Our mission is to be the catalyst that allows individuals to discover their innate abilities so they can transform their lives, and be good stewards of their community by transforming the world through the application of lessons learned through jiu jitsu in a safe and supportive environment.
Alex is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Paul Nava. He has been training and competing across the country since the rank of white belt. Alex has won and been the runner up in many International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tournaments as well as professional “Super Fights”. He has extensive experience as a kids coach, a fundamentals coach, and advanced techniques coach. He received his Black Belt from Paul Nava and the Ares Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association in September 2019. As the head instructor of Ares East Mesa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, his goal is to make a positive change in the lives of his students and the community.
Chris Academia is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started training in 2005 in Maui, HI. In 2007, he moved to Arizona where he continued to train. He won gold at the 2018 American Nationals in Las Vegas. In that same year, he debuted in a professional fight. He continues to train and pursue his dream of opening an academy in the hopes of changing other’s lives through BJJ, the way that it changed his.
Men, women and children alike start training jiu jitsu for different reasons. Some reasons may include: learning the art of jiu jitsu, self-defense, weight loss, the camaraderie of a team, a healthy family activity, exercise and more. The reasons people start jiu jitsu are personal for everyone. So, whatever your reason is for visiting our website, we would love to learn more about you and your reason/goals. Click below to start your journey and to see if we are the right team for you.