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Tampa's only Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center

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We don't Just Teach you how to fight, we give you the confidence so you never have to.

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4.9 out of 5

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Customers served! 400 Students Trained!

The experience here is first class! The teachers: Emiliano, James & Kyle took us through a lovely class on the standing guillotine choke and punch block series stages 1-4. We train at a Gracie Certified Training Center in Orlando and this was a day visit to Tampa we are so glad we joined their welcoming community! 

Nelson M. | Mom

I had the pleasure of attending a Women Empowered seminar, which was amazing!!! Such friendly and helpful teachers/staff! Props to Matt at the front desk for being such a welcoming person and to Saulo, the instructor, for creating such a fun environment.

Neese | Student

Awesome people and instructors who care about my kids. I am very positive about my son in his self-defense training. My 7-year-old son has needed "focus training" since his early childhood and Andres does an excellent job.

Boyd S. | Dad

Explore the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Programs we Offer

This program helps kids use words to handle bullies and gentle moves to stay safe if attacked. No punching or kicking—those can hurt. We'll teach safe ways to stop threats without fighting.

We teach strategies to deal with bullies using assertive communication and non-violent self-defense techniques. we focus on leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without causing harm.

Gracie Combatives®, Adult Martial Arts in Tampa

Experience the unparalleled depth of our Jiu-Jitsu course, Adult Gracie Combatives®! Dive into fundamental techniques on the mat, mastering various submissions and defense strategies for comprehensive skill development.

Empower women with essential self-defense skills. This class covers techniques to counter the 20 most common attacks, including being pinned by an assailant with a weapon and ensuring self-protection.

Take your Jiu-Jitsu skills to new heights with the Gracie Master Cycle®. Designed for intermediate practitioners aiming for competition, it offers multiple challenges to progress and advance to the next level!

Private Lesson Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Tampa

Enroll in private Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tailored to your individual needs. Receive personalized instruction to enhance your skills, technique, and understanding of BJJ in a focused one-on-one setting.

How to get started

Here is how you can get more information about our programs, pricing, schedules, as well as how to get started.

Make an Appointment

Reserve your first class of your 10-Day free trial. Be sure to hurry, spots are limited!


Join us for your FREE trial class

Come join us for a free trial class. If you love it, you can extend this to a 10-day trial of any beginner program.


Sign up for one of our programs

If you love what we have to offer, and think we can help you or your child achieve your goals, let us know and we will enroll you into the program that fits you best.


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Meet the Instructors Behind Gracie Martial Arts Tampa

They're not only accomplished practitioners themselves, but they provide valuable insights into the techniques, strategies, and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

At Gracie Martial Arts Tampa, we pride ourselves on the quality of our Classes. You can expect the following from your instructors:

  • Safety: You will always be taught both the methods for applying a technique and how to do so safely. You don't have to fight to learn how to fight!
  • Structure: Will a full systematic curriculum for every program and our detailed instructional methods we ensures maximum retention so you never have to feel lost in the complexities of a technique.
  • Street Readiness: Our Focus not only on Jiu-Jitsu vs. Jiu-Jitsu, but also on Jiu-Jitsu techniques that work in a real-world fight sets us apart. 
  • Certified Instructors: Our instructors have all been through a rigorous qualification process that includes being personally evaluated by and approved to teach the Gracie University curriculum by the Gracie Family.

Emiliano Cardona

Gracie Certified BJJ Black Belt

Saulo Cepeda

Gracie Certified  BJJ Black Belt

Teresa Avillan

Gracie Certified  BJJ Black Belt

James Riggs

Gracie Certified  BJJ Purple Belt

Kyle Webb

Gracie Certified BJJ Blue Belt

10-Day Free Trial
Most BJJ schools limit new students to one free trial class. We offer new students a 10-day free trial that includes unlimited access to all of our beginner group classes for 10 consecutive days. We’re confident that the curriculum, the camaraderie, and quality of the instruction will exceed all your expectations. If that’s not the case, just let us know, and we will never charge you for any of the classes you attended.

To take advantage of our 10-day free trial, or to schedule an introductory private class, simply contact our Student Services Team on 813-851-2828

Why Choose

Gracie Martial Arts Tampa?

Specialized Programs for the Entire Family
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone! While most schools teach the art with a "one size fits all" approach, at Gracie Martial Arts Tampa, we offer specialized group class programs for the entire family: Gracie Bullyproof for kids (ages 3-12), Women Empowered for the ladies, Gracie Combatives for beginner adults, and the Master Cycle for advanced practitioners. For three generations, the Gracie family’s primary focus has been to teach jiu-jitsu in a way that is welcoming, safe, and easy for new students, especially those with no previous experience. Today, our proprietary programs, safety-first teaching style, and our beginner-friendly introductory classes, allow anyone to experience the magic of jiu-jitsu without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed.

Personal Training
While our proprietary group class programs are enjoyed by tens of thousands of students all over the world, it’s been proven that personal training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides students with greater comprehension in less time. In a one-on-one environment, the instructor has the flexibility to operate outside the established structure and specific techniques of the group class programs to create a personalized curriculum based on your unique strengths and weaknesses to help you reach your training objectives in the least amount of time possible.

Personal training offers maximum scheduling flexibility, day or night; if it works for you, we’ll make it happen. Moreover, if you can’t come to us, just let us know where you live, and we’ll come to you! To learn more about personal training or to schedule your first class, click here.

Optimizing Teaching Methodologies

Although Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is the most effective martial art on planet, it is a relatively young martial art. Lacking a standardized curriculum, it is common practice, at BJJ schools around the world, for techniques to be presented in complete randomness. Each day, the instructor shows up to class, having no clue what to teach, and asks the students: “What do you guys want to do?” as if the students know better than he does, as to what should be practiced. Learning in such an unorganized environment can be extremely frustrating and overwhelming. New students almost always feel left behind since the techniques are usually tailored to meet the needs of the more advanced students. In most cases, students experience a sensation known as “Technique Overload” and end up quitting within 3 to 5 months of enrolling, and when they do, the instructor believes that the student’s lack of discipline is to blame. What they fail to realize is that when a student quits, the problem lies not within the work ethic of the student, or the techniques of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but within the format in which BJJ is being taught.

The Gracie University Solution

Realizing that the key to global dissemination was the development of a formalized curriculum, Ryron and Rener Gracie dedicated several years to organizing all the techniques in the most logical sequence based on their simplicity and usefulness in combat. Originally, due to its linear nature, the curriculum could only be taught in private lessons. But, after 15 years of experimenting with different training programs, the Gracies developed a curriculum that would enable students to learn all the techniques in a group class setting and still get results that are comparable to those of private classes.

Aside from the unparalleled structure and organization of the curriculum, what makes the Gracie University training programs unique is the way in which we present the techniques. Perfected over three generations, the teaching methodology used at all Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers allows students to learn at their own pace without feeling overwhelmed or left behind. Furthermore, we conduct all group classes with the utmost concern for safety, and we demand that all students treat each other respectfully regardless of skill level, gender, race, nationality, or creed.

At Gracie University, we don't just teach people how to fight, we give people the confidence so they never need to.


What makes Gracie Martial Arts Tampa stand out among other Bjj Schools in Tampa?

Gracie Martial Arts Tampa distinguishes itself through a unique blend of expert instruction, a welcoming community atmosphere, and a commitment to authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Our instructors are experienced and passionate, ensuring a safe and enriching learning environment.

Can your martial arts school help boost confidence and develop coordination?

Absolutely. Our programs are designed to enhance self-confidence, coordination, and overall physical fitness. Through regular practice, students develop not only martial arts skills but also important life skills like discipline, resilience, and focus.

Is there a trial period available for new students?

New students are welcome to a trial period where they can experience our classes first-hand. This allows them to gauge the fit of our programs with their personal goals and preferences.

Can your martial arts classes cause injury?

Like any physical activity, there's a risk of injury in martial arts. However, our trained instructors emphasize safety and proper technique to minimize this risk.

Is your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school violent?

Martial arts at our school is not about violence; it's about self-discipline, self-defense, and personal growth. We teach students to use martial arts responsibly.

What do I need to know before I start Classes at your Gracie Jiu-Jitsu School?

It's important to come with an open mind and willingness to learn. Familiarize yourself with the class schedule and arrive early to prepare.

What sets your Self-defense School Apart?

Our self-defense training focuses on real-world scenarios, emphasizing practical techniques and situational awareness. We prioritize teaching skills that are effective regardless of size or strength, making our training suitable for everyone.

Which programs does Gracie Martial Arts Tampa offer?

We offer a variety of programs for self-defense: Combatives®, Women Empowered®, Bullyproof®, Master Cycle ®, and Private Lessons. Each program is designed to cater to different interests and skill levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners.

Are there different intensity levels for adults in your martial arts school?

Yes, we offer classes with varying intensity levels to accommodate different fitness levels and martial arts experiences. From beginner to advanced classes, we ensure a challenging yet safe environment for all participants.

My child isn't athletic. Can he/she still participate in martial arts?

Certainly. Martial arts is about personal growth and development. We welcome students of all athletic abilities and focus on helping each individual achieve their best.

Is your martial arts school fun?

Yes, we prioritize making our classes engaging and enjoyable. While maintaining a focus on learning and discipline, we ensure that our classes are fun and inclusive for students of all ages.

Do you have to be in good shape to be a part of your martial arts school?

No, you don't need to be in peak physical condition to start martial arts. Our programs are designed to improve your fitness level, regardless of where you begin.

What do I wear to class?

For your first class, comfortable athletic clothing is recommended. Specific uniforms and gear can be discussed with the instructor based on the martial arts discipline you choose.

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