Joe Solorio is a Black Belt under Gustavo Dantas and member of Gustavo Dantas Jiu Jitsu Association & Nova Uniao USA. Joe began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2003 under Charles Allen & Pedro Sauer and started training and competing under Gustavo Dantas mid-way through his Purple Belt. He has competed in numerous state, national and international jiu jitsu competitions dating back to 2005 and most recently won a Silver Medal at the 2016 IBJJF Master World Championships. He also won Gold at the 2015 IBJJF Masters World Championships, the 2015 AZSBJJF State Championships and the 2014 IBJJF Masters Pan American Championships. Joe has been coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2009. He wrestled in Jr High, High School & College and coached wrestling at the Kids, High School and Jr College levels. He was Head Wrestling Coach at Pima Community College (1998-2007) and was recognized as the 2002 National Junior College Wrestling Coach of the Year. He was a 2002 USA Wrestling Veterans National Champion, a two-time NCAA National Qualifier and a two-time Pac-10 Medalist at Arizona State University (1980 & 1981), an NJCAA All American at Phoenix College (1979) and an Arizona State Wrestling Champion at Sunnyside High (1976). In 2011, Joe was inducted into the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service Achievement. Joe has over 40 years of grappling experience & over 25 years of coaching experience. He has coached and developed champions at all levels; kids, high school, college and adults and several of his students have gone on to become elite Grapplers and/or Professional MMA Competitors including; Anthony Birchak, Efrain Escudero, Drew Fickett, Jesse Forbes, Danny Martinez, Joe Montoya, Jacob Ortiz, James Terry, Jamie Varner and Mark Vujovic. Joe is a Coach and is passionate about helping others in their pursuit of self-development and self-discovery. He walks the talk when he says “We Develop Champions”. Come see why Primero has become Tucson’s premier family friendly jiu jjtsu academy.
Gustavo Dantas began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1988 and is a 4th Degree Black Belt under Andre Pederneiras. Gustavo is a world class competitor and has competed extensively at the national and international levels. He most recently won a Silver Medal at the 2014 IBJJF World Masters Championship, Gold at the 2014 IBJJF US Masters National Championships, Gold at the 2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Masters Championships, Gold at the 2012 IBJJF World Masters Championships, Gold at the 2012 IBJJF US Masters National Championships, Gold at the 2010 IBJJF International Masters Championships, Gold at the 2008 CBJJ Brazilian National Masters Championships. He also won Gold at the 1998 and 1999 USFJJ International Championships, Gold at the 1997 and 1998 IBJJF World Championships. Gustavo is highly respected in the Jiu Jitsu Community, coming to the United States in 1999 with just a suitcase and $2700, he has built one of the most successful schools and associations in the United States and is responsible for the explosive growth of Jiu Jitsu in Arizona. He is Vice-President of the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association and co-founder of Live Jiu Jitsu, a non-profit organization helping under-privileged youth through Jiu Jitsu. Gustavo has over 20 years of coaching experience and is a certified life skills and mental coach. Gustavo is a published author; Launching Your BJJ Competition Journey After 30, a professional speaker and founder of Inner Discovery for Outer Success, a project of The BJJ Mental Coach. Gustavo is on a mission to help people overcome their fears and reach their full potential on and off the mat. Come see why Primero has become Tucson’s premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.