Rilion Gracie Kansas City

Rilion Gracie Kansas City Academy is a great place to accomplish all of your goals. Men and women, children, families and friends find a home at Rilion Gracie Kansas City Academy. Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses more on technique and physics than size and speed, making it a perfect art for any person, any body shape, and any level of fitness.

Your first lesson at Rilion Gracie Kansas City Academy will show you just how you too can learn and use Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and have a lot of fun along the way.

John Monk Owner / Instructor

John Monk, a fighter to the core, stepped into the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014 under the guidance of the revered Rosedale Reaper, Rob Kimmoms, followed by Jason Bircher, where he quickly became obsessed with the sport.

Within the first few months of practicing Jiu Jitsu, John was introduced to Rilion Gracie, who became his biggest influence in the philosophy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Over the past years, John has honed his Jiu Jitsu technical skills while competing in over 40 tournaments and reaching the pinnacle of success by being crowned the world-ranked #1 blue belt at Masters 4 in 2022.

When John isn’t fiercely competing, he can be found imparting his love and knowledge of the sport to his kids, who he trains with unwavering dedication. John Monk is a true martial artist, continuously honing his skills and upholding the spirit of competition.

Coach Joe Wertz

A 24 year Army Veteran and We Defy Ambassador, with a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Joe first started training BJJ in 2007. Joe had trained with multiple schools across the United States and brings a wealth of technical knowledge to his classes.

As a Veteran, Joe focuses on practical application and enjoys the community built on the mats.

Coach Luke

Rilion Gracie Kansas City Academy - Master Rilion Gracie in Kansas City for Grand Opening
Master Rilion Gracie

Jiu Jitsu is one of the most complete workouts you can do, it’s an ideal sport for endurance and weight control.

Rilion Gracie Kansas City


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