ABOUT OUR JIU JITSU SCHOOL
Welcome to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® - West Mesa.
We are a Certified Training Center directly affiliated with the word famous Gracie Academy®.
Our goal is to preserve the original, self-defense teachings of Grand Master Helio Gracie®, and to provide quality instruction, in a safe and structured learning environment, for people of all ages to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® and practical self-defense skills.
With over 50 years of combined experience, our teachers provide top quality instruction in a non-competitive environment.
We have programs for men, women and children, ages 4 and up. There is no experience necessary to begin.
Please stop by to watch a class, take a FREE class or to sign up for our FREE 10-day trail.
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Born on the Navajo reservation in Jeddito, Arizona. Lusando attended school at Coronado High and later graduated from Scottsdale Community College in Arts of General Studies.
The journey with Jiu-Jitsu started when he was 16 years old. After getting into trouble, his mom took him to attend a Jiu-Jitsu class. At first he was apprehensive but after a couple of days he started to fall in love with the art and never looked back.
Lusando appreciates Jiu-Jitsu and the skills he has acquired over the years. Still, to this day he hones those skills while learning new ones. Lusando is known for being patient and fun while sharing his knowledge with students. Lusando says, "Jiu-Jitsu is saving my life, because it’s making my life better". I appreciate my teacher, my peers, students, and friends, along with the support they provide. "I am always looking forward to training with everyone" - Lusando.
Jimi has been a practitioner of Jiu Jitsu since 2010 and was one of the original students at Gracie Scottsdale where he practiced under Gracie black belt, Chris Bailey. Ryron Gracie awarded Jimi his purple belt in 2018; shortly after Jimi became a certified instructor where he heads the CTC operations at Gracie Jiu Jitsu® West Mesa. As a father himself, Jimi prides himself on teaching the kids classes and has made it his mission to bully proof as many kids as possible by using a “teaching through fun” approach. In addition to teaching, Jimi is pursuing more knowledge with the completion of all current Master cycle lessons. His desire is to represent Gracie Jiu Jitsu® on and off the mat by living a strong and healthy lifestyle, based on the Philosophy of the Grand Master, Helio Gracie.
Chris has been training in the martial arts his entire adult life, covering a span of over 40 years. He has been teaching for the last 30 years. Chris is a Black Belt graduate of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and also holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in traditional Jiu Jutsu. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Psychology from N.A.U., in 1988.