Fighting not to Lose

One of my biggest pet peeves in jiu jitsu is a practitioner whose sole purpose in a match is to “not get tapped out.” It’s even more annoying when people use it as a measure of success against their training partners. “I rolled with so and so for 10 minutes and he only caught me twice.” This thought process is extremely flawed and in no way an honest measure of one’s jiu jitsu skill, unless you were also attacking. Basically, if you spent the entire match fighting out of one submission after the next, you were not the better grappler […]

2016 Competition Highlights

Here are some of my better moments competing in 2016.

Training Strategies for Quick Improvement

Photo by Joseph Byron 2014 wasn’t just a big year in terms of weight loss for me, it was also a big year for my jiu jitsu. When I was trying to lose weight, my goal when I had any training session was to make sure that I rolled for 30 minutes at the very least. More was always okay, but nothing shorter than 30 minutes was the goal I set for myself. Training this way will guarantee that you are exhaling those calories and it will also ensure that your game improves. Increasing the amount you roll will by […]

Monday August 17th Class with Matt Arroyo

Hey everyone, August 17th Monday night class will be taught by Black Belt, ADCC Trials champion and ex-UFC fighter, Matthew Arroyo. Be there!

Kids Classes Starting August 24th!

Gracie Bradenton is starting up a kids program. We are enrolling kids 8 & up. Kids between 8 and 13 will have their own class starting on August 24th. Teens who are 14 and older will train with adults. Anyone who signs up before August 24th will get access to discounted pricing, so don’t wait, sign up now! Call us at 941-405-0030 for more information.

Gracie Bradenton’s First Tournament

I’m super proud of everyone who competed over the weekend at MMAC Grappling. More photos on our facebook page.

The Mats: An Interactive Before/After

Hey everyone, I’m happy to announce that the new mats have been installed and are amazing! Come in and enjoy 1600 sqft of mat space, double what was there! The new mat will allow us to run more classes and also start up our kids program (more on that in the next couple of days). In the meantime, have a look. Also, check out this 3 minute video of the mat installation with some rolling mixed in. Mat Installation at Gracie Bradenton from Sonny Parlin on Vimeo.

Lessons I Learned After One Year At Gracie Tampa

Originally posted on in September of 2013 Just about a year ago, me, my wife, and son moved to Tampa, FL. In part we wanted a new climate, plus her parents are down here. But another reason (probably the biggest for me) was to be able to train full-time with Rob Kahn, the owner and head instructor for Gracie Tampa. Since being here for almost a year, I’ve been told by my training partners and coaches (including Rob) that my Jiu Jitsu has improved by leaps and bounds. But why? The reasons might surprise you because they have very […]

How your ego kills your training

Tapping out in the beginning of our jiu jitsu career is what makes us humble. Anyone who makes it to blue belt, the first adult belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has tapped out a lot. They have felt what it’s like to try their hardest and fail over and over again. So naturally, after you start to get a little gym status as a new, respectable blue belt, you might start to coordinate your rolling to avoid certain people and gravitate toward certain others. This is what will inevitably lead to giant gaps in your training. Whereas the student who […]

Why train Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a System of Self Defense Simply put, Jiu Jitsu is a system of ground fighting that utilizes grappling, joint locks and chokes. Jiu Jitsu is all about solving complex, evolving problems under extreme duress. Through this process, the Jiu Jitsu practitioner develops the skill to handle physical altercations with incredible speed and accuracy. Jiu Jitsu is the Great Equalizer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is famous for it’s claim that the smaller weaker person can defeat the larger stronger opponent. How? Using a mix of strategy, technique and timing, we clinch with our opponent, initiate a takedown, establish […]