Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Destin, Florida.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Destin


  • THE ONLY GRACIE ACADEMY CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTER IN NORTHERN FLORIDA - Exclusively focused on teaching the art as intended by Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
  • WITH THE HIGHEST CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE (Level 4) - Qualified to take a student to Black Belt!
  • IS HEADED BY A FULL-TIME, CERTIFIED BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR - Professor Carlos Diaz is the only Gracie Academy Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor in the area.
  • USING A STRUCTURED CURRICULUM - Created by the Gracie Academy and used exclusively by Certified Training Centers to teach anyone regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.
  • TEACHING FOCUSED, SAFE TRAINING - Intended for self defense, fitness and overall healthy lifestyle.
  • SERVING - Miramar Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, and the Niceville area. We also have long distance students from Okaloosa, Ft. Walton, Mary Esther, Crestview, Panama City Beach, Panama City, DeFuniak Springs, Eglin AFB, and Hurlburt Field.

We invite you to explore our website and get insight on us and how to start your journey of self discovery through martial arts. For us it is truly "Fitness With A Purpose." You will learn self defense, improve your health, fitness, and overall lifestyle. Once you have identified potential schools we recommend you to:

  • Go to each school and watch a class or two.
  • If you feel comfortable participate in a few classes. One class is not enough.
  • Ask questions about everything of interest to you before and during your trial.
  • Get to know the instructor and students during your trial. Do you have common interests and goals?
  • Take notes on your observations.
  • Sit down and write pros and cons to clearly identify which school is best for you.

If you have little or no jiu-jitsu experience and you're intimidated about the idea of joining a school, you can go to and watch the first three lessons for free. If you like what you see, then you should come and try our 10-day FREE trial. The video below will help you ask the right questions so you can find the perfect jiu-jitsu school for you.


"Most martial arts schools limit you to only one free trial class. At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Destin, we offer new students a FREE 10-day trial that includes a loaner uniform and unlimited access to all of our beginner group classes. We’re confident that the class structure, the camaraderie, and high quality instruction will convince you to let us guide you on your path of jiu-jitsu mastery. If it’s not exactly what you are looking for, we will never charge you a penny (the only requirement is that you return the loaner uniform that we provided to you).” - Professor Carlos Diaz