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.
By Danny O’Donnell
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 arizonabrazilianjiujitsu.com.
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
The 2016 Arizona Masters BJJ Cup will take place on December 10th at Phoenix College located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013 This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
If you have any questions on this tournament please email email@example.com or call toll free 855-490-8880.
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.”
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.
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.”
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
Results for the Adult Teams
|1st||GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy|
Results for the Kids Teams
|1st||One Jiu Jitsu|
|2nd||Lotus Club Jiu Jitsu|
Individual Division winners results are posted on http://gdjjevents.com/az-state-results/
AZ BJJ State Schedule
SATURDAY JUNE 25TH 2016
8:30am Open Doors
10:00am Kindergarten 1 & 2 All White Belts
Pre-Teen 1 White Belt (Light Feather & Feather)
10:30am Pre-Teen 1 White Belt (Light to Ultra)
Pre-Teen 2 White Belt (Rooster to Light)
11:00am Pre-Teen 2 White Belt (Middle to Ultra)
Jr Teen White Belt (Rooster to Ultra)
11:30am All Kindergarten 1 & 2 Grey Belts
Pre-Teen 1 Grey Belt (Rooster to Ultra)
Teen White Belt (Rooster to Ultra)
12:00pm Pre-Teen 2 Grey Belt (Rooster to Ultra)
12:40pm All Jr.Teen & Teen Grey Belts
1:10pm All Pre-Teen 1 & 2, and Jr. Teen Yellow Belts
1:40pm All Teen Yellow Belts and All Orange & Green Belts
3:30pm All Brown Belts
All Juvenile Blue Belts
Adult male Blue Belt (Rooster to Light)
4:00pm Adult male Blue Belt (Middle)
4:40pm Adult Blue Belt (Medium Heavy to Ultra)
All Master 1 Blue Belts
Master 2 Blue Belt (Rooster to Heavy)
5:00pm Master 2 Blue Belt (Super Heavy & Ultra)
5:30pm All Master 3 Blue Belts
All Adult & Master 1 Female Blue Belt
6:00pm All Brown Belt Open Classes
All Blue Belt Juvenile Open Classes
8:30am Open Doors
10:00am All Adult male Purple Belts
All Master 1 & 2 Purple Belts
11:00am All Master 3 Purple Belts
All Female Purple Belts
All Juvenile White Belts
All Black Belts
Adult male White Belt (Light feather)
11:20am Adult male While Belt (Feather)
11:45am Adult male White Belt (Light to heavy)
12:00pm Adult male White Belt (Super Heavy & Ultra)
Master 1 male White Belt (Feather)
12:20pm Master 1 male White Belt (Light to medium-heavy)
12:45pm Master 1 male White Belt (Heavy to Ultra)
All Master 2 male White Belts
1:00pm All Master 3 male White Belts
1:20pm All Female White Belts (Adult & Master 1)
1:30pm All Black Belt Open Classes
Adult male Purple belt Open Class
1:45pm All Purple Belt Master 1 & 2 Open Classes
2:00pm Adult male & female Blue Belt Open classes
Master 3 Purple Belt Open class
Adult & Master 1 Female Purple Belt Open Class
2:30pm Master 1, 2 & 3 male and female Blue Belt Open Classes
Athletes should be in the warm up area at least 30 minutes prior to the time assigned for his or her division on the schedule.
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.
By Danny O’Donnell
Jay Pages has been involved in martial arts for the better part of his life, having practiced wrestling, boxing, muay thai, and jiu jitsu among various other disciplines. While he contends that all of these arts have had mental and physical benefits, jiu jitsu has always been special to him. “There’s only so many ways you can throw a punch or a kick, but with jiu jitsu, your options almost seem limitless. It’s one of, if not the most mind stimulating martial art. It’s a thinking man’s game that to me takes far more finesse, understanding of your body, and so many other physical attributes to be proficient at it. Jiu-Jitsu keeps the mind stimulated.”
A big part of Jay’s drive to seek improvement has come from competition. He is one of the leaders of the Caio Terra Association in Arizona, which finished 1st in the Kid’s and 5th in the Adult rankings for 2015. “The influences fighting and competition had on me is the same influence wrestling had on me during high school. The grind! There’s a certain grind that training for fights, wrestling, or BJJ competitions puts you through that you cannot experience in other sports. It’s one on one, mano e mano, you or him! When everything is on you to win or lose and when there’s no one else to blame if you lose, the mental pressure you go through helps you develop a fortitude that team sports don’t teach you. Competitions have made me physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger and I can take all I’ve learned to my guys. I know what to expect. I understand limits better and I feel I have a better understanding of how hard I can push someone because I’ve been there.”
This experience has been a driving force behind his team’s success. Jay is always challenging his students to compete in the local Arizona tournaments as well as tournaments out of state. “There’s a certain element of self-discovery that is gained through the process of competition that you simply cannot get any other way. You learn more about yourself, your game, your limits, and so much more by competing. You gain a better understanding of yourself as a person and you get to see what you are made of through competition. It is one of the most difficult things to do in any sport. As challenging as it is, it’s one of the best learning tools out there for Jiu-Jitsu. The brain tends to remember things best through the hardest courses of action. So, what’s harder than competing? You will remember what went wrong, what went right, and any corrections far better through competing than a teacher telling you what to do. Especially through failure! There’s a reason why the saying exists, ‘You don’t lose, you learn!’ It exists because it’s true! And competition is one of your best teachers!”
Competitors nowadays often don’t realize how lucky we are with the amount of opportunities we have to compete, especially locally. Jay has been around since the early days of jiu jitsu in Arizona, so he recognizes and takes full advantage of each competition. “The local competition scene is amazing! Like I said earlier, I’ve been involved in the BJJ community since the beginning. And it’s amazing to see where it was to where it is today. Professor Gustavo Dantas has done wonderful things for us here in the BJJ community! I’m grateful for what he has done here in AZ. Honestly, had we not had Gustavo here doing his tournaments, I could almost guarantee that we would not be where we are today. The growth of our BJJ community and the growth of the competitions would not be where it is today. Our top competitors in AZ would not be as developed as they are today.”
Not one to settle on his personal or team’s accomplishments, Jay has multiple goals in place for the remainder of 2016 and beyond. “Each one of my students has their own journey, doing jiu jitsu for their own reasons. I plan to help each and every one of them along their journey. I’m also working on placing a big emphasis on our kids program. As soon as we expand into a bigger location, we’ll be doubling our mat space in order to meet and fulfill the demand for the growth in our kids and teens program. I’m also in the process of establishing a wounded warrior type program for vets and others dealing with PTSD and using jiu jitsu to help them deal with and work through. I have friends back east that have had success with the program and I wanted to do the same here. I want to give back to those who have given so much. With the growth of the facility, it would make it easier to manage these programs.”
”I would like to thank OSS Physical Therapy for keeping me on the mats. I would like to thank Moya Brand for keeping me clothed and trusting me to represent their brand in competition. I would like to thank OSS Clothing for putting clothes on my back and believing in me to represent their brand on the streets and in competition. I would like to thank Jitsbreed for being there for me and my students and helping us out whenever they can with the art work they do for me and my guys. Also East Valley Crossfit for keeping me strong, mobile, and in shape for training and tournaments. Lastly Fresh Millions for the fresh, clean and wonderful food when I’m preparing for competitions.” For more information on Jay on his academy, visit jpjiujitsu.com.