6th South West Classics in the Books!

What a weekend! It was a fun filled weekend chock full of heavy competition and lots of submissions! I could not be any prouder of our CTA Arizona family. All competitors when out there and left it all out on the mats! Win or lost everyone did a fantastic job! With myself, Mike Martin of Strongheart, and Kevin of Phoenix BJJ & MMA we came in with a team dwarfed by others. But yet, once again, we come out on top and place in the overall team standings. With the kids, we took 5th place and with the adults we took 4th! What this tells me and should tell everyone else is that we are winning with quality, not quantity. Especially since most of our wins came via submission. So, we’re not just trying to win on points, we’re fighting to finish the match! Again, everyone from all teams did a phenomenal job and fought their hearts out! I am so damn proud of everyone! Congratulations to all CTA Arizona team members! OSS!

Below is a list of all Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA/CTA team members and their placements…

AZSBJJF 6th Southwest Classic, October 25 & 26 2014
Adult Gi, Rooster, White – Brian Mandagi (2nd Place)
Adult Gi, Ultra Heavy, White – Benito Molina (3rd Place)
Womens Gi, Feather, White – Estrella Moreno (3rd Place)
Adult Gi, Middle, Blue – Miguel Santana (2nd Place)
Adult Gi, Ultra Heavy, Blue – Alfredo Montero (3rd Place)
Masters 1 Gi, Light Feather, Blue – Eric Bias (3rd Place)
Masters 1 Gi, Feather, Blue – Moses Salazar (1st Place)
Masters 1 Gi, Open, Blue – Moses Salazar (3rd Place)
Masters 1 Gi, Feather, Blue – Jeremy Dolan (3rd Place)
Masters 1 Gi, Ultra Heavy, Blue – Brian Griswold (3rd Place)
Masters 3 Gi, Heavy, Blue – Neil Robinson (1st Place)
Masters 3 Gi, Super Heavy, Blue – Benjamin Banks (1st Place)
Masters 3 Gi, Open, Blue – Benjamin Banks (1st Place)
Womens Gi, Light, Blue – Ruonan Hu (1st […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Events, News, Tournaments|0 Comments

Important Links! Again!

With our new affiliates and students coming on board, I felt I needed to share this again for everyone new! Check it out!

This is just a quick post for you guys and gals out there. The following is a list of very important links to follow. They are my social networks. Please follow me on each and every one. Thank you for your time.

Our Website:
Our Facebook Page:
Our Facebook Group (Students Only):
My Personal FB Pages:

By |October 12th, 2014|News, Resources, Students|0 Comments

Girls Only BJJ & Self-Defense Program! Only $40!

Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA now offers Chandler, Arizona’s first only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense program for women. These classes are similar to our regular classes, however, only women may attend and the techniques used are specifically for women. This is an excellent way for you to learn self defense techniques that are proven to work in the real world. We will cover a curriculum specific to women’s self-defense and sport Jiu-Jitsu. Both will benefit you on and off the mats! In the gym and out on the streets! Our curriculum is based on real life experience. Why is this important? It’s important because you want to have the comfort of knowing what you are being taught will work and will safe your life and not just give you a false sense of security!

This program is excellent for those that have always wanted to give a martial art a try but intimidated by the coed environment. This program will help you ease your way into a mixed gender class. This is also excellent for those interested in learning martial arts in a fun, safe and relaxed environment exclusively for women.

As a self defense system very few martial art have been able prove themselves as well as BJJ. Both in the ring, on  the mats, and in the streets. The techniques we teach will give you the ability to successfully defend yourself in almost any situation. We focus on techniques that can be used to immobilize larger and stronger opponents and techniques that will get you out of harms way.

Our women’s only Brazilian Jiu-Jisu & Self-Defense program classes also trains you for competition if you so desire. We participate in many of the local and national tournaments. Several of our students have […]

By |September 29th, 2014|News, Students|0 Comments

Kids Back to School Special!

Kids are going back to school and it’s about that time for the best back to school special for your kiddos! At only $75 a month (No contract!), you child can learn one of the most effective and valuable martial arts that he or she can take into all aspects of life. Everything from the home life to school life! Your child will learn respect & self-respect, discipline, integrity, honor, gain listening skills, and earn a sense of confidence that they will not find anywhere else! And most importantly, your child will be able to defend themselves safely and effectively! So, don’t wait any longer! Take advantage of our special! Have your child try us out for a week, see if they like it, and if they do, you son or daughter will get a free uniform to get them started! If that didn’t make you want to sign them up right away, this will… “Mention this post and get an extra 10% off per month!”

Don’t wait! Act Now! Hope to see you soon!

By |August 1st, 2014|News, Students|0 Comments

New Belts and New Stripes!

What a weekend! This past weekend played host to our 2nd belt and stripes promotions for the year. This has to be one of the largest groups we’ve had promoted to date! It was huge! Not only did we have a lot of belts and stripes to give out, we also had the largest belt promotion attendance! We were at a whopping 69 students in attendance! I was so excited to see such wonderful support! I was so proud to see so many team mates supporting each other during this special day.

As I’ve always pointed out, belt and stripe promotions are my favorite times of year. It means more to me than any medal or competition! During promotions, I get to see everyone’s growth and development. I get to see how far everyone has come along. I get to see the dedication everyone puts into the art we all love so much. Seeing the joy and tears of happiness in the faces of my students leaves a special mark on my heart. That gives me a feeling that can never be replaced and never be duplicated! That feeling is what brings joy to teaching. That is a feeling that will last a lifetime!

I am so proud of everyone’s growth, development, and dedication! Each and every individual has done more and then some to get to where they are! They were more than deserving of their promotions! I was more than proud and happy to have promoted the following individuals…

Brown Belt:

Sharod Merrill

Purple Belt:

Samantha Smith

Blue Belt

Benjamin Banks
Brian Griswold
Issam Ghannam
Joey Brown
Michael Touger
Rounan Hu

Green Belt/Black Stripe

Luke Hase

Orange Belt/White Stripe

Conner Peyton

Yellow Belt/Black Stripe

Brendan Onquit
David Onquit

Yellow Belt/White Stripe

Jack Baker

** We had a blue belt and a couple of white belts […]

By |July 28th, 2014|Events, News, Promotions, Students|0 Comments

MMA/S.A.W. Lesson Plan!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be organizing our MMA classes just as we do the BJJ classes. I will be releasing the lesson plans on a regular bases. We will have a set of drills to complete and we will continue on that lesson plan until all drills have been completed! After we get 75% through the lesson plan, I will release the next set of drills. This will ensure we stay on a concise and continuous flow! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Hope you guys like the new format. Let’s help get your fellow team mates ready for their fights!

By |July 23rd, 2014|Lesson Plans, News|0 Comments

Lesson Plans for the Next 6 Weeks!

Over the next 5 weeks, trying a new format! A format that will ensure we touch as much of Jiu-Jitsu as we can. Touch as much in the sense that I want to thoroughly cover both top, bottom, and standing aspects of the game. So, with that said, the first two weeks will emphasize the bottom game, the following two weeks will emphasize the top game, and the last 2 weeks will emphasize the stand up game! Throws, take downs, counters, defenses, and such. These next 6 weeks will be sort of a trial run to see how the new format works. I suspect that it will run well without a hitch. However, anything can happen. I could change my mind and go back to the 5 week lesson plan. Only time will tell. We’ll just have to wait and see! =) Also, after attending the Romulo Barral Seminar, we may bring back situational again. Romulo re-inspired me to bring it back. So expect that change as well. So, remember as in every class, every training session, high repetitions are going to be required in order to commit these moves to muscle memory. A lot of the moves over the next 6 weeks are going to have multiple steps, odd angles, and require you to step out of your comfort zones. Use these next 5 weeks to prepare you for the tournaments to come!

By |July 22nd, 2014|Lesson Plans, News, Resources|0 Comments

Affiliate Highlight: Team Valores!

Mark Entrata
Position: Head Instructor – Team Valores
Rank: Purple Belt – 2 stripes
Bio: Has been training BJJ for over 13 years, and has been teaching for over 8 years. Has won 2 Gold medals as a blue belt in Pan Asians. Retired from competition to focus on teaching and coaching.

Aaron Lee
Position: Instructor
Rank: Purple Belt
Bio: Has been training BJJ for over 13 years, and has been teaching for over 9 years. Has won numerous Gold medals in both gi and nogi throughout the mid 2000’s such as Pan Asians, Nationals, Grapplers Cup, etc. Has since then retired undefeated.

Don Yonzon
Position: Assistant Instructor
Rank: Blue Belt – 4 stripes
Bio: Former pro MMA fighter. Has been training BJJ for over 9 years. Started teaching BJJ in 2011. He is also a black belt and instructor in tae kwon do.

Francis Magbitang
Position: Instructor
Rank: Blue Belt – 4 stripes
Bio: Has been training BJJ for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 4 years. Has competed in several local and international tournaments.

By |July 1st, 2014|Affiliate News, Affiliates, News|0 Comments

Affiliate Highlight: Dave Farias BJJ!

Dave began training BJJ in 2002 at the Machado Jiu-Jitsu affiliation in Mesa, AZ. He received his blue belt from Rigan Machado after only 10 months of training at the age of 16. He later received his purple and brown belts from Rigan Machado black belt Greg Holmes. Dave also participated in wrestling while in high school and has put in some time with elite wrestlers on the mat. Not only has Dave been teaching Jiu-Jitsu since the age of 17 but has also helped former and current UFC Vets hown their skills on the ground. Dave is currently teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Mesa AZ! Click here for more details and contact information for Dave and his academy!

Here is just a few of Dave’s competition accomplishments in competition…

Grapplers Quest Champion
2X Desert Quest Champion
Best Of The West Champion
2X Mr. Olympia Grappling Champion
2X American No Gi National Medalists
AZ State BJJ Silver Medalist
NAGA Medalist

By |July 1st, 2014|Affiliate News, Affiliates, News|0 Comments

AZSBJJF 2014 AZ State BJJ Championship!

Another long weekend of BJJ competition in the books! The AZ State BJJ Championship is normally a small tournament due to it being at the beginning of summer. That wasn’t the case this past weekend. Teams came from all over the south west and packed the mats with strong and heated competition for our locals. Because it was the beginning of summer, we had a very small showing of competitors. Together with Strongheart and Phoenix BJJ & MMA, we still had only a fraction of what many other teams brought. Despite that fact, we still came out on top with a 3rd place team title for the kids and a 4th place team title for the adults. Falling only 2 points shy of 3rd place. Not bad for a small team going into this tournament. What this means is, the quality of training within the CTA teams is second to none! The team collaboration and cohesion we have is something for all teams to fear! CTA is inching little by little! Next thing you know it, we will be on top with that first place trophy!

Since joining the Caio Terra BJJ Association, along with Kevin Scott and his students from Phoenix BJJ & MMA, and Mike Martin and his guys from Strongheart, as young as we are, we have amassed 4 team titles in less than 6 months! That’s a huge deal! Give yourselves a round of applause! Without your efforts, compete or not, we would not be where we are at with out you! Our brothers, our sisters, our team, our family!

We have great momentum moving forward through the rest of the year! We see nothing but great things for the Caio Terra Association […]

By |July 1st, 2014|Competitions, Events, News|0 Comments