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3 Time Best of Lynchburg Winner

Thank you to all who voted for us for Best of Lynchburg! We won Best Adult Fitness/Activity and best Child Fitness/Activity for 2020. In addition, we got an Honorable Mention for Best Specialty Sports. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you again!  

Professor Jamie Ridgeway

Congratulations to coaches Jamie Ridgeway and Chris Jaggers, who both recently rank-advanced in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Under the leadership of Master Pedro Sauer, our coaches were tested during the Spring Conference in Herndon, Virginia. Coach Chris Jaggers has been training for 22 years now, and officially ranks as a 2nd degree black belt.  Head coach […]

Tim Player Wins His First MMA Fight!

Tim Player won his first MMA fight by arm lock on October 20, 2018!

Caleb McAlister Wins Another Pro Show!

Coach Caleb McAlister won the Jits Revolution Pro Grappling Event and became the new 170 lb. champion!

LEVEL UP

Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts is proud of Deat Birt for earning his brown belt, and of Mark Arthur and Caleb McAllister for earning their black belts.

Chad Robichaux Seminar

We’d like to thank Chad, for coming in and sharing his time, testimony, and message with us. And we look forward to having him back, in the future! This was a lot of fun, and I know we all we all walked away with new perspective, as well as getting a little better than we were, the day before.

Interview with Coach Jamie

Martial arts coach Jamie Ridgeway talks about why he started in martial arts to improve every aspect of his life and to learn build healthy habits both mentally and physically.

Caleb McAlister Wins Men of War Pro Grapping

Coach Caleb McAlister won the Men at War pro grappling event this past weekend in Freeport, NJ.

Caleb McAlister Takes Silver in Pro Grappling Tournament

Coach Caleb McAlister took silver in the 200 lb pro division at the United Grapplers Tropicana in Atlantic City! Team RAM is proud!

2013 Flashback: Coaching on the Ultimate Fighter

UFC’s Ultimate Fighter 17: 2013 Flashback to Coach Jamie Ridgeway running practices and teaching Muay Thai and Kickboxing for Team Sonnen on Spike TV.

James Dunn Wins Match at “Fight To Win”

James Dunn wins F2W Pro 53, a professional Jiu Jitsu tournament held in Frederick, Maryland, on Friday, Nov. 3. Team RAM is proud!

Sean ‘Smilez’ Peregoy Wins 135 lb Title!

RAM’s own Sean ‘Smilez’ Peregoy won the Conflict MMA 135lb Title last weekend in a hard fought decision against American Top Team’s Charleston Pou. Congratulations Sean!

Caleb Wins at Sub Spectrum III

Coach Caleb McAllister won his class at the Sub Spectrum III Jiu Jitsu event in Des Moines Iowa.

Team RAM Partners with Ken Armstrong

Team RAM is excited to announce a collaboration with Ken Armstrong and his Super Rhino Muay Thai Gym. Mr. Armstrong has been teaching, training and fighting Muay Thai since the late 80’s and will help our students tremendously!

DC Open From Grappling Industries

DC Open From Grappling Industries “Lots of fun at the DC Open from Grappling Industries! Everybody crushed it, lots of good wins and shiny things. God blessed me with gold at 170 pound expert, and silver in open weight absolute expert. Thank you to all the coaches teammates and sponsors…couldn’t do this without my team […]

Chad Robichaux Seminar

We’d like to thank Chad, for coming in and sharing his time, testimony, and message with us. And we look forward to having him back, in the future! This was a lot of fun, and I know we all we all walked away with new perspective, as well as getting a little better than we were, the day before.

Student Appreciation Event

On Friday, May 19 RAM hosted a special student appreciation event and Self-Defense seminar with guest instructor Ken Armstrong.

RAM Featured In WSET News For Self Defense

Renaissance Academy in Lynchburg Featured By WSET Channel 13 News For Self Defense: Stopping an attacker: How to protect yourself in a dangerous situation.

The Battle Of Atlantic City Grappling Tournament

Coach competed alone this weekend, and brought home Gold in two different weight classes, and Silver in a third, at superheavyweight…

How To Choose The Right Martial Arts School?

Choosing the right gym to train at, can be a difficult task. Here are some things to look at when trying to decide on the right gym for you.

US Grappling Tournament Results

Team RAM had a few competitors attend the recent US Grappling – Submission Only tournament in Richmond, VA on December 10th.

Association Training with Pedro Sauer

Coach Jamie Ridgeway recently attended association training day with Master Pedro Sauer.

Benefits From Taking A Kickboxing Class

Kickboxing is one of the most popular martial arts today. This style of training, apart from teaching you valuable self-defense skills, can also provide an impressive range of health and fitness benefits.

Seminar with Pedro Sauer

Don’t miss your opportunity to train with 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Instructor under Rickson Gracie, Pedro Sauer! This will take place on Thursday, October 6th at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia!

Sean Perogory Wins Belt!

Coach Sean Perogory helped lead Team RAM to multiple gold medals in the team event while bringing home the belt in the advanced no-GI division!

Team RAM Shines at NEWBREED ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

Team RAM placed 11 different athletes last weekend at the NEWBREED Ultimate Challenge in Virginia Beach, good for 3rd place overall in the team category.

RAM NAGA Jiu Jitsu Champions

On July 9th, at The 2016 NAGA Europa North Carolina Grappling Championships held inside the Charlotte Convention Center, multiple Team RAM members medalled, including bringing home 3 different championship belts in expert divisions!

Kid’s Karate

Here at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts, your child will be taught how to defend themselves should the need ever arise. As well as how to focus, show respect toward others, and self respect.

Muay Thai Training Pad Session

This Muay Thai Kickboxing training session was filmed during an afternoon session with Kru Jamie Ridgeway at the Renaissance Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Why Muay Thai?

What if you could do something you enjoy, while getting in shape, and learning to defend yourself all at the same time? Would you do it?

Seminar with UFC Fighter Alan Belcher

The Renaissance Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia will be holding a seminar with former UFC Fighter Alan ‘The Truth’ Belcher on Tuesday, Feb 16th, 2016. Don’t miss it!

Top Benefits Of Taking A Kickboxing Class

Kickboxing is one of the most popular martial arts today. This style of training, apart from teaching you valuable self-defense skills, can also provide an impressive range of health and fitness benefits.

Head and Arm Takedown

In this martial arts technique video Mike Moses demonstrates the Head and Arm Takedown at the Renaissance Martial Arts Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Leg Lock Series

Leg Lock series is from a Leg Log clinic at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia and is led by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Jamie Ridgeway.

Filipino Kali Demonstration

This Filipino Kali Stick demonstration is from a Balinktawak Clinic at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia. Filipino Kali is a martial art that specializes in weapons such as stick and knife.

Edge Weapons Basic Footwork

Tim Anderson has 22 years experience training with Knife and the Escrima Stick and in this video he teaches Edge Weapons Basic Footwork.

The Benefits of Children’s Martial Arts

At the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia, we understand that there are many intangible benefits to children’s martial arts. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children reports that over six million children in the United States take some form of martial arts classes.

Muay Thai – Basic 1-2 Step Left

In this Muay Thai Kickboxing training video Coach is teaching the Basic 1-2 Step Left. This is done with a jab, cross, then a forward step and left thai kick.

Jiu-Jitsu Kimura to Sweep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Technique: Kimura To Sweep In this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training video Coach Ridgeway is teaching the Kimura To Sweep from a closed guard. This sweep is done by reaching up as to do a Kimura and the pushing to get your opponent on their back. ABOUT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts […]

Why Martial Arts

If your kids are bouncing off the walls you may want to consider a good martial arts program before you pull your hair out. Activities like karate and self-defense training are fun ways for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. The martial arts help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, according to an article by Modern Families it has been found that many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.

Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most popular sports and martial arts today. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu otherwise abbreviated as BJJ is a special type of martial art and sport that imparts a small person with techniques on how to protect himself against a bigger aggressor by employing leverage and other appropriate skills. In fact BJJ […]

The Best Martial Arts Schools in America

Selecting the Best Martial Arts School In January, 2015 Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts owner Jamie Ridgeway was featured in an article by LiveStrong.com called “The Best Martial Arts Schools in America”.  The goal of the article was to outline the important factors when finding the best martial arts school for you or your child […]

Renaissance Announces Roufusport Kickboxing Affiliation

Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts Announces Affiliation With Roufusport Kickboxing Association. July 28, 2014 – Renaissance Academy is pleased to announce our affiliate membership in the Roufusport Kickboxing Association (RKA). Starting August 1st RAM will begin to implement RKA’s curriculum and level ranking system into our course offerings. This is the same time-tested and proven […]

Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts Selected for Best of Lynchburg Award

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — The Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts was selected for the Best of Lynchburg Award in the Judo & Karate category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe […]

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