WBW – Do you remember this?

May 25th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed
2nd Southwest BJJ Classic Open/Light Division Winners

2nd Southwest BJJ Classic Open/Light Division Winners

This photo was taken in 2010 and is the 2nd Southwest BJJ Classic Open/Light Division winners. Can you name who’s who on here? Registration is now open for our The 8th Southwest BJJ Classic and will take place on October 1st & 2nd at the Phoenix College North Gym 1202 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona 85013. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition will offer Kids, Juveniles, Adult (Male and Female), and Masters Divisions. Please go to our Facebook page @ AZ State BJJ Federation and like and share our events..

The Arizona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s mission is to promote and encourage the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the State of Arizona.


Registration for the 2016 SouthWest BJJ Classic Oct 1st & 2nd

May 23rd, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

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2016 Southwest BJJ Classic

The 2016 Southwest BJJ Classic will take place on October 1st & 2nd at the Phoenix College North Gym 1202 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona 85013. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition will offer Kids, Juveniles, Adult (Male and Female), and Masters Divisions.

IMPORTANT: Registration will be closed for the Kids division after 400 competitors. Registration for Juveniles, Adults, Masters, seniors, and Women will be closed after 400 competitors.

Black Belts Compete for FREE*!


Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy with Black Belt Kevin Scott

May 21st, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

By Danny O’Donnell

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Being an art that didn’t gain its foothold in the U.S. until the 90’s, American born jiu jitsu practitioners have come from a wide variety of backgrounds. “My jiu jitsu journey had a very nontraditional start,” explains Kevin Scott, head instructor at the Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy.  “I actually started out with the goal of becoming a professional wrestler.  When I was 14 years old, ex-UFC fighter Ken Shamrock came in to professional wrestling with his gimmick being he was a real fighter. I became very interested in him and purchased his biography to learn more.  In Ken’s biography he showed about 15 techniques, each with 1 picture and a small paragraph under them.” Kevin practiced these techniques and found a love for grappling that he would continue to build through high school wrestling. “I wrestled my first year on JV and ended the season 21-5.  I continued training submission wrestling the entire time and would show my wrestling teammates things I learned and then test it on them.”

Throughout his high school wrestling career, Kevin’s interest in jiu jitsu never faded. “I found out there was going to be a submission grappling tournament in my state called Grapplers Quest.  It was the first Grappler’s Quest ever and it was being held an hour from my house in Montclair, NJ. I was 15 and at the time the kid’s division had no weight classes and there were no points. I ended up taking 2nd place overall submitting my first 3 opponents.” While Kevin did well for his first ever jiu jitsu tournament, he realized that he was doing a lot of the techniques incorrectly. This led him to seek out gi training under a Steve Maxwell blue belt on the east coast. “Over the last 18 years I moved many times causing me to have different instructors but this was my start.”

“I knew I wanted to teach and own a school from white belt.  I understood it would be a long road but I always wanted to at least have a small school that I could teach at part time.  I actually received a lot of opportunities to teach classes at different places as a blue and a purple belt, reinforcing my goal of instructing full time.” Kevin eventually relocated to Arizona and in 2010 opened Goodyear BJJ, which was originally part of a local Tae Kwon Do studio. “The next 2 years I worked hard to grow the program with the goal of getting bigger. The father of 2 of my students became my business partner and we subleased a bigger location which became Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy.  Then in 2013 we moved into our own space in Goodyear and have been here ever since.”

Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy is an affiliate of Atos, one the most prolific competition teams in the current jiu jitsu scene. “Competition gives you a goal to work towards and a reason to train consistently.  Some people do well without competing because they are able to set good personal goals and keep themselves accountable, but I always found competition made me better. As a school we try to compete at most tournaments in Arizona and sometimes travel out of state for some of the bigger tournaments.   I believe being part of Atos has really helped spread the competition culture throughout our school.  Atos is an incredible team and the fact that San Diego is so close allows us to travel to each other very easily!”

Kevin encourages students of all ages and ability levels to compete. “One of the great things about BJJ is it is separated out by age, weight, and belt level.  I love this about jiu jitsu because it allows for even match ups regardless of where you are in your journey. The advice I would give an older practitioner would be give competition a shot.  You will be matched up with somebody just like you and you will come out of the competition knowing so much more about yourself.” Kevin also makes sure not to pressure students into competing, definitively stating “My goal is to be a great BJJ instructor, to grow my school, and to help people reach their goals in jiu jitsu regardless if it’s for competition, fitness, weight loss, etc.”

“I just want to say thank you to all of the coaches that taught me over the years.  All of you had a part in forming my BJJ.  Also thank you to my family for the support.  This has been a very long, hard road.  Lastly, thank you to my business partner Warren Abraham for believing in my dream and helping it become more real every day!” For more information on Kevin and his school, Phoenix BJJ & MMA Academy, visit www.phoenixbjjmma.com.

 


Oss Arizona who works on your body.

May 20th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

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Sports Medicine is at the heart of Oss Physical Therapy. Specializing in treatment & prevention of athletic injuries, the staff at Orthopedic & Sports Specialists in Mesa prides themselves on individualized care & rehab focusing on not just facilitating return to sport, but assisting the athlete in achieving a higher level of performance than pre-injury. This specialized rehab is achieved by direct care provided by staff that participates & competes in sport & can relate to the athletic mind set. Oss has been a supporter of our events since their beginning.The staff here know Jiu-Jitsu and know about what it takes to be a BJJ athlete. Oss will help you fix yourself so you can be back on the mats and ready for the Arizona State BJJ Championships.


Coaches list and school listing info

May 17th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

newazsbjjf_headerAll schools that are affiliated with the AZSBJJF and have been competing at our tournaments. We will be contacting you soon. We at the AZSBJJF and GDjjevents.com have lots of great plans for our competitions and the schools here in Arizona.  First off we are starting a new  Academy directory and will be posting this directory to our website. So we are going to need your info. We are also going to be doing a small video series were we are going to come to your academy and video the coaches, students and school. Looking forward to what the future brings us at azsbjj.com. Also pleases check out our Facebook page and make sure to share our Event for the 2016 Az State BJJ Championships. We at the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation thank you for your support.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Glendale, AZ with Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch

May 14th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

By Danny O’Donnell

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Shannon Ritch, owner and head instructor of Cannon BJJ in Glendale, AZ, started his martial arts training at a young age. “I starting training in traditional Karate at the age of 10 in 1980 because I was a small kid always being bullied and picked on.” While many kids try out martial arts at an early age, Shannon had found his passion and took his training to the next level. “I saved money during high school and after graduating in 1989, I went to Thailand to learn Muay Thai, training with a team called Fairtex.” Shannon continued his Muay Thai training upon returning to Arizona, and eventually found jiu jitsu in 1996, training with a Machado affiliate. “In 1998 I went to Dallas, Texas and trained with RCJ Machado Black Belt Dan Gonzalez. I also trained with Carlos Machado, and between classes and private lessons I achieved my black belt in 2007. I am currently a 3rd degree black belt.”

Many practitioners eventually reach a crossroads in their training where they decide between teaching and competition, as both require a huge time and energy commitment. “I have always wanted my own school. Even as a little kid training in karate I knew someday I wanted a school.” Despite this passion for teaching, competition has always been a huge part of Shannon’s journey. “Competition is a good way to measure your skills that you learn in the gym. It’s a great way to test yourself in a real situation, yet still be safe.

While competition has become a bigger part of the jiu jitsu scene than ever before, many practitioners are hesitant to compete for the first time as they believe competition is reserved for the younger practitioners. Shannon sets a great example for his students, continually testing his skills despite being in his 40’s. “Train hard and believe in yourself and your training. Find a good gym and somewhere there is a fit. Most jiu jitsu academies are like family. Any age is a good time to start your jiu jitsu journey. Also find a competition that is run well with good referees. Do your research. I would suggest IBJJF or Gustavo Dantas’ tournaments. Stay away from NAGA if it’s your first time competing. A bad experience can ruin your perception of competition.”

The local Arizona competition scene has tournaments specifically for competitors over 30 (AZ Master’s Cup), women (Copa Bella), and kids (Kid’s Cup). These tournaments are great for experienced and first time practitioners alike. “These tournaments are run well and have great competition for the local scene. They are some of the best tourneys in Arizona, very professional.” Cannon BJJ has been a big supporter of the AZSBJJF and Shannon’s students have been a reflection of Shannon’s enthusiasm for the martial arts. If you’re interested in learning from an extremely passionate and dedicated instructor and competitor you can start by visiting cannonbjj.com. “Anyone reading this is more than welcome to come get on the mat anytime. Thank you to my sponsors Blunt Force Trauma Gear, Realm of Caring, DI- Cypher, TitleBoxing , Hayabusa, Fight Alliance, and KIKSKIN. Best wishes to everyone!!”


Arizona State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2015 Team Rankings

May 12th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

Arizona State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2015 Team Rankings

2015 was a great year for jiu jitsu schools all across Arizona. 35 teams accumulated points in the adult divisions and 34 accumulated points in the kids divisions. Tournaments included in the rankings were the AZ International Open, Copa Bella, the Kid’s Cup, the AZ State Championships, the Southwest Classic, and the AZ Master’s Cup. 2016 is off to a great start with the AZ International Open, Copa Bella, and Kid’s Cup tournaments already in the books. The next opportunity to earn points will be at the 2016 AZ State Championships, taking place on June 25th and 26th at Desert Vista High School. Sign up now to earn your spot among the state’s top competition teams! Check out the Team rankings on the School Rankings page..


June 25th & 26th Az State BJJ Championships 2016

May 11th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

1480705_10153686520057198_8182566033158144629_nLets make this the BIGGEST so far. June 25th & 26th The Az State BJJ Championships at Phoenix College. Kids-Juvenile-Adult and Masters divisions. Register at gdjjevents.com


Inner Discovery for Outer Success

May 6th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

presentationjuly2015-banner Attention BJJ Community in Tucson! Early registration ends tonight for the seminar on May 14th at the PIMA College. Attention BJJ Community in Tucson, AZ. Register by tonight to receive a free ‪#‎thebjjmentalcoach‬ t-shirt. http://gdjjevents.com/inner-discovery-for-outer-success-se…/


2016 Az State Championship June 25 & 26

May 4th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

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The 2016 Arizona State Championship will take place on June 25th & 26th at the Desert Vista High School located at 16440 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85048.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition will offer Kids, Juveniles, Adult (Male and Female), and Masters Divisions.
IMPORTANT: Registration will be closed for the Kids division after 400 competitors. Registration for Juveniles, Adults, Masters, seniors, and Women will be closed after 400 competitors.
Black Belts Compete for FREE*!

Registration is open at gdjjevent.com