Coach Jamie working with Team Sonnen for a couple days in 2012

The Renaissance Martial Arts Competition Team has been competing in and around the Lynchburg area for 25 years. We have had the honor of mentoring and coaching some incredible men and women towards their individual competition goals.  Some of those goals have included amateur and professional competition in Muay Thai, Brazilian JiuJitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. RAM is Lynchburg’s longest running and most decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and one of the three most decorated schools in Virginia! If you train here you get:

  • More than 25 years of experience on producing champions
  • 5 Gracie jiu jitsu black belt instructors
  • Certified Muay Thai Coaches
  • Professional competitors in both Gi and No Gi competition
  • A team committed to your success!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fast growing sport incorporating throws, grappling, and submissions. You must have minimum of fifty hours of training before entering a Jiu Jitsu tournament with permission of our head instructor. Whether you are looking for practical self-defense training or you are just wanting to get in to great shape, Jiu-Jitsu is a great option. Sometimes though you want to take it a step further and test your skills. Competition can be a fun and exciting way of challenging yourself and testing your skills to the fullest.

Mixed Martial Arts

Even though many consider MMA to be a fairly new sport Team RAM has been active in competition for a number of years. Our involvement in MMA dates back to the beginning of the MMA phenomenon. It takes dedication and respect to be successful in this type of competition and we expect nothing less from our Team members. Renaissance Academy members who are interested in this high level of training must first show the proper attitude of respect before being considered to be a part of our team. Also, one must complete 1year of Muay Thai training and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training before being considered to compete in such a hazardous type of event. This increases your probability for success. This is why our Team is turning out quality amateurs. Getting in the ring to quick is a great way to always be an amateur.

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Learn practical martial arts while developing the qualities of a true black belt: Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, and Self-Control. Classes are held daily for all ages and all levels.


If you’ve ever been even a little curious about whether martial arts training might be good for your child… congratulations, because you’ve just cracked open the door to an incredible opportunity, that of giving your child a true gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.

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 […]

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