The Team

Sonny Parlin – Owner/Head Instructor

I have been training since 2007 and I am a black belt under Rob Kahn. When I started training I was 280 lbs (check out my weight loss story here). Jiu Jitsu changed my life. I started training in Connecticut at the age of 34. In 2012 I moved to Florida specifically to train with Rob Kahn at Gracie Tampa. Rob is Royce Gracie’s first black belt and has produced multiple UFC fighters and ADCC veterans. Rob’s strategy based system of jiu jitsu is what I teach at Gracie Bradenton.

Josh Leduc – Head Kid’s Coach & Advanced Adult Coach

Josh Leduc is a Brown Belt under Bill Murphy and Rob Kahn, having a wealth of experience in competition as well as a coach and an instructor. Josh has an undefeated MMA record with all wins by submission, and holds titles in many BJJ and Grappling tournaments; as well as an MMA title. Recently Josh has been competing in the sub-only game, having competed and won internationally. Josh is the head kids coach. Along with teaching world class jiu jitsu, the kids will learn self esteem, self discipline, get increased motivation, better grades, and of course, become bully proof through self defense!

Rob Kahn – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Rob Kahn is a third degree black belt under legendary three-time UFC champion, Royce Gracie. Rob has been training with Royce Gracie since the mid 90s and is Royce Gracie’s first black belt and the founder of the Gracie Tampa Network. Rob is usually here on Friday nights teaching his mad science.

Jason “Juggernaut” Allar – MMA Coach

Jason is an MMA fighter with a professional record of 4 wins & 5 losses with has last 3 fights ending in wins and all under 2 minutes. Jason’s last MMA fight resulted in a knockout in just 22 seconds! Jason is also a jiu jitsu brown belt. In Jason’s class you’ll learn techniques, drills and sparring specifically for MMA.

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Werther Marciales – Beginners Jiu Jitsu Coach

Werther is a wrestler, jiu jitsu purple belt, wrestler and MMA fighter. In Werther’s class you’ll learn jiu jitsu fundamentals based on the Rob Kahn curriculum of jiu jitsu.

Mary Shaner – Women’s Jiu Jitsu Coach

Mary is a jiu jitsu purple belt. Global estimates published by World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Women who practice jiu jitsu have more confidence and have a much better chance to defend themselves in these types of situations.

Joe McBride – Gi Jiu Jitsu Coach

Joe McBride has been training since 2009 and is currently a brown belt originally under Sonny Parlin. Joe’s focus is on traditional Gi jiu jitsu with a focus on fundamentals at all belt levels, Gracie Self-Defense, Basic Judo / Jiu-Jitsu standup and takedowns.

The Gracie Tampa family is a trusted name in mixed martial arts training.

Gracie Bradenton is a member of the Gracie Tampa Schools network, a network that has produced multiple UFC fighters and Abu Dhabi Combat Club Veterans. (ADCC is the Olympics of Jiu Jitsu). Since joining the Gracie Tampa family, I have been privileged to train with and learn from these killers, including Robby Donofrio and Matt Arroyo as well as so many other talented black belts in the network. My coaches are super talented and awesome people. I have gained so much jiu jitsu wisdom from these guys as well as all of my beastly training partners, past and present!

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