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Our Mission here at Verde Valley Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the preservation and dissemination of the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense as developed and taught by Masters Helio and Rickson Gracie. Self Preservation in an unforeseen conflict is the goal. By building a solid foundation of Connection, Balance, Leverage, and Situational Awareness, we can give our students an advantage over an untrained opponent who may be larger and stronger.
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 is a purple belt under Professor Luis Heredia, Maui Jiu Jitsu, and specializes in Gracie Jiu Jitsu for self defense, based on Rickson Gracie's concept of connection. MJ is member of the JJGF, and the Co-Founder of Verde Valley BJJ. World Class Multi Tasker, Merchant of Emotion, Winemaker, Curmudgeon, Armed Snowflake.


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.

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.


Our Classes:


1045 N Main St

Old Town Cottonwood

Arizona 86326

Phone:  928.963.6173