I've lived in the Verde Valley for most of my life. I'm currently a Jerome resident. I am a life long martial artist. I received my black belt in Shotokan karate under the late Paul Smith in 1999. I received my purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2017. I have two daughters that both train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as my life partner and her two children for the last several years. This is all a very large part of my life.
Sean Stewart: Kids BJJ
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.
Rob Burson: Judo
Rob Burson has a brown belt in Judo, and has studied a variety of martial arts for over 30 years.
Andrew Radcliffe: Brown Belt BJJ Instructor
Jana Valentine: Kids BJJ
We will be practicing drills, technique, sparring, fundamentals, a variety of training. My class is appropriate for boys and girls, ages 4-14.
MJ Keenan: VVBJJ C0-Founder
Purple Belt Gracie Jiu Jitsu World Class Multi Tasker, Merchant of Emotion, Winemaker, Curmudgeon, Armed Snowflake.
Arin Thrine: Yoga
Arin has been teaching yoga for the last 16 years and practicing massage for the last 9. Over this time she has witnessed the power of both to create lasting, positive change in people's lives. Arin is committed to sharing her knowledge and tools in a safe, practical and accessible way with lightness and humor.
Cherie Cooper: Pilates
I have been an instructor for various fitness modalities in the Verde Valley and surrounding areas for 10 years. Beginning my career as a personal trainer, I have since shifted from one-on-one to group and class settings. 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!
Victoria Alvanos: Yoga
Victoria is a licensed bodyworker, herbalist, and a yoga teacher trained in the Kripalu tradition. She views yoga as a lifestyle which helps to bring strength, flexibility, and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. She enjoys guiding mindful movement centered around the breath to foster a deeper connection to the infinite space within. Drawing inspiration from various styles of yoga, Victoria tailors each class to meet her students where they are, encouraging them to tune into the wisdom of their own bodies and to honor their individual needs. Her hope is that she can help empower those who attend her classes to develop a sense of strength and agility in the body, awareness to the breath, and clarity to the mind, leaving them with valuable tools they can use both on and off the mat.
Kevin Will: Judo
I started playing Judo at 18 years old 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 have competed in many Judo competitions on the east coast as well as seminars and trainings.
I fought twice in MMA, applying Judo techniques and taking two wins.
I am a volunteer fire fighter, a reserve fire fighter and live with my family and children in the Verde Valley.
I am excited to help grow the Judo community in the Verde Valley!
We focus on the fundamentals with a self-defense application. The majority of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu curriculum comes to us from the Rickson Gracie lineage. The structure of these sessions usually involves a warm up, detailed instruction, and supervised positional sparring.
No-Gi grappling training. We focus on the fundamentals with a self-defense application The majority of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu curriculum comes to us from the Rickson Gracie lineage. The structure of these sessions usually involves a warm up, detailed instruction, and supervised positional sparring.
In this class we focus on tournament BJJ fundamentals and point systems. The majority of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu curriculum comes to us from the Rickson Gracie lineage. The structure of these sessions usually involves a warm up, detailed instruction, and supervised positional sparring.
Kids BJJ Gi/No Gi. We will be practicing drills and games that will expose the students to basic techniques and fundamental BJJ movements. This approach helps us instill an unconscious awareness of these basic movements that will help them once it’s time to move into the adult classes. This class is appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5-14.
Kripalu Vinyasa is an energizing yoga practice with a meditative focus. Find balance through the synchronization of breath and movement. All levels of experience are welcome to come to this playfully challenging, yet accessible class.
In this no-experience-necessary class students will practice core strengthening exercises and breathing techniques paired with classical and yoga-style stretching. Condition your body without punishing it! Taught by local fitness expert Cherie Cooper.
Class description coming soon
A flowing vinyasa class of breath and movement. Some yoga experience is recommended.