Gracie Largo Jiu Jitsu proudly serving Largo

Gracie Largo Jiu Jitsu has Classes in Largo, Perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults Jiu-Jitsu Lessons.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members in . We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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Benjamin Zapata (Head Instructor)

Welcome to our Jiu Jitsu academy, where Professor Benjamin Zapata, a distinguished second-degree black belt under the Gracie lineage, leads with a wealth of experience, passion, and a commitment to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Professor Benjamin’s journey in Jiu Jitsu is marked by significant achievements, beginning with the awarding of his black belt in 2016. His dedication and proficiency were further acknowledged with the bestowal of the second-degree black belt by none other than Rener and Ryron Gracie, a testament to his expertise and commitment to the art.

With a competitive spirit that knows no bounds, Professor Benjamin has participated in over 100 Jiu Jitsu tournaments, showcasing his skills in both Gi and Nogi competitions. His crowning achievement came in 2015 when he secured the title of IBJJF Nogi World Champion in the Men’s Master 2 Light Weight Brown Belt Division.

Beyond the mats, Professor Benjamin is a certified referee in both Naga and IBJJF tournament rule sets, ensuring that he brings a deep understanding of the sport to our academy. As a certified master instructor of Gracie Combatives, Women Empowered, and all BBS1-4 certifications, he is committed to imparting his knowledge and skills to our students.

Professor Benjamin’s dedication to martial arts extends beyond the world of Jiu Jitsu. With a background as an amateur MMA fighter, he has competed in six bouts, securing five victories and experiencing a single loss by points. This experience adds a unique perspective to his teachings, enriching the learning experience for our members.

Rooted in a philosophy of self-defense mindset first, Professor Benjamin advocates for keeping it playful while also keeping it real. His approach to Jiu Jitsu emphasizes the practical application of techniques for self-defense, creating a well-rounded and effective foundation for our students.

Join us at our academy, where Professor Benjamin Zapata’s wealth of experience, dedication to excellence, and commitment to a self-defense mindset create an environment where students can thrive, learn, and grow in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Together, we’ll explore the depth of Jiu Jitsu under the guidance of a seasoned practitioner and instructor.

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Jen Clanton

Welcome to our Jiu Jitsu academy, where Coach Jen, a certified Purple Belt Gracie Combatives Instructor and Gracie Women Empowered Instructor, leads with passion, expertise, and a commitment to empowering individuals through the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Coach Jen’s journey in Gracie Jiu Jitsu began in 2014, marking the inception of a dedicated and transformative relationship with the martial art. Over the years, she has honed her skills and knowledge, earning recognition as a certified Purple Belt and demonstrating her proficiency as a Gracie Combatives and Women Empowered Instructor.

Beyond the academy walls, Coach Jen has embraced the competitive spirit of Jiu Jitsu, participating in both Gi and Nogi tournaments. Her dedication and skill were highlighted when she secured a well-deserved silver and bronze medal at the IBJJF Worlds Nogi 2018 & 2019 in the Women’s Masters 2 Light Weight Division.

Coach Jen’s commitment to holistic well-being extends beyond the mat. As a certified Personal Trainer and holder of a certification in Sports Nutrition Recovery, she brings a comprehensive approach to fitness and health. Her expertise enriches our academy’s offerings, ensuring a well-rounded and supportive environment for our members.

However, Coach Jen’s mission goes beyond belts and medals. Her personal goal is to empower every individual, especially focusing on the development of small-statured individuals and women in Jiu Jitsu. Through the blend of proper technique and personal tenacity, Coach Jen fosters an atmosphere of growth and empowerment.

At our academy, you can expect to embark on a journey of self-discovery and skill development under Coach Jen’s guidance. The curriculum includes not only the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu but also incorporates Rapid Mastery Drills and embraces the philosophy of the small person, ensuring a personalized and effective learning experience.

Join us at our academy, where Coach Jen’s passion for Jiu Jitsu, dedication to empowering individuals, and commitment to excellence create an environment where everyone can thrive, regardless of size or gender. Together, we’ll cultivate skills, build resilience, and empower each other on and off the mats.

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