WHO WE ARE
AZ Open 2015
Kids classes 6 time per week! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the entire family!
"No one has had or will ever have your unique combination of talents, experiences and dreams. So don't waste that uniqueness." - Patrick Combs
"Jiu JItsu is perfect. It's humans who make errors." - Rickson Gracie
At Ruffhouse we believe that every one is unique. With your goals on mind we can guide you to be a better you.
The core of any Martial Arts Gym. We pride ourselves in the quality instruction that you will receive. Our instructors are ready to do whatever it takes to help you achieve your goals.
One the great things at our gyms is the family atmosphere. You can’t get to far by yourself, but as a family we can achieve our goals.
Ruffhouse started in 1999 in San Diego, CA. Professor Arthur Ruff was invited to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a Kempo gym at the Sport Arena. One of Professor Ruff’s first students, Chris Kelbaugh named the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program Ruffhouse. In 2002, Professor Ruff decided to relocate to Arizona to open his own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. Throughout the years Ruffhouse has made many champions, on AND off the mats! Professor Ruff achievements include Pan American Champion (2006), American National Champion (2004, 2006), European Champion (2013), Pan American Silver Medalist (2008), American National Silver Medalist (2008) World Champion Master Bronze Medalist (2012), European Bronze Medalist (2011), American National Bronze Medalist (2005), Pan American Bronze Medalist (2013).
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ; Portuguese: jiu-jitsu brasileiro) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Carlos Gracie is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.
Professor Ruff, who is originally from Brazil, has been training in the martial arts since he was five years old, starting with the art of Judo and in his early teens started to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Professor Ruff has been a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt since 2003.
1305 West Guadalupe Rd Mesa AZ 85202
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Whoever you are, Ruffhouse BJJ is ready to help you begin your amazing journey. Whether you are looking to lose weight, learn self defense or want to compete, we have a program that can meet your needs. Our Award Self Defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program has been used by Military, Special Forces and Law Enforcement for years! We have an easy to follow format that will fit your hectic, boring, fun, exciting, weird, amazing life. Most importantly we are a FAMILY who is accepting welcoming of all people. We pride our selves on focusing helping you achieve YOUR potential!