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    BJJ in St. Pete, FL - New Gracie Barra Tampa Affiliate!

    The news just went up on the Gracie Barra Tampa website. Sean is a great teacher with some beautiful jiu-jitsu, so I hope his classes really take off.
    New BJJ Affiliate in St. Petersburg, FL

    The Elite Training Center in St. Petersburg, FL now features a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program taught by black belt Eduardo de Lima and purple belt Sean Lynch. Classes are currently being held Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

    Website: www.elitetraininginc.com

    Phone: 727-576-2100

    Address:
    Elite Training Center
    1144 94th Avenue North
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702
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    Some photos to spice up the thread:



    Sean on the mats at Gracie Barra Rio.



    Sean and Carlinhos at Gracie Barra Tampa.



    Sean on the receiving end of my signature flying guard pull.

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    Woo, that place looks nice. Seems larger than the place in Clearwater... And I wonder if it's air-conditioned, hehe.

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    Mmmm-mat space!

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    Ah maybe I could make time for a couple classes a month. certainly closer than clearwater. thanks for the update Aesopian.
    Eduardo "Why'd you stop."

    Me "I was kicked in the head by the guys sparring next to me."

    Eduardo "Ino what happened but i didnt say you could stop."

    Me "Um.. I guess I keep going."

    Eduardo "You dont stop until i say stop, you dont get tired until i say your tired, keep going."


    Originally posted by Ralek
    My cousin gave me some tapes of him doing tkd. I learned from those tapes. When I beat up an Akido instructor, and made him take rest breaks, I used TKD. I learned Bjj from watching ufc and pride and then I copied them and wrestled my cousin for practice. I choked him out and he tapped.

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    Hey asshole, if you are interested in advertising contact Phrost!

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    We already have a deal worked out.

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    I visited the St. Petersburg school last night to check out the new gym and support the opening of the new school. It's in a really nice location, and the class was excellent.

    Elite Training Center has a very well-equiped facility, with weight training equipment, a huge matspace (where they were doing a pilates class when I came in) and a second matspace for martial arts. It's a spacious place, and it looked extra large thanks to the mirrors on half the walls. There was a mens locker room with showers, and there were several bathrooms for women. I saw several wavemasters and speedbags, and (my favorite) a crash mat for throws.

    We started with warm-ups: carrying a partner, sprints (at 20% and going up to 100%), pull-ups using your partner's lapels. For techniques, we worked on breaking the head-and-arm clinch to a two-on-one clinch, then drop to single leg. Then we worked on an outside single leg, with focus on going low on the penetration step and driving your head into the ribs, and ending with finishing the single by circling out, lifting the leg up and sweeping the other foot.

    A new guy came in who had tried BJJ in his basic military training and wanted to do some more. I helped him with his first lesson (mount escape, guard pass, side control to mount, americana), then he joined the rest of the class.

    After drilling we did several rounds of passing the guard, with each person doing top and bottom then switching partners until everyone had cycled through.

    To end the night, we did sparring for takedowns. Now I'm terrible at stand-up, but I hit the two-on-one and single leg several times, which is more a testament to the quality of the instruction than to my skill.

    I did get a flying reverse omoplata, which is just all me.

    Overall, a nice gym, high-quality instruction and a welcoming atmosphere. I definitely recommend checking it out.
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    That place looks huge and rad.

    Lots of mat space ftw.

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    whats up with this place right here? and how does it compare? and r these 2 places connected in anyway?

    http://gracietampa.com/
    Gracie tampa

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    Nice mats. Nice place. Nice flying guard.

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