When we think about violence in Beverly Hills, it's more about chipped nails than vicious street fights.
But that doesn't mean the land of housewives hasn't mastered a front collar scissor choke.
Prepare to go Jet Li-ballistic at a moment's notice after a crash course in self-defense from Gracie Academy.
This kung-fu academy's new digs on Beverly Drive looks more like a day spa than a dojo, with bamboo floors and spacious locker rooms featuring granite showers.
Like any good warrior, it shouldn't be judged by its appearance.
But let’s get right down to the mat: their technique is no flash trend.
Grand Master Helio Gracie learned the art of jiu-jitsu in 1920s Brazil, passing his techniques to his eldest son Rorion, who in 1989 opened North America’s first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance.
Celebrity students range from Ed O'Neill and Michael Clarke Duncan to the slightly more human weapon-like Nicholas Cage, Vin Diesel, and Tommy Lee.
Gracie is gracious too, offering free 90-minute seminars for their opening week of June 4-10.
Sidewalks (beyond Rodeo Drive), watch out.