Gracie Arizona Jiu Jitsu Academy
Instructors
                                     

Head Instructor and Owner
Nathan Zigler
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 2nd degree
17 years Jiu Jitsu Experience
2012 Pan Am Bronze Medalist
2011 Worlds No-Gi Silver Medalist
2011 Grapplers Quest Gold Medalist
2003 Pan Am Gold Medalist
Nathan Started his Jiu jitsu career at Maxercise in Philadelphia under Relson Gracie Black Belt Steve Maxwell. Nathan then moved to Los Angeles where he continued to study with Relson’s brothers Royce and Rorian Gracie. Nathan moved back to Phoenix and continues to study under Relson Gracie where he is the head instructor at Gracie Arizona.




Instructor
Greg Holmes
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 2nd Degree
18 Years Jiu Jitsu Experience
2011 Worlds No-Gi Bronze Medalist
2011 Grapplers Quest Gold Medalist
Judo Brown Belt
Shuri-Ryu Black Belt
Greg has been actively training and competing in martial arts since 1984; starting in Karate and weapons and then finding Jiu Jitsu. Greg received his Black Belt from Rigan Machado. Greg is also Gracie Arizona’s Yoga instructor.





Instructor
Doug Moore
Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
10 Years Experience
2011 Worlds No-Gi Gold Medalist
2011 Pan Bronze Medalist
2010 No Gi World Champion
Doug has been with Gracie Arizona his entire Jiu Jitsu career. He is Gracie Arizona’s most decorated competitor having won and placed in Grapplers Quest (several times) and Desert Quest, Doug is also a Pan Ams competitor. Doug is currently 7-1 in MMA fighting in Arizona’s local show, Rage in the Cage.



Instructor
Leandro Massero
Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt 4 Stripes
11 Years Experience
2011 Worlds No-Gi Open Weight Gold Medalist
2011 Worlds No-Gi Silver Medalist
2010 Houston Open Champion
Leandro started his training under Gracie Humaita Black belt Rodrigo Vaghi. When work made him transfer to Arizona he began training with Rigan Machado Black Belt Greg Holmes. Leandro has been training with Relson Gracie’s Gracie Arizona since 2009.



Instructor
Josh Harrold
Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt

Instructor
Blayne Barlow

Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt 


Instructor
Eric Smith
Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
Shotokan Black Belt



Instructor
Conor Waffle
Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt



Instructor
Seta Reupenny
Jiu Jitsu
Purple Belt
Seta has been with Gracie Arizona since she was a white belt. Seta is a fierce competitor and a phenomenal instructor. Seta is the instructor for our women's only class.



Instructor
Mike Morales
Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt












 

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