Meet Your Extended Family…
What makes Gracie PAC so amazing is not only our wonderful members, but our Team who makes sure she runs like a well oiled machine. I wanted to give some quick background of the mentors your child now has in their life.
Coach Darion is the Assistant Instructor to our Children and Teens Program. You have more than likely already gotten to know him as he heads our Introductory Lesson Process and has worked 1 on 1 with your child from the first day. Coach Darion (who happens to be my awesome step-son 😉 started training in the Martial Arts when he was 15 years old. At the time he never really enjoyed sports, was over-weight, had very little friends, and was very shy. Training in the Martial Arts has completely changed his life for the better. He has lost over 100 pounds, competes regularly, has completely come out of his shell, and now enjoys helping others accomplish their goals on and off the mat.
Coach David is the Head Instructor to our Children and Teens Program as well as the Assistant Instructor to our Adult Program. He began his Martial Arts Journey at the young age of 9 and has 10+ years of teaching experience. His positive energy can be felt from across the room and his ability to edu-tain our ninjas is incredible.
I began my Martial Arts Journey at age 8 and I knew from the first day I stepped on the mat on March 15, 1993 that I would one day own my own Martial Arts Academy. Gracie PAC is literally a life long dream come true and I am grateful everyday that I get to share my knowledge and passion to the youth of Tampa. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of South Florida in 2007 and have had the opportunity to bring my collegiate education to the mats. As the Master Instructor and Owner, it is my ultimate goal to help all of our students become the best version of themselves.
You might also see Coach Ariana and Coach Casey on the mat helping with our Kids Classes. They run our After School and Summer Camp Programs and fill in if one of our Coaches is out.
One of the best parts of our Team is their knowledge not only on the mat, but in the safety of our students. All of our Team has gone through our extensive Instructor Training Certification Program, are CPR & First Aid Certified, and have passed Level 2 Background Screenings. So you can rest assured your child is in great company!
It really is a family here at Gracie PAC – and we look forward to getting to know more about your family as well.