Hello everyone: After doing some research and having some initial queries answered by some people here I have realized that Gracie Academy in CA emphasizes more on the self defense / street fight aspect of BJJ instead of points and competition oriented BJJ that has gained popularity. They emphasize basic high probability moves and train their students for strike awareness from the get go. Plus they also incorporate ground and pound possibilities and are more in line with what Gracie / BJJ was meant to be. Just to get a taste of it I was thinking about flying to CA and training there at least for a couple of weeks to see what they are about. My question is ... how would it be different from the Muay Thai + BJJ class that is now being offered pretty much in every BJJ gym? Someone mentioned that Gracie Juijitsu teaches strikes not to knock the guy out like Muay Thai and modern MMA but to distract in order to get the clinch etc. If anyone has trained at Gracie Academy I would love to hear from them.