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Manny Ray Gonzales

BJJ Instructor in Sacramento

Ralph Gracie Association of Sacramento

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Manny Gonzales was born on March 31, 1989, in Fallbrook, California.  As the age of 14 and with the encouragement from his father, Manny began training in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Guimaraes in Temecula, California. Instantly, he fell in love with the sport and embraced the lifestyle of a competition BJJ student. Dedicating his life to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Manny began teaching students at the age of 16. One year later he chose to home school allowing him more time to teach and train full time in BJJ.

Manny Gonzales BJJ Sacramento has had the privilege of training with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends such as Royler Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Roberto “Gordo” Correia, Braulio Estima and others. In 2011, he had the opportunity to take a four-month trip to Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, he was able to master the art of BJJ by training three times a day under the tutelage of world class instructors such as Roberto “Gordo” Correia, his brother Rafael “Gordinho” Correia, and Rommel Cardozo along with training partners such as Robson Gracie, Raphael Dos Anjos, and Leonardo de Sousa.

After a continuous training of almost nine years, Manny achieved the rank of black belt in Bazilian Jiu-Jitsu in July 2012. Upon receiving his black belt, he took the opportunity to teach abroad in Cairns, Australia for six months where he could train and teach BJJ with friends he made in Brazil.

Over these years, Manny has competed in 100 matches of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in more than 30 competitions including the Pan Americans and World Championships along with appearances in Fight to Win and Submission Pro Tour. 

These competitions include:

  •  American Nationals (2006 1st place, Lightweight Division)
  •    OTM BJJ Championships (2007 1st place Absolute Division)
  •   Copa Pacifica (2007 2nd place Absolute Division)
  •   Gracie U.S. Nationals (2008 2nd place Absolute Division)
  •  North American BJJ Federation (2007 3rd place Lightweight Division)
  •    North American BJJ Federation (2011 1st place Lightweight Division)
  •  Pan American Championship
  •   BJJ Mundials (World Championship) 

He continues his passion in the martial art with training and teaching his students.

In 2013 Manny joined the Ralph Gracie Association and open his own BJJ gym in Natomas. A city just north of Sacramento, California. Over the last 8 years Manny has taught children and adults the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Whether you are looking for competition level training or simply the ability to protect yourself, the Ralph Gracie Association of Sacramento welcomes you.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport of self-defense martial arts and fighting sport which it includes grappling, ground fighting, wrestling, and judo. You can say that it is a mixture of multiple martial arts. The main goal is to use several techniques to force the opponent into submission. This self-defense martial art was developed in 1920 in Brazil. Due to different innovations and practices in the past, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become a popular sport worldwide.

Martial arts are beneficial for anyone in several aspects. Routine training in Jiu-Jitsu will help you lead a healthier and more confident lifestyle. The training of BJJ will bring you more strength, fitness, agility and self-defense.

We encourage you to come to our gym to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for yourself or your children.