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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!

Chandra Ahrendt reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
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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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No Gi vs Gi BJJ

In this blog, we’ll introduce you to some of the differences between training in the gi and training no gi. We’ll also cover what the advantages and disadvantages of each are and what you can expect when you step on the mat to train one style or the other.

WHAT IS GI JIU JITSU?

When you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a gi, you’re training gi jiu jitsu. A BJJ gi is a uniform similar to kimonos often worn in other martial arts such as judo and karate.  It consists of a jacket, pants, and a colored belt which indicates your current BJJ rank. Jiu jitsu gis may look similar to kimonos from other martial arts at first glance, but they are actually very different. Jiu jitsu gis are made to withstand the constant grabbing and pulling of fabric on both the gi top and bottoms. 

When you train gi jiu-jitsu, grips are critical and function as one method of controlling your opponent. Just about any piece of fabric on a kimono can be gripped and used. Common grab points include the lapel, sleeve and ankle cuffs, and jacket skirt. The kimono fabric can also be used to wrap around your opponent for additional control and a wide range of submissions.  In fact it’s even common to use parts of your own kimono to control and attack your opponent!

Some techniques can only be performed in the gi, like the bow and arrow choke and lapel chokes.  Other techniques typically work better in the gi but can be adopted for no gi including certain types of guards.

WHAT IS NO GI JIU JITSU?

No gi training is jiu jitsu without the kimono.  Typically, when training no gi, grapplers will wear a rash guaud (long and short sleeve are both common) and fight shorts. These can be substituted for gym shorts and a t-shirt if needed. Some grapplers also chose to wear compression pants or spats.  In addition, in some competitions, it’s not uncommon for male competitors to compete shirtless.

The attire you select for no gi is very much a matter of personal preference. Gear with more fabric such as long sleeves and compression pants means more friction. This generally makes securing grips on limbs easier compared to grabbing a wrist or arm with just bare skin – especially once you start sweating. This may work to your advantage or disadvantage depending on how you roll.

In general, no gi can make controlling and submitting your opponent more challenging because there is simply less to grab ahold of.  From a defensive standpoint, this makes movement and escaping easier.

At the higher levels of jiu jitsu, no gi incorporates advanced leg locking techniques. These techniques are typically illegal when competing in the gi as there is a higher risk of injury due to wearing a kimono.

WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

Neither style is necessarily “better” than the other although most grapplers have an opinion on which they prefer. Which one you prefer may depend on your BJJ goals (e.g. are you training for self-defense or for competition?) or it might be influenced by your own academy and the people you train with. There are many jiu jitsu schools out there that will focus on one style more than the other. Some schools may in fact be gi only or no gi only.

We are of the opinion that it is generally good to train both. Training no gi will help your gi game and vice versa. That said, if your goal is to compete in strictly one style, then it makes sense to focus your training around that particular style.

In the end, you should come to your own conclusion about which style you prefer to train, or perhaps even conclude you like to train both equally.  It’s all still jiu jitsu after all. 

-From the Roll Junkie Blog