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About Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Phoenix is the only Gracie University, Certified Training Center® in Phoenix. Our mission is to provide the highest level of self-defense instruction in a positive, healthy, and safe environment. Our instructors are dedicated to providing each of our students with the best self-defense instruction, support, and experience available in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu through group and private lessons.


“I came across Gracie Phoenix when I was looking for true self defense. I was struggling and skeptical. The support I found, the empowerment I experienced, and the commitment to detailed teaching, is like none other. My journey through the Combatives program impacted me so much, I decided to become an instructor so I could share with others! I am proud to be a part of this community.”

– Kiara Howerzyl

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“I have to say this is one of the best places to learn the art of jiu-jitsu the teaching and the knowledge that Adam has is outstanding!! Everyone that attends here is so happy and satisfied with great and positive energy! You will never feel out of place here it’s not a place where you just train and take all your anger out it’s a fun and awesome learning experience! I highly recommend this place you will not be disappointed!”

– Tony Adams

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“My 7-year old son has been going here for about a year now. He has been involved in many youth organizations and I have to say, without a doubt, this is THE most well-run of them all. Coach Adam and his team are dedicated to all of the students, youth and adult. The staff’s commitment, compassion, and care for everyone who walks through the door is evident in everything they do. When a new student is introduced, Coach Adam tells the class what the student’s name is and then asks “How do we treat him/her?” And in unison, the class replies …LIKE FAMILY. Integrity, manners, respect, caring, and good citizenship are concepts the students are rewarded for constantly displaying. My son is an only child so we have him involved in many things. This is, BY FAR, the best thing he does. In closing, my family owes Coach Adam and his amazing staff a huge thank you for the level of effort and commitment they bring to the mat everyday.”

– Christopher Jason

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“I was blessed the day I found Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Phoenix. The feeling that came over my body the first time I flipped Adam (instructor) over and I ended up on top was pure joy. I felt accomplished and safe! I was so happy. That day changed my life. And I’ve been on the mat almost every day since then. Learning how to Truly defend myself against an attacker has brought me more happiness than I’ve ever imagined. Something I am forever grateful for. I recommend Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Phoenix to everyone. Men, women and kids can learn so much from this school. My 5 yr old is in the Bullyproof program and loves it! I love it because she’s learning how to defend herself against bullies and strangers (badguys). She knows how to get away. Something every parent should want their kids to know. She’s more aware of her surroundings and she knows what to do in a scary Situation. She’s learning respect, manners, discipline, about health etc. I am so proud of her and all that she’s learned.”

– Nicky Bustamante

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“ The team at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Phoenix are amazing! I checked out several places around town before choosing this one for my son, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision. ”

C. McNaughton


Adam Ideson
Adam IdesonHead Instructor
Adam Ideson has been practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® since 2010. Adam has dedicated himself to the study of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and sharing this art and lifestyle with others. Adam graduated the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Instructor Certication program in 2013.
Justin Koester
Justin KoesterCertified Instructor
Justin Koester has been practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2013 and graduated from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Instructor Certification Program in July 2015. Justin enjoys the self-defense base of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and instructs in the Bullyproof and Gracie Combatives programs.
Kiara Howerzyl
Kiara HowerzylCertified Instructor
Kiara Howerzyl started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Kiara graduated from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Certification Program in January 2018. Kiara instructs in the Bullyproof, Combatives, and Women Empowered programs.
David Sandoval
David SandovalCertified Instructor
David began practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2013, when he found himself unable to just sit on the sideline and watch his son and daughter learn and have fun in the Bullyproof program. David instructs in the Bullyproof and Gracie Combatives programs.