Team Renzo Gracie

Bronx Martial Arts Academy

Welcome to BMAA


Meet Our Head Instructor

Professor Doug Pelinkovic, a life-long martial artist, holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under world-renowned professor John Danaher. During his twenty 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our membership options are based on the level and time commitment of the individual. Our prices are economical. Give us a call to schedule your pricing appointment.

It is never too late to start training martial arts.  It is important to remember that the journey specific to you.  You can come as you are, and just get started.

Martial arts generally categorized in striking or grappling.  Although there will be an element of both in most martial arts, most will learn more heavily in one over the other.

Muay Thai and Karate are striking based martial arts.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is grappling based.

Injuries happen but they should never be common place in training.  Training should be safe and repeatable, allowing us to practice techniques and skill.  Injuries will impede practice and skill building, which is why we focus so much on a safe training environment.

The first benefit is always confidence.  Training allows you to consistently overcome challenges small and large.  That success breeds confidence in everything you do.

The second benefit is usually fitness and weight loss.

They are all different in strengths and weaknesses.  The best self-defense results come when you combine them, and apply situationally. 

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Bronx Martial Arts Academy 1051 Allerton Avenue, Bronx 10469

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