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"We Develop Champions!" Primero is a family oriented academy located in Tucson, Arizona. We promote traditional martial arts values; family, attitude, respect, discipline, honor and loyalty. 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 in our academy and we incorporate many aspects of American Wrestling 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. 

We also offer Capoeira classes for both kids and adults. Tucson Cordao De Ouro trains in our facility and their classes are taught by world renowned Capoeira Mestre: Espirro Mirim

Primero is a first class academy developing first class students and we invite you to come by, check us out and discover a journey that will positively impact the rest of your life. Primero offers Discounts to Active Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, First Responders, Teachers and Students. We are a great big family at Primero and when you become a member of our academy, you become a member of our family. 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 make Primero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy your first choice.

"We Develop Champions!"

Featured Student

Leonardo Salemi began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2012 and is currently a Blue Belt. He has competed in several tournaments and most recently competed in the 2014 IBJJF Pan Amarican Championships. Leonardo won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Arizona International Open, a Silver Medal at the 2013 Arizona State Championships, a Gold Medal at the 2013 Southwest Classic and a Gold Medal at the 2013 Arizona International Open and he is set to compete at the 2014 IBJJF Masters World Championships in November. He has also trained in Judo and Capoeira and has competed in numerous triathlons. Leonardo is quite busy these days as he is in the process of completing and earning his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Uniersity of Arizona. When Leonardo does have free time and isn't training jiu jitsu, he enjoys playing the electric guitar, mountain biking, swimming and spending time with his lovely wife; Shelby. Leonardo is a class act and a shining representation of our academy. Primero is proud and honored to have Leonardo as a member of our academy family and we congratulate him on his accomplishments and wish him continued success.

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Arizona Kids Cup

Team Primero wins 2nd place trophy at the Arizona Kids Cup.

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