9th AZ International Open schedule & brackets are now available

February 20th, 2014 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed


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The BJJ Mental Coach

February 17th, 2014 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed


The mental part of competition is often the area that competitors prepare the least for although it is arguably the most important.  The BJJ Mental Coach, Gustavo Dantas, gave an hour seminar Saturday to a packed room of competitors, coaches and BJJ practitioners.  Dantas focused the seminar on “Inner Discovery for Outer Success.”  He highlighted five areas to improve your competitive game:

  1. Hard Work Pays Off
  2. Don’t Fight Your Self-Esteem
  3. Control the Controllables
  4. Visualize
  5. Take Responsibility

I highly recommend attending the next one to improve your competition game and tips for your overall life, remember  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

The next “Inner discovery for outer success” will take place in Tampa, Florida on April 4th.  at Robson Moura Headquarters Tampa.



Meet 9th AZ Open newest sponsor Makoto Arena

February 10th, 2014 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

Makoto Logo

Makoto Neuroplastic Technology are pleased to present the new Makoto Arena II at the upcoming 9th Arizona International Open Jiu Jitsu Championship. GD Events is well known for their world-class tournaments and Makoto Neuroplastic Technology manufactures reaction-time training equipment that is used by elite athletes around the planet.

“We’re excited to learn more about how the Makoto Arena improves the brain-body connection to achieve “movement at the speed of thought,” says Gustavo Dantas, owner of GD Events. “This high-tech trainer improves hand-eye and eye-foot accuracy and has also been shown to improve math and reading abilities in children. It’s used by pro athletes as well as by Special Forces teams to improve reaction time, focus, agility and control. It’s how “the best” get better so we’re checking it out.”

Marian Shaw, President of Makoto Neuroplastic Technology is “excited to see some impressive scores.” “What’s unique about our equipment is that we can adapt to any level of athlete. We have found some of our best reaction times among individuals who engage in professional training and I expect that we’ll see some overall average reaction times at a second or less (with instructors/adults).” She went on to explain that the general population generally averages between 1.2 and 1.6 seconds to respond to the random targets. “We’ll definitely have a competition and in this group of quality athletes it will be interesting to see who will rise to the challenge!”

For more info please visit www.makoto-usa.com.

BJJ Seminar with Yuri Simoes in AZ

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Are you mentally ready for the jiu-jitsu competition season?

February 6th, 2014 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed

bjj mental coach

On February 15th at the GDJJ Academy, Gustavo Dantas, who is a certified Mental Coach and Life Coach will be teaching a Mental Skills training class for jiu-jitsu practitioners who are  interested in improving performance in tournaments. Do you want to know what “Inner discovery for outer success” is about? Check out this video.

More info available at www.thebjjmentalcoach.com


2013 Awards

February 1st, 2014 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed
Like many of you, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu plays a large part in my life.  Let me introduce myself, my name is Andrew Gardineer I got into Jiu Jitsu in June 2005 and recently received my Black Belt from Giva Santana of Lotus Club Irvine in December 2013.  I teach and train out of Siege MMA/Lotus Club AZ, I am the Co-owner of Eminence Kimono, owner of Drewjitsu.com, and have Jiu Jitsu intertwined with my everyday life.  When Gustavo Dantes asked me if I wanted to start writing for the AZBJJF I was excited to take on another Jiu Jitsu related project.

2013 was a big year for the Arizona Jiu Jitsu Community that saw the community grow in large numbers and have several successful events from the Arizona State Championships to the Roll for Phillippines event that raised money for the disasters from the Typhoons.  The competition scene was fierce and competitive through the four major tournaments, The 8th AZ International Open, 5th AZ Kids Cup & 2nd Copa Bela (female event),The 2013 Arizona State Championships, and the 5th Southwest Classic, that saw each school jockeying for their position in the results.  Today I am excited to announce the MVP’s of the 2013 Tournament Season, the MVP’s will have their entry fees sponsored by GDJJ Events for the  2014 Tournament Season.

The Kids 2013 Male MVP goes to Brian Xaixasiha (MW BJJ) who won all four tournaments!  Honorable mention goes the runner up Chabre Schumacher (GD Jiu Jitsu Prescott) who also won all four tournaments but had a couple less matches than Brian.  Both young men had a phenominal undefeated year.
The Kids Female MVP Award goes to Breezy Schumacher (GD Jiu Jitsu Prescott), Breezy won all four tournaments in 2013.  The runner up goes to Serena Myers (Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu) who also won all four tournaments but again had less matches than Breezy.
The Award for the Adult Male 2013 MVP goes to Thomas Keenan (GD Jiu Jitsu Academy) who finished the year with three Gold Medals and two Silver medals.  The runner up goes to Ryan Heilman (GD Jiu Jitsu Academy) who won his division in all three of the tournaments this year.
The Adult Female Award goes to Kayla Reupenny (Gracie Arizona) who had great year winning all four tournaments, and secured an impressive six gold medals and one bronze.
The Masters MVP goes to Joseph Marchie (Yuma BJJ) who won double gold in all three tournaments this year.
The end of 2013 sets up the beginning of 2014 and the chase for MVP starts February 22 & 23rd at the 9th AZ International Open! Full info for the 9th AZ International Open at GD Events Website

Sean Roberts Seminar in AZ

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FUJI at the 9th AZ international Open

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Fuji started in 1969, and is the #1 source for gis and grappling gear in the world today. We released 11 new products in 2013 including the Sekai line of competition gis for men and women, as well as a line of women’s rash guards, and more products to be released in 2013.
Please stop by the booth in Phoenix and check out our product line and ask about our custom deals for your dojo!  Your Fuji representative is Lance Thiele (lthielefuji@yahoo.com).
Full info about the 9th AZ International Open of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at http://www.gdjjevents.com 

9th AZ International Open on February 22nd & 23rd of 2014

December 17th, 2013 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed


The 9th AZ International Open of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will take place on February 22nd & 23rd  at the Phoenix College Location, located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.

IMPORTANT: Registration will be closed for the Kids division after 300 competitors. Registration for Juveniles, Adults, Masters, seniors, and Women will be closed after 500 competitors.

GD Jiu-Jitsu Events will be offering FREE tournament T-Shirts to ALL competitors!

SPECTATOR FEES: Saturday $10, Sunday $10

Each competitor must fill out the registration form online. The Pre-registration fee is $70 for the adults and juveniles (16-17 yrs) or and $60 for the kids division until Monday, February 10th. After this date, $80 for adults and juveniles and, $70 for the kids.

All registrations must be received by Monday, February 17th by 11:59 pm. No registrations after this date. Registration fees are non-refundable. No exceptions.

If you have any questions on this tournament please email azopen9@registrationsupport.net or call toll free 855-490-8880

Registrations available at http://www.gdjjevents.com 


Meet AZSBJJF new sponsor OSS Physical Therapy

June 19th, 2013 | Subscribe to AZSBJJF by Email | Subscribe to the AZSBJJF RSS Feed


Sports Medicine is at the heart of Oss Physical Therapy. Specializing in the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries, the staff at Oss prides themselves on individualized care and rehabilitation focusing on not just facilitating a 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 and competes in sport and can relate to the athletic mind set. Oss also provides individualized treatment for whiplash, spinal conditions, chronic pain, headaches, TMJ pain, and pre- and post-operative rehab.

Bio: Dr. Jenni Larson, owner of and lead physical therapist at Oss, is a blue belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Licensed Massage Therapist and is Certified in Dry Needling. Dr. Jenni continually maintains her education by staying up to date on the latest and best treatment options and techniques so that the patient receives the greatest gains in recovery possible.

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