VERDE VALLEY BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, like Life in general, is a journey filled with obstacles worth navigating.
It’s a journey of self discovery.
VERDE VALLEY BJJ WAS ESTABLISHED TO SERVE AS A STARTING POINT towards each of those personal discoveries. You just need to take the first step.
For Self Defense. For Sport. For Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Growth. For Life.
Chris Burns: Lead Instructor
Chris Burns is a first degree black belt and specializes in Gracie Jiu Jitsu for self defense, based on Rickson Gracie's concept of connection and under the close guidance of his instructor Jason Roebig. Chris is a certified instructor in the Gracie Combatives, a member of the JJGF, and a representative for Axis Jiu Jitsu.
MJ KEENAN: VVBJJ Co-Founder
Purple Belt Gracie Jiu Jitsu
World Class Multi Tasker,
Merchant of Emotion,
CHERIE COOPER: YOGILATES
I have been an instructor for various fitness modalities in the Verde Valley and surrounding areas for 10 years. The energy that comes with a room full of people inspires me to learn and lead. I seek out individuals with ever evolving fitness goals to unite and create an environment of support encouragement and sweat!
Jasmine Sachau: YOGA
Originally from Vermont, Jasmine has lived in Arizona for 8 years. Enthusiastic about wellness, she has been practicing yoga for over ten years. As a teacher, her goal is be a guide and let people build their own relationship with yoga. Jasmine teaches both yoga and Deep Stretch for Jiu Jitsu.
SEAN STEWART: BJJ ASSISTANT
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA.
I’ve lived in
Cottonwood for 12 years. I’ve been doing Brazilian jiu jitsu for 8 years and teaching classes for 3 years. I surf in my free time and have a 16 year old son, who is a jiu jitsu blue belt.
Andrew Radcliffe: BJJ ASSISTANT
I'm originally from North Carolina and have been active in wrestling and martial arts for over ten years. I have a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu and have been teaching Adult BJJ classes for three years.
KEVIN WILL: JUDO
I started playing Judo at 18 with Sensei Jack Krystek Snr, at Krystek Judo in Queens, NY. I played Judo under Sensei Krystek and Sensei Shiina (St.Johns University Judo Club) until being promoted to Black Belt by Sensei Krystek after 7 years of practice. I am excited to help grow the Judo community in the Verde Valley!
ROB BURSON: JUDO
Rob Burson has a brown belt in Judo, and has studied a variety of martial arts for over 30 years.
MICHAEL HOET: KICKBOXING
With almost 15 years in competition, it felt natural to me to become a trainer and share my knowledge, skills, and experience with others. I transformed full contact and kick boxing into a softer discipline of flexibility and self defense training. As a trainer, I am motivated to give classes in the traditional way as well as in the transformed way to fit everyone's goals.