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Because most altercations end up on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prepares you for the threats of a real-world attack and teaches you how to maintain control over any situation.
But with decades of championship competitions under our belt, we're also the best school in Tampa to prepare you for the challenges of the mat.
In our BJJ Classes, you can learn:
Since its arrival in the United States in the 1980s, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has experienced an unprecedented popularity, with its practitioners creating a real culture of their own.
Getting in shape and gaining confidence should not be a huge chore made up of boring gym workouts you dread daily. And most importantly, it is not something you have to face alone!
Let the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program at Tampa Florida Judo help you reach your maximum physical and mental potential.
Teaching Self-Defense Skills
Learn to Defend Yourself Against Large Attackers
We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.
Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.
Each instructor has passed an intensive certification process based on 40 years of tradition, research & development.
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Most people associate mixed martial arts with fighting, kicks and punches. While we definitely practice drills that you can expect during mixed martial arts classes, the truth is that confidence and stress relief are some of the biggest benefits our members report!
You’ll not only burn amazing calories while learning life-saving self-defense moves - you’ll also gain a mental clarity that you’ve never experienced before.
Our program is the perfect mix of traditional martial arts and modern self-defense skills applicable in the real world. Our classes not only teach you how to protect yourself - they also instill the awareness skills necessary to avoid becoming a victim.
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson is the only U.S. Judo Olympian in the Tampa Florida Area who instructs Judo and Brazilian Jiujitsu and the ONLY Olympian in the Tampa, Florida area who has trained Olympians.
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson holds a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Education with a concentration in Professional Studies (Capella University). He also holds a Masters of Arts of Teaching Degree (Howard University) and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Howard University).
There’s nothing like going to a “dead-end” dojo or to an instructor who doesn’t learn or won’t allow you to learn. Dr. Rhadi Ferguson is also a published researcher having written peer reviewed journal articles and sat on the board for the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. He has written academic articles on Mixed Martial Arts, he is also a Professional Blogger for ProMMANow which is syndicated by the USA Today and is a professional. Dr. Rhadi Ferguson is also a published author who has produced DVDs, CDs and books.
It is important to know who taught your teacher and who taught your teacher’s teacher? Dr. Rhadi Ferguson holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. He was promoted from white belt to brown belt by Lloyd Irvin and received his Black Belt by Ricardo Liborio. Both of his BJJ Coaches are, like him, legends in the sport. Dr. Ferguson is also the only person in the world to compete at the Brazilian Jiujitsu World Championships, The Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Champions (also called the Olympics of Submission Wrestling) and the Olympic Games. Dr. Rhadi Ferguson’s first Judo Instructor was “Sensei Rick” from Oak Grove Elementary School. He then began training with Sensei Jack Williams from Miami Dade Community College.
There's no better way to get fit and learn self-defense than with a high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. And there's truly no better school for beginners and experts alike than Tampa Florida Judo. We're committed to your success and we can't wait to get started!