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.”

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2016 AZ State Championships Wrap Up

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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

Team Results for the Az State BJJ Championship

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Results for the Adult Teams

1st GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy
2nd Ares/Nava BJJ
3rd Power MMA
4th BJJ Revolution
AZ Combat Sports

Results for the Kids Teams

1st One Jiu Jitsu
2nd Lotus Club Jiu Jitsu
3rd Power MMA
4th Ares/Nava BJJ
GD Jiu-Jitsu/Horizons M.A.

Individual Division winners results are posted on

Az State BJJ Championship’s TOMORROW!!!!

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


AZ BJJ State Schedule

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.

2nd Degree Caio Terra Black Belt Jay Pages

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

Jay Pages CTA

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

Athlete Correction Deadline for the Az State BJJ Championship

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


Athlete Correction Deadline: TUESDAY 06/21/2016 at 9:00 pm local time (Arizona)

Please review your child’s or your registration and confirm if all the divisions are registered properly. Full competitors list will be available on Saturday, June18 on the registration website at If any corrections need to be made, send an email to by TUESDAY, 8 pm on June 21, 2016.

Andre Galvao Seminar at Phoenix BJJ & MMA

June 18th, 2016 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed


4x IBJJF World Champion Andre Galvao will be teaching a 2 hour seminar Saturday September 3, 2016.  This is only his 2nd time ever teaching a seminar in the Phoenix area.  Don’t miss an opportunity to train with one of the greatest bjj competitors of all time!

2016 Az State BJJ Championship REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY

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Az State BJJ Championship Registration

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