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Ian Lieberman


First Name: Mike
Last Name: Casey
City: Bronx
State: NY
Country: USA
School: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Bronx
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1. Submitted by Ali Agboatwalla on Saturday February 21, 2009 7:53 PM
Very unique in his teaching methods. Awesome instructor
2. Submitted by Jordan on Sunday February 22, 2009 12:28 AM
Mike is a great teacher. He runs a class organization and cares about his students and their learning more than making money. If your’re thinking about trying BJJ, but are hesitating, try Mike’s school (Westchester or the Bronx). You’ll feel welcomed and supported in your effort. Jordan
3. Submitted by Conor on Sunday February 22, 2009 8:51 AM
Mike Casey will not show you crazy/fancy moves like a flying armbar. However, he will help you realize the simplistic nature of the art. Receiving his black belt through Relson Gracie, he teaches the “Gracie Way”… That is, becoming master of the basics. He runs each class with incredible focus on detail and reinforcement through drilling. After checking out other schools in the area, I went with Mike and I am very glad I did.
4. Submitted by WIL on Sunday February 22, 2009 9:00 AM
Mike is a very knowledgeable instructor who has been a direct student of Master Relson Gracie for a long time. He is technically sound and has a keen ability to relay his teachings in a form that is simple to understand, with a high attention to detail. If you are looking for an academy with a welcoming atmosphere and an undiluted version of Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Mike is “the source” in New York.
5. Submitted by Arty on Sunday February 22, 2009 11:36 AM
Mike combines the experience and wisdom of one of the finest Gracie masters with an ability to articulate this that is second to none. He is always attainable and has a humility that is unusual among senior instructors. He places a premium on fundamentals and practical self-defense, while retaining an emphasis on student safety—a rare combination. The training environment is friendly, supportive, and reflects perfectly the intent of Relson Gracie.
6. Submitted by Jay Dennis on Monday February 23, 2009 4:15 PM
Very good guy with a lot of old timer experience.
7. Submitted by Robert on Thursday March 5, 2009 10:15 AM
I really like Mike as an instructor. He is really good with the kids in the class. He treats the kids and the adults the same and makes us work out hard. I am glad that he is my head instructor. Many kids would benefit by learning from him. I am learning alot about ju-jitsu and I feel more confident with myself. I have alot of fun and learn at the same time. This is a great class.
8. Submitted by Joey on Thursday July 7, 2011 12:39 AM
Pound for Pound best facial hair of any jui jitsu instructor in the greater New York Tri-State area!!!
9. Submitted by Butch Nieves on Thursday July 7, 2011 10:52 AM
Training with Mike has been a very rewording experience for me…His instruction is second to none and with my several limitations Mike has always been able to adapt the move to enable me to performed them. Great Instruction..great class with great people. Awesome to place to learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu !!!
10. Submitted by ADAM on Thursday July 7, 2011 12:58 PM
I have been a student of Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu under the instruction of Mike Casey for over a decade. I can truly say that Mike is an outstanding instructor whose knowledge of Gracie Jiu Jitsu is unrivaled. The classes are run in a friendly, safe environment and taught with an emphasis of learning the fundamentals. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning Gracie Jiu Jitsu to come and learn from the best- Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Bronx/Eastchester!!!!!
11. Submitted by Sarc on Thursday July 7, 2011 1:35 PM
Top notch instruction, bar none.
12. Submitted by Phil Cardella on Thursday July 7, 2011 2:50 PM
Mike has been part of the Gracie Team back when it was one team in America. He is a Martial Artist in the truest sense. Before he even knew me he helped me build my association & has coached me to victory in MMA & Grappling tournament. He has helped many people through out the years achieve their goals of becoming champions.
13. Submitted by Anton on Tuesday July 12, 2011 6:17 PM
Over a short period of time training with Mike I have fallen in love with BJJ. Mike creates an atmosphere where there isn’t room for egos, a safe place to train with people of all skill levels. He has a way of explaining the mental approach to certain positions, that turns everything into a concrete idea. He also has a way of correcting you without making you feel stupid. As a beginner you get the idea that you can simply follow the proven process to becoming an intermediate or expert. I always look forward to training.
14. Submitted by Ricardo on Tuesday July 12, 2011 7:36 PM
Mike is the real deal instructor to teach you the PURE & DETAILED GRACIE JIU JITSU, I’m very thankful with the strong FOUNDATION that i have learned from him. I’m very proud to be his student and part of the Relson Gracie Team. And with the knowledge he has given me i will pass on to all of those who love to practice the art of Gracie “MIKE’s” Jiu Jitsu.
15. Submitted by Ish on Tuesday July 12, 2011 11:57 PM
I’ve been training with mike at the Relson Gracie Academy of New York for longer then i can remember, but everyday seems like the first day, because in every class i learn something new, even on techniques that i have done countless times, he manages to make it that much better every time he teaches it to you, perhaps thats how he has tighten up he’s game over the years, believe me, it’s tight. “we ride together, we die together, bad boys for life”… lol
16. Submitted by John O’leary on Sunday July 17, 2011 10:45 PM
I’ve been training in martial arts for 35 yrs and I am a school owner . I’ve been training with Mike fir about six months, and I find his class very informative. He is very good at what ge does, no flash all business and I’m very glad to be a student of his and a part if Relson Geacie team. If Gracie jujitsu is whst you want Mike us the man to go to in the Bronx.
17. Submitted by Anthony on Tuesday July 19, 2011 8:47 AM
There are great martial artists and there are great teachers.. Mike just happens to be the best of both. Here’s a few reasons why: He has a real talent for explaining things, breaking down the most difficult or complex moves into easy-to-understand, bite sized chunks that anyone can learn fairly quickly. Whenever you might be having difficulty with a certain move he seems to always pop up at just the right time to give you the exact adjustment you need to get the move perfect… And whenever you think you have a move mastered, he always has another small adjustment to give you to make the move even more dangerous. Finally, though Mike is a serious, high-level, top of the food chain, Relson Gracie Black Belt, he never ceases to make each class fun. Two hours often flies by and feels like 10 minutes. If you ever have the chance to learn from Mike Casey, jump on the opportunity and you will be very, very glad you did… but your opponents won’t be 🙂
18. Submitted by Michael Casey on Monday August 1, 2011 6:19 PM
Huge Thanks to everyone who contributed here, with the many kind words. The school is full of great people who are a lot of fun to train, and train with. Come in and try us out for 30 DAYS FREE! “Together, the teacher and the taught, create the teaching.”
19. Submitted by Al Bruno on Thursday January 5, 2012 9:15 PM
I work in a high school in which I have to break up fights every so often. Nowadays, these kids are pretty big. In the dozens upon dozens of fights I have broken up or assisted in restraining unruly students, I have not received any injuries thanks to my Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense training compliments of Mike Casey. I am greatful for the unrivaled fountain of knowledge as well as the camaraderie and training. Plain and simple: It works!
20. Submitted by Mark Sanchez on Friday January 6, 2012 8:15 PM
After 47 years of Shotokan Karate, my first love, I understand that I have a weakness. Grappeling! In order to be a more rounded martial artist I look at the entire picture of self-defense. This entails long, medium, and short range tactics. Mike demonstrates how I can apply these BJJ techniques to be a victor in close combat scenerios. Mike’s ultimate goal is how he may impart his knowledge & if you wish to learn from a person who enjoys sharing his knowledge of BJJ, he’s the guy you need to visit. Keep up the good work Mike, It’s been a pleasure learning from you!
21. Submitted by Christopher Sarcone on Thursday February 16, 2012 3:30 PM
Mike Casey does more than teach Jiu Jitsu. He promotes concepts that can be applied to all aspects of one’s life. His teaching has had a profound effect one.
22. Submitted by Alex Montoya on Monday May 28, 2012 12:50 PM
If you are interested in learning authetic Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Mike Casey is the instructor for you. Not only is Mike a knowledgeable Black belt under Relson Gracie(the second oldest son of Grand Master Helio Gracie) he has an approachable personality, you can tell he loves what he does.He will teach you the foundation of Gracie Jiu Jitsu on and off the mat. The way he teaches in the Kids Program is a sight to see, great way teach the little ones on how to deal with bullies in a safe way. The academy has a friendly family atmosphere.If Gracie Jiu Jitsu is what your looking for, look no further.
23. Submitted by Frank C on Saturday July 7, 2012 1:20 PM
All of the above comments really speak true to Mike Casey, but here are three reasons that I travel over an hour from NJ every week to train with Mike: 1) He’s very connected with all of his students and knows most (if not all) of their strengths and weaknesses. He can speak to this off the top of his head and this even applies to students that he trained with years ago. This really speeds up student development and creates well rounded players. 2) His teaching style can simultaneously engage advanced and beginner students. When showing a single technique, he can simplify it to the core processes (the essence) or elaborate on all of the subtle nuances and contexts and setups. This ability provides the student with a single home for his journey from white to black belt. 3) He assists YOU in the development of YOUR Jiujitsu. We’re all different (size, strength, flexibility), and different things work for different people. What works for Relson might not work for us. Its not enough to pay lip-service to the techniques and styles of the jiu jitsu masters who came before us. We need to see what works for us and then make it work. Mike has the ability to show the same technique to two different people in two slightly different ways, customizing it to the physical attributes of each, without compromising any effectiveness. One other thing I can add is that the guys that train with Mike are high quality jiujitsu players and people. But that shouldn’t be surprising when considering the source of the instruction and leadership.
24. Submitted by Phil Cardela on Sunday July 22, 2012 2:57 PM
Mike is the man, great Instructor & been in the game from day 1.
25. Submitted by Jason H on Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:40 PM
Coach Casey is an enthusiastic,clear,precise instructor who can break a move down in such a way that anyone can understand. He pays good attention to all his students and whenever you have a question he is right there to answer it. He also happens to be as good at as it gets when it comes to jiu jitsu which is a huge plus 🙂 The entire team at the Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu New York Academy makes you feel at home from day one and will constantly reaffirm the wise decision you made by training there. They certainly did/do it for me. Highly recommended.
26. Submitted by christy thomas on Wednesday September 26, 2012 1:36 PM
Mike is one of the longest students of Relson Gracie. He’s been holding down the Bronx for what seems like forever! He’s got the self defense down and has a great group of guys. Go check him out and see how he’s grown Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in NY!
27. Submitted by Steven Rivera on Thursday October 11, 2012 8:50 PM
Awesome instructor..even better person. I have been training with Mike for 12 yrs, and I can’t remember my life before jujitsu. All I have to say is.. Thank you Mike
28. Submitted by Jesus O. on Thursday November 8, 2012 7:31 AM
No gimmicks, no games, no false promises, or any B.S.!! This is a man that can teach you from the moment you enter the door. On top of his amazing instructing skills he has fostered a ideal family environment that makes learning this art approachable by anyone. Not only does he make himself available but everyone of his students are right there to help and explain, to make sure that you have the best understanding of every single moment in class. This isn’t about flash or hype, he teaches success at your pace and level, that has you pushing for better. I highly recommend!
29. Submitted by Brian C on Friday May 17, 2013 10:28 AM
There are lots of guys who are skilled BJJ artists. There are lots guys who are great instructors. Mike is both. There are very few of those.
30. Submitted by Jason H on Monday July 29, 2013 11:55 PM
A++ Instruction Ive been training under Mike Casey for a year now and i still walk out of every class as amazed as my very first one. Forget everywhere else. The Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy of New York with Mike Casey is THE place to learn authentic Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu for life!
31. Submitted by Johnny V on Tuesday July 30, 2013 3:35 PM
Mike is an excellent instructor. He structures his class by having specific lessons on street self defense and the sport of BJJ. His knowledge in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is very extensive and he simplifies every technique to the level of the student’s knowledge. He encourages students to ask questions and cares about the progress of every student. Every one in the gym makes you feel at home and they will support you in your journey in learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Mike, thank you for helping me grow in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and for your passion in teaching the art.
32. Submitted by Dante Santora on Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:57 AM
Master Mike has created a winning culture at the Relson Gracie Academy in the Bronx. His instruction is clear and precise with a laser focus on the mental aspect of self defense. He is invested in the growth of every individual and his hand on approach leaves no one behind. Every member of our team is totally committed to each other and the overall success of the academy. I have been training with Mike for two years and it has truly been a life changing experience. If you are considering training BJJ, Mike will bring out the best in you. He receives my highest recommendation!
33. Submitted by Jason H on Thursday August 8, 2013 4:14 PM
The tactics class on Tuesday was even more fun and eye opening then the one on Saturday! Under Mike Casey your jiu jitsu game cant help but to get better and better for every second you spend on the mats with him and all the great guys he trains. Do your self a huge favor and come join us at the Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy of New York. You wont be disappointed.
34. Submitted by Paul V on Thursday August 22, 2013 10:04 PM
Mike really knows BJJ. He is passionate about BJJ and about teaching and sharing it with others. He encourages me greatly to focus on my technique and teaches me how well Jiu Jitsu works for self-defense. I highly recommend Mike and trust his abilities. I have only been training for a few months and I feel very comfortable at his school. The other students are great as well. They are all family guys that one can connect with and they are all very helpful in sharing and helping me develop my technique. If you are looking for a great place to learn some real Jiu Jitsu from a real pro in a place without big egos then this is definitely the place. Great bunch of guys, a great team spirit and great teaching. I watch some of the more experienced guys and say to myself if this is how I can be in a few years, then I definitely want to be here. I highly recommend Mike Casey a great BJJ Instructor.
35. Submitted by carlos ruibal on Sunday September 8, 2013 3:14 PM
hoy fue mi primer dia en Gracie jiu jitsu, Bronx. Y la clase que dio Mike fue excelente, mostrando detalles importantes para realizar una tecnica. Personalmente entreno artes marciales hace 22 anos y recomiendo este lugar 100% para principiantes y niveles avanzados en artes marciales. No solo es importante como da la clases el instructor, sino tambien ver como se comportan los alumnus dentro del tatami, eso tambien habla de lo bueno y dedicado que es el instructor.
36. Submitted by translation of carlos ruibals post on Tuesday September 10, 2013 2:27 PM
 Today was my first day at Gracie jiu jitsu, Bronx. And the class that Mike gave was excellent, showing important details to perform a technique. Personally Ive trained martial arts for 22 years and I recommend this place 100% for beginners and advanced martial arts levels. It is not only important how the instructor teaches, but also to see how the students within the class behave which also speaks of how good and dedicated the instructor is.
37. Submitted by Donato Signore on Saturday March 8, 2014 12:25 PM
Mike Casey is an amazing instructor. I have taken many different martial arts through the years, and nothing has impacted my life as much as BJJ. There is such beauty in its simplicity, and as far as I’m concerned, nothing matches its real world practicality. I consider myself lucky to be taught by someone like Mike, who is a Black Belt directly from Relson Gracie, and to see techniques that are tried and proven through the years, as well as the evolution of new techniques he and Relson are constantly developing. Mike’s method of teaching is traditional, practical and a lot of fun. He gives you all the tools you will ever need and then allows you to grow as an individual and make it work for You.
38. Submitted by John-Michael on Saturday March 8, 2014 7:07 PM
Mike Casey is the man. He’s tough as nails, and is an old school Relson Gracie disciple. If you want to learn real Gracie jiu-jitsu, this is man to see. Gracie jiu-jitsu is for everyone, but just the young, strong, and athletic, Mike will show you this. Gracie jiu-jitsu is the the answer for self defense against the young, the strong, and the athletic.
39. Submitted by Seth Caron on Monday March 31, 2014 7:05 PM
Mike Casey is an amazing instructor, who understands how to break down the technique so that everyone of every walk of life can understand. His philosophy on fighting is easy to grasp with a no nonsense approach. Like that of the Samurai it was not that fancy, show off technique that gets the job done but the most basic technique that finishes the opponent without out the opponent knowing they were in danger. I look forward to more training with Mike Casey.
40. Submitted by Anthony O on Monday October 6, 2014 9:54 AM
Mike Casey is an amazing instructor! I been training for years, over twenty in the military, and many years in various martial arts. All the disciplines I studied have real good teacher, but Mike is on another level, he breaks it down, he field strips it down and gets you going. like others have mentioned before and I have to agree, If you can get a chance to train with Mike Casey do so, you wont regret it. My wife never had any training and never was a fighter. Now she is the bomb and has confidence to walk the streets, put me in head locks! Thanks Mike we appreciate you time, your training and your friendship! peace
41. Submitted by Alex M. on Monday January 12, 2015 3:35 PM
Mike Casey is the best at what he does.The patience and knowledge he posses are unique.In every lesson Mike can tighten up or tweet a move to make it work more effectively no matter how well you think you know it.Anyone looking to learn true Gracie Jiu Jitsu or self defense Mike Casey is the one to train with. Highly recommended Relson Gracie New York Academy.
42. Submitted by Kevin Outten on Thursday January 15, 2015 1:46 PM
I met Mike a couple of weeks agao. He has been more than helpful working with me establish my team in Delaware. He is open, honest and sincere.
43. Submitted by Miguel on Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:42 PM
I joined Gracie Jiu Jitsu a few weeks back and truly enjoy studying, growing and learning under the tuteledge of Mike. Since i began training i have gained an immense appetite to learn due to the humble, versatile style of Michael Casey. His energy is nothing but positive as he urges us to take our time to learn techniques slowly to build muscle memory. He works the mat back and forth helping us build our tool box with the detail oriented skills necessary to further our understanding and overall grasp of the art of Gracie Jiu Jutsu. Mike is old school, new school, true school. I am grateful to embark on this life mission under such a great teacher. Thanks Mike.
44. Submitted by Sidney Gills on Tuesday July 21, 2015 7:38 PM
To use a term, “Stupid Simple” Everytime I go to a Mike Casey seminar it is money well spent. He has a way of breaking down a move you may be having trouble with and make you smack yourself in the forehead for not understanding it sooner. Efficiency of movement, nothing fancy, all effective. Can’t wait until he comes back to Florida.
45. Submitted by Thierry on Wednesday December 16, 2015 9:07 AM
Among all BJJ teachers and masters, M. Michael Casey is the best. Just go and see. I don’t need to add any other comments. Thank you
46. Submitted by Paul M on Wednesday December 16, 2015 11:08 AM
I have been training at Relson Gracie NY with Mike for a little over 3 months now. When I came in I knew ZERO aside from what I could glean from watching MMA matches. Mike has developed a friendly environment at Relson Gracie Academy in the Bronx. All the upper belts are very willing to help you learn and grow. When I am not understanding something Mike is there to guide me step by step through the evolution of the move. He explains things carefully, sometimes using analogies, so you are able to see things that you might not immediately understand in another way. All in all, Mike is a very professional instructor and you can tell he takes great pride in advancing his students capabilities, and I feel very lucky to have such a great place to train in my neighborhood.
47. Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday December 23, 2015 6:31 PM
We all have different goals and motivations for learning marital arts. Regardless of your goals, no one who dedicates their time and money into training is ok with getting beaten up in a street fight! While most of us would avoid this type of problem when the problem chooses you it’s a bad time to find out your training hasn’t prepared you. And if in your classes the subject of “getting punched” doesn’t come up, unprepared is what you’ll probably be. At Mike’s school you will learn Gracie Jiujitsu as Carlos & Helio Gracie intended it to be taught. Self defense first, human chess/sport second. Mike’s instruction is top notch and he’s built a great training environment with zero meatheads anxiously waiting to crack skulls! One of my favorite thing about Mike’s academy is that he plans and posts the class schedules with the actual classes class that will be taught which allows you to plan ahead. This also to know where you’re going and where you’ve been. While promotion isn’t a matter of attendance ( and it never should be!) Having a clear idea of what is expected of you works better for me than the ever popular: “Get better at Jiujitsu.” Try Relson Gracie Jiujitsu in the Bronx!
48. Submitted by Arty on Wednesday January 6, 2016 3:01 PM
Mike teaches self defense that is attainable for every student—and with a compassion second to none. A superior communicator, his instruction on the psychological aspects of self defense is also without peer. I’ve seen him do this for 20 years, and would want no other instructor teaching Jiu Jitsu to me, or those who are closest to me.
49. Submitted by Daniel on Monday March 14, 2016 6:54 PM
Signed the family up to take classes at the Relson Gracie Academy on Tremont avenue and I can tell you that coaches Mike and Rich are both great. Mike Casey is the head coach/owner and an old school Gracie guy.. as real as it gets.. a black belt under Relson Gracie.. super knowledgeable and a great motivator with a no nonsense demeanor. As a beginner I can tell the that the core/fundamental program is awesome.. It is real authentic Gracie Jiu-jitsu.. real combat/ street self defense. The Core program can honestly be done wearing no gi as it is all about real world scenarios, real Gracie style street combat that could save your life. Some schools have gotten away from original Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and focus entirely on “sport Jiu-jitsu” which has tons of rules and is all about getting points in tournaments.. this is not that school.. although some of the guys do compete.. The blue and higher ranking belts in the school are also very helpful and a great group of guys. Another great thing is that Mike gives you the lesson plan for the whole year, so you know exactly what to expect every class.. The facility is always clean, floor and wall padding always clean, two bathrooms, water fountain etc.. and I always find street parking. The kids program is great for the little ones learning to grapple and is primarily a bully defense program. It is very safe as they are not allowed to do submissions until they reach teenage years and enter the adult program. Overall highly recommended
50. Submitted by Paul Miceli on Thursday September 29, 2016 9:04 PM
I’ve been training here now for over a year. I go about 3 times a week, sometimes more. I am confident that the instruction I am receiving for the level I’m at is second to none. The people that I’ve met over the last year of training are good people, and they have been just as important as the teacher in providing a great place to learn and grow in my jiujitsu, as well as have fun doing it. You can’t go wrong with Relson Gracie Jiujitsu.
51. Submitted by Mauricio on Saturday October 1, 2016 10:45 AM
I’ve been studying with Mike Casey and his crew for over a year now. Words can hardly express how happy I am with my decision to train here. I tried a couple of the bigger name schools before and felt more lost on my way out than I was on my way in. How does the fight start? How do you end up in this weird position? How useful is this in keeping you safe so you can get home? Mike removes all of those questions. He beaks things down into super simple yet highly detailed bites that immediately get the idea across while leaving room for that eventual “Aha!” moment when you put it together I practice. I walked out of my first day feeling safer already! They also have a great kids program. Kids are NOT learning how to be aggressive bullies that respond to violence with violence. But the lessons BUILD CONFIDENCE (something that can’t be taught. That confidence makes kids able to help not only themselves but others if need be. Jiujitsu teaches control, patience, sensitivity and awareness not put your fists up and try to bash someone’s skull before they bash yours. Kids need that even more than adults. Try Relson Gracie NY. Get healthier, more confident and learn techniques that can save your life or just make sure you can get home safely!
52. Submitted by Alfred Pico on Sunday October 9, 2016 3:29 PM
Today marks my 1 year training at Relson Gracie, and I’m glad I made that decision to walk through those doors. The head instructor Professor Mike Casey is well versed in his craft and his demonstration of techniques says it all. Every time I attend a class, even if it was a technique I previously learned, I always learn how to improve on it and make it more effective. Professor Mike along with his instructors are great, and are always willing to help out their students. The school is heavily focused on the self defense aspect of Brazilian Jiu jitsu just how Grand Master Helio Gracie wanted the art to be taught.
53. Submitted by J figueroa on Sunday October 23, 2016 11:44 AM
Felt great at first, but as I became more familiar with the Gracie combatives, sometimes it was taught different by higher ranks, that taught the class when the instructor was out which was a lot, as a beginner, mat time, is important to beginners, but as higher ranked students come in half an hour, before their time, they are allowed to step in , and take over the mats at times, they just move in as you trying to get in repetition of the technique before your class ends, and they jump on the Matt to get it in so to speak, as you watch, them take over the Mat which was a little frustrating, because your time and money is important, Gracie Jujitsu isn’t cheap, at times as scheduled it’s canceled. I decided to go elsewhere
54. Submitted by Michael Casey on Sunday November 20, 2016 2:41 PM
We are very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience during your time here, our white belt class is definitely focused on beginners and the Essentials of Jiu-Jitsu. The upper level belts are meeting requirements to work with the white belts and having them work in gives the white belts a chance to get advice from, and feel more advanced technique. I will make it a point that everyone understands why we do this in order to get the most out of it. Thank you for this perspective and feedback. We will educate our future students accordingly about the learning process coming from multiple ranks and instructors. I will also say that we only close on a few major holidays or for extreme weather conditions where travel is considered unsafe. All of our instructors are trained and spend many years on the mats and must exhibit high values and standards before they are allowed to run class. I understand that voicing a complaint can be awkward but we have several ways to make the students opinions heard, including anonymous surveys. I wish you would have brought this to my attention and I’m sure we could have met your needs. We are extremely open and accessible to the student body and any concerns they have. I wish you the best Jorge and please know you are welcome back anytime, should you choose to return.
55. Submitted by Marianela Aponte on Tuesday March 14, 2017 1:46 AM
A great teacher for the kids and for the parents. He taught me as a parent that it’s ok that my child wants to stick up for others because if we lived in a world that everyone ignores and looks the other way then bullies will win and this would be a horrible world. So I learned to accept my child as a someone that cares enough to stick up for others. Thank you Coach Mike!!
56. Submitted by Al Montoya on Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:32 PM
Mike Casey 2nd degree black belt under Relson Gracie. One of the nicest easy going professor I have ever trained with. He is dedicated to maintaining traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu but has an open mind to new concepts that will improve our over all game. Mike and his instructors are all very passionate about teaching and it shows.Im glad to be part of this school.
57. Submitted by Jim Moran on Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:55 PM
I trained and taught karate for many years and always wanted to get into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Having no other point of reference I gave Michael Casey’s school a try and soon found out there is no more legitimate Gracie School anywhere, much less in NYC. Michael maintains the philosophy (self-defense first, sport second) of the Gracie family that inspired a nation of martial artists in the early days of the UFC. He has, and shares with his students, direct access to Grand Master Relson Gracie and his brothers but just as importantly, he’s cultivated the best group of assistant instructors and training partners I’ve experienced at any BJJ school (and I’ve now had the opportunity to visit quite a few). Whether you’re looking for a long term adventure into a lifetime of Jiu Jitsu or just want to ‘get in shape’ with something more interesting than the drudgery of ‘going to the gym’ three days a week, I can’t recommend Michael’s school enough.
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