Our New Gym!

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2018 has begun with the opening of Gracie Tampa HQ’s new gym! We are extremely excited with our new location, not only does our new gym have 3 training mats with over 3,000 square feet, but it is a stand alone building with parking galore. Although it is still under some construction we are open […]

End of 2016 Promotions

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  Congratulations to our Coach David Cainas, he has been promoted to Brown belt in BJJ by Master Rob Kahn of Gracie Tampa. This is a big step in Coach David’s athletic career since he treasures Judo and BJJ very highly and are both his passion. We also want to congratulate Maximus “Prime” Jolly on […]

USA Judo 2015 Coach of the Year

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It has been an amazing year and an amazing beginning of 2016. Sensei David was voted USA Judo’s Coach of the Year! Everyone is extremely proud of him and he is forever grateful in having such phenomenal support from both students and parents. CONGRATULATIONS! 

Japan’s Gifu University Judo Team Visit

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  Gracie Tampa Judo had the honor of hosting a one of a kind training camp with Japan’s Gifu University Judo Team. Sensei David trained with them over 2 years ago and it was an absolute honor they requested to train with our Sensei at our club. Thank you to Sensei Yamamoto, Sensei Dale Thompson […]

Ronda Rousey and Hector Lombard

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During these past couple of months my students and I have had the opportunity to meet and train with great athletes in the MMA world. Ronda Rousey and Hector Lombard are very special in the sense that they have brought Judo, a sport that has never been very popular in the USA, into a whole […]

Judo for Autistic Children

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          The biggest gift one can give is the gift of sharing. On Saturday May 2nd, 2015 my students and I had the honor and privilege of giving that gift to a group of very special children. Giving and sharing the sport of Judo, especially to children with autism, was such a […]

Yoichiro Matsumura Championship 2015

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Gracie Tampa Judo took 7 students, 3 of them of which competed for the first time; compiled 5 gold medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze; and just barely missed placing 3rd as an overall team in the entire tournament. As a coach, I couldn’t feel any prouder of EVERY single one of my students today. Yes, […]