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Martial Arts Spotlight: Gracie Gym in Plano

Gracie Gym

Coach Marcus Neuenschwander and  students
Gracie Gym Plano
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Gracie Gym of Plano

The Gracie Gym is located at 4017 Preston Road, Suite #B-545, Plano, TX 75093. The gym offers programs in Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu and Muay Thai. The Jujitsu classes are taught by Coach Marcus Neuenschwander. Coach Neuenschwander received his first and second degree on his black belt from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. He has years of extensive experience and has won numerous championships, national, and international titles. Professor Neuenschwander not only runs and owns Gracie Gym, but two other Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu centers in Texas and California, as well. Gracie Gym is devoted to teaching the techniques, philosophy, and traditions passed down from Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr.

Taken from the Gracie Gym Website:

“Since 1925, the Gracie family has taught individuals the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Although it is now seen as a sport, the concept of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu derived from a martial art that was based on the principals of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience, and many other characteristics. Our goal is to continue passing this outstanding form of self-defense on for generations so thousands of people can learn and enjoy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”

Gracie Gym’s website lists a variety of programs offered at their school. These programs range from classes for youth and teens, women’s classes, law enforcement training, Muay Thai and private lessons.

American Muay Thai Association

Muay Thai classes at Gracie Gym are taught by Coach Carlos Moreno. Coach Moreno has achieved Ajarn (Master) level in the Combat Art of Muay Thai. Muay Thai is the devastating striking art also dubbed as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. This is because Muay Thai fighters are trained to use all weapons of the hands, feet, elbows and knees. Ajarn Moreno was trained under Master Cheetah and has trained amateur and professional Muay Thai and MMA champions from central to northern California. He began Muay Thai training in 1993 and joined Cheetah Muay Thai Academy in 1996. He continued studying his art by living and training at the International Muay Thai School in Bangkok, Thailand. He founded the American Muay Thai Association in 1996 with the goal of spreading Muay Thai to the community and uniting U.S. Muay Thai teachers. He earned the title of Kru in 1999 and in 2009 received a recognition award for his dedication to quality instruction and commitment to his students. His Students have fought in UFC, Bellator, Legacy Fighting Championship, IFC, King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge and many others.

Learn more about Coach Moreno and the American Muay Thai Association on the Worldwide Web http://friscomuaythai.com/

You can find out more about Gracie Gym on the web http://www.graciegymtexas.com/

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