RGNH has helped you

I have made amazing friends, I am in the best physical shape of my life, and I have gained confidence in my ability to do anything I set my mind to.

The 2017 GOOD Fight Championship

Reflection, Pride and The Team

I probably mention the word Team in conversation with my students, family and friends about one hundred times a day. Many people hear the word and pass it by. They see a team as a group of people participating in a competition on the same field, in the same game, at the same time, and with one goal of winning. How can a martial art, like Jiu Jitsu, where individuals compete with one other person from an opposing team, represent their team as a whole?

That concept, in and of itself, is an art.

When I see my students teaching one another on the mats every day, celebrating each other’s advancements and encouraging each other when they need support, the pride I feel is immeasurable. They not only see their own success in the success of their teammates, but bond on a level that only they understand.

That bond, that pride, and that accomplishment, is exactly what I was feeling the day of the 2017 GOOD Fight Championship.

Each one of the competitors on the Renzo Gracie NH Team stepped onto the mat, not as individuals, but with the entire Team behind them, cheering them on, lifting them up, and celebrating their bravery for stepping onto the mat for competition. Some teammates placed in their division, others did not. But all of them represented the academy with the highest level of honor and pride. The growth I have witnessed in all of their techniques, the confidence and strength that has grown inside of them through the gentle art, and most of all, the love and affection that each teammate shows one another every day, makes my heart swell with joy.

At the GOOD Fight Championship, Renzo Gracie NH took home the winning trophies in both the kids and adult category. Number One, in both categories!

As a Professor who has loved the art of Jiu Jitsu for the past twenty-four years, I had to take a moment and reflect on the amazing people, amazing Team, amazing accomplishment, that has been brought to life.

It’s humbling, really, to think that nineteen years ago I was stepping onto the mat at my first competition under Master Renzo Gracie. I remember standing there, looking around at the other competitors, nervous of course, and having a vision that one day I would own my own academy and create a Team of Jiu Jitsu students who would carry on the lineage of the great Jiu Jitsu Masters that I was fortunate enough to learn from. I envisioned myself teaching at the academy and coaching their competitions, understanding all too well what they were feeling the first time they competed, the second time, the fourth time.

That vision became a reality while I watched my students compete at the GOOD Fight Championship. They may have walked onto the mat by themselves, but they had the whole Team behind them. For that, I am both proud and grateful.

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Exeter expansion 3800+ square feet full showers and many more classes is ready!


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12 Reasons why Martial Arts are better for kids than team sports ~ By Ricardo Almeida

(I grew up in Brazil playing soccer every single day. We played soccer at school, when we came home, at the beach and on the weekends we played some more. I love soccer and follow it diligently to this day so this article is not a soccer bashing but rather a highlight of Martial Arts benefits over School Sports. Furthermore, if your child is already showing athletic predisposition, Martial Arts training will help bring out those gifts in a balanced and powerful way.)

I didn’t start practicing Jiu Jitsu until I was 15 years old which by world class standards in any sport is way too late. I did however, have the unique opportunity to study in a world-class Academy (Gracie Barra) under a world renowned Instructor (Carlos Gracie Jr).

Among the ranks at Gracie Barra I was nowhere near the top level of talent we had on the mats, but the fact the I was surrounded by some of the all-time Jiu Jitsu greats made all the difference in the world Growing up with Jiu Jitsu has given me goals, sense of purpose and the drive and discipline to go after those goals. I believe there is no program out there that encompasses physical education and character development like Martial Arts does.

Below are a few reasons to consider Martial Arts for your Child or Adolescent over or in addition to Team Sports:

1. Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to study  martial arts, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend yourself. Martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Training also helps  build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed – which brings us to our next topic…

2. Self-Confidence

As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big-boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Professor’s (Teacher’s or Sensei’s depending on Martial Art style) encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Academy (Martial Arts Studio).

3. Belts and Ranking

Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the student’s effort and progress. Martial Arts ranking system helps teach children to set goals and achieve them, to persevere and prioritize.

4. Discipline

Martial Arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’.  In a class a student may execute a single movement  or series of related movements, hundreds of times. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will come through endless repetition.

Even during randori ( or sparring)   – where the student shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed.  All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches them to commit, to go to practice even when they don’t feel like it.

5.  Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench

Jr Program Class

Many kids have the chance to experience the benefits of Martial Arts early on, however a big number of children abandon their martial arts training when reaching the teen years in order to participate in school sports.

Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.

Coaches have access to a endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to  play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to a even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.

At the Renzo Gracie NH Academy, our mats are packed while the benches are empty, all kids get equal ‘playing time’. Naturally some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our programs.

If  your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her. But if want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training look for a martial art school who offers a serious program taught by world-class accredited instructor.

6. Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

At RENZO GRACIE NH Academy, we have a large amount of girls in our KIDS Program, and in many classes they outnumber the boys. The girls are among the most technically proficient students we have and often dominate many of the local, regional and national competitions they enter.

Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).

7. Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent in both developed and developing countries (CDC stats).

The typical  martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as some active games. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.

8. You can do it with them

Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run  simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.

If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together.

At RENZO GRACIE NH Academy we have many families that come to class together and either take class simultaneously or watch each others sessions.

Avoid schools that have children and adults in the same class.

9. The Never-Ending Season

The Future

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Soccer, Baseball and even wrestling) are seasonal. In Martial Arts we have classes year round. This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace in the Martial Arts than in Team Sports.

…and 3 more reasons that they should specifically learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Since I am, after all, a Jiu Jitsu Instructor, I would absolutely reinforce  and recommend Jiu Jitsu above all other Martial Arts:

 10. Jiu Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control

Grandmasters Carlos Gracie Sr and Helio Gracie, reinforced that Jiu Jitsu should be practiced with the mindset that your opponent will be bigger and stronger than you. That technique  and mental toughness should be pursued above all physical attributes.

11. Athletic Development

Jiu Jitsu’s main goal is technical prowess and preseverance but the training itself is a whole body workout – Grips, Feet, Hips and Head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw or a fight ending submission. Many world class professional athletes such as  NFL players take up Martial Arts in order to improve their game skills.

12. Jiu Jitsu is Global

Jiu Jitsu has experienced a World Wide growth in the past 10 years unlike any other Martial Art. You can find a Jiu Jitsu school in any corner of the of any continent.

If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a school to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo.

In Jiu Jitsu, a student may travel to any school and they will still be practicing the same hip throw, arm lock or choke that are taught at his Academy. In fact I encourage all my students whose jobs involve traveling to always bring a Gi and visit other schools. Even when my students go away on vacation they tell me stories of training from the other side of the country to the other side of the world.

I Hope this article got you interested in investigating the Martial Arts for your child. If you need help finding a school or need a recommendation please contact me at

Training at a World Class Academy such as Gracie Barra under the tutelage of Master Carlos Gracie Jr  has ‘opened the doors’ for me to move to the United States and study under the legendary Renzo Gracie, start my own school and live the life I always dreamed of – teaching and studying Jiu Jitsu full time.

Is your child ready for back to school?

Bully proof, confidence, Focus discipline and energetic?

At Renzo Gracie NH we live by our values, family, teamwork, loyalty and integrity.

We believe these basic values hold true for any family and this is the basis of our kid program under the careful supervision of a head instructor, the Jiu Jitsu Kids Program is delivered with the assistance of other instructors. This ensures a safe and effective learning environment. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch their children having fun while using up all that excess energy.

Your child will:

  • Develop life skills
  • Learn Self Defense
  • Learn discipline
  • Develop Confidence
  • Improve Self Esteem
  • Have fun and burn excess energy

Renzo Gracie NH Jiu Jitsu Kids Program

Shortly after my son turned four, my wife and I brought him to Renzo Gracie NH to check out the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Kids Program. After meeting with Professor Kevin Landry, I knew Renzo Gracie NH was perfect for us. As soon as we walked in the door, we were treated (and felt) like family! Since our son started, my wife and I have noticed a difference in his confidence level. My wife thought he might be too young and that he wouldn’t remember the jiu jitsu moves taught in class. She couldn’t be more happy to be wrong. Our son retains more of the training than either of us imagined and he’s having fun during training. I can’t say enough good things about Professor Landry and the whole Renzo Gracie NH team. I can’t wait until our daughter turns four so she can enjoy the art of  jiu jitsu the same way our son is! ~ Dustin C. Concord, NH

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Kids Program teaching confidence and self-defense in a fun and health way
The Gracie Jiu Jitsu Kids Program is the perfect way for your child to begin a life of fitness, confidence, and self-defense!