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Legacy Grappling Academy Jiu Jitsu in Tucson Arizona


Welcome to Legacy Grappling Academy, your home for Arizona Jiu Jitsu instruction. We offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tucson for all ages and skill levels. From youth Jiu Jitsu, Gi, and no Gi, to expert level and black belt training – all Jiu-Jitsu classes are included in your membership.

We are as much about community and personal growth as we are about providing a welcoming environment for you to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tucson and further your journey with one of the world’s most incredible martial arts.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent way to gain an understanding of the self, as well as get into shape and learn how to protect yourself.

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There are a number of reasons why so many people in recent years have decided to begin their practice in Jiu-Jitsu. Self defense, self confidence, discipline and self control all play a major role in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym landscape.

We are here to help each other, to lift one another up – both on and off the mats. As a BJJ academy, it’s important to us that every student has room to grow within the dynamics of our Jiu-Jitsu gym here in Tucson.

Martial arts can be intimidating for some people when they first start out – we understand that and so do our students. The best Jiu-Jitsu class is one that is inclusive to all.

The journey may sometimes be a solo one, but you will always have your coaches and classmates to lean on, learn from and further your practice.

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We specialize in providing an inviting and open space for our students to work on their BJJ.

Tucson plays host to a number of Jiu Jitsu schools. We set ourselves apart with our welcoming atmosphere, expert coaches and community focus.

We understand that for some people learning a martial art can be intimidating. At Legacy Grappling Academy, it doesn’t matter if you are rolling with one of our white belts or a seasoned competitor who’s placed multiple times in black belt tournaments – we are all valued the same here and respect for every person on the mat is paramount.

We provide the best in Arizona BJJ instruction through our mutual admiration for both student and instructor. This is a place for you to learn much more than just Jiu-Jitsu.Legacy Grappling Academy is a place for self exploration, teamwork and camaraderie.

Contact us today or stop by our Jiu Jitsu gym and take a look at our facilities to see if Legacy Grappling Academy is the right fit for you!

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If you are interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Arizona based Legacy Grappling Academy is the place for you. We place a heavy focus on creating a BJJ class format that is suitable for all skill levels.

We are all equal on the mat here and the goal is always to build each other up, not break each other down.

We teach traditional, competitive and self defense Jiu Jitsu in an open format where everyone from the highly skilled black belt to the first time student has something to learn – and we do it together.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is perfect for those who want to learn martial arts but aren’t necessarily looking for full contact or combat experiences.

You can learn how to use leverage, positioning and timing to protect yourself in the least violent fashion possible.

BJJ can give you peace of mind as you walk through your life – knowing that you can defend yourself without escalating a situation.

Free Jiu Jitsu Gi with 1-year Membership

If you want to train in traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, then you will need a Jiu Jitsu Gi.

When you sign up for a one year membership with Legacy Grappling Academy, you will be given a free Jiu Jitsu Gi as part of your membership.

Even if your interest leans more towards training No Gi Jiu-Jitsu, training in traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with a Gi will help to develop your understanding of this storied martial art.

Some of the best mixed martial artists in the world will include Gi BJJ in their training regiment. Understanding the roots and flow will only help you further your practice and take it to new levels.

Our instructors Santos Rivera and Philip Olsen are here to teach you everything from the basics of Gi Jiu-Jitsu to expert and competition level skills. If your interest is primarily in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in all of its forms, then you will likely find what you are looking for here as opposed to MMA gyms.

Tucson has a burgeoning BJJ scene and Legacy Grappling Academy is at the forefront of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction for beginners, experts, and professional BJJ practitioners.

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Private Jiu-Jitsu Lessons - Jiu-Jitsu No Gi & Gi

Whether you are interested in private Jiu-Jitsu lessons to focus on getting to your next belt rank, train for a tournament or just want to learn Gi or Nogi Jiu-Jitsu outside of the open class format – we have what you are looking for at Legacy Grappling Academy.

Our head instructor, Santos Rivera, has a wealth of experience in competitive Jiu Jitsu, having competed in Abu Dhabi and with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation where he placed first in the No Gi World Championship Adult Brown Belt & 3rd place in the No Gi Pan Ams Adult Black Belt 2x.

During private instruction you can choose to train any form of Jiu Jitsu – Nogi or Gi, competitive or casual, it’s all up to you!

We custom tailor the experience to meet your needs and ensure that you get the most out of your Jiu Jitsu training.

Our private Jiu-Jitsu lessons are accessible to students of all levels and provide the opportunity for 1-on-1 instruction – giving a deeper insight into where you are and where you want to go in your Jiu-Jitsu journey.


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Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Traditional Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in Tucson for all belt ranks and skill levels.

No Gi Jiu Jitsu

No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

No Gi Jiu-Jitsu training including standup wrestling, No Gi grappling, and competition training.

Competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Competition BJJ class with higher intensity drilling and rolling. If you want to compete in Jiu-Jitsu, this class will prepare you for the challenge.

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We offer kids Jiu Jitsu for youths ages 5-12. Program includes Gi and No-Gi BJJ for kids.

Jiu Jitsu Open Mat

Jiu Jitsu Open Mat

Open mats are a time to roll with different people as well as socialize and iron out details of your game outside of the formal class setting.


Free Trial Gi and No Gi BJJ Classes

Join us for a trial class today and cheers to beginning your Jiu Jitsu journey!

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu FAQs

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most useful martial arts for many reasons. When the Gracie family adapted traditional Japanese martial arts such as Judo into a fighting system, they did so in order to give the advantage to a person who is smaller than their combatant or attacker. Since its inception and eventual world wide popularity many Jiu-Jitsu schools have opened across the world teaching the principles of leverage, positioning and timing, among others, to nullify the advantage of a larger opponent.
This depends entirely on personal preference and application. If you are competing in professional or amateur mixed martial arts, then you will likely be spending some time training at a Jiu-Jitsu academy – especially if your upcoming fight is against a wrestler or Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. MMA is all about adapting multiple styles into one in real time during your fight. The best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners tend to focus on competition such as ADCC, IBJJF and various other grappling only competitions. It is common for martial artists to train heavily in BJJ in between fights; if for no other reason than a mandatory medical suspension barring them from contact or striking sparring for weeks or months post fight.
Yes. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was primarily developed as a method of self defense, specifically for people of a smaller stature to be able to defend themselves against a larger and stronger opponent or attacker. This is one of the many reasons why so many people are attracted to BJJ. Women, children, youths and men can benefit from enrolling in Jiu-Jitsu classes. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great way to work on self confidence as well and the added focus and discipline can help students in real world situations.
Absolutely. Jiu-Jitsu classes are a great way to shed some pounds while also learning new skills in self defense and having fun in the process. Even beginner Jiu-Jitsu practitioners will see the benefits in their overall physical and mental health, not just the weight they lose. Because of the physical nature of this world famous martial art, shedding weight is actually a side effect of training yourself to be more physically capable; both on the mat and in the real world. Martial arts in general is an amazing way to learn more about yourself, hone in new skills and lose weight.


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190 W Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 204-6362