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Tj Brownfield reviewed Gracie Tampa South MMA
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I have been training at GTS for almost a year now and I have enjoyed every min. They offer several types of classes; BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, Yoga, fitness kickboxing and a variety of kids programs including daycare. The instructors have always been friendly and helpful, but more importantly all the other students are very welcoming. Starting martial arts can be very intimidating, but I highly suggest you stop in to GTS for at least a walk through to see that this is a very comfortable place to train.

Katy Jean Moore reviewed Gracie Tampa South MMA
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This Gym is the best in Tampa hands down. I have been a member for a little over a year, and that decision has literally transformed my mind, body, and soul. I was your typical NPC competitor that joined GTS because of my bodybuilding coach. He told me it would be great cardio and I would love it. It is addicting!You learn so much about yourself mentally, and physically!The coaches are incredible. The facility is clean and amazing! After a long day at work I can't wait to go train, and be in the environment that Matt Arroyo and his staff have created at this gym. It caters to any fitness level. The intro programs, all the way to advanced are set up to make anyone successful! I am truly grateful for Gracie Tampa South!

Kelly Weber Francisco reviewed Gracie Tampa South MMA
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Our 6 & 7 year are both enrolled in Gracie Tampa South’s Big and Little Ninja programs. Not only are they learning jiu jitsu – a skill they will carry with them through adulthood – the coaches help the kids grow their core character as well. Every month they learn about a different positive trait – honesty, friendship, initiative, just to name a few. Our children learn about how to be “bullyproof”, and how not to be a bully. They learn the importance of individual development, but also the importance of working as a team – Brazilian jiu jitsu may be an individual sport, but you can’t learn or improve if you don’t work with your teammates. I can’t say enough positive things about the kids program and how much it means to our boys. Oh, and did I mention both myself and my husband train here as well? From beginners classes to high-skill level classes, GTS has you covered for fitness, for jiu jitsu, for striking/Muay Thai...you name it, they have top level coaches and amazing classes.

Darlene Witham reviewed Gracie Tampa South MMA
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Awesome place with a whole lot of great people. It's clean, welcoming and accommodating! The ladies room even has shampoos and conditioners if you were in a rush and forgot your essentials. Can't ask for a better way to treat guests. 10/10

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Get in Shape and Harness Your Body’s Capabilities with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn to Fight and Defend Yourself in a Fun Setting

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and fighting technique that is designed to help people of any size defend themselves. It’s also a terrific way to tone and firm your body and reap the health benefits of martial arts.

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Do you want to lose weight and tone your muscles?

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Getting in shape is important for people of all ages and sizes

Try something different from the same old routine

Studying martial arts provides you with a physical challenge combined with a mental one – and teaches you to defend yourself, too.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a unique form of martial arts that teaches students to leverage their body weight to use in the ring or against an attacker. A descendant of Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is both a sport and a martial art – and it’s fun to learn.

Results and growth with every class!

Studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help you get in the best shape of your life. It’s a great way to lose weight, tone your muscles, and learn the key things you need to know to be able to defend yourself – even against an opponent who’s larger than you are.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Builds Muscle and Maximizes Physical Fitness

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides an intense, full-body workout that’s the perfect way to lose weight, increase your muscle mass, and get into great shape.

By combining cardiovascular training with toning and training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students push their bodies hard and learn what they are capable of.

It’s a great way to burn calories in a fun and supportive setting that encourages all students to do their best.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Teaches Practical Self-Defense Techniques

The thought of having to defend yourself against a bigger, stronger assailant might be scary, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is designed to help you overcome your fears.

By teaching students to take the fight to the ground where they can use chokeholds and other effective techniques to defend themselves, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps leverage even a small body into a huge problem for an attacker.

Best of all, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu builds strength and agility, both of which help in self-defense situations.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Students Walk with Confidence and Pride

There’s no feeling quite like the feeling of knowing that your body is strong, agile, and able to do whatever you want it to do.

Studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives students the knowledge that they can leverage their body’s strength to accomplish things they never thought possible.

Over time, it increases self-confidence and pride – and that carries over to work, home, and every area of your personal life.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions Provide a Unique Challenge

Students who have a natural competitive drive love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it’s a sport as well as a self-defense method.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires students to spar and fight in class. They can also choose to compete to prove their ability or to advance to new levels of achievement.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions help students set goals and work toward them – and to relish the experience of victory.

Hands down the best environment I have ever been placed in. Every instructor is an absolute professional and my self confidence has never been higher. I am so grateful I took that first step by booking a 1 on 1 training session. Coming here was the best decision I could have made in my adult life. Thank you Gracie Tampa South!

Ray Camaraza

I dont think anybody can say there's a better mma gym on the west coast of Florida. To sum it up in one word, I would say, "class". Matt runs a professional gym with down to earth, easy to understand instructors *all of which have had pro fighting experience. I respect everybody I've had the honor of meeting, whether its a staff member at the door or someone I spar with. It's just a great place to go for people of all skill levels, in all walks of life, in any age group. I dont care what you do or who you are, this gym has a spot for you & will make you healthier & a better person & fighter.

Brock Austin Walker

Absolutely excellent experience! If you are over 40 like me and want to challenge yourself in a safe training environment with positive people you will be proud to know, this is the gym/dojo for you. If you are young, that's okay too, just remember to let the old guys warm up first. I am a lifetime martial artist and have been to many other dojos over the years in a variety of martial arts. This is the best I have seen and you can train as a mixed martial artist whether or not you ever choose to compete. Top notch!

Danny Kelley

Gracie Tampa South was friendly and welcoming as soon as I walked through the doors. Stayed for a NoGi class and learned some great moves. Afterwards, I rolled with a handful of people. Absolutely loved that each student I rolled with took the time to go over what they did after we rolled. Each of them caught me in something and when I asked how they did it. They took me step by step and showed me. I love seeing that! When students take the time to help out another and go over moves, just means the instructors are also doing an amazing job teaching. Keeping everyone safe and making sure they enjoy the experience to the fullest. Gracie Tampa South will always be on my list to visit. If you haven't tried them out, you need to!

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FAQs

Do I need to know jiu-jitsu or Judo to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

No, you don’t. There are beginner classes available and many of the people who study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have no prior martial arts training.

Do I need any special equipment to study Brazilian Martial Arts?

Students typically wear a Gi (two-piece garment worn by martial artists.) It is also typical for some students may want to wear a mouth guard. It’s a good idea to have a supply of athletic tape, as well.

As a beginner, do I need to spar?

No. Beginner classes focus on teaching basic techniques and safety, and you can then work your way up to controlled sparring in class.

Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu help me defend myself?

Absolutely. It’s one of the world’s most effective self-defense techniques and is often preferred because it teaches students to leverage their body weight to defeat larger opponents.

Will taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes help me lose weight?

It can, particularly if you combine Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides a great, full-body workout that burns calories, builds muscles, and boosts the metabolism.

More Benefits

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training relieves stress and anxiety and increases mental well-being.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps build strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu improves cardiovascular fitness and overall health.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu strengthens the mind-body connection, improves concentration, and encourages discipline and goal-setting.

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