For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the Spring 2013 season tournaments for grappling and BJJ in NYC and places that are reasonably close by. As these are all local tournaments, many of them will have Ronin competitors. As we get closer to each tourney, we’ll find out who is competing so you can…

We live in New York City, with its reputation as a ‘tough’ place. You’d think that as an MMA school in NYC, we’d emphasize self-defense and fighting in ‘the streets’ more. Instead, we emphasize the fitness, the fun and the mental aspects of training. Why is that? I’d like to take this chance to build…

In many of the classes here at Ronin Athletics, you will often hear terms like lever, structure and angle thrown around. It can seem weird to discuss something as obviously physical by using such cerebral concepts. But at the same time, we’re applying the science of physics and its principles on the mat every day….

Everyone has questions when they first think about joining a BJJ or MMA gym. Most of them are answered when prospective students spend time researching an academy or a particular style of martial arts. This MMA gym FAQ is not about the big questions like ‘Is MMA an effective form of self-defense?’ which has been…

Rolling, or grappling with resistance, is a crucial part of BJJ’s pedagogical model. At any of the many MMA / BJJ schools in NYC, you will see rolling. It’s fundamental to one’s ability to implement techniques and internalize the concepts of Jiu-jitsu. Like in much of life, a person needs to undergo stress tests to…

Special thanks to Coach Vinh for not only coaching our guys during the tournament, but teaching solid fundamentals to our team week-in and week-out! Big Congratulations to our Ronin Athletics Team members that competed in the KTOC – Grappling Tournament in Flushing, NY.  A small crew of 4 competitors came out to test themselves and…

  Here at Ronin Athletics, we encourage all of our team members to compete. We have a strong Competition Team, with many of us consistently bringing home hardware. We acknowledge that competition isn’t for everyone, but we feel that if you can fit it into your schedule, you should enter one of the many tournaments,…

Special thanks to Coach Vinh  for not only coaching our guys during the tournament, but teaching solid fundamentals to our team week-in and week-out! Brian Carvajal brings home the Gold! Congratulations to Brian Carvajal for taking home a Gold medal in his No-Gi division! Dominating one of his matches 16-0! Mark Tittl Brings home 2…

The internet is a great resource for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling in general. It connects players who are practicing and rolling from Denmark to Japan, from Rio to right here in Manhattan. There are absolutely loads of quality instructionals, blogs and news sites approaching these sports from a wide variety of angles. From youtube…

You’ve watched the UFC. You’ve had friends telling you about how fun training is. Maybe you’ve even lurked in one of the many BJJ / MMA forums. And now you’ve finally decided to take your interest a little further and actually try out one of the best MMA gyms in NYC, namely ours, Ronin Athletics. Here’s…

The following is a list of upcoming competitions for Submission Grappling and BJJ in NYC and surrounding areas. Ronin Athletics has a list of criteria that you will have to meet before being able to compete and represent the gym. They include items like minimum training time at Ronin, as well as a minimum number…

Alan Rivera (top) and Luis Gerardino (bottom) finish off the MMA class with Battling Ropes Drills!

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