Mass MMA: Royce Gracie Academy Boston

Posted: July 6, 2010 in Local MMA

In addition to looking at the marketing side of MMA, another focus I have for this blog is to showcase the Boston MMA scene.  Although Kenny Florian is a great fighter, he is not all that Boston has to offer and I’m hoping to shed light on the great martial arts schools around the Greater Boston area and some of its fighters.

In the first installment of my Mass MMA Series I’ll be showcasing the Royce Gracie Academy Boston.  Head coach Kate Boiteau was kind enough to answer my questions and provide an overview of the school.

Name:

Katie with the legendary Royce Gracie

Kate Boiteau

Martial Art Form(s)/Number of Years of Study:
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, 4 years

Why do you study martial arts?
I wasn’t athletic as a kid; I spent most of my time in gym class tying my sneakers.  Once I stumbled across jiu-jitsu in college, I was hooked.  The mat felt like home to me, and still does today.  I’m not a big person.  Here was an athletic pursuit developed by another small person, Helio Gracie, focused on technique, not raw strength.  In college, I founded the UConn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Club, and continued to train after I graduated.  I can’t imagine doing anything else and I’m thrilled to be able to pass on these techniques and this tradition to others.

What do you like about Mixed Martial Arts?  What – if anything – would change about it if you could?
I’m fascinated by where the sport has come from and where it’s going.  At its inception, to see Gracie Jiu-Jitsu reign supreme over other martial arts, was powerful testament to the effectiveness of the style.  Now, seventeen years later, it’s exciting to watch fighters who all, to a large degree, incorporate jiu-jitsu into their personal fighting styles.  I’m still a fan of the old format: no weight classes and no time limits.

What do you think UFC 118 will mean for New England MMA?
I’m looking for UFC 118 and the associated Fan Expo to really spark the interest of casual MMA fans.  I’d love for those people who always thought about training “That would be cool!” to really seek out ways to become personally involved in MMA, self-defense, jiu-jitsu and related arts.

As a sneak peek for MMA fans, any young talent at your school you’d like to call out as the next big thing?
I’ll let them come out into their own light!

If someone was looking to get into martial arts, give them one reason why they should consider your school.
Jiu-jitsu doesn’t get any more authentic than this.  Jim Hughes (head coach from our parent club in CT) and UFC legend Royce Gracie have carefully handed down their knowledge and skills to us directly from Helio, perfected and street-tested.  This is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense, as an art and sport, and as a component of your MMA game, the way it was intended to be practiced and taught.  We’re technique focused and technique driven, and insist that all our knowledge is directly street applicable first, as a minimum requirement.

Are you using any social media tools to promote your school (Twitter, Facebook, etc)?
We’re now on Facebook: Royce Gracie MMA, Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense of Boston

For more information on the academy please visit:  http://gracie-jiu-jitsu.com/locations/boston/

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