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AZBJJL Kicks off Competition Season


Arizona is not only a state that has been on everyone’s radar for their travel destination but it also seems that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s next hub could be sprouting up in the state. The state of Arizona is a beautiful desert oasis that hosts a number of attractions that bring people from all over the country. To add on top, Arizona Brazilian Jiu-jitsu seems to be exploding in popularity! Both kids and adults across the state are falling in love with the sport every day and leading the movement is none other than AZBBJL, Arizona’s Premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament host!

AZBJJL: Arizona Jiu Jitsu

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu scene in Arizona is something to keep an eye on for the coming years. In Arizona, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is exploding in popularity with over 20 schools across the valley! Last season for the state was remarkable and people were captivated by the competitive scene that AZBJJL, the premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu League in the state, hugely dominated.

AZBJJL fosters the budding community that is growing within the state by keeping track of the top academies for both the kids and adults divisions, here is how last season turned out:

azbjjl acadamy rankings

Last season in the adult division, Kiko France snuck away with the best competitive gym in the state by a close margin! This season is looking to be just as exciting for the academy. Will there be a newly crowned champion in the state for 2023?

In the kid’s division, the competition scene was dominated by Refuge BJJ with Ares East Mesa right behind! 

azbjjl kids rankings

For both children and adults the competitive Brazilian Jiu-jitsu scene is spurring into something that people should truly keep their eyes on. There is a ton of talent across the state and there seems to be so much more room for growth.

Kicking Off the Season

The 2023 season is about to get started for AZBJJL and they are looking forward to another competitive and fun year. On February 11th, AZBJJL will be hosting the opening tournament of the year at Bell Bank Park, a new sports facility that is attracting all kinds of attention for te state’s athletic scene.

Future Events for 2023

Here is what the schedule looks like this year for AZBJJL:

  • February 11th – AZ INTERNATIONAL OPEN
  • April 15th – Kid’s Cup (Spring)
  • April 15th – Copa Bela ( All Female Jiu-Jitsu Tournament)
  • June 24th –  AZ State
  • August 12th – Novice Cup & No-Gi State
  • October 14th – Southwest Classic
  • December 9th – Masters Cup & Kids Cup (Fall)

If you are like one of the millions that plan on visiting Arizona this year be sure to check out some local schools! Across the valley, you can find an academy that will welcome you with open arms!