Congratulations to the Newest JCBJJ/MMA Lab Blue Belts

Tonight, after a fun class at the MMA Lab, six young men were promoted to Blue Belt.  We are so proud of these guys, and feel very lucky to have them as part of our team.  Congratulations boys, well earned!


Front Row (L to R): Greg Barkley, John Squire, Charles Albaugh

Back Row (L to R): Bryan Barberena, Alex Arredondo, Trevor Smith

Congratulations Joe Riggs; Fight Master Champion!

We are so pleased to congratulate Joe “Diesel” Riggs on his victory at Bellator 106.  Joe was invited to participate in Bellator MMA’s first reality show, FightMaster, and he was amazing.  Winning fight after fight, he advanced to the finals against tough opponent, Mike Bronzoulis.   Joe was dominant is his victory and took home the inaugural  Fight Master title.  Joe is an exceptioinal athlete and teammate, and we are so happy to have him as part of our family.  Congratulations Joe, we are very proud of you!

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Congratulations to New JCBJJ/MMA Lab Blue Belt: Adel Altamimi

Congratulations to Adel Altamimi for earning his Blue Belt!  Adel is a member of the Lab Elite, and is an accomplished Kyokushin practitioner.  He has been training hard to bring his ground skills up, and has done a great job.  Thank you for your effort Adel, and congratulations on your new belt!







Congratulations to Efrain Escudero!

Efrain Escudero ran his most recent win streak to three, as he won against a very tough Luis Palomino at the CFA fights in Miami, FL.  The fight was a hotly contested one, but Efrain won the unanimous decision and is looking forward to competing again soon.

We are very proud of Effy, and are excited about his next step.  Congratulations Efrain, great work!



L to R: John Crouch, Efrain Escudero, Joe Riggs, Yaotzin Meza

Two Lab Elite to Compete in ADCC 2013

This weekend, two of our Lab Elite will go into competition at the most prestigious tournament in the world: The Abud Dhabi World Championships.  Benson Henderson and Tanquinho Mendes will travel to Bejing, China to compete with the world’s best grapplers in this ADCC tournament.

We are very proud of both young men, and are excited to for them to get to perform on the world’s biggest grappling stage.  Good luck guys, do your thing!


Congratulations to Joe Gemma, Newest JCBJJ/MMA Lab Brown Belt

It was a great night tonight at the Lab!  Joe Gemma,  long time student at the Lab, received his well deserved brown belt.  Joe is an avid competitor, competing in virtually every tournament in Arizona over the last 4 years.  In addition to local tournaments, Joe has traveled to compete in the Pans and, most recently, the Masters/Seniors World Championships.  Joe has won his fair share of  medals at purple belt, but he saved his best for last as he went through a tough bracket and came home with the silver medal.  We are so lucky to have Joe as a teammate and a friend, and could not be more proud.  Way to go Joe, looking forward to the future!


Joe with his new belt


Front Row: ( L to R) Robert Copeland, Jared Doctolero, Ben Henderson, Joe Gemma, John Crouch, Chad Wilson, Chuck Gatti

Back Row: ( L to R) Brian Weinbrandt, Luis Ordonez, Jonathan Hill, Scott Boehler, Tyler Rolland, David Brady, Semir Kasumovic

Jon Tuck Preparing for UFC in England

Jon Tuck has joined the Elite fight team, and has rapidly become an important part of our family there.  He is preparing now to fight Norman Parke in the UFC Fight Night in Manchester, England on October 26.  JT has a great BJJ background, and here is a great article to learn more about this great competitor.  Love Jon Tuck, and we are so excited to go to England!



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Congratulations to Joe Gemma and Vivian Freitas

This weekend,  at the Masters/Seniors World Championships, Joe Gemma and Vivian Freitas brought home silver medals!  Vivian competed in her first purple belt tournament, fought through some nerves,  and performed very well.  Joe fought in one of the tournaments biggest brackets and won 4 out of 5 matches to earn his silver.  We are very proud of both competitors for their hard work and the example they provide on a day to day basis.  Thank you guys, and Congratulations!


Joe on the podium



Vivian on the podium

JCBJJ Technique of the Month: October 2013

Scott Holtzman is a rising star in the MMA World, but he is also a serious student of BJJ.  Scott shares one of his favorites on how to defend the single leg from the bottom side control.  Thanks a lot for the technique Scott!


Congratulations to Chris Zubrycki, JCBJJ/MMA Lab Brown Belt

Chris Zubrycki was one of the first members of the MMA Lab when it was founded seven years ago, and has made himself an indispensable part of the family.  He is truly one of a kind, and it was a great honor and pleasure to tie his belt around his waist.  Congratulations Chris, well deserved.