Renzo Gracie Academy has a long history founded on the shoulders of legends both here and gone. Renzo Gracie is one of those living legends from a long line of skilled Brazilian jiu jitsu founders and practitioners.

Max McGarr is Head Professor of Renzo Gracie Academy's Reno location and a black belt directly under Master Renzo Gracie and John Danaher.


A two-time cancer survivor, two-time gold medal PanAm champion, and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, Max has spent half his life training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and Muay Thai. He spent the last 16 years training directly with Master Renzo and John Danaher in New York City.


Max taught fundamentals, advanced gi, no gi submission grappling, and MMA at the flagship Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC for over 10 years. He was a student favorite and held packed classes daily. Max holds a Bachelors in human movement and sports science, where he held an assistant teaching position in physics. He attended graduate school for biomechanics and physical therapy

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