Many businesses measure their success by growth and profits – others do it by the fruits of their work.
The Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy of Reno has produced one of the top 16 grapplers in the world. That’s according to Max McGarr, who moved to Reno from the East Coast about five years ago to open the academy.
McGarr trained with Gracie in New York City. Gracie, a relative to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu family of grapplers, was an early mixed martial arts pioneer in the United States. He fought in the early UFC and later in Japan’s Pride MMA competition.
McGarr, in NYC, taught submission grappling, with and without a gi, and MMA at the flagship Renzo Gracie Academy for more than 10 years. He opened up shop in Reno five years ago.
One of his top students is 24-year-old Damon Ramos, who has been studying at the Renzo Gracie Reno school since 2018.
“There hasn’t been a class that he hasn’t shown up to,” McGarr said. “He’s in here three times a day working hard. He’s got the mind of a champion.”