ABOUT RENZO GRACIE LAKE HOUSTON

Conveniently located at 14555 West Lake Houston, near Summerwood, Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood and surrounding areas – Renzo Gracie Lake Houston aims to serve our local community first and foremost.

When we opened our doors in Summer 2019, our main goal was to deliver the best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts instruction to the Northeast Houston area. We also pride ourselves on focusing on MORE than just martial arts. We want the Renzo Gracie Lake Houston membership experience to enhance the overall lives of anyone that come through our doors, on top of just teaching them to be well-trained martial arts. And we hope that shows in our culture.

We have hired the most qualified and credentialed instructors around. Among them, our instructors have won on practically every continent – including in prestigious venues such as the IBJJF Pan-Am and World Championships, UAEJJ Grand Slam Series, Fight 2 Win Pro and many more. We also have a great extended family support system across the city and world through the Renzo Gracie network of schools, and have a program locally at our academy that fits for all ages, experience levels and body types.

Every day is a great day to begin or continue training with us at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston.

We are open seven days a week, offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing classes for all ages and skill levels. As part of our curriculum, we offer a fun and inspiring kids’ program, small group and private lessons, and women’s self-defense courses as well as a robust 7-day academy schedule with options to train in the early morning, lunch and evening hours.

Facility and Amenities

We strive to keep up a well-maintained and clean training area. Our academy is equipped with the latest Fuji Mats (http://www.fujimats.com/) and is sanitized several times daily.

Our facility is climate controlled to maintain a comfortable training environment.

Changing Rooms, Lockers, and Showers

We provide separate male and female changing rooms, each equipped with day lockers. We do have a shower area also. (anti-bacterial soap and toiletries are available, but please feel free to bring your own supplies).

We do not supply locks or towels, so we ask each student to bring their own.

Facility Philosophy

We strive in keeping a clean, safe, family-like environment. We are confident that you will enjoy your experience at the Renzo Gracie Lake Houston.

Other Questions?

Feel free to email us anytime at [email protected]

REASONS TO JOIN

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often likened to a game of human chess. If you don’t like to work out at a gym because you get bored, you’re not alone. Many of our students were tired of going to the gym, and they couldn’t find new songs or audio books to entertain them on the treadmill. They found BJJ to be the perfect workout because it requires a high level of concentration proportional to the amount of calories burned and pounds lost. What’s more, you’ll still learn to defend yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

The folks at RGLH make our school what it is, and you too will soon be one of us. You’ll be impressed by how committed each and every team member is to your learning. The instructors, staff and other students make our environment friendly yet demanding and challenging, which stimulates all of us to achieve our best.

The class structure is the trademark of Renzo Gracie Lake Houston. Classes start on time and adhere to a standardized curriculum and class structure. As a student, you know up front what is expected of you and have a clear understanding of what to expect from your instructors and training partners. The consistency of this structure combined with the creativity and innovation of our devoted instructors blend perfectly to facilitate your progress.

When you join Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, you are not just getting classes. You become part of a community united by the ideals of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. Special classes and side events coupled with ordinary classes create a fun and exciting calendar of activities that you and your family will love to take part in.

You don’t come to class just to learn how to fight. You also work hard toward mastering the underlying principles that allow you to succeed on the mats. When applied to your life off the mats, these principles can bring more balance to your routine and help you reach your true potential.

One of the most unique characteristics about our schools is our family-orientated approach. Renzo Gracie Lake Houston is proud to be a powerhouse with the most stalwart champions of world Jiu-Jitsu while still maintaining a training environment that is welcoming for the whole family: husband, wife and kids. At Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, families find marvelous activities through which to spend quality time together.

Cleanliness is a top priority. Our schools adhere to the strict standard of cleanliness and hygiene set by Renzo Gracie Houston. Our staff cleans the facilities constantly, and all RGLH uniforms are washed regularly. Our mats are cleaned on a daily basis with a specially designed cleaning agent that neutralizes bacteria, fungus and odors without detriment to the equipment.

Student safety is our instructors’ primary goal. Training sessions are supervised at all times, and we have CPR-trained personnel on duty during every class.

A certified Renzo Gracie Lake Houston black belt instructor also responsible for teaching class supervises each school. Our team of instructors was trained in the teaching philosophy and methods of Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. A legacy of over 30 years of teaching experience is at your service, so you don’t have to worry: you and your family are in great hands.

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MEET OUR STAFF

Professor Ricardo Evangelista
Professor Ricardo Evangelista3rd Degree Black Belt

The Head Instructor at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, Ricardo Evangelista is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Julio Cesar and one of the main ultra-heavyweight competitors of his generation, a reputation earned at the service of the Grappling Fight Team (GFT) in this sport’s international circuit. Ricardo’s main titles include 1st place finishes all over the world including Europe and S. America. He is a UAEJJ Grand Slam winner at can be seen on the podium at most major tournaments he participates in. Moving to Houston to run the program in September 2019, one of his main goals is to cultivate the future of the sport and improve lives through BJJ.

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – LDN (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – RJ (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – LA (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio International Open (2010 / 2011*)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2011)
  • 1st Place CBJJE Pan Championship (2009)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 / 2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012 / 2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2012*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014)
Professor Brian Marvin
Professor Brian Marvin2nd Degree Black Belt

The head instructor of Renzo Gracie Houston in Sugarland and also one of Renzo Gracie Lake Houston’s co-owners, Brian Marvin has spent much of his life in service of BJJ. Retired after 20 years as Active Duty Soldier in the Army. Brian has been instructing since 2008. He was the BJJ coach for 5th SFG(A) from 2008-2014. Brian was also attached to the 160th SOAR(A) from 2008-2014, with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Professor Brian received his Black Belt from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2011 and his 1st Degree from Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes in 2014. Now his main focus is to expand the Renzo Gracie Houston Association while consistently contributing to charity causes, such as the Mission22 and WeDefy organizations, which focus on combatting PTSD through BJJ and martial arts training.

  • Silver Medalist IBJJF European Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place Houston Fight to Win Open Super Fight (2016)
  • 2nd Place Masters 2 Black Belt Super Heavyweight Division IBJJF Masters World Championship (2015)
  • 1st Place Masters 1 Black Belt Super Heavyweight Division IBJJF Austin Open (2015)
  • 1st Place Black Belt Tournament Houston Grand Prix (2015)
  • 1st Place Black Belt Tournament Grappling Games Houston (2015)
  • 2nd Place Black Belt Super Heavy Division IBJJF Houston Open (2015)
  • 1st Place May Black Belt Open Grappling Games (2015)
  • 2nd Place Houston Open Black Belt Divisional IBJJF Tournaments (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championships

    • 1st Place Gi Brown Belt Divisional (2011)
    • 2nd Place Gi Brown Belt Absolute Divisional (2010)
    • 2nd Place Gi Blue Belt Divisional (2007)
  • Submission Only X
    • 1st Place Gi Brown Belt (2010)
    • 1st Place NoGi Mens Advanced Division (2010)
    • 1st Place NoGi Mens Absolute Division (2010)
  • Gladiator Open
    • 1st Place Gi Brown Belt (2010)
    • 1st Place NoGi Advanced (2010)
    • 1st Place Gi Purple Belt Division (2008)
    • 1st Place NoGi Mens Advanced Division (2008)
  • NAGA Las Vegas Grappling Championships
    • 2nd Place Gi Purple Belt (2008)
    • 2nd Place NoGi Advanced (2008)
    • 1st Place Gi Purple, Brown , Black Belt (2007)
    • 1st Place NoGi Advanced Divisional (2007)
  • Combat Sports Club Southwest Grapple Fest
    • Mens NoGi Advanced Closed Division with teammate 4 Submissions to finals (2008)
  • Texas BJJ Championships
    • 2nd Place Blue Belt Adult Gi Division (2007)
    • 3rd Place Nogi Intermediate (2007)
  • Capital City Combat Grappling Tournament
    • 1st Place Gi Blue Belt (2007)
  • MMA
    • 7-1 Record
    • Clash in the Cage True Fight Fan 170lb Champion
    • 2010 Ft. Carson Combatives Championships
    • 205lb Champion 4-0 with 4 submissions.
  • BJJ Instructor Since 2008
  • Modern Army Combatives Program Level 4 Qualified
  • Special Operations Combatives Program Qualified
Professor Lester Batres
Professor Lester BatresBJJ Black Belt / Professional MMA Fighter / Kickboxing Instructor

A black belt under Renzo Gracie and one of the co-owners at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, Lester Batres brings a wealth of martial arts knowledge to our team. Aside from being a BJJ black belt, Lester also holds a winning record as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with experience fighting UFC-caliber opponents. In addition to gi and no-gi grappling, Lester is well-versed in striking with a background in kickboxing and traditional Muay Thai. Lester serves as the team’s Muay Thai and Conditioning Coach. He wanted to be involved in the school as a means to use martial arts to uplift the local community. As residents of the greater Humble / Kingwood area, the entire Batres family trains at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston.

Professor Mike Calimbas
Professor Mike CalimbasBlack Belt

One of the co-owners of Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, Mike Calimbas has been a mainstay in the BJJ community for many years. Mike achieved the rank of black belt under Luiz “Dentinho” Eduardo in September 2019. Some of his proudest competitive achievements in the sport include winning a world title at the 2018 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship and winning on the professional stage at Fight 2 Win. Off the mats, he is heavily focused on community service and charitable work. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Mike was directly responsible for raising over $60,000 which was dispersed directly to victims of the flooding in Houston and surround areas. As a resident of Atascocita, Mike wants to continue the mission by utilizing BJJ to benefit the local communities around North Houston now and in the future. His entire family, including wife and son, train at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston.

  • IBJJF No-Gi World Championship – 1st Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Houston Fall International Open – 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF European Jiu-Jitsu Championship – 4th Place (2018)
  • Fight 2 Win Pro 66 – Superfight Winner by Submission (2017)
Professor Mick Maynard
Professor Mick MaynardBlack Belt

A black belt under Renzo Gracie and one of the co-owners at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston, Mick has a deep knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. The former owner of the Legacy Fighting Championship and now a matchmaker for the UFC, Mick has been integral in developing the sport at the local, regional, national and global levels. He credits Jiu-Jitsu as a foundational piece for his own develop and requires his kids train so they can grow in life. The entire Maynard family is local to Lake Houston / Summerwood and they all train regularly at Renzo Gracie Lake Houston.

LOCATIONS

As a Renzo Gracie Lake Houston student, you belong to the Renzo Gracie Association and are welcome to drop in and train at any of the schools listed below, free of charge:

Renzo Gracie Lake Houston
14555 W Lake Houston Pkwy
Houston, TX 77044
(281) 500-0075

Renzo Gracie Houston (Sugarland)
3527 Hwy 6, Suite 240
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 652-7961

Renzo Gracie Riverstone
18734 University Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 652-7961

Renzo Gracie – The Grove
7850 W Grand Parkway S, Ste 100
Richmond, Texas
(832) 471-6089

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