2x Pro Muay Thai Champion, BJJ Brown Belt (Rodrigo Medeiros),
Author and Founder of the Core Coach Center
An absolutely amazing teacher! Coach Dreifuss is able to breakdown the most complicated technique to its basic root, which gives me a better understanding of the big picture of what I am doing. My game has immensely improved. Thanks a 1000 times Coach.
Lifelong Martial Artist
Coach Dreifuss, is a teacher in every sense of the word. Unlike other Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructors you might find in the city he doesn’t teach random moves, instead he teaches from a curriculum that truly enhances and unleashes your potential in the art. I personally feel very fortunate to have become a student of Coach Dreifuss.
I have practiced martial arts my whole life, and have had the privilege to study under various coaches, but I have never met any instructor that approached the martial arts like Coach Dreifuss. He first creates a safe, respectful, and HONORABLE atmosphere to train in, practicing the virtues that martial arts are truly all about. He systematically breaks down every aspect of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu so that you not only practice and lean the move, but can make it part of your “DNA”, hardwiring it into your brain and muscle memory.
My only regrets is that it took me so long to find him. But now I can say with full confidence that for me the sky is the limit. Coach Dreifuss has helped me become a better human being, martial artist, and athlete, and he can help you as well.
Executive Protection Specialist, Retired Law Enforcement Officer (Dept. of Corrections),
35+ Year Career in the Martial Arts
I have studied and taught various martial arts for over 35 years. I am also retired Law Enforcement officer that worked in the prison system for 23 years. I am presently doing executive protection exclusively for a prominent family.
His approach to teaching is phenomenal. He is a very analytical teacher, breaking everything down the simplest concepts, so that you understand tactics as well as technique.
He is a hard teacher, a throwback to olden day masters. But he is also on the cutting-edge of the new MMA world. He is a true student of game. His Jiu-jitsu is constantly evolving and getting better as he follows the newest developments in MMA.
He will never, ever teach something fake or make believe. He will never give you a false sense of security. He will drill you and drill you until your technique becomes second nature. Then in time he will force you to fight your way out of every possible worst-case scenario. Miyamoto Musashi once said, “Premature strategy is the cause of grief.” Coach Dreifuss really understands this. He is not an easy instructor and will push you in a way you have never experienced before.
Coach Dreifuss’ total dedication and unselfishness are unlike any other instructor that I have come across in my life. And I have studied with quite a few great instructors.
There is another last saying which I will leave you with, “When the student is ready the master will appear.” If you come across René, then you are ready to take this quest. Good luck, he is honestly a great instructor.
Coach Dreifuss is a phenomenal instructor! He is a skilled martial artist that has perfected the art of teaching.
Simply put, Rene has devised a way to forge Samurai out of computer geeks and flabby hipsters. If you give him three consistent years of training, he will make you into a warrior. That is a guarantee.
I met Rene when he was training students out of Evolution Muay Thai when I was 18 years old, and was impressed by his patient, detail-oriented and systemized approach to teaching.
Flash forward three years. I returned to training with René to find that he had basically built the most successful competition team in NYC from the ground up. Pretty impressive. I have trained jiu-jitsu at a number of other schools, under extremely reputable instructors, but without a question I have improved the most while training with René. Not a class goes by where I don’t feel that I have improved my game in some way. There are a lot of black belts teaching who are talented competitors, but not necessarily great teachers. Rene is an incredibly talented teacher.
René runs a tight ship and the gym has a disciplined, respectful feel to it. The facility itself is extremely nice (the nicest I have seen in NYC so far), clean, and has a safe feel to it. Rene does a remarkably good job of filtering out the meatheads, the crazies, and other undesirables. In contrast to many of the other gyms I have been at, Radical MMA seems like it would be a relatively un-intimidating environment for someone new to mixed martial arts to try it out for the first time.
Probably not the place to go if you are just looking for a cardio workout, or want to take pictures of yourself in hand-wraps and hashtag #fighter #mma for facebook or instagram. Similarly, if you are just looking to smash pads and get your frustrations out and have less interest in learning good technique and becoming a better martial artist, then there are plenty of places in a 10 block radius of the school that would cater better to you.
So that’s my two cents. I think René offers the best training in the city, and would point to the success of his competition team, as well as the fact that his white belts regularly smash blue belts from other schools in competition as validation of this. So come check it out for yourself, the school offers a free trial.
Business Professional, Lifelong Martial Artist
The training has a very modern approach to Martial Arts, while strengthening our Traditional spirits.
My skills have improved by leaps & bounds in a relatively short amount of time