Gracie Tampa West

Kids Program

At Gracie Tampa West, we strive to build self confidence teach respect for yourself and others build character
focus on teamwork and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Our children’s program is centered around these core principles. Our top level instructors teach Jiu Jitsu in a way that children understand. Kids learn how to grapple for tournaments and for life. Our curriculum focuses on teaching our students how to protect themselves in a bad situation while teaching them respect for others. We do not advocate violence. Instead, we teach position control and escapes.

In this class, students learn what to do if a bully approaches them. They learn how to neutralize the situation so that no one gets hurt. Students begin the basics of Jiu Jitsu. Our instructors teach the kids more than just positions, though. They teach our students to respect themselves and others. They teach confidence and build character.

As children progress, we begin to focus more on position control and submissions. We continue to focus on our core goals. These students have the option to compete in Jiu Jitsu tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Our coaches want to see your child succeed on the mats and off.

For more information about our Gracie Tampa West Kids Program, please call 813-465-9081


I started training at Gracie Tampa west to help me prepare for my fights both prior to and while under contract with the UFC. Bamboo set up a remarkable program that allowed not just my skill set to grow, but a cardio regiment that put me in the greatest shape of my life. Bamboo is both knowledgable in Brazilian jiu jitsu and wrestling, as well as Muay Thai and boxing. His ability to blend the four into an effective and overall simple program to learn is nothing short of extraordinary. I highly recommend people of all ages and experience levels to go to Gracie Tampa West. Whether you want self defense or to lose weight, you will never find a better place for it.

Shane Primm

’ve been training at Gracie Tampa West for about 3 years and 1 month exactly. Prior to here I had no MMA background other than wrestling. I’ve done many grappling tournaments where I’ve placed 1st in all but one where I came in 2nd. I am a current Florida Amateur Lightweight Champion with a record of 7-0. Gracie Tampa West has a bunch of students who are all respectful and excellent partners to train with. There are always fresh new people joining in along with all the vets as well. All in all I feel as if I’ve learned a lot from Bamboo and I feel with his instructions and guidance I’ve managed to achieve everything I’ve accomplished in MMA because of him.

Kit Vongprachanh



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