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"We Develop Champions!" Primero is a family oriented academy located in Tucson, Arizona. We promote traditional martial arts values; Attitude, Discipline, Family, Honor, Loyalty, Respect. Our goal is to ensure that our students learn effective and proven self defense skills, taught by qualified instructors, in a safe and positive environment.

Everyone is welcome at Primero. We will help you accomplish your goals and see results. Whether you are looking for; physical fitness, self defense, self confidence, discipline, sport or just fun, Primero can help. We offer programs for men, women and children of all ages as well as seminars and private lessons. You will learn all aspects of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, from throws and takedowns to ground work and submissions. Primero also hosts a strong talent pool of former college wrestlers and we incorporate many aspects of American Wrestling and Judo into our Jiu Jitsu and Grappling curriculum.

We believe in the importance of mastering basic fundamental skills in order to grow and advanced as a grappler and we emphasize the mastery of those skills. Our method of instruction provides a common sense approach to self defense while providing a fun, safe and invigorating environment. We integrate beginners into ongoing classes with advanced students. Newcomers learn not only from the instructor, but also from more experienced students. Advanced students, in turn, gain valuable insight by helping new students progress, thus providing a wider pool of technical knowledge, wisdom and insight. Our goal is to produce positive results and to promote the physical and mental development of each and every student in our academy. 

Primero is a proud member of Gustavo Dantas Jiu Jitsu Association and Nova Uniao USA and we are committed to teaching and maintaining the high standards of traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu as well as staying up to date on the current evolution of Competition Sport Jiu Jitsu. 

Primero is a first class academy that makes you feels like family.  We offer family rate discounts as well as discounts to Active Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Teachers and Students. Call or drop by to learn more about our academy or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to get your questions answered and learn about our rates and introductory offers.   

If you want to have fun, get fit and learn practical self-defense in a safe and positive environment; then Come see why Primero has become Tucson's premier Primero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and discover a journey that will positively impact the rest of your life.

"We Develop Champions!"

Featured Student

Hector Carpio has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2012 and is currently a 2 Stripe Blue Belt. He has competed in numerous tournaments and most recently won Double Gold at the 2015 NABJJF Grand Canyon Open. He also won a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Arizona International Open, a Silver Medal at the 2014 Southwest Classic, a Silver Medal at the 2014 AZSBJJF State Championship, a Gold Medal at the 2014 Arizona International Open, a Bronze Medal at the 2013 Arizona National Guard Combatives Tournament and he competed in the 2015 IBJJF Master World Championships.  Hector is a Sergeant First Class with the 1120th Transportation Battalion of the Arizona National Guard and has served in two military deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hector is a family man and a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoys spending time with family and taking motorcycle rides with his lovely wife; Mariel. We are proud and honored to have Hector as a member of the Primero family academy; he is a class act and a shining representation of how our students should carry themselves on and off the mat. We thank Hector for his service to our country, we congratulate him on his accomplishments and we wish him continued success. 


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