Southwest Classic BJJ Schedule

September 30th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed



8:00am Open Doors

10:00am Kindergarten 1 & 2 All White Belts

10:30am Pre-Teen 1- White Belt Medium Heavy, Heavy, Ultra Heavy, PreTeen 2 White belt all. Jr. Teen White Belt-Rooster, Light Feather

11:00am White Belt- light, middle, medium heavy, super heavy, Teen-all

Grey Belt- Kindergarten 2- light, Pre-teen 1-light feather, feather

11:30 Grey Belt-Pre teen 1- All, Pre-teen 2 Rooster, light feather, feather, light, middle

12:00 Grey Belt- Pre Teen 2- Heavy, Super Heavy, Jr. Teen- All, Teen- Rooster, Feather

12:30 Grey Belt- Teen- Light, Medium Heavy, Heavy, Super Heavy, Yellow Belt-Pre-Teen 1- All, Pre-teen 2- all, Jr. Teen- all

1:00 Yellow Belt- Teen-all, Orange Belt- Jr Teen- all, Teen- all

1:30 Blue Belt- Juvenile male- all, juvenile female- all, adult male- all, master female- all

2:30 Blue Belt-Mens Master 1- all, Mens master 2- all, mens master 3-all Brown Belt- Adult- all, men’s master 2- all, men’s master 3- all

3:00Open Weight Class- All blue belt juvenile open classes, All Brown belt open classes



8:00 Doors Open

10:00 Purple belt- Adult mens- all, adult womens- all, master 1 mens-all, master mens 2- light

10:42 Purple belt-Master 2 mens- middle, heavy, Master 3 Mens- all

11:35 White Belt-adult mens-all, Master 1 Mens-all, Master 2 Mens-feather, light

12:00 Black Belts Adult Mens-all, Master 1 mens-all, Master 2 mens-all, Master 3 Mens-all, White Belts Master 2 mens- medium heavy, super heavy, Master 3 Mens-all

12:30 White Belt Adult Womens-all, Womens Masters- all White Belt Juvenile-All

12:45 Open Weight Classes, all Black belts, all purple belts

1:30 Open Weight Classes, all Blue belts


Athletes who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd are eligible to register for the Open Class bracket.


White Belts (all weight divisions) – There will not be an open class for these divisions;

Black Belt Adult – All athletes are eligible to compete in open class;

All divisions must register in the Open Class within 15 min after receiving their medal award. After that, registration will be closed.

Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu with Joe Solorio of Tucson’s Primero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

September 25th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

Joe Solorio Black Belt

Joe Solorio has been grappling for over 45 years. Prior to embarking on his jiu jitsu journey, Joe was deeply involved in wrestling, both as an athlete and a coach. “I started wrestling in 1971 in the 7th grade at Apollo Jr High. I managed to finish the season with a perfect 0-10 record. 8th grade was a little better; I was able to make the starting line up by mid-season and finished the regular season with another perfect season, 0-12.”


“When I tell people how my first two seasons went, they often ask why I kept wrestling and my response is that I was having fun and I actually thought I was pretty good. But, it was Coach Humberto Federico who encouraged and inspired me to stick with it. The most challenging time of my wrestling journey was when I wrestled at Arizona State University. The transition to the NCAA Division 1 level was an eye opener. I was a High School State Champion at Sunnyside High and a Junior College All American at Phoenix College and had been very dominant at the high school and junior college levels. Suddenly, I found myself competing at the NCAA Division 1 level against the toughest guys in the Pac-10, Big 10, Big 12 and other top conferences in the nation and I found myself, just another hungry face in the crowd.”


“When I look back and connect the dots, it becomes apparent that I would be drawn to coaching; after all, I hit the Coaches Lottery Jackpot. Humberto Federico, Tom Pierson, Roger Ball, Don Klostreich, Mu Chang, Ronald “Tune’ Eastin and legendary ASU coach Bobby Douglas taught me to embrace hard work, never feel sorry for myself and to focus on the task at hand. If that isn’t hitting the Coaching Lottery Jackpot, I don’t know what is.”


While wrestlers often have an inherent advantage when transitioning to jiu jitsu it can take them time to unlearn habits developed specifically for wrestling rulesets. “My advice to wrestlers transitioning from wrestling to jiu jitsu is to get over the mental roadblock of not being able to be on your back and understand that it’s just a position that must be understood and mastered like any other position.” Joe also has great advice for practitioner over 30, who are a very large portion of the jiu jitsu demographic. “Keep your body strong, limber and healthy. I’m able to practice and compete in jiu jitsu at age 57 because I keep my body strong. I still compete because I love the journey. I love the training, the preparation, the competition. I love the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual moments of the competition journey.”


“Being promoted to black belt this year by Gustavo Dantas is a high point of my 45 years of grappling. Receiving my black belt reminded me of how I felt at the conclusion of The 2002 NJCAA National Wrestling Championships when I was honored by my peers as The NJCAA National Wrestling Coach of the Year. Together, I cherish these two brief moments in my life while also being aware that they are impact moments that remind me of how much I still have to learn. I drifted into Jiu Jitsu in 2003 at the age of 44 and started competing in Jiu Jitsu tournaments at the age of 46. I experienced competitive success at white and blue belt, even at the adult level, but it may have been due to my extensive wrestling background. The purple belts convinced me that I needed to up my Jiu Jitsu game if I wanted to be a competitive and knowledgeable student of the game.”


Joe is proof that the best way to improve your jiu jitsu is to seek out challenges, regardless of age. “I take each year, one season at a time and would love to still be competing at age 75. Right now, we are in the process of moving Primero into a new location and my focus is on improving Primero. My goal is to grow Primero into the Premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy of Tucson. I want my students to have fun, get fit and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a safe, friendly and positive environment so that they too can discover and experience the benefits of their own Jiu Jitsu journey.”


If you’re in the Tucson area, be sure to check out the new Primero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, now open at 1749 E. Prince Road. You can also visit for additional information.


Primero BJJ

Congratulations Omar Rodriguez! One more Black Belt in Az…..

September 5th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

14212735_10209701539752499_2180403277886925509_n Congratulations Omar Rodriguez!

Omar Rodriguez from Atos West Phoenix was promoted to Black Belt on Saturday Sept 3 by Kevin Scott and Andre Galvao.

Two more Black Belts In Arizona….

September 1st, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

14192569_1666689746982265_6365145657037816547_n We have two more new Black Belts In Arizona. Jesse Forbs of GD Jiu-Jitsu and Roger Mejia of Casa Grande BJJ both received their Black Belts from Gustavo Dantas last Night. Make sure to congratulate these two on their achievement.

Ryan Beauregard of Team Beauregard BJJ

July 24th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

By Danny O’Donnell

Team Beauregard BJJ


The IBJJF World Championships have been dominated by Brazilians since the first edition held in 1996. Since that time, there have only been a handful of Americans to medal at the black belt level, including BJ Penn, Rafael Lovato Jr., JT Torres, and Keenan Cornelius, among others. While Americans have definitely made progress, especially in the past 5 years, the sport has much deeper roots in Brazil. The trend of Brazilian champions extends beyond the black belt level, as the blue through brown belt divisions have also been dominated by the Brazilians statistically. Going into the 2008 Worlds, then brown belt Ryan Beauregard knew of these statistics.

“My biggest competitive achievement would definitely be winning the IBJJF World Championships in 2008. This is a big deal because so few Americans have accomplished it, so it had felt almost impossible to achieve. My instructor never won a World Championship, and neither had anyone from our team. In fact, I had only ever heard of one non-Brazilian ever winning Worlds. This meant I had to trust that my instructor knew what it took to become a World Champion. So that’s what I did. He believed in me so I believed in him! When I won it was not only for me but for him too, making it that much sweeter.”

Ryan’s start in grappling began with high school wrestling. Upon relocating to Arizona for college, he was looking for a new competitive outlet. Jiu Jitsu first appeared in 2005, and after earning his purple belt, Ryan also took up judo. The standup grappling arts have always been a huge part of his game.  “In my eyes, being able to take someone down or prevent the takedown shows dominance and allows you to impose your will on your opponent. My combined experience from jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and judo really comes in handy when teaching my students, since I’m able to emphasize grip fighting, base, and takedowns. I teach these standup aspects to help my students feel comfortable and confident as they begin each match.”

After winning the brown belt World Championships in 2008, Ryan was ready to take on a new challenge. “My wife graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson at about the same time. The timing was right for me to take on a new challenge, so my two brothers and I opened an affiliate academy to carry on our Professor Demetrius Ramos’s legacy. Along with Colin and Ian, I founded Team Beauregard Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here in Phoenix. We chose Phoenix in order to keep all three of us brothers together.” Ryan strives to help each of his students achieve their personal goals, and uses the AZSBJJF tournaments as a means of getting there. “I’m always trying to give my students opportunities that I may or may not have had coming up. I try and surround them with resources, and my long-term goal is to bring them closer together as a strong team. The tournaments here help me achieve this goal. They give my students strong individual motivation, and provide our team with something important to work toward.”

Despite his personal and professional accomplishments, Ryan has no plans of resting on his laurels. “My personal goal for 2016 is to get back to competing. After my daughter was born, I decided to take a break from competing in Judo and BJJ. In order to be the dad I truly wanted to be, something had to give in my busy schedule. I also took this time to focus on my students and building my academy. But now that I’m settling nicely into the role of father and coach, I’ve got more room to prepare for competition!” For more information on Ryan and Team Beauregard visit

2 New Black Belts in Arizona

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

13730919_1215241608499800_1417599824850478544_o CONGRATULATION’S TO SEAN DOWNIE AND LOGAN JEWELL…..

Congratulations to Sean Downie and Logan Jewell of Lotus Club Fight & Fitness. They received their Black Belts Friday night July 22 by  Professor Eduardo Santos 3rd Degree Black Belt of Lotus Club Jiu Jitsu International.

Sean and Logan are the Head instructors at Lotus Club Fight & Fitness located 18700 N 107TH AVE SUITE 8 SUN CITY, AZ 85373. Lotus Club Fight & Fitness is connected through the internationally recognized and respected Lotus Club Brazilian Jiu Jitsu affiliation. We at the Arizona State BJJ Federation would like to congratulate you both on your great achievement. Oss


2016 AZ Masters BJJ Cup

July 19th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

The 2016 Arizona Masters BJJ Cup will take place on December 10th at Phoenix College located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013 Tazmasterscup2016-registerhis tournament is dedicated only to Masters Competitors (+30 years old). The 2016 AZ Masters Cup will offer Masters 1,2 & 3 Divisions (Gi only).


$2000 total CASH PRIZE for the Male Black Belts Master 1, 2 and 3 Open class winners! Also Female Black Belt Master 1 Open class winner! (*$500 per division)

*Black Belt competitors must provide valid IBJJF Black Belt ID Card in order to sign up. Please contact for more info.

If you have any questions on this tournament please email or call toll free 855-490-8880.

Getting to Know Coach and Competitor Carlos Farias

July 13th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

Carlos Farias

Trying to assemble a complete list of Carlos Farias’ jiu jitsu achievements is a nearly impossible task. Carlos competes at every local tournament in Arizona in addition to a majority of the IBJJF tournaments both domestically and abroad. “I want to be the best I can be. I want to set a good example for my students by improving my game with the top BJJ players in the world and bringing my lessons back to them. There is no other way for people to recognize your talent unless you compete. When I was younger, I never had the opportunity or the finances to travel to tournaments. Now I feel like I’m in the best condition and I have my students’ and family’s’ support – I have to compete as much as I can, now while I am able. I don’t want to get old, and say I ‘could have’ done this.”

What makes Carlos’ achievements even more special is that he has done all of this as a Master’s 3 (40-45 years old) athlete. He often competes in the adult division to test his technique against the top competitors in the sport. “I like competing at the Adult level because of the challenge, and the opportunity to compete with my idols. I can compete with big names like Saulo Ribeiro, Keenan Cornelius, and Gabriel Lucas. No other sport offers this – you cannot play basketball and play a game with Michael Jordan.” While it’s clear Carlos does not put limits on his jiu jitsu, he does have advice specific to over 30 competitors. “For older practitioners, my advice is 1. Always be smart and listen to your body. You can get injured more easily, and it’s harder to recover; 2. You have to be smart with your game. Find your game, don’t try to copy someone else’s game; 3. There is no ego in jiu-jitsu.”

While Carlos is most widely recognized for his abilities as a competitor, he is also a highly respected instructor with a school in Mesa. While many high level competitors fall into teaching as a result of competition success, Carlos has always had a passion for helping anyone eager to learn. “This was always my dream when I came to the United States. I had a clear idea of how I wanted to run my program, and when the time was right I had an amazing opportunity to do this together with my community of students. I always knew I wanted to teach jiu jitsu and help change lives the way it has changed mine.”

Through all of his hard work and commitment to his students, Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu was able to capture the 5th and 6th place overall rankings, respectively, for the 2015 AZSBJJF team points. “The local competition scene here in Arizona is amazing. We have a lot of local tournaments and Gustavo Dantas has done an outstanding job organizing and running events for our community. For my students the goal is to always be the best we can be – always work hard to improve, fix mistakes, be good people and set a good example.”

With all of the personal and team accomplishments you would think that Carlos would have a specific medal or competition experience that stood out from the rest, but he has a unique perspective that places more value on the overall journey. “In competition, the accomplishments that have meant the most to me are competing as an Adult Black Belt at a high level at the Abu Dhabi World Championship, IBJJF Worlds, Pan American, and Nationals. And opening my own academy in September 2013, with the help of the students and families who believe in me, was the most important event in my career – my American Dream come true.”

Carlos has done an amazing job of setting an inspiring example for all competitors. He does everything in his power to improve his own skills and those of his students and has no plans of slowing down. “I want to thank OSS Arizona for taking care of my body and many of my students. CTRL Gi for offering their support and the best kimonos for my game the past 3 years. And I cannot say thank you enough to all of my students for always supporting me as their coach and as an active competitor.”

Happy 4th of July

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


2016 AZ State Championships Wrap Up

July 2nd, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

The 2016 Arizona State BJJ Championships are once again in the books. The annual tournament consistently draws Arizona’s top competitors and the 2016 edition was no different. The kid’s divisions once again kicked off the tournament on Saturday. The competition for the kids’ team title is always fierce with Power MMA, CTA, and Ares/Nava BJJ consistently vying for the first place spot. One Jiu Jitsu, a new organization created by Giva Santana, captured the first place trophy. While the One Jiu Jitsu headquarters are in Orange County, CA, two of its main affiliates are De Boa Jiu Jitsu in Surprise and Siege MMA in Peoria. Below are the official kids’ team results.


1st – One Jiu Jitsu

2nd – Lotus Club Jiu Jitsu

3rd – Power MMA

4th – Ares/Nava BJJ

5th – GD Jiu Jitsu/Horizons M.A.

The adult divisions took place on both Saturday and Sunday and were filled with exciting matches. The standouts of the tournament who took gold in both their divisions and the absolute were Christian Natividad of AZ Combat Sports, Chris Putnam and Jake Watson of Power MMA, Gudrun Gunther of Chute Boxe Academy/Checkmat AZ, Rob Johnson of GD Jiu Jitsu Prescott, Keolaimipono Kalama and John Cabay of Ares/Nava BJJ, Sean Downie and Mauricio Goncalves of Lotus Club, Andrew Gardineer of De Boa Jiu Jitsu, and Carlos Farias of Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu.

Christian Natividad of AZ Combat Sports started his weekend off by winning the Blue Adult Light Feather division. Not satisfied with just one gold medal, Christian returned on Sunday in search of absolute gold. “Each and every one of my opponents were very tough, but it was nothing I haven’t seen. I have some of the best coaches and training partners who definitely prepared me for these two days. Coming into the open weight, I wasn’t as nervous as I should have been even though all of my opponents were the state champions of the other divisions. I wanted to have fun and that’s what I did. I stayed calm, listened to my coach and brother, and finished off on top.” Christian’s open class win had the crowd cheering as he took on much larger opponents.

C. Natividad 2016 AZ State

Another great performance on Sunday came from De Boa Jiu Jitsu head instructor Andrew Gardineer, winning the Black Masters 1 Medium Heavy and Open class divisions. “I look forward to the AZ BJJ State Championships every year. Like all GD events they run smooth and have great competition. I competed in the Black Belt Masters 1 Medium Heavy division. I only had one match in my division, a quick loop choke that was enough to capture the Gold. The Open weight class was pretty stacked. I faced the Ultra Heavy Weight first and was able to finish by back choke. I then re-matched my opponent from my division, going the distance and securing a 6-0 victory. In the finals I fell behind due to an early sweep from my opponent. I was able to sweep back into a knee bar to toe hold transition securing the tap and the double Gold! It was a fun day. My students from One Jiu Jitsu/ De Boa did amazing! The Double Gold brings my Gold medal count to 6 for the AZ State Championships.”

A. Gardineer 2016 AZ State

Congratulations to all the coaches, competitors, and spectators who made this rendition of the State Championships one of the most memorable to date. Below are the final results for the Adult divisions.


1st – GD Jiu Jitsu

2nd – Ares/Nava BJJ

3rd – Power MMA

4th – BJJ Revolution

5th – AZ Combat Sports