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Maria Vega reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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My wife and I were looking for a friendly, family oriented MMA classes for our son (10) and daughter (12). They love martial arts and have been doing it for years, in an after school program (TKD). Well, after looking around, we joined Gracie PAC MMA. Let me tell you, this place is perfect. Their staff and coaches are incredible; friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and experience on everything MMA. Professor Cris Rodriguez is great with kids, amazing teacher. We are extremely happy with Gracie MMA, their staff is great, they are very organize and their curriculum (bjj, muay thai, kick boxing, etc....) has everything we were looking for. Great place for the entire family.

Tiffany Teal Montague Simmons reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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Come train with the BEST! This is NOT your normal after school karate class. We were amazed at the amount of technique even the youngest students pick up after just a few classes. Coach Cris is awesome with the kids. She expects more then just good fighting from them. She stays involved with how they are doing in school and at home, giving her students the incentive to be the best at everything they do.

Dana Fields reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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I have been looking for a great exercise program to get involved in and finally found it here. I have learned so much in the two months I have been here and can't wait to continue to get stronger. Love This place!! Coach Cris is the best at making me not want to give up.

DorothyandMark Winter reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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PAC MMA is fitness for the whole family. Kids programs, adult classes and even the best woman's fitness and self defense around, this is the place to go. Make your family a part of the PAC family.

Amanda Fletcher Moyer reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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Best place ever! My daughter attends the after school program there and she loves it. I just started taking the kickboxing class & it's the best class I have ever taken. Everyone there is awesome.

Gina Lopez Fernandez reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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I can't say enough about how much I love this place! My son is learning so much and he LOVES going to class. There's something so rewarding in watching your child learn and grow so quickly :) Coach Chris, Coach Dan and Coach Rich have all been amazing! I couldn't ask for a better environment for my son. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and so much of yourself - we truly appreciate it!

Erica Ramirez reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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Heard thru word of mouth. Then checked it out and noticed great character in their students and the attentive staff. The coach had noticeable rapport with the kids in the class. My daughter loved it. She can't wait to get back. She even cleaned her room! Huge plus.

Dan Martinez reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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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

Nicole Dunn reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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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.

My husband takes some of the adult jiu jitsu and kickboxing classes, from which he has benefitted greatly, and I truly enjoy being a member of the ladies' bootcamp group. These ladies represent a wide range of fitness levels and ages. Each class, we all get together to kick butt, do our best, and encourage each other in a true team environment. I never leave this class disappointed.
Gracie PAC Tampa MMA - best place EVER for your anyone in your family to train at.

Lynzie Johnston reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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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.

Jesse James Maldonado reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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I took Jiu Jitsu a few years back at another facility and decided to give this one a try. I took my first lesson last night and could not believe the content. Very structured and professional. Easy to learn and everyone was eager to assist me being the new guy. Other places teach you a couple of moves. Each involving many steps and you still won't understand it. Garcia PAC teaches you a technique and teaches you other techniques that involve some of the same steps. It made me confident that if I try something and am not able to secure the submission, then I can roll into another technique just as easy and It gives you options and makes you think. I liked that approach rather than what I was given in the past. A+ school and is 100% legit. I am confident this time around I will take it all the way with my training. When you find a place like this you take advantage of the opportunity to train there.

Meghann Thacker reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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We love it at Gracie PAC! They focus on fitness, strength, form, and most importantly they work hard every lesson to help teach my children how to effectively defend themselves against bullies and other attacks. It's easy to see this group of educators clearly loves kids and have a passion for sharing their vast knowledge with their students! Best MMA in the Bay for kids!

Chandra Ahrendt reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
5
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I took my first class tonight. As soon as you enter, you are greeted by smiling faces who are just as excited to have you there as you are to be there. The coaches there were phenomenal. They were so incredibly encouraging and patient, it was a breeze picking it up because there was no pressure. Great job at creating such an inviting atmosphere.

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Dear Blue Belts

Belt promotions in jiu-jitsu are a big deal, and for good reason — it takes ages to progress from one belt color to the next, and with that time also comes countless hours of self-doubt, physical strain, and education. Belts (and even stripes) feel like grand achievements because they are grand achievements.

While purple, brown, and black are obviously higher level belts with larger gaps in between them, there’s a reason why so many upper belts still remember the feeling of getting their blue belt. Our blue belt promotion provides our first major checkpoint of both achievement and expectation within the academy. We’re no longer the lowest on the totem pole, but we must also set an example for newer students.

The “expectation” part of this is tough to internally manage for a lot of blue belts. This is the first taste of serious internal pressure that many jiu-jitsu students get, and most of the pressure doesn’t come from coaches or teammates, but from within ourselves. As a white belt, you probably thought the blue belts you trained with were really good. And as a white belt, that’s what you should feel about someone who’s been training for at least a year longer than you. The gap between day-one white belt and day-one blue belt is immense, after all. But just because that gap is huge doesn’t mean that you should hold yourself to impossible standards.

Think of the difference between teaching a child numbers and teaching them basic math. A child who can recognize the number “2” and count their fingers is still years away from learning multiplication tables. Still, once that child passes third grade, it would be completely unreasonable to expect them to understand trigonometry. They certainly know way more than the tiny toddler who still struggles to wrap their mind around numbers larger than 20, but at least they have a handle on how to identify and use numbers.

As a blue belt, you are learning how to identify and use jiu-jitsu, and that’s the standard you should hold yourself to. No one is expecting you to know everything and excel in every competition you enter. As you work to achieve your BJJ goals, don’t compare the athlete you are now to the athlete you think you “should” be at this stage. Focus on being one day better than you were yesterday, and grant yourself compassion when you hit plateaus (because trust me, they will happen even beyond the blue belt stage). And when you’re struggling to acknowledge how far you’ve come so far, ask yourself how blue-belt-you would fare against the version of yourself that stepped into a jiu-jitsu academy for the first time ever.

A blue belt athlete may just be “average” in your typical jiu-jitsu gym, but the vast majority of people on Earth won’t ever become jiu-jitsu blue belts. You’ve worked hard to get here, and though you have a long way to go (ideally the rest of your life) before you hit the finish line on your jiu-jitsu journey, take a moment to exchange a friendly handshake with the ego you’ve been trying to leave behind since your first class. At this stage, you are likely the person putting the most pressure on yourself; make sure you balance it with some acknowledgment of how far you’ve come.

 

Written By Averi Clements.