Today after the big Monday afternoon class at RGA, my beloved sensei, Renzo Gracie called the class in for a special moment - he awarded the coveted red and white belt to Marcio Stambowsky, a man who has lived and breathed jiu jitsu his whole life among the greatest men of the sport. He is one of only four men to receive his black belt from legendary Rolls Gracie. Even now he is a formidable presence on the mat with a beautiful game that represents many of the techniques and philosophy of his esteemed master and the other great masters of that era.
His son, Neiman Gracie, teaches at RGA and fights in Bellator MMA league - father and son representing the classic and Neo schools of jiu jitsu. Joining us was Reyson Gracie, uncle of Renzo and Ruran, son of Renzo. What an incredible mix of youth and experience from the first family of jiu jitsu! Listening to the conversation and stories I learned about our sport than I did from most formal instruction! What a fine example from Mr. Stambowsky for everyone today about how constant maintenance of our skills can make jiu jitsu effective over a lifetime and a formative influence on a new generation.
- COACH JOHN DANAHER
Joining Gracie Sports BJJ was one of the best decisions of my life. I'm a 40 year old white belt and can only wish I started 20 years ago.
At Gracie Sports the instruction is second to none and there is such a great sense of community that I couldn't have asked for more. It all seems to stem from Master Marcio who is BJJ royalty and is one of the nicest people I've ever met. He truly cares for all his students and you can see that permeate throughout the school.
BJJ is one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but what it gives back is invaluable. You will learn more about yourself when stepping on the mat than from almost any other activity you can try.
- MARC SCHMIEDER
To have such a wealth of wisdom and knowledge in the years of practice that Master Marcio has in jiu-jitsu is a true asset of his academy. I have been training on and off for about nine years, and I must say that Marcio is the most enthusiastic professor I have ever learned from.
The way he comes racing across the mat to help his students with smallest of details, no matter their level, is evidence of what a great teacher he truly is. His devotion to his students is quite clear. And to have the opportunity to train with one of only a few of Rolls Gracie's black belts, priceless.
- SEAN BOEGER
How do I share my love for Gracie Sports? My whole family enjoys training here. I have never felt so comfortable, everyone truly respects each other.
Best workout for the mind, body, and soul. Thank you Gracie Sports for becoming part of our family. I enjoy the intense training and the empowerment Jiu Jitsu gives me.
- MAUREEN POLLACK
Clean, safe professional and fun. That's what came to mind when I first visited Gracie Sport in Norwak with Marcio. Then I met Marcio and was blown away by what kind of person he is. His positive and outgoing personality will make anyone in his presence feel good. He does not have to tell you how much he loves teaching, and helping others it is shown in his action. He is trully amazing.
Don't take my word for it but come and visit him in his school and see for yourself. Doesn't matter if you want to learn self defense, get in shape or just have fun. Young or old, there is a class for you. It is never to late to start you path in Martial Arts. I started Jiu Jitsu when I was 24 in 2004 and have been loving every minute of it.
- PAUL BRATSLAVSKY
I truly cannot say enough good things about this gym - the head instructor, Marcio Stambowsky, has a lineage that speaks for itself, but I still feel the need to stress just how incredible his experience and knowledge is. He represents a direct link to the legendary history of the sport and you're doing yourself a disservice by not learning from him.
Additionally, Marcio is in the gym every day ensuring there is a positive and welcoming atmosphere.
Beyond that, the assistant instructors are also very talented and exceptional teachers, and there are a good amount of higher level belts that are friendly and willing to help. As a final note, it's worth mentioning that this is primarily a Gi gym. So to sum up, this is really a fantastic gym. Great instructors, great training partners, and a great environment to learn in.
- MARCO D.
I moved to Norwalk from NJ last August and was excited to continue training BJJ. I was nervous coming into the school (Having been at another school in NJ). I was greeted at the door by Marcio and from then on I instantly was made to feel that I belonged. BJJ is not just about training hard, it is also about the family and community that is built at a BJJ gym. Our support system is great and if you ever feel the need to learn how to defend yourself or to train BJJ, just know that you'll have people there to support you.
- ALEX DELANNOY
Great team, really like a family. World class instruction. A champion and a coral belt, Marcio is yet so down-to-earth, warm, and approachable, who really cares about your success.
- VALERIE LYASHKO