Leadership Academy is the Official representative of Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Wisconsin.
Leadership Academy’s Chief Instructor Gary Engels started training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 2008 and started training with Royce Gracie in 2015 and was recently presented with his Purple Belt by Royce Gracie, Gui Valente, Pedro Valente Jr, and Grandmaster Pedro Valente Sr. At Leadership Academy we are fully committed to preserving Royce and his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s vision, teaching method, and philosophy on and off the mat.
Our mission is to provide the most effective self defense instruction in the world by giving students the tools to defend themselves in real life, with no rules, no points, and no time limits. We teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a method of realistic self defense and personal development and not as a tournament sport.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the most complete and efficient martial art known today for a weaker person to defend him or herself against a stronger aggressor. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the art of flexibility, pliancy, adaptability, and astuteness. It emphasizes the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength.
What Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Will Do For You
Cardiovascular conditioning for overall health
- Jiu-Jitsu helps you lose weight, build core strength, and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Defend yourself with real world self-defense techniques
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches how to disarm and immobilize bigger, stronger attackers.
Walk with a new found sense of confidence
Jiu-Jitsu will show you that you are capable of much more than you could ever imagine.
Keep calm under pressure
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instills a sense of calm when under pressure.
Can be practiced by everyone; young, old, strong, weak, male, female. Jiu-Jitsu is the great equalizer.
About Royce Gracie:
Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gracie is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Helio never pushed any of the children to take formal classes until they wanted to do so, however they often went to the Academy in Rio after school and on weekends.
Royce began competing in tournaments at age eight, and received his blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his brother, Rorion. They began teaching private classes out of their garage, sometimes for more than ten hours a day. Rorion and Royce opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy over eleven years ago in Torrance, California. Today it is one of the largest martial arts schools in the country.
Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship.
His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180 pound Royce Gracie.
His opponents consistently outweighed him by more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night. Royce is still very active in the fight world with the longer MMA match in history 90 min against Japanese Superstar Kazushi Sakuraba in PRIDE Grand PRIX 2000, and total domination of the Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida in PRIDE Shockwave 2003. He most recently competed in 2006 where he defeated legendary opponent Kazushi Sakuraba in a rematch of their 2000 bout in Japan.
How do I get started?
It’s easy to start. We start by scheduling a FREE PRIVATE LESSON for you with one of our highly trained Instructors. We will give you a tour of our training facility, educate you about our school, our staff and the programs we offer. You will have the chance to see if our program is right for you and your family. There is no cost or obligation for the evaluation lesson and we also offer a VIP Introductory Program. Our tuition rates are reasonable, competitive and affordable. Contact us right away and we’ll show you how we can make a difference in your life.