Going to the gym was always something painful and boring for me. Any excuse was enough to keep me home. Joining Marcio Cruz BJJ Academy was definitely a life change. I dropped 20 pounds and sculpted my body in 5 months, but that’s not all: I gained a new family of real friends who care about me and make me feel like staying even after class is over. I love this place and its people.
A friendly family oriented Dojo which is run by an actual Brazilian family, there two locations one in Pebble Creek/Wesley Chapeland another one in Carrolwood. there is also on Saturdays an all female class on the Wesley Chapel whit the excellent coach Arianna Cruz.
For new comer and UFC fan who want to get into BJJ i think its and excellent place to start there, there Gi ( the uniform used) classes and No-Gi (the one you see in UFC).
If you are into competition this is the place to be, there a competition class every Friday they are very active in tournaments they won 2nd place on a BJJ tournament in Orlando last week.
If not convinced, i personally i think BJJ is excellent workout which is the main reason i go, Gyms bore me to death might as well learn a new martial arts and get in shape. i joined after my Fiancee wanted to go to an all female class after watching her i became convinced, i always had respiratory problems so i always needed to work out but haven’t in 3 years, and i am surprised in 2 months how i got more cardio than before, i feel healthier, stronger and more energy.
If that not your cup of tea there are 2 Yoga Instructors one on each location, Muay Thai classes, Conditioning class, and Children classes the kids seem to enjoy themselves and they seem to get along pretty well.
Jessica Harris Roman
They are wonderful at teaching the children confidence, respect and how to defend themselves.
My wife and I took my three year old son to the Carrollwood academy yesterday evening. The instructors were AMAZING. It is next to impossible to get my son to focus on just one thing. However, with the friendly, fun and patient environment the staff puts on Caleb (my son) couldn’t get enough of it! We signed him up right after class and now I think I will be bringing my niece. I wish there was an option for 10 stars!
Adriana Lourenco Sousa
I’m a big fan of this business. Not only do they have exceptional coaches and professors… they also make you feel like part of the family. Both of my kids and my husband train there and I see tremendous progress in their jiu-jítsu.
The best Jiu Jitsu school in Florida!, excellent and personalized attention to each family.
We are very graceful with Ariana since the first time that we met her, her guidance and dedication was key helping our daughter in a very big change in her life. Our daughter started 2 month ago and she just love it, she wants to be the first one arriving to the class and she is learning very important things about Jiu Jitsu and about the life itself, like dedication, respect, discipline, etc.
The couches are not only excellent professionals they are excellent humans being. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the couches for the excellent work and dedication in every class, and specially to couch Craig for all the support and empowerment that he gives to our daughter during her first steps and till today.
Best academy in Florida. Very lucky to be able to train under a ADCC World Champion Professor Marcio Cruz.
Being a student at Marcio Cruz’s BJJ academy has been a game changer for me. The physical benefits of training in BJJshould not require much explaining as there’s plenty of videos demonstrating this. A benefit I’d like to share is that of Mental Clarity. Marcio Cruz’s academy is training me to be comfortable while being in an uncomfortable situations. While I don’t get arm-bar’d at work, I do get involved in tense, high visibility, critical situations where time and stress management is key. The mental game that is played while rolling has many parallels to what I do in my profession while designing, implementing or troubleshooting complex data networks where stress management and keeping a collected mind is key.
All the coaches of both facilities are excellents, my favorite is Arianna since she is a woman like me and is always willing to help in any way so that students can improve in the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Everyone is respectful in the facilities and they are always willing to help you as neccesary, I have no complaints about the gym.
What an outstanding facility! We have been part of this family for almost 5 years. The benefits to both our children have been incredible. Increased confidence and focus. Greatly enhanced physical fitness. And of course, the BEST Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction available. Both of my kids have had great success being part of the competition team. Professor Josh Souder and the coaches really promote a team/family atmosphere. My children’s success inspired me to join and I am having an awesome time. It is really inspiring to share something both healthy and fun with my family. If you are thinking about enrolling yourself or your family, in a martial art, this is the place you want to explore. The opportunity to have your children instructed by a black belt is unlike anything else you will find in the area. Do yourself a favor and come check out Marcio Cruz BJJ!