“Profs Dave Kama and Fernando Costa have been my professors since 2009. I’ve been at a lot of academies over the years under many top names. No one’s Gracie curriculum is more effective than Rickson Gracie’s. With Rickson recently retired, there are only a few of his “true” black belts around teaching, with his longest black belt, being Prof Dave. Prof Dave has an easy going style that shows quiet confidence; he’s been everywhere and done all of it in Jiu-Jitsu. No American alive today has seen or done as much as he has under Rickson’s tutelage. Dave and his handful of professors do a spectacular job teaching what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu truly is, and they’re great, great people!”

Ryan Young

“When I was younger I took for granted the opportunities I had to take a seminar or class with Rickson Gracie and didn’t take them. Now years later the opportunities are scarce and I regret it.

So when I heard about Professor Kama coming to Hawaii, I jumped at the opportunity and booked 2 private lessons for myself with him. If I couldn’t get to the man himself I was going to learn from his highest ranked American black belt. I was not disappointed!

Professor Kama gave me a lot of new details to work with and it fit very well into my style. I’d recommend taking a seminar or class from him if you want to get a deeper understanding of the “invisible” Jiu-Jitsu that Rickson talks about. It surely has helped me!”

Todd Tanaka

“Ryan Young has a way of teaching and explaining things in very fine detail. It’s very hard to find a school like Kama jiujitsu. We learn from bottom to top in steps. My jiujitsu along with my brothers has grown beyond what we could have imagine. Ryan received his black belt from Dave Kama who received his black belt from Rickson Gracie. I’m so glad to be learning under this lineage of jiujitsu.”

David Rodriguez

“I had a great experience training with Ryan Young and his students at Kama Jiu-Jitsu Fort Worth last night. They welcomed me into their academy and treated me like a teammate even though I come from another school in another town. I really liked their approach to teaching and the specific details they stress – technical positions, connection, pressure and patience. If you are in the Dallas area and you want to learn the art these guys will take you there.”

David Brown

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