Meet Team Jaco
Jaco’s Boxing can be simply described with one word: Authentic. An authentic nature stemmed in passion and hard work learned from a family dedicated to the sport of boxing. Adam began his career long before entering the ring as he stood in the shadow of his father. David Jaco, a heavyweight professional fighter who fought in the ring alongside Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Buster Douglas, Tony Tucker, Tommy Morrison, Oliver McCall, Mike Weaver, and Donovan “Razor” Ruddock. This local legend inspired not only the community of Sarasota, but created a lasting impression on his two sons, Aaron and Adam.
When it came to living up to the families legacy, Adam Jaco didn’t disappoint. He quickly grew among the ranks to become a super middleweight fighter and three-time state champion. Boxing was in his blood; it was his passion. A passion that couldn’t be stifled or calmed. It became a fire that couldn’t be contained in himself, rather had to be shared with the world.
And through this fire, Jaco’s Boxing, MMA + Fitness was born. This brand new, 8,000 square foot, mega fitness center was founded to show Sarasota and Manatee county the impact that boxing fitness can have on the lives of the citizens of our community. By creating a boxing sanctuary that not only propelled the sport but also encouraged better health and wellness, Jaco’s Boxing has become the leader in sport fitness training and is the perfect learning ground for new fighters, both men and women, of all ages.
If you are looking for something new and exciting to get back in shape, stay in shape, and/or feel better about yourself, then Jaco’s boxing is the gym for you. Our expert instructors will show you how to reach your goals and get you where you want to be. Why settle for anything less? If you want to learn from the best in the business, then look no further.
We Are Authentic. We Are Champions. We Are Jaco’s Boxing.
| Adam Jaco
Boxing has been my life since I was an infant. My father was a professional heavyweight and I tagged along to boxing gyms learning the “sweet science.” Despite my father’s attempt to protect me from the sport it was inevitable that boxing beckoned me. My father helped launch my amateur career, due to my persistence, in 1995 and I went on to became a 3 time state amateur champion.
In 2002 I turned pro and only three months into my career I suffered an injury to my right shoulder during a fight. I would need reconstructive surgery and would take three years later to make my comeback.
I reached the pinnacle of my career in 2011 winning five straight fights. This led me to a showdown with current IBO light heavyweight champion of the world, Andrzej Fonfara. That was followed by fighting for the Fl state super middleweight title against Jose Alonso.
10 days before that title fight, My son was born and since that fight I vowed to “hang them up.” I’ve stuck to my guns and now enjoy training people for fitness as well as training amateur and professional fighters.
I opened our current location in 2009 with my wife Kelli and together we offer the greatest and most unique atmosphere and workout found in Sarasota, FL.
| Kelli Jaco
Pro Triathelete and All American Swimmer
Fitness has always been a part of my life. I began competitive swimming at 8 and competed on the US National Swim Team. I received a full athletic scholarship to Boston University to swim and became an All-American student athlete. After BU, I began a career as a pro-triathlete racing for Scott bicycles. Throughout my journey in sport, it was the challenges that made me a better athlete and ultimately a better fitness trainer.
While training and racing, I fell in love with yoga. It gave me a mind-body connection that I had never experienced before. It helped heal internal and external wounds. I had to bring it to others. I received my Masters Degree in Education, as well as my yoga certification, and began teaching children and adults alike. I truly love what I do.
In 2009, I met my future husband, Adam Jaco – pro boxer and fitness trainer. He helped to expand myself in sport and brought boxing into my life. He ran a small training facility.
As a couple, in December of 2010 we opened JACO BOXING AND FITNESS and now have 8,000 square feet of boxing, agility and strength training, weight lifting, stretch therapy and personal training. Along with training clients, we have also worked alongside IMG to help train their NFL Combine football players and NBA pre-draft players.
As a woman, a wife and a mother of two I strive to be a positive role model for those looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Jaco’s has become my home away from home and my stress release after work. Kelli and Adam have created such an amazing place with amazing clients and staff. The intense workouts and focus on boxing techniques challenge me more than anything I’ve ever tried. i love Jaco’s!Amanda P.