The Mountain View academy formerly located at 1495 W. El Camino was founded in 1996, becoming the "Mother" academy of the Bay Area as the first Gracie owned gym in northern California. The dojo quickly gained a reputation for having one fo the toughest mats in the Unites States, producing many BJJ stars such as BJ Penn, Kurt Osiander, Dave Camarillo, Alan "Gumby" Marques and Cameron Earle, just to name a few. An estimated 75% of all dojos in the Bay Area have some lineage back to the Mother academy. Ralph was integral in the everyday training of the students as well as training for his own MMA fights. The Mother academy was home to thousands of students over the years, many hailing from Apple and Google, among other Silicon Valley hi-tech companies. Ralph went on to open several other academies in San Francisco, Berkley, Chino Hills, Dublin and Walnut Creek, and many more associate academies.
After 23 years, due to "highest and best use" real estate development in the Mountain View area, the Mother dojo and all of its history was relocated to San Jose. The 5 black belts starting off in the San Jose dojo have a combined 75 years of training experience in Mountain View. The program now focuses heavily on mentorship to junior BJJ athletes being located next to Muir Middle School and close to Branham High School.