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Great Instruction

Great teaching is at the heart of any successful martial arts academy.  At Renzo Gracie Bayside, we provide the highest level of technical instruction coupled with the patience to convey that knowledge to each and every student.  Your progress is priority and our instructors go to great lengths to make sure that you are progressing in the correct way.

Of course every student learns at a different pace, but mastery of the basics is a universal principle in the Renzo Gracie system.

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Head Instructors


Professor Doug Pelinkovic, a life-long martial artist, holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under world renowned Master Renzo Gracie and Professor John Danaher. During his seventeen years at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, he has trained with and studied under some of the highest authorities in the sport, members of the Gracie family, and several mixed martial arts fighters and champions.

Professor Pelinkovic is also a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate under renowned instructor Shihan Kai Leung. Since earning his Black Belt, Professor Pelinkovic has continued his training with Sensei Adel Elbehiry. A 3rd degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, Professor Pelinkovic is a 3-time USA National Team Member, a 4-time national champion, and a multiple-time state and regional champion.

A fixture at the Renzo Gracie Academy for almost 20 years, Professor Mike Jaramillo is a 3rd degree Black Belt under the world renowned Professor John Danaher and Master Renzo Gracie.

As a competitor, he was a gold medalist at the IBJJF European Championships and the IBJJF No Gi World Championships.

Professor Jaramillo’s passion for teaching and in-depth technical knowledge of Jiu Jitsu has led him to become a first class grappling coach in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He has coached athletes competing the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, the Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and the Professional Fighter’s League.


Classes Offered


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Gi and NoGi Classes

Muay Thai

Kick Boxing

Junior Program

Starting at Age 6

For an individual, the greatest gift they gain from Jiu Jitsu is the ability to solve problems under stress.
— John Danaher

Join the Martial Arts Community

Martial artists make up a very racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse group. Training inevitably leads to meeting many high-quality people from various walks of life.  You will meet good people who become good friends. 


Self-Defense for Anyone

Royce Gracie won UFC1, a no rules fight tournament where he was the smallest and least athletic competitor, and won easily.

If he could use Jiu Jitsu to not only defend himself but submit his opponents, skilled fighters at the height of their discipline, it can work for anyone.

Success as a martial artist is not entirely dependant on your size, athleticism, strength or speed.  These attributes can help but are no substitute for proper technique and anticipation.


Located in the Heart of Bayside

Renzo Gracie Bayside

45-58 Bell Boulevard

Bayside, New York 11361

Phone: 718-962-7422

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