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Took my son tonight. He's hooked. He loved it and is already talking about how many days he can go next week.

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I was asked why I travel 30 minutes to Gracie Bradenton when there are closer locations to me? There are a few reasons.
I spent some time doing research on different schools. For starters Sonny Parlin. Outside of the fact he is the real deal and has great lineage. He took the time to reach out and invite me to try out his training. On my first time walking in Sonny and his instructors were welcoming and very knowledgeable. The students that attend are also very much a family and help you when you have any questions. This is a long investment of time and commitment so I wanted a place that I would feel at home. I found that at Gracie Bradenton.

Jeff Blair

My son Ben has been training at Gracie Bradenton for almost 4 years and it has been an amazing experience for him. Great instructors lead high energy, but disciplined and safe classes and Kyle Koziel has been a great coach for my son's freshman high school wrestling season.

Natalia Biasca-Shepler reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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For being a woman 115 lbs , all the guys train with me and have amazing rounds , thank you so much for a great friendly place make my day awesome

Maria Beatriz Zamora-Levesque reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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Great facility ran by one of the coolest dudes around. Sonny is always down to help everyone with not just technique but also with strategy (and the occasional joke). Make sure to follow their social media, as they bring some of the biggest names in the BJJ world to teach seminars in this location. If you are passionate about BJJ and would like to further your knowledge, you must check them out.

Paul Gaetano reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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Just had a private lesson with Sonny. Been training on East Coast of Fl. for the last 6 months.
Here for 2 weeks and I wanted to get some BJJ time in so took a lessons from Sonny. Was a little aprehensive walking into a new place. After a brief meet and greet Sonny made me feel at home. All I can say is I learned so much in 1 hour that I was amazed! Im only a beginner, so just learning a few things to add to my game makes me feel more comfortable and confident. Small improvements in my BJJ means a lot to me! If your not comfortable you will loose interest. Every time you can add just one thing to your game you will be wanting to come back for more. If your a 60 year old beginner like me or just a beginner, don't hesitate to go to Sonny's Gracie BJJ!! BJJ will change your life! He's AWESOME!

Greg Besaw reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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Awesome experience! I trained at the gym while on vacation. Sonny and his students where all great. Very inviting, didn't feel like an outsider at all. Had a great time rolling with very skilled grapplers. Looking forward to visiting again.

Thomas Scully reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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Sonny is very knowledgeable and makes learning BJJ fun and easy with his great attitude. His concerns are solely on your improvement and safety. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in BJJ.

Joe Mcbride reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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great place to train, excellent mat space. the instructor, Sonny Parlin is a wealth of knowledge and a high level active competitor. the student base is amazing, great guys, girls and teens to roll with. Sonny also brings in black belts from the area and out of town to teach specialty classes as well as seminars. would highly recommend anyone to check out Gracie Bradenton.

Brett Ducharme reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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Awesome place to train! Great structure and attitude from staff and students. I moved here a few months ago and am lucky to have found this gym. High level. Porra.

Stephen Holland reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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This school has some really great things going for it:
- A welcoming environment.
- A large diverse group of students so that you have good training partners whether you are the new guy or an advanced student.
- Lots of mat space so you aren't constantly worried about getting elbowed or kicked in the head by others when rolling.
- Both daytime and nighttime classes to meet your schedule.
- They also offer wrestling classes which is huge for putting you in a dominate position in a competition or a real fight.
- They offer seminars where they bring in some of the best competitors in the country.
- Most importantly, the instructors still compete and love what they do. They are invested in their students and don't just complacently stand around waiting for the time to pass.

If you are looking for a place to train then Gracie Bradenton is a great place to be

Aaron Sprague reviewed Gracie Bradenton
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I stopped by to train here while on vacation in Florida and was welcomed by Sonny and his students. Sonny is a great instructor and even took time after class to troubleshoot techniques with me. I also appreciate a school that trains every submission (neck cranks, heel hooks, etc) as you have to know these techniques, and defenses, in the current Jiu Jistu landscape. Everyone I rolled with trained hard but safe. I will definitely be back to train at this academy!

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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

Amanda Leve chokes her male opponent during competition.
Amanda Leve chokes her male opponent during competition. Watch Video

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 a dominant position of control, isolate a limb (this can include the neck) and then we use our entire body against that limb. So even a woman who weighs 130lbs can defeat a 200lb male attacker because once the isolation occurs, she can use all of her 130lbs against her attacker’s isolated limb to break it or choke the attacker unconscious.

Realistic Training

We spend all of our time practicing our craft against opponents who are resisting with 100% effort. It’s for this reason our advantage is overwhelming in a self defense situation as the Gracies have proven time and time again. If you are ever attacked, you are used to going 100% three to four nights a week. This fact alone will give you a mental edge and your training will give you the ability to stay calm under duress because you’re used to being there.

Dominate Martial Artists from any Style

Jiu Jiu practitioners have a long history of having to “defend the gym” against representatives of other martial arts who are determined to prove that Jiu Jitsu is not as effective as their martial art. This always ends up going badly for the challenger as he is never able to stop the clinch to the takedown and once the fight goes to the ground, they are in our world.


Make Friends and Become Part of an Amazing Support System

Beyond fighting, one of the best reasons for training Gracie Jiu Jitsu is for the relationships. In Jiu Jitsu, you will make some amazing friends, friends that will go the distance for you. There is such a unique brotherhood among people who train jiu jitsu. Rolling around on the mat with your partners trying to choke them and bend their limbs the wrong way develops a pretty strong bond. Those bonds often develop into strong friendships. My closest friends in my most inner of circles are people I’ve met in the Jiu Jitsu community!

Get Into Great Shape and Inspire Others

Jiu Jitsu will get you into shape. Your cardio will get better, you will develop a strong core and your balance will increase 10 fold. At Gracie Bradenton we focus first on teaching you the tools you need to defend yourself against someone who doesn’t know jiu jitsu. Then, once you’ve gained some skill and proficiency, we start showing you how to train against people who do know jiu jitsu. This is where things get really interesting, creative, strategic and even psychological. It’s a thinking person’s art, a human chess match.

Whether you’re looking for self defense or just looking for a fun way to get in shape, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a great choice! Get excited!