The Only Level 4 Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center ® in Pinellas County

Amazing Jiu-Jitsu Programs For Kids & Adults To Get More Focused, Fit, & Confident!

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Learn the MOST Effective Self Defense Martial Art in the World, right here in Largo, Florida, Make Friends, Gain Lasting Confidence and have FUN doing it!

Gracie Largo Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but only if taught correctly. While most BJJ schools have taken a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching the art, Gracie University has gone to great lengths to create specific programs for each demographic: Gracie Bullyproof for kids (ages 5-12), Women Empowered for the ladies, Gracie Combatives for beginner adults, and the Master Cycle for advanced practitioners. Each program adheres to a set curriculum, so students know exactly what they will learn before they come to class. Every student is issued an attendance card on which we track daily progress, so they can see how much they’ve accomplished and exactly what it will take to move on to the next level. In a martial art where confusion and frustration are extremely common, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that you will enjoy the highly-structured and encouraging approach only found at Certified Gracie Jiu-jitsu Training Centers like Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo!

At Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo, safety is the number one priority. In far too many BJJ schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most elite students. If you are a beginner student, you are expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out. At Gracie Largo & with Team Zapata we take the opposite approach. Firstly, there is no competitive sparring in our beginner programs. As a result, you’ll have a chance to learn all the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners, for 8-12 months. Once you move on to the advanced program, and you begin sparring, you will have the benefit of working with training partners, of every skill level, who are working with you rather than against you. This culture of collaboration and mutual benefit is extremely rare in jiu-jitsu, and we go to great lengths to make sure it is upheld at Gracie Largo. We become our family when you are part of Team Zapata.

When it was originally founded by Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie in the early 1900’s, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu only had one purpose – effectiveness in real fights. Several decades later, when sportive competition was introduced and popularized throughout Brazil and the US, there was a distinct shift in training objectives at most BJJ schools causing them to neglect the self-defense aspect of jiu-jitsu, such that students could train for many years without ever learning how their grappling skills would apply against a striking opponent in a real fight. At Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo with Team Zapata in Largo Florida, street self-defense remains the top priority throughout all of our training programs. From your very first class, every technique you learn was specifically chosen due to it’s like likelihood of being used, and proven effectiveness, in real combat. Our belief is that only once a student learns all the necessary skills to stay safe in a real fight, should he or she begin exploring the sportive aspects of jiu-jitsu.

Upon enrolling at this Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo, Team Zapata will receive a free subscription to Gracie University Online. Through our interactive online platform, you will have access to detailed video instruction on every technique you’ll be learning so you can study the lessons on any computer or mobile device 24 hours a day! Furthermore, as an active student at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo you’ll qualify to train for free at any other Certified Training Center on the planet (for up to 30 consecutive days per year). Since the curriculum is the same at all Certified Training Centers, you will receive credit on your attendance card back home for every lesson you complete during your travels!

Enough talking, it’s time for you to give it a try! Contact Gracie Jiu Jitsu Largo to start your 10-day free trial. You’ll have the opportunity to speak directly with a certified instructor or team member to answer any questions you might have before you begin. They will work with you to schedule your introductory class, and then you’ll be given unlimited access to all beginner group classes for 10 calendar days to make sure we provide it’s exactly what you’re looking for!

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  • Schedule ability to choose any classes.
  • Beginners: Combatives Classes
  • Blue belts and above: Master Cycle
  • Kids: Bullyproof Program
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The gym is beautiful! Coach Jen and Coach Ben are incredibly talented and it shows in the way they teach techniques. They truly care about their students, and make sure every one gets the help they need. There's nothing but good vibes from this place. You will not be dissapointed.

Adult Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense Largo

Katherine A.

Gracie Largo is an awesome choice for anyone looking to better themselves! I've been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 2 years and it's made me a more confident person while also making great friendships with an awesome group of people. Coach Ben is a great instructor and breaks down high level techniques to where they are understandable to complete beginners. Gracie Largo has a wide range of classes that are going on all throughout the day. As someone who has trained at multiple BJJ/MMA gyms in the area, I cannot recommend Gracie Largo enough!

Mike R.

My son and I have taken many classes from Professor Ben and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He is extremely knowledgeable and one of the most active competitors in the area. You can’t go wrong choosing him as your mentor. As for Brazilian Jiu jitsu in general, it has been life changing for my sons confidence and demeanor and you can truly be a part of a family type environment. I highly recommend Gracie Largo.

Steve Freestone

I had been wanting to give BJJ a try and after losing my mother this past January, I came across this new location opening up and had a great conversation with Coach Jen. She said that I would love the classes and Coach Ben, and she was right!!! Coach Ben is now called my BJJ dad and ive learned so much from them in the time they have been opened and I've learned a new art that I can't get enough of! They break each move down so well, that its easy to learn. They have striking classes, fitness kickboxing, a weight room and the nicest place in town to get your roll on. So glad i found them to help me deal with the daily grieving of my mom, a new outlet has been found. They don't look at you like a number or try to push you through, they care and treat you like family! Come roll with us!

Adult Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense Largo

David M.

Master Ben is an amazing coach, teacher, motivator and inspiration in the gym and in life. If you get the chance to train with him I would highly recommend doing so. Jen among other things is a brilliant fitness coach she'll keep you motivated and you'll definitely see results. I highly recommend Gracie Largo to everyone.

Erik Mortensen

Professor Zapata and coach Jen are amazing instructors and really care about the development of their students. The location and the environment created are the cherry on top. I highly recommend it; if you’re looking to improve your jiu jitsu skills, learn self defense, get into shape or just looking to be a part of an awesome place with great teachers and students.

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Dirson M.

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