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"We Develop Champions!" 

When looking for a fun, practical, safe and positive environment to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tucson Arizona, Think Primero First! 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 collegiate 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 advance 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, Think Primero First! 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

Bobby Rodriguez caught the Jiu Jitsu bug during a 2012 extended stay in Brazil where he trained with Pit Bull Jiu Jitsu under Espirito Santo. He resumed serious training at Primero in 2014 and is currently a White Belt 4 Stripe. He has competed in several tournaments and most recently hammered his way through a 64 man bracket to win a Bronze Medal at the 2015 IBJJF White Belt World Championships. He also won a Gold Medal at the 2015 NABJJF Grand Canyon Open, A Bronze Medal at the 2015 AZSBJJF Arizona International Open and a Gold Medal at the 2015 D.A.N. Tournament. Bobby was a stand out athlete at Sunnyside High where he played footbal, baseball and track. He is also a Wildcat, earning a Bachelor Degree from The University of Arizona, where he also played football under Mike Stoops. Bobby is an educator and student advisor for the Tucson Unified School District. He likes to stay fit lifting weight lifting and interval training and he likes helping others do the same. At the core, Bobby is a cowboy and he likes to ride bulls. He is a pay it forward guy and he invests a lot of his free time coaching and mentoring inner city youth in baseball and basketball. It is an honor to have Bobby as a member of our academy family, he is a class act and a perfect representation of how our students should carry themselves on and off the mat. We congratulate Bobby on his accomplishments and wish him continued success.  


Recent News

IBJJF Masters Worlds Championships

Hector Carpio wins a Silver Medal and Joe Solorio wins a Gold Medal at the 2015 IBJJF Masters World Championships.

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