Jimmy FortunatoOwner/The Good Fight Tournament
Anyone in Fresh Meadows or the surrounding areas should absolutely check out Michael Botier’s Red Dawn Combat Club. His character, technique and insight to the sport will benefit you and/or your child. Mike has competed and referred for The Good Fight tournament. Because of his knowledge of the rules and his professional attitude toward the sport it is always an asset to us when we have Mike as a ref. This will be true for you too. RDCC students will be a great group of folks to train with. Their attitude of respect and integrity is always something we’ve seen when they compete at The Good Fight.
Pedro U.College Student
RDCC has really changed me both physically and mentally. When I first started I thought the bigger, faster and stronger guy would always win. After a little more then a year my whole mental approach has changed with BJJ. With Proper Technique I’ve beaten bigger stronger guys with ease. I Consider this school as my second home. I’m very lucky to have come across this school, too bad it wasn’t sooner.
Susan S.International Philanthropy Organization
I just finished my first 12 months of training at Red Dawn and have participated regularly in their grappling, MMA, kickboxing, yoga programs and seminars. This martial arts school brings Brazilian JuJitsu to ordinary people – kids and adults are welcome. Women and girls are welcome. Student safety comes first in all activities.
The effort, both mental and physical, that you put into jujitsu training pays off — this year I’m stronger with more muscle definition, my ego has been humbled (yes, this is good thing!), and the confidence I’ve developed at learning a “fighting” sport has made my performance in other sports activities 100% better.
It’s an honor to attend competition events and see classmates, both kids, teenagers and adults, show their stuff. Brazilian Jujitsu is not an easy martial art to learn or practice. I like the instructors and the students are great. Several students are excellent recreational athletes and I expect Mike’s Competition Team to grow over the next year or so.
I have been training at RDCC for 5 years. I can honestly say it’s a great place to learn and meet new friends. The environment is very down to earth. The instructors are always willing to teach and help each student reach their full potential. I would definitely recommend all my friends to train here. At the end of the day, you will learn something physically and mentally that you can use in your life.
Francisco D.Graduate Student
Great place to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA…. I arrived with a very limited exposure to the grappling arts, and so I was immediately relieved to find myself surrounded by such a helpful and welcoming group of martial artists. Everyone at the school works together, and this communal and help-oriented mentality starts at the top with head instructor, Michael Botier, and Assistant Head Instructor, Frederick Quijano. Training sessions are simultaneously intense but technical and are always conducted with safety in mind. The school is also conveniently located for those in the Forest Hills/Rego Park area, right on 67th and Queens Blvd. For people in the surrounding neighborhoods, the school is easily accessible via the M and R train, on the 67th avenue stop.
Julia HallGraduate Student
I’ve been practicing yoga at RDCC since February 2012. I’ve gotten rather comfortable here, to the point where I consider Grace’s class as a kind of second home! In other words, I can be myself here: I can bring whatever emotional “stuff” I’ve been carrying around during the day and release it here in my practice. I leave feeling calmer and with a clearer mind. Grace’s approach encourages you to be very mindful of body, breath and energy. As a result, I rarely just “show up” here to “go through the motions.” I think we’re all like that. We put forth our best and focus on the individual intentions and goals we set for ourselves. Grace guides you through the poses so that you become aware of every muscle, bone and the energy and breath that all work together. I learn something new every time.
Karin K.United States Patent and Trademark Office
I started training at RDCC to learn how to fight and defend myself…and I’m loving it. I love the confidence and strength training gives me. What makes RDCC exemplary is the camaraderie. The atmosphere of the school is one where egos are checked at the door. Everyone is interested in helping each other and training to improve themselves. And that is extremely important to this woman in a male dominated martial art. So much so that I have even signed up my 6 year-old daughter!
Giselle Guadalupe Maldonado
My first time doing yoga was with grace and she not only made my experience wonderful, she also made me a fan. Grace was super patient and had total control with out losing me. I look forward to my next yoga class with Grace!
Abidur R.College Student
I feel like RDCC Fresh Meadows is sort of a hidden gem in Queens.
I’ve been a student of their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program since their opening about a year ago. The schedule is pretty good, with classes in the morning and evening, and the instructors work all aspects of BJJ (sport, self-defense, takedowns). There’s always an emphasis on safety, and it’s a completely ego-less atmosphere. If you’re a consistent student who’s focused on learning, you’ll see progress made in all the right ways.
The space is kept clean, the instructors are great, and the rolling/sparring partners are awesome, humble people. No part of jiu-jitsu is easy. In fact, it can be intimidating and difficult at times. RDCC helps to allay those fears and give you the best instruction around. They have free trial classes, which is how I started, so I definitely recommend you give that a shot and check it out.
John S.College Student
As intimidating as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sounds, I’ve been training here pretty consistently for a year and change, and can tell you that the environment has always been safe and clean. The atmosphere is friendly and classes can be as strenuous as it is fun. All in all, you’ll always get a good workout in an even better learning environment. The instructor, Mike, covers a huge deal of techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as Judo throw combos. Have a question about the move? Want to see it one more time before you practice it? Just ask, Mike’s always available to answer any questions you may have.