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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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.
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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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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.

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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!

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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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How Gracie PAC Martial Arts is Preparing For Coronavirus & COVID19

*** Updated 10:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th, 2020***

The team at Gracie PAC is committed to the health and safety of our Members.

We will use this page (as well as communicate via our Facebook Group and Page and E-Mail) to keep you posted.

We are taking this 1 day at a time as this is an unprecedented event that is occurring.

Preventative Measures

Our Team is being very proactive in taking steps towards the health of our students and hygiene in our gym. 

We have hand sanitizer readily available throughout the academy and antibacterial hand soap in the bathrooms. 

We regularly clean our mats with hospital grade cleaner and have increased the number of sessions of mat cleanings per day and have also increased deep cleaning sessions per week for the time being.  We have also hired a professional company to come in each week to do a full in depth cleaning. 

We are urging all students, parents and siblings to STAY HOME if you feel sick, even if the symptoms are not consistent with the coronavirus or flu.  This will help the spreading of any and all illnesses.  This is our policy year round, but we are asking everyone to be especially vigilant during this time.  

Online Classes

For those who are unable to attend class due to illness or other risk factors, we do have the technology in place to allow for realtime at-home participation, including interaction from your kids’ favorite instructors.

Our entire monthly martial arts curriculum is also already available for members on our Gracie PAC MMA App.

Our Optional Online Classes begin this week
Simply click the link of your child’s class at the time of their class and your child will be able to take class right along with our Coaches!
If you can’t make the LIVE class, the recording will be posted inside of the Gracie PAC App later on that evening
•Monday/Wednesday – 4:30PM – Tiny Ninja:
•Monday/Wednesday – 5PM – LiL Ninja Intermediate:
•Monday/Wednesday – 5:45PM – Jr. Warrior Beginner:
•Monday/Wednesday – 6:30PM – LiL Ninja Beginner:
•Tuesday/Thursday – 4:30PM – Tiny Ninja:
•Tuesday/Thursday – 5:00PM – LiL Ninja Beginner:
•Tuesday/Thursday – 5:45PM – Jr. Warrior Intermediate:
•Tuesday/Thursday – 6:30PM – Jr. Warrior Advanced:
•Tuesday/Thursday – 7:15PM – Jr. Warrior Beginner:
•Friday – 5:00PM – LiL Ninja Elite:
•Friday – 5:45PM – Jr. Warrior Elite:
•Friday – 6:30PM – LiL Ninja & Jr. Warrior Elite:
•Saturday – 10:00AM – Masters Club:

Classes Shortened

In attempt to minimize the amount of people in the building at the same time, we will also be cutting our on site classes short by 10 minutes to help keep numbers inside the academy smaller during transitions.

Spring Break Camp

As of today, we are still running Spring Break Camp next week.

We love our community and we love the families who live here. We are not going to let this have negative effect on your ability to go to work and make a living.

We will have limited spaces in these camps and they will be available for children ages 5-12 who are healthy and symptom free. (Touch-free temperature scans on student’s foreheads will be conducted starting on Tuesday each day upon arrival and students must be 98.9 degrees or lower.)

If you need a safe, clean, and healthy environment for your child, as of this time, we are fully prepared to stay open and offer full-day camps from 7:30am-6pm if schools shut down. 

Freezing Your Program

As a courtesy to our members, anytime you miss more than 4 weeks of training, we have always added that missed time to the end of your Program.

If you foresee yourself being out for more than 4 weeks, please send us an e-mail and we will add your missed time to the end of your Program.

Your monthly payment will still be processed – but you won’t lose your time.

CDC Prevention Steps

We are also asking our students to follow the CDC’s prevention steps below to stop the spreading of illnesses.  Specifically:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (not recommended- see website)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

You can find these guidelines and more information here:

Leaders don’t Panic, they Prepare

While we recognize the seriousness of this virus, we also recognize that remaining physically fit is an important way to ensure a healthy immune system.

Further, we believe that in frightening times, it is important for kids to maintain as much consistency as possible, within reason.

Our goal is to employ practices that reduce risk while focusing on educating our students with empathy and compassion so they can balance their emotions with logic and information.

Your children are going to follow your lead.

Make sure it’s one to follow.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

We are hoping that everyone will do their part as we take every measure to keep our Academy a safe and clean environment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Phone: 813-244-1293