Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes in Tucson, AZ

Gi and Nogi BJJ for All Skill Levels​

At Legacy Grappling Academy, we offer adult BJJ lessons and classes that are fun and accessible to people of all ages and skill levels in Tucson, Arizona. We place heavy focus on creating a welcoming and engaging space where beginner BJJ students and masters alike can roll on the same mat – without feeling the pressure that is often felt in competitive martial arts gyms.

For beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students, classes will teach you the foundations of Jiu-Jitsu while giving you the opportunity to roll with both Gi and no Gi BJJ students of all levels. Our upper BJJ belt ranks are respectful and experienced practitioners of this incredible martial art. The Legacy Grappling Academy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience is about building relationships and camaraderie just as much as it is about healthy competition.

Our adult Jiu Jitsu students range from casual fitness Jiu Jitsu practitioners to full BJJ tournament competitors. For advanced students, we offer competition classes for Gi and no Gi grappling tournament preparation.

You can truly choose your own adventure and journey at Legacy Grappling Academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – so let’s see where our mats take you!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes Tucson AZ

Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

If you are looking for a Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, you have found yourself in the right place! We are a contemporary BJJ academy, but we honor our roots and build our foundation upon them. The Gi is an integral part of traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and we honor our deep roots in traditional Jiu-Jitsu while incorporating the latest techniques in Jiu-Jitsu.

In our Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes you will learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most respected martial arts. Classes focus on all aspects of traditional Jiu-Jitsu, from escaping bottom position to sweeping, guard passing, and submitting your opponent, our curriculum represents the best of traditional and modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

With their combined decades of Jiu Jitsu training and coaching, Santos and Philip make sure Jiu Jitsu students of any size or skill level will take something away from every class.

The Legacy Grappling Academy Gi BJJ classes are an excellent starting place to truly get your head around the art form and for the advanced BJJ level practitioners to improve and refine their game.

Santos Rivera
No Gi Jiu Jitsu

No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seems to infinitely grow in popularity. There are many reasons for this including the meteoric rise of MMA as a sport, the adaptability and creativity of No Gi Jiu-Jitsu, and even its real world applications in self defense system – from fitness and weight loss, self-improvement, self-defense, and competition, the possibilities in No Gi BJJ are endless.

No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is ever evolving and our curriculum is always on the cutting edge of modern Jiu Jitsu. Professor Santos incorporates his decades of wrestling experience, No Gi competition experience, and commitment to staying up-to-date on the latest techniques to offer a truly comprehensive submission grappling class.

Overall, we offer a broad spectrum of adult Jiu-Jitsu no Gi training in our all levels classes. So if you are training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a tool in your fitness routine, preparing for a BJJ tournament, or just enjoy learning and pushing yourself – Legacy Grappling Academy is the place for you!

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, much the same as in life, everyone is on their own journey and no two paths are the same. Whatever it is that brings you to our facility, we are here to support your journey.

To study Jiu-Jitsu is also to study yourself – every master will always remain a student.

If you are looking to drop in and test the No Gi waters as a BJJ beginner, or want to push your submission grappling practice to another level – you will find what you are looking for in Legacy Grappling Academy’s adult BJJ no Gi classes.

Competition Jiu Jitsu

Many students become interested in competition after spending time on the mat in our regular adult Jiu Jitsu classes.

Competition can be a healthy part of your BJJ journey and we are here to help you get ready for it.

Each of our coaches has an extensive background in competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and we have designed our BJJ competition class with a focus on the intensity, strategy, and tactics that lead to victory in BJJ competition.

Often when people think of competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they think only of high level black belts grappling in Abu Dhabi or ADCC – but there is much more to it than that.

There are always local tournaments and competitions for every belt level, often all held during the same event. You don’t have to be a black belt to compete and win in a tournament.

If you have that competitive fire, no matter what BJJ belt rank you have, our BJJ competition class is there to help you hone in your skills and prepare for your first or next tournament!

Competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have a child that is interested in martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent martial art for people of all ages to gain perspective, self confidence, focus and discipline. Our kids Jiu Jitsu program is designed to teach children and adolescents how to utilize not only their body, but also their mind to overcome difficult situations.

Studying martial arts can help with all aspects of a child’s life, not just in their proficiency with the martial art itself. One of the best points regarding Gi and no Gi BJJ for kids and youth is that it is geared towards practical self-defense and the nullification of violence.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is first and foremost about survival – then control. So if you are worried that martial arts training will make your child more aggressive, rest assured that outcome would be a rarity in the case of Jiu-Jitsu.

Your teen will learn how to defend themselves against opponents that have the advantage in size and strength without needing to escalate the level of violence.

By utilizing what they learn in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes they will understand how to find and apply non-violent solutions to everyday problems.

After all, being a kid is tough. Our youth Jiu Jitsu programs and the lessons taught within them are meant to extend far beyond our gym itself.

Inspired competition in a safe and controlled environment can be the spark that any youth needs to lead a passionate and fulfilling life.

Jiu Jitsu Open Mat

Anyone who practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will tell you what an important experience it is to test yourself out on the open mat.

Taking what you have learned in our Jiu Jitsu classes and applying it in a live and open setting against people from all different BJJ gyms is key to massive growth in your Jiu-Jitsu game.

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.

Seeing the seeds of your training sprout into successful application without the structure in BJJ lessons is an important piece of the martial arts puzzle.

You can never know how well your practice is evolving unless you try it out in an open format against a variety of styles and body types.

Whether you are training for fitness, fun, competition or self defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the open mat is going to help you achieve your goals.

This format not only helps you build on your base of skills and execution, but also creates an opportunity to get to know your peers and establish lifelong friendships and camaraderie among them.

Jiu Jitsu Open Mat

Frequently Asked Questions

That depends on what goals you are looking to achieve with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. If you are training for fitness alone, then one class per day, five days a week will probably suffice. Students training for the purposes of self defense, Jiu Jitsu classes a few times a week are recommended, along with testing out your practice at least once a week in the open mat format. For students preparing for a tournament or competition attending classes twice a day, even beginner Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, will help you to prepare. Passing your knowledge from BJJ competition class to those in beginner Jiu-Jitsu programs will help you gain a full understanding of where you are in your practice.
It is never too early or late to begin your journey in martial arts. For kids, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can become part of their life very early. Kids are naturally playful and have tons of energy, so teaching them a bit of Jiu-Jitsu without formal structure can start whenever they seem to take an interest. Most children can be enrolled in a kids Jiu-Jitsu program as early as 5 years old. If they are interested, then taking them to a Jiu Jitsu training center to meet with a coach will help to assess whether or not they are ready to start classes.
Yes, taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes will make you stronger – especially in your core. Since adult BJJ often requires you to work with a larger opponent, in many cases off of your back while you work on escapes and transitions – BJJ lessons are a great way to build strength. Many professional mixed martial artists include Gi and no Gi grappling into their training routines, both as a method of attack and defense in competition and a way to build strength leading up to their fight.
The only difference between no Gi grappling and NoGi grappling is in the spelling. The proper nomenclature is no Gi grappling, as the term “Gi” is its own word referring to the traditional training and competition attire – where NoGi is an amalgamation.