Derek began training in Brazilian Jiu jits in 2009 and is currently a Yellow Belt 4 Stripe. He has competed in numerous tournaments and most recently won Gold at the 2014 Arizona International Open. He also won Silver at the 2013 Southwest Classic, Bronze at the 2013 Arizona State Championships, Silver at the 2013 Arizona International Open, Silver at the 2012 Southwest Classic, Gold at the 2012 Arizona State Championships, Gold at the 2012 Kids Cup, Gold at the 2012 Arizona International Open, Bronze at the 2011 Southwest Classic and Silver at the 2011 Arizona State Championships. Derek also enjoys cycling, photography and music, he plays the guitar and is a member of the Tucson Boys Chorus. Derek has a very busy schedule and when he has free time, he likes to spend it with family and friends. He is a very well mannered gentleman and a perfect example of how our students should carry themselves on and off the mat. Primero is proud and honored to have Derek as a member of our academy, we congratulate him on his accomplishments and wish him continued success.
"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 has a strong talent pool of former college wrestlers 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 into an advanced 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 and Nova Uniao USA and we are committed to teaching and maintaining the high standards of traditional Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as staying up to date on the current evolution of Competition Sport Jiu Jitsu. Primero was Tucson's First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy with Two Senior Black Belt Instructors.
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 instructor; 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. At Primero, we are family and when you become a member of Primero, you become a member of our family. Call, drop by or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to learn about our 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!"
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