Our Mission

"To offer superlative instruction in real world martial arts, support growth of the indomitable spirit in all our students, and to be stewards and leaders in the communities we serve."

About  Us

Rush Mixed Martial Arts is located at 1 Mine Brook Rd. in beautiful Bernardsville, NJ. The "Academy" is a unique training facility designed and developed by Professor and  Master Instructor Richard Raciti. He is the founder of Sil Jun Do Tactical Self Defense and NJ's oldest and most respected Mixed Martial Arts Academy, The EDGE Ultimate Martial Arts.  Since 1981, Richard Raciti has trained and taught the very best, bringing his unique system to thousands of students and families.


 In 2021, ownership of Rush was passed to Professor Chris Leonardo. He has been a student of martial arts since 1990 and has trained under Professor Raciti since 2001. Professor Leonardo proudly continues this legacy; offering world class training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Sil Jun Do, and Mixed Martial Arts.

Classes at Rush are offered to Adults, Kids, and Teens who want and demand the very best!

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!



Meet Our Team...

Christopher Leonardo

Academy Owner and Head Instructor


Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Prof.  Joe Moreira

Kru- Full Instructor/ Fighter Suriya-Sak Muay Thai

2nd Degree Black Belt-Sil Jun Do

Amateur MMA and Submission Grappling Fighter

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