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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.

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
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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

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
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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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Why BJJ is Good For Your Kids

Allowing your children to practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. It will teach them valuable skills that will stick with them for life. Skills such as self discipline, confidence, self defense, confidence, body awareness, and to be great movers. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will teach your children all of these things, so without further ado, this is why your children should practice BJJ.

SELF DISCIPLINE
Most of our daily habits require it, and when children practice Jiu Jitsu they learn self discipline. It starts with showing up to BJJ class on a consistent basis. It shows them that to be successful at something first they have to show up. Second, it takes many repetitions in order to be good at Jiu Jitsu- they have to practice. This will carry over into their lives whether it is the repetition of  brushing their teeth or finishing their homework before running outside to play. In order to get things done you need to stay disciplined and sometimes this may require doing things that are not so enjoyable, but in order to get to the good part of the process, first you need to complete the ‘’not so fun’’ ones. For example, during a BJJ class the instructor will spend time showing and explaining techniques, which is necessary, but to be honest, not the most fun part of training. Regardless, they still need to have the discipline and focus when the teacher has the spotlight so they can learn techniques faster and become proficient at them.

CONFIDENCE
Being confident might get them the career they’ve always wanted. Jiu Jitsu teaches your children confidence through physical work. One of the most challenging things is accomplishing something physically demanding. You know this if you have ever tried to lose weight with exercise and diet or achieved a better 5k time. You quickly find out that it takes a lot of physical effort which makes it even more rewarding. That is how children feel when they do their first cartwheel or arm-bar class. With every achievement their confidence grows- whether that achievement is on a small or large scale. Jiu Jitsu instructors know how to recognize achievements and reward them with belt promotions, which further motivate kids to work harder and also serve as a confidence builder.

BODY AWARENESS
Children are usually uncoordinated and not aware of where their body is in a space. Now add athletic movement with a high intensity, and things get even more complicated. Body awareness is an innate skill that has to be developed with stimulation of the muscles and the nervous system. BJJ is exactly that, it teaches children body awareness and how to control their limbs in a space through positive stress on their muscles and nervous system with the help of activities, games, and drills that will also decrease their chances of getting injured. Practicing Jiu Jitsu they will find out the physical potential of their bodies, and that being aware of your body makes you a better mover. Things like coordination and body to space awareness will make them better at everyday activities such as hiking, running, going down the slide, and being comfortable in the dark. Children get scared of the dark because they may rely mostly on their visual sense. Understanding where their body is in space will build their confidence up and help them conquer their fear of the dark. Also, later in their adult life they will be able to learn new tasks much easier and faster than most people do.

BETTER MOVERS
Ever wonder why kids are able to get on the floor and crawl, play, turn, toss, and get back up to their feet like it is second nature to them? If you have ever observed your kid you probably have noticed that they are able to get into a squat position without any trouble at all. Kids are already amazing movers, but if they stop practicing movement they lose that ability as they get older. Brazilian jiu jitsu makes kids amazing movers even if they are not already. It will teach them the ability to be comfortable in the most uncomfortable positions. They will be able to maintain this level of movement throughout their lifetime.

STRENGTH
This is the base for anything that you do in life. For example, a great mover without the proper strength base will not be able to reach their full potential. Young kids are still developing, and giving them the opportunity to build their strength at an early age will allow them to maintain it for a longer time as they age throughout their life. If you are a parent you can take advantage of this also by letting your kids carry the groceries or paint the house when they are 7 years old. Strong is healthy, and healthy is strong.

SELF DEFENSE
Being bullied as a kid is a very high probability, and the answer to bullying is learning Jiu jitsu. Knowing self defense will boost your kids’ confidence which will teach them to also carry themselves that way, and how to handle a bully in a physical altercation. The great thing about Jiu Jitsu is that it teaches kids to never resort to violence, except if they are attacked, and there is no other option. One sign of weakness that bullies look for in a victim is walking with a poor posture due to a low self esteem. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will make your kid more confident, and this will show in their body language. Many times the way kids carry themselves reflects how they feel about themselves. Having the confidence and standing up to a bully is the best way to stop any further bullying. Young kids that bully others often lack confidence and are scared, which is why they usually choose easier, smaller looking victims.

FINAL THOUGHTS
As you can see Brazilian Jiu jitsu has many great benefits. Most of them will last for a lifetime and serve your kids only in a positive way. Every parent wants the best for their children, and giving them the present of Jiu jitsu has great returns on your investment. Valuable skills such as self discipline, self defense, confidence, body awareness, and to be great movers are not skills that are found in just any random area of life. They start at home and are further developed or practiced outside in the real world. That is why Jiu jitsu is ideal for kids and their development.