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Gracie PAC MMA has been one of, if not the best, mixed martial arts gym I have been a part of. The kids program/instruction is second to none, and offers world class BJJ instruction for adults as well as one of the most promising striking programs in the US, Bang Muay Thai. Countless kids and adults have competed at the highest level under the GPAC banner, with even more discovering what martial arts can do for them. Whether you want to compete or get in great shape, this facility has the program for you

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Our family has been coming to Gracie PAC Tampa for nearly two years. We began sending our son first. Our main goals were for him to experience the physical and mental benefits derived from regular physical exercise. Instantly we realized how special this place is, and how amazing Coach Cris is with the kids, as well as adults. She is fair but firm, and as she commands respect, she encourages these kids to rise to their full potential, also providing valuable discussions on character, sportsmanship, and leadership, as part of her curriculum.

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Well it's about time I write a review! My boys joined Gracie PAC as little Ninjas about 4 months ago. They absolutely love it! Professor Cris is an amazing teacher! She's very enthusiastic about teaching and she is very patient. My boys love going to class. They are 4 &7 . They never want to miss a class. They have learned so much and continue to learn with each class. They love earning strips on their belt. This is a really great positive atmosphere for kids and families. I'm very satisfied with our experience.

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The Top 10 Reasons Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Is Beneficial for Children

Questioning if your child should participate in a kids Jiu Jitsu class? It’s normal, but there are so many benefits to training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that are great for your child.

Students learn how to defend themselves from an attacker; they learn respect for their skills and how to use them appropriately and effectively. However, beyond the physical training and agility, students learn at least ten life-skills that will contribute to healthy growth and development.

1.    Self-Defense

The first goal of any martial arts training is self-defense. However, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is unique in its real-world application. Most physical confrontations, especially those started by untrained fighters, will end up on the ground, leaving potential victims vulnerable, but this fighting style takes the perceived disadvantage and turns it into a strength through special techniques.

2.      Healthy Habits

As adults, it is easy to understand how stress plays into our daily lives, but do you recognize the same type of stressors in your child’s life? Kids also deal with relationship struggles and being overworked. Unfortunately, children are also susceptible to depression and anxiety. Learning a martial art can help to reduce stress and anxiety, while simultaneously promoting healthy behaviors and habits, such as exercise.

3.      Humility

Another benefit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the teaching of humility. One of the critical components of any martial art is learning how to be humble in both victory and defeat. As part of a community of students, your child will learn how everyone works toward the betterment of the whole.

4.      Confidence

As a fighting style, Jiu Jitsu is challenging and requires focus and sustained discipline. For those who stick with the practice, confidence is a natural side effect. The push to master movements and think through attacks leads to a boost in self-esteem and awareness.

Practice and repetition alone are enough to develop mental clarity in stressful situations, which leads to the development of confidence.

5.      Respect

Our kids Jiu Jitsu training will also expose children to individuals from all walks of life. Children who only experience social situations with those from similar backgrounds can develop biases and stereotypes, which may lead to disrespect and often confrontation. However, as our classes are open to everyone, children will meet and work with people who come from varying backgrounds.

6.      Friendship

Friendship is a natural progression in training. While it may seem strange that students who are pitted against one another in sparring sessions would be friends, the mutual struggle and practice lead to commonality and community. Jiu Jitsu also teaches children to face the unknown with confidence, which means they are often more willing to introduce themselves to other students.

7.      Commitment

Some martial art forms do not allow for daily practice, especially with 100% effort. However, Jiu Jitsu does allow for such practice because, during training, there is minimal risk of significant injury.

In fact, Helio Gracie, one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, practiced into his 90s. This martial art style is perfect for teaching commitment and dedication.

8.      Goal Setting

The journey toward Jiu Jitsu mastery involves a lot of stepping stones. Your child will start as a white belt, learning the fundamentals before progressing through each subsequent phase in their training.

However, this bottom-up approach is an excellent way to demonstrate goal setting and the need for practice. There is a sense of accomplishment in achieving even the smallest objectives, which will help your child plan and prepare for other projects in the same way.

9.      Focus

Another typical skill children can develop during training is focus. It is critical to pay attention to your surroundings and position while training so you can analyze the best path forward when sparring. However, this level of focus can be taken beyond training into other aspects of your child’s life, including their schoolwork, chores, sports, and relationships.

10.      Dealing With Failure

Last, your child will inevitably experience failure during training, but they will learn that it is not the end of their journey. They will understand that failing is a part of the work. Students become empowered by failure, motivated to do better and improve their skills.

We want them to achieve great success, and a healthy relationship with failure is essential to real growth.

Kids Jiu Jitsu is hugely beneficial. Students walk away from classes with increased confidence, focus and self-esteem. While some may feel that martial arts are violent, they do not understand the core philosophies guiding such training.