The absolute best school in ALL of NC! Respect for everyone.
Peaceful. Humble. Detailed. Zero ego! Survive and ALWAYS keep it PLAYFUL.
Jan 6, 2021
Marvtastic night at Gracie Durham. Sonny the lead instructor was great.
Mar 3, 2021
Amazing environment especially for beginners. I haven’t done jujitsu a day on my life and I understood the lesson and everyone there was super friendly and helped give me pointers. They also took temperature at the door and kept the location very clean and I felt safe from COVID at all times. All in all I would 100% recommend this place to friends, family and anyone I knew who was interested in learning self defense
Sep 18, 2021
Absolutely awesome. I've only been a couple times but I'm impressed with the supportive atmosphere, quality of instruction, and the pragmatic approach to the art. Highly recommended.
Mar 21, 2021
I have a fairly vast Martial Arts background with Black Belts in Karate, Kenpo Karate and Tae Kwon Do as well as extensive training in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts. I also have a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu and have been to the Gracie academy in Torrance. I contacted Sunny the owner and he was very welcoming and shared alot of information with me. He invited me to drop in if I visited the area so I did. He is a great teacher and very gentle and detail oriented. His students were very friendly and welcoming also. I will definitely be back to visit. I highly recommend their school as a great place to learn the Gracie Combatives fundamentals.
Aug 18, 2021
Absolute best place to learn your fundamentals and basics in jiu jitsu if you’re starting out . I been to many places. But this is one of the best.
My mount was absolute garbage and trash when I came here. (I was formerly in another school )I would get thrown off like when a little brother fights a big brother . I couldn’t even escape mount well . A couple months later (2-3? ) into this place . My mount now is comparable to a child being fed steroids and now that child looks like one of those ripped anime characters who looks like an adult but is really 12. I can get out of mount way more easily and maintain and hold/ retain dominant position . I gotten like 70 percent better going here. If you got two left feet in jiu Jitsu go here.
Thank you gracie Durham jiu jitsu and the university itself . Mostly thank you Sunny and Alex and the whole entire team
May 11, 2019
We started our kids here a few months ago and have nothing but great things to say about Gracie Durham and especially the owner, Sunny. He and his staff have such a wonderful way with kids it has been a delight to watch them have such fun while learning the basics of Jiu Jitsu. Sunny makes it easy for your kids to come and check it out and see if it’s a good fit for them. Highly recommended!
Jan 13, 2019
Any Gracie CTC is great in that they are certified by the Gracie family themselves out of Torrence California. This one is excellent in how Sunny not only talks through techniques, but also how he analyzes different possibilities with and for you. Excellent coaching and instructor.
Jun 9, 2018
Gracie Jiu Jitsu is an awesome place! Sunny is a GREAT instructor, very laid back and understanding. I've learned a lot in just 6 months. I would definitely recommend GJJ!! :)
May 30, 2018
When I think of Jiu Jitsu, Gracie Durham is what pops in my mind. There is a major focus on execution of the techniques, the theory behind it, the ideas that transcend what is being taught. It is a very approachable school, and the curriculum is Gracie. Very solid school!Sunny runs a phenomenal class. Easy going and funny guy, too. He encourages questions, is able to break down the reasoning behind is answers, which I believe, allows a Jiu Jitsu practitioner to eventually make the art their own.The people there are the nicest folks I have met. It really is a great community, and I am proud to be a part of it.If you are looking to learn pure Gracie Jiu Jitsu, this is the place to do it. Great lessons, great teachers, great students, and the facility is amazing!Thank you Sunny and class. Proud to be a part of this amazing institution!
Feb 21, 2019
Jul 29, 2019
An outstanding atmosphere and curriculum for regular people to learn practical self-defense. When you train here, you are part of a team dedicated to building confidence and skill, with great respect for our mutual safety. For people of all shapes and sizes that want to learn street self defense, Gracie Durham is the best place to start.
Dec 18, 2019
Gracie Durham helps all students start from zero experience in self defense to being street ready in as little as eight months. His teaching is not limited to adults, he is also an excellent instructor for kids ages five and up in the bulletproof program. If you’re just starting out and looking for self defense, exercise, or even just a fun activity Gracie Durham is the place for you.
Dec 18, 2019
If you’re looking to learn Ju Jitsu in an environment that’s safe, effective and fun, Durham Gracie is the place. Sunny is an excellent instructor and the Gracie University curriculum is unmatched. Highly recommend.
Feb 17, 2020
I did a drop-in Gracie Combatives class last week while in Durham for work and Sunny and his students were super friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend!
May 8, 2020
I believe wholeheartedly in the principles and methods taught by the Gracie Jiu Jitsu program as it genuinely emphasizes self-defense without all the glamour and competition that other martial artis or jiu jitsu programs entail. If you want to learn about the art and building blocks of jiu jitsu at its very core and self defense for yourself and/or your family, THIS IS IT. If you're looking for medals, competition, and MMA glory, move on as this isn't it. Sunny is a teacher at his very core and it doesn't matter what environment or subject matter it is. He will patiently break it all down for you because he wants you to GET IT. He wants you to connect with it, so he will do what it takes to get bridge the gap. His heart is in the right place and you'll see that right away.