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Danbury Gracie Jiu Jitsu Gives Grand Opening Seminar at Sportsplex Health and Fitness Club

Brazilian jiu jitsu coaches Jim Hughes from, Tony Butler, and Jim Harpe, conducted the first Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu martial arts and self defense grand opening seminar at Danbury/Bethel health, fitness, and exercise club Sportsplex (

West Hartford, CT, April 10, 2007 --( Jim Hughes, head instructor for Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu New England, was on hand supporting academy manager and coach Tony Butler in the first public event for Gracie Jiu Jitsu at Sportsplex Health Club in Danbury CT.

Mr. Hughes said, "This is our 10th location in New England. Our members can now train every day, multiple times a day, from Boston to a stone's throw from New York (Gracie Jiu Jitsu locations in West Hartford, Glastonbury, Southington, New Haven, Norwich, UCONN/Storrs, Danbury, Agawam/Springfield MA, Boston, and seminars in Puerto Rico). Sportsplex is a fun place to teach self defense, I am looking forward to coming back."

Tony Butler reported, "Our members enjoy our style of martial art, it is a good complement to any health and fitness minded persons exercise regimen.”

Jim Harpe, Agawam / Springfield MA Gracie Jiu Jitsu coach, brought his wife, daughter, and son (a football player at nearby Western Connecticut State University). "It was great to help teach the seminar, and it was also great to train with my family."

Tom Pear, the owner of Sportsplex said, "That is what it is all about here, good training, good fun, and family."

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu members from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Jeremy, John, Matt, and Chris traveled an hour and a half to participate in the opening. The Buccaro family also attended sporting their new blue belts. They were recently promoted by Master Rolker Gracie (Royce Gracie and Royler Gracie's brother) on his training visit from Brazil.

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