Professor Julio Cezar Cruz

Julio Cruz - Martial Arts, Westchester

Prof. Julio Cruz

Professor Julio Cezar Cruz was born in Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a Brown Belt in Judo. He received his Black Belt in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Rui Diniz in Belo Horizonte.

Julio Cruz is a highly experienced and trained professor, having competed and won several championships. He is an 8 times state champion in Brazil, 2nd place in the Pan American in Santa Barbara, CA in 2003, IBJJF NY Open Champion for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and Abu Dhabi Trial 2013 Champion of Weight Division and Absolute Division. He has also fought in 5 professional MMA fights with 2 wins and 3 losses.

Since coming to America in 2001, Professor Julio Cruz has been training under the supervision of Renzo Gracie in Manhattan. Renzo Gracie has become one of the biggest names in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today.

About the School

Renzo Gracie Westchester is an intimate, family-oriented school, conveniently located along Rt. 9 in Ossining, NY. We are affiliated with Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where the main school is located in Manhattan. A variety of classes are offered for all skill and age levels. This is a nonjudgmental environment, where learning and the love for BJJ are emphasized over winning. The values put forth by Professor Cruz are very clear; respect and support each other so that we can all grow together. Ask any member of this school and you will quickly learn what makes Renzo Gracie Westchester stand apart from other martial arts school. This is a place where you will learn a valuable skill, lose weight, increase self-esteem, but most importantly, gain a new family.