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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu is an incredible self-defense system based on the principals of technique and leverage, which allows its participants to defeat opponents of much greater size and strength.

Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered  around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered.

The official uniform of Jiu-Jitsu in which you will be training is called a “Gi”. This uniform consists of 3 pieces: a jacket or top, a pair of drawstring pants, and a belt. The uniform is made out of a specially weaved cotton material that will be able to withstand the rigorous practice of Jiu-jitsu without immediately tearing. Your Gi should be kept as clean as possible and treated as your armor.

As you practice Jiu-Jitsu, you will find your Gi useful as both an offensive and defensive tool. Everything that can be done with the Gi, can be done without it. Additionally, taking away the Gi allows physical attributes such as size, strength, and athleticism to come to play with greater effect due to the lack of levers and friction. Working with the Gi is generally considered more of a “thinking man’s” game. Training “No-Gi” can also be a thinking game, but because the Gi removes many physical advantages, it adds more techniques.

For now, you should view your Gi as a set of training wheels. As you develop a higher level of proficiency, you will learn to perform Jiu-Jitsu techniques with and without a Gi. The Gi will add a level of sophistication to your training that will result in you, as a student, becoming a more advanced and technical fighter.

Jiu-Jitsu, which means “gentle art”. Your child will develop physical awareness of balance, reflexes, flexibility and coordination, as well as build on the mental aspects of their personality such as self-esteem, discipline, confidence, compassion, and good work ethic. The classes are taught in a positive, fun, and friendly manner, so your child will enjoy learning the art of Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts(MMA) competition or self-defense.[4] Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

To  overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport.  By utilizing superior leverage and position, it is possible for a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.  Students also benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

About our team

Augusto-TanquinhoThe Soul Fighters BJJ school was formed in May of 2008 by the black belts Augusto Tanquinho, Rafael Formiga, Leandro Tatu, Bruno Tank and Alvaro Mansor. In our units we take pride in the education, respect, self control, discipline, hierarchy, among other values if our students. Our main goal is to train athletes and people of all ages, with the idea of teaching our philosophy, moral and educational values ​​to our team.

The Soul Fighters BJJ now has several affiliates, all around the world, in a short time of existence we have already formed many champions in all events on the world circuit. Our athletes are always representing our team and winning major championships in the world, such as the World Pan American, Brazilian and American Nationals,  South American, European, Asian, International Opens etc.

Today our team is considered one of the fastest growing Jiu-Jitsu teams. Proof of this is the results of our competitions and new units of Soul Fighters growing every day.

We are ready to teach our techniques through our educational values ​​and we hope to educate people for life and / or high performance athletes.

The Soul Fighters Arizona is led by one of the founders of the team: Augusto Tanquinho, who got his black belt in December of 2004, by master Francisco Mansor. He has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu over 15 years, always being recognized as a great instructor, teaching and helping more than 500 students in all those years. Also, he is one of the highest competitive black belts in Jiu-Jitsu. He achieved all the major BJJ titles as a black belt rank in the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation).

Some of his highest titles:

  • 2013 Black Belt World Champion
  • 2012 Black Belt World No Gi Champion
  • 2013 / 2011 Black Belt World Professional Champion

Augusto Tanquinho
2013 World Champion
2013/2011 World Pro Champion
2012 World No Gi Champion