Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy

At Cactus Jiu Jitsu in Scottsdale, we teach a proven self defense system that helps you feel safer.

Operating as usual


This Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We will be open during our regular hours on Saturday and closed for the holiday on Monday. Please be safe, everyone.


Congratulations to Miguel and Kayden on their very well-earned stripes tonight.


Check out this cool technique from Master Fabio Santos. He is the real deal -- a black belt under Grandmaster Rickson Gracie. This is a creative way to escape an ankle lock.


This young lady from a Pedro Sauer Association affiliate academy in the UK does a beautiful job of executing the fundamentals of our association's self defense system. If you are interested in learning the system, come sign up for our free 7-day trial.


We are back to our usual hours for the remainder of the week. Join us for adult Jiu-Jitsu class tonight (Tuesday) at 6:30pm with the one and only Professor Val. Just a reminder that we will be closed on Monday, January 1st.


Being on the bottom of the cross-body or side-control position is very uncomfortable. Over the past few weeks, we've been working on how to survive, escape, and possibly even submit from there. Join us Saturday at 10:30am to learn these valuable self-defense techniques!


Can you choke someone using a t-shirt? Come to our Tactical Pink women's self defense class tonight at 6:15pm and learn how!

Cross Choke Defense: Answer The Phone 11/29/2023

Re-posting this video since we are teaching this cross-choke defense tonight. Love the way the one and only Macarrao teaches this technique!

Cross Choke Defense: Answer The Phone An outtake from Marcio Macarrao's online BJJ library.More info at


White belts are so important to us. Come give us a try with a free 7-day trial.

White belts are the unsung heroes of Jiu Jitsu.
White belts go to train every day knowing that for them, training is going to be the toughest. There is no safe place for a white belt. Yet, their enthusiasm is frequently the biggest one in the room.
White belts are what make academies exist, and what makes people like me have the job they always dreamed of having.
White belts are the one with that sparkle in their eyes when they realize that jiu jitsu can be a super power that can work for them too.
White belts are the oxygen of jiu jitsu , and the reason it keeps passing from one generation to another.
White belts matter.


Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend. We will be open during our normal hours on Saturday and Monday. See you on the mats!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Please note that we will be open during our regular hours. For those of you who are staying in town, we look forward to seeing you in class!

Man on probation for s*x assault accused of attacking woman at Phoenix Sky Harbor 03/21/2023

Following a violent attack at Sky Harbor airport, a reporter from ABC15 Arizona visited Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy for a story about women's self defense. Check out the story, and if you're interested in learning self defense, sign up for a free trial here:*x-assault-accused-of-attacking-woman-at-phoenix-sky-harbor

Man on probation for s*x assault accused of attacking woman at Phoenix Sky Harbor A man, already on probation for s*xual assault, is facing more charges in connection to a recent incident at Phoenix Sky Harbor.


It's true! Actor Ed O'Neill, who played Al Bundy on TV, is a legitimate black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Grand Master Relson Gracie Mount Escape 03/11/2023

In the video below, Grandmaster Relson Gracie teaches an escape from the mount. Even though he is speaking Portuguese, it is easy to follow and you'll get a good taste of his sense of humor along the way. This is old-school Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at its best. The kind of stuff we LOVE teaching our students!!

Grand Master Relson Gracie Mount Escape Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master Relson Gracie demonstrating a mount escape variation.


PARENTS! If you want to see your kid:
💪 Develop confidence
👍 Become more disciplined at school and at home
🧠 Pay more attention
🤝 Make new friends
😀 Have fun and learn valuable self-defense skills

Then you need to get them on the mats...they'll thank you for it! Our instructors will MAKE SURE they improve every single class 🥋

Bonding Activities for Parents and Teens 03/08/2023

Lately we've had several parents and teens sign up for classes together, whether our group teen/adult Jiu-Jitsu classes, our Tactical Pink women's self-defense program, or private lessons. Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic bonding activity for parents and teens to do together. Plus, both parents and teens learn valuable and potentially life-saving skills.

Bonding Activities for Parents and Teens


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Come join us for a teen & adult belt test and promotion ceremony on Friday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. All CJJ students (of any age) and their families/friends are welcome. CJJ students who attend should wear a gi.

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7302 E Helm Drive #2005
Scottsdale, AZ

Opening Hours

Monday 5pm - 8pm
Tuesday 5pm - 8pm
Wednesday 4:30pm - 8pm
Saturday 8:30am - 12pm

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