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Gracie Garage Teaches Kids Lifelong Discipline!

March 4, 2016

A Special Gracie Garage in Florida

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Police Athletic League has now partnered with Gracie University by providing a Gracie Garage experience to the children who participate in the PAL programs.

Gracie Garage Leader, Detective John M. Landry, Ph.D. started the program after contacting Rener Gracie and gaining his approval. It is an unusual Gracie Garage in that it is located within a PAL Youth Center and is operated by a law enforcement agency.

After almost 6 months in operation, the Garage Jiu-Jitsu program has been very successful. The kids are progressing nicely, and really love all of the Gracie Combatives and Bullyproof techniques, as noted by Detective Landry.

The participants meet twice a week for the no-cost program facilitated by Detective Landry. The Police Athletic League even purchased gis for all of the kids. This program is just an example of how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu can make a difference in a child's life, and how the Gracie Garage program can be used to help students who otherwise would never be able to learn and gain all of the benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Palm Beach County PAL provides jiu-jitsu for members of Cabana Colony Youth Center. Dr. John Landry currently coaches jiu-jitsu to five students, twice a week. After two months of training, the kids were able to put on a presentation of a series of holds, throws, and grabs.

Chad Upson (Youth Center Coordinator), Jacqueline Sudano (PBSO Volunteer), and the parents of the participants enjoyed the show. One mother said, "This is exactly what my child needs, he is learning discipline and hand-eye coordination." Looks like we are meeting our goals!

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