ABOUT RUSH Defense Academy

Team Moreira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

"If You Don't Challenge Yourself...You Don't Change Yourself"

RUSH  Defense Academy is located at 1 Mine Brook Rd. in the beautiful town of Bernardsville, NJ. The "Academy" is a unique private training facility designed and developed by Master Instructor Richard Raciti, Founder of NJ's oldest and most respected Mixed Martial Arts Academy, The EDGE Ultimate Martial Arts in Bergen County, NJ since 1981. Classes at RUSH are offered to adults, kid's, teens, and parents that demand the very best.

Training at RUSH, whether it be in group classes or private sessions, is an experience like unlike anything you have ever expected from a martial arts or fitness coach. Besides his martial arts knowledge being second to none, and his ability to still "walk the walk", Master Instructor Richard Raciti is also a military veteran, an executive protection specialist, former actor, stand-up comedian, and author. Mr. Raciti's witty repartee and razor-sharp knowledge base has earned him a reputation as a straight-forward consultant and confidant to many icon's in the professional and entertainment world. FORBES Magazine has quoted him. Dan Rather of CNBC has quoted him. His clients have included Actor William Baldwin, Producer Deandra Douglas (former Mrs. Michael Douglas), former NFL star Mark Gastineau, Day Trading Guru Harvey Houtkin, and many other influential personalities and business leaders.


"If You Don't Challenge Yourself...You Don't Change Yourself"


The Academy specializes in private instruction/ personal training, small group classes as well as family classes. Classes and training we offer: 


  • Sil Jun Do Tactical Self Defense

  • Muay Thai Kickboxing

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Executive Boxing

  • Mixed Martial Arts

  • Boxing


  • Family Protection - Training the family as a unit. Train together to remain together!

  • Women's Self Defense Programs - For groups, workplace, houses of worship, frequent travelers

  • Active Shooter Response

  • Self Escape/ Self Defense

  • Workplace Violence - Verbal diffusion, self escape, active shooter response

  • LTC - Life Threatening Conflict

  • E.A.S.E Program: Evade-Avoid-Survive-Escape

  • Girls Gone Safe! - Safety for college ready girls

  • Home Invasion Safety

  • Child Safety

  • Safety and security training for Schools, Corporate, Hospital, Houses of Worship, Institutions



The Academy is unique because of our total commitment to the excellence of our students. What makes our training environment world class is our quality teaching staff, our proven training methods, and the friendly supportive training atmosphere you'll find at The Academy. All of these dynamic elements come together to make The Academy a refreshing approach to self-defense, personal training, and total body conditioning.


At the Academy, we are not concerned with what was, but with what works. You will find our training stream-lined, practical, and most importantly, effective. We don't spend time on ineffective techniques, or martial arts pageantry like board breaking or forms (Kata’s). We are concerned with giving our students the best training available because we know that a false sense of confidence will always betray you in an actual time of need.


Our staff sets the standard for cutting edge training practices by regularly attending clinics and seminars. All of our instructors from Master Instructor Richard Raciti on down still train, learn, and improve on a daily basis. When we find a better training method or approach, we adapt it and change for the better. Our flexible attitude and willingness to change and grow is what training at The Academy is all about. That dynamic allows each student to develop their own unique method and way based on their personal strengths. Training at The Academy will unleash your true potential.


Executive Director Richard Raciti brings over 45 years of hard learned and hard fought practical experience to the Academy. With over 30 Tae Kwon Do Tournament Grand Championships, 250 Divisional Titles, an undefeated kickboxing record, 5X Pan-American Tae Kwon Do Federation Grand Champion, and multiple Black Belts under the best fighters and instructors in the world Kru Raciti is one of the most qualified and respected instructors in the fight game today. Master Raciti credits legends Joe Lewis, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Grandmaster Won Kuen Bai, Muay Thai Master Kumron Vaitayonon, BJJ Legend Joe Moreira and UFC Legend Dan "The Beast" Severn as his most influential instructors.

Mr. Raciti credits Tom Patire as his executive protection, safety,

workplace violence, and justifiable force mentor and instructor.


  • Kru- Full Instructor/ Fighter SuriyaSak Muay Thai

  • Professor/ 4TH Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Prof.  Joe Moreira

  • 10TH Degree Black Belt-Master Instructor/ Founder Sil Jun Do®

  • 6TH Degree Black Belt American Karate/ Kickboxing - Joe Lewis (only 7 in the world)

  • 8TH Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do

  • Adjunct Professor: Boston University Martial Arts Instructor

  • Personal Trainer: Equinox - 76TH & Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

  • SORA Certified: NJ State Certified Security Officer

  • CDT Non-Deadly Force Training: Certified

  • International Training Group: Executive Protection/ Counter Terrorism

  • Team Member Training For Life: American Red Cross

  • Regional Director/ Agent: State of the Art Security 

  • Owner RHR Security, LLC.


  • Certified Executive Protection & Counter Terrorism Specialist

  • Internationally Certified CDT Tactical Master Instructor

  • Defensive Arts Instructor - International Training Commission

  • 2009 World Karate Union Jiu-Jitsu Master of the Year

Memberships & Affiliations

  • U.S Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Joe Moreira

  • International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals

  • Erik Paulson's Worldwide Association of Combat Submission Wrestling

  • United States Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Black Belt Association

  • International Training Commission

  • ICWA- International Catch Wrestling Association

  • USKBA - United States Kickboxing Association

  • United States Muay Thai Association

Director/ Senior Instructor Christopher Leonardo

Director and Senior Instructor Christopher Leonardo has over 20 years of experience as a martial artist and has been teaching at the Academy since its opening.

  • Full Instructor Muay Thai Kickboxing

  • 2ND Degree Black Belt Sil Jun Do

  • Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Certified Instructor: Personal Protection/ Women's Safety

RUSH Defense Academy proudly serves Somerset County Martial Arts, Bernardsville Martial Arts, Basking Ridge Martial Arts, Peapack-Gladstone Martial Arts, Bernards Martial Arts, Harding Martial Arts, Morristown Martial Arts, Mendham Martial Arts, Martinsville Martial Arts, Far Hills Martial Arts, Chester Martial Arts, Mt. Freedom Martial Arts, Randolph Martial Arts


RUSH Defense Academy   1 Mine Brook Rd., Bernardsville, NJ   07924   908-566-7099     Copyright RUSH Defense Academy 2015