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Maria Vega reviewed Gracie PAC MMA
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Our Martial Arts Curriculum & Testing Procedures

Our Curriculum

One unique aspect of our Programs here at Gracie PAC is that our classes are not only separated by age but also by skill level. This ensures that our students are learning and training with children in their same learning developmental stage and same level of martial arts training. It’s something we really pride ourselves on and know plays a huge role in the success of our students on the mat.

Our Curriculum is also age and skill specific and is taught using our “STEDEYE Method of Teaching” – which allows them to understand understand complex techniques. I created this Method of Teaching in order to help other Instructors and it has become a world wide phenomena in teaching children Jiu Jitsu and maintaining their attention.

Each Month, your child will learn (5) Techniques in their first (5) classes of the month. They will be tested on these (5) techniques the 4th week of each month. We display each Classes techniques on our Lobby TV and on our Dry Erase Board near the training room, this way you know EXACTLY what is expected of them to earn their Stripes and Belts. We also have the complete curriculum to each class in our Closed Parents Facebook Group for you to download.

Our Curriculum Classes will follow a structured layout of Warm Ups, Stretching, Lessons, Drills, a Game, and Mat Chats. The consistency of this structure will help your child become more successful in class.

Our Lesson Plans were created to not only educate, but also entertain our students as they become proficient in the art. We take pride in having the most structured and organized curriculum to ensure our students success.

We also welcome our families to video tape the lesson during class to help their child become even more familiar with the technique at home. Many families even opt in for our Gracie PAC Online Academy – which has video explanations of every technique their child will learn from White Belt to Green Belt.

Drill Week

In addition to our Curriculum Classes, our students also receive a Drill Class each month (It’s is their 6th class of the week and honestly this is one of their favorites!). This class does not teach any “new techniques”; it focuses on our students utilizing the techniques they learned earlier in the month in live scenarios.

We focus on Developmental Drills, Partner Drills, Flow Drills, and Live Drills. We have a saying in our academy, “Drill for Skill” and this class will really allow your child to implement their lessons in real time.

Testing Week

The 4th week of each month our students have an opportunity to Review their (5) techniques as well as test for their Performance Stripe. We review and test on both days, so if your child misses the first class of the week (or needs some additional work on a technique), they will still have an opportunity to test on the second class of the week.

During testing week, you will notice the flow of the class is slightly different. Due to the need of getting through all (5) techniques, we will skip Warm Ups and get right to the test.

Our Instructors will give a brief review of each technique before our students are graded on them. It is healthy for your child to be slightly nervous before Testing Week. Even as adults we get nervous before a big presentation or a job interview. Overcoming challenges is what makes us grow and progress in life.

Our Instructors not only test your child on their success of the (5) techniques, but also on their attitude on the mat, their ability to be a good teammate, and their behavior.

While earning belts and stripes are incredibly exciting to our students – what they are ultimately doing is showing progress. Most times in life, we are happiest when we are progressing. Our Curriculum Classes, Drill Classes, and Testing Classes are structurally organized to set our students up for success. It’s our Motto here at Gracie PAC that Hard Work Pays Off, and when a student earns a stripe and belt it helps them to build their confidence.

Want to find out more information on how the belt system came into place in the Martial Arts? Check out our blog titled: Earning A New Belt, here.

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