Gracie Arizona in Phoenix is the only Relson Gracie school in the state. It is led by Relson Gracie Black Belt Nathan Zigler and Purple Belt Brad Parker. We pride ourselves on a friendly training atmosphere focused on the technical aspects of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Whether you’re looking for self-defense, sport BJJ or just a great way to get fit while learning to defend yourself, this will be a good school for you.
We are a club, not a commercial business. Having operated as both, we much prefer the club atmosphere. Our priority is to train productively and safely in a fun, friendly environment. As such, we keep a close eye on the make-up of our school and have in the past asked people to leave who have created a disharmonious atmosphere.
Classes are friendly and non-competitive. Our goal is to train and learn technique, not to pummel each other. However, do not mistake compassion for weakness; we have regular sparring matches as part of every class to test skills and provide aggressive training. We are not primarily a MMA school, although we have students who successfully compete in Mixed Martial Arts or No Holds Barred competitions. Our club has local and federal law enforcement officers, business and medical professionals, athletes, and individuals from just about all other professional fields.