Ares Arizona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1660 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210, United States

Review №1

Great Jiu Jitsu club, top notch instructors, with a family welcoming atmosphere.

Review №2

My family joined, but my three sons mainly go ages 14, 13, and 7 years old. I find the academy to be a great place for people of all ages. The coaches are patient, understanding and will knowledgeable of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu art, and a very youth friendly environment.Its a Great Academy~The Espinoza Family~

Review №3

Just finished my first class at Aries Arizona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and as someone who has trained ask over the country... What a great school to train at!!!Friendly people who are excited about Jiu Jitsu and love the sport make for such fantastic training partners.I will definitely be going back and continuing to train with such skilled people and look forward to continue sharpening the sword!

Review №4

My husband has been attending since the Fall. He comes home from every class saying how great it was. Its awesome to see him getting back into martial arts. Fantastic coaches, excellent new location, highly recommend if youre looking for a BJJ gym.

Review №5

Love this place! John Cabay is the best instructor Ive ever had

Review №6

My experience at Ares BJJ is always beautiful. Great instruction, great friends great atmosphere.. its truly a special place....

Review №7

I have been a student under Paul Nava since January 2013. Im truly thankful for the positive impact that he has made, and continues to make on my life. This school is for anyone, from any walk of life. Come on in and train with us!

Review №8

I am a new member of Ares but my husband and daughter have been attending for about a year and love it! I never thought I would have any interest in Jiu Jitsu but after watching my daughter in her kids classes, I fell in love with the sense of family and community that comes with this Academy. The people here embody the kind of values and respect I want my family to be around! The instructors are terrific at every level! The members are friendly and I felt genuinely welcomed when I started as a new member. I have learned so much in the short time I have been training and love the sense of accomplishment and confidence that is built after every class. I would recommend this place to any family who is looking for a safe, respectful, and welcoming community!

Review №9

Paul and Leslie Nava and all his coaches have created an amazing atmosphere of learning. I love being part of this family and community! BJJ will change your life, and if you ever want to take that step ... Ares BJJ is the place to start the journey!

Review №10

Ares Arizona is where I first started really training jiu-jitsu and where I fell in love with the sport.The head instructor, Paul Nava, is a 9x world champion and provides amazing teaching and technique. He tries to stay up to date on the ways in which the game is evolving and shares this with his students.There are classes offered at all times of the day and taught by top-notch coaches. I love this format because it allows you to take classes when it fits into your schedule.On top of the jiu-jitsu classes, Ares Arizona offers a Strength&Conditioning class led by Mama Nava that is absolutely amazing. This is a HIIT style class that Leslie makes exciting and different each time. Its always fun to walk in and see what she has set up and how long we get to do each exercise. She takes special care to incorporate moves that are complimentary to jiu-jitsu so you arent just working out, youre building a low-level of muscle memory for your jiu-jitsu techniques.Paul and Leslie are doing everything they can to provide amazing, top-tier instruction at a studio that makes you feel like family. Although I train mostly at another Ares location now, I try to come back once a week to train because I absolutely love the people there.

Review №11

Nava Ares BJJ is family friendly, kind, professional and the people feel like family! If you or your children want to get rock solid education in the sport of Brazilian Jiujitsu, look no further.

Review №12

Fantastic family friendly academy. It starts at the top. Paul Nava is a marvelous owner and Professor. He has built a strong network of reputable and caring coaches. Upper belts are caring, honest, and competent. Classes are offered throughout the day starting at 6AM including a fantastic kids program.

Review №13

An amazing place to get in shape with the whole family 👪.Self defense, learn to be a ninja and self discipline.

Review №14

I’ve been doing BJJ for a little over four years, and have trained with Paul for two of them. This place and this team are my home away from home and a part of my family. I drive 40 minutes from downtown to train here, in spite of there being many closer schools, because I love training here. I recommend Ares Arizona BJJ to anyone looking for major positive impact in their lives.

Review №15

GREAT place to train and grow, as a martial artist, student, friend, teammate and person. True professionalism, love and appreciation for one another, the form and welcoming to all levels of experience.A true gift.❤️❤️❤️

Review №16

Great place to train whether youre looking to lose weight, learn self-defense, get in shape, or become a world champ. Jiu jitsu is the source.

Review №17

One can find good jiu jitsu in a lot of places. Finding good jiu jitsu in an atmosphere that is welcoming and make you WANT to train is what was and is important to me. THIS is that place. The instructors here are fantastic. Everyone is helpful and they have a kid program that can’t help but put a smile on your face. Don’t be completely fooled by all the friendliness - want to compete and roll with the big boys and girls? Yeah this is the place for that too!

Review №18

Paul and the team in Phoenix are so knowledgeable! They have one of the best environments of any academy I’ve visited. If you’re looking for jiu jitsu for yourself or child you will be in good hands there.

Review №19

This gym has an amazing culture and excellent instruction. All of the coaches bring a different style to their classes. It’s very family friendly and has an excellent kids program as well. I would recommend this gym for all skill levels (beginner to tournament competitors).

Review №20

Best gym in AZ. We are a family, we Ares, and we train hard

Review №21

I’ve been training at Ares/Nava for a little over four months and really enjoy it. All of the instructors are great and it’s got a great vibe—everyone is really friendly. I especially love the 10AM classes and Saturday drill classes with Jonathan Van Buren—he’s a great instructor who is extremely patient and attentive to detail. It’s definitely a competition school, so everyone benefits from that intensity (even if you don’t compete).

Review №22

Awesome training studio! Very welcoming! Jonathan is a great instructor! He is very patient and extremely skilled! Everyone should try Jiu-Jitsu here!

Review №23

Lots of classes with great instructors. Started recently and plan on staying as long as I am in the area. Paul Nava is a super cool nice guy with a work ethic of a great man. Come check out Ares/Nava BJJ.

Review №24

Are you looking for a competition driven school? Do you want a teacher that strives to think of new ideas for his students to stay entertained and consistently come to class? Paul does an excellent job on both of these counts, combined with a friendly and knowledgeable atmosphere.

Review №25

Attended their Labor Day open mat and had a blast. A lot of really good competitors that will push you to the limit. Defiantly recommend it for anyone who lives out in the east valley!

Review №26

Ive been a student for about a year now and I love it. Nava is a great school with an outstanding group of guys and world class instruction. Couldnt ask for a better place to have been introduced to the sport.

Review №27

Paul is a great instructor and a great guy. Coming here I hadnt had any type of Jiu Jitsu experience at all. I was a bit intimidated at first, but paul and the other guys were great and make you feel right at home. If your experienced or have none at all, I highly recommend Nava Jiu Jitsu to anyone.

Review №28

Not only is the training great but the atmosphere is fantastic. Everyone is inviting and respective to those that are new. Everyone is welcome. The instructions are amazing. Mats are clean. Smilies on everyones face.

Review №29

Excellent school with great instructors! From the time I walked in I felt welcomed. I highly recommend Paul Nava BJJ if you are looking for a place that has a family atmosphere and high level instructors!

Review №30

If youre looking for a legit BJJ gym to train then look no further! Most humble and supportive coaches and team I know. My husband & I will drive from Peoria (which can take up to an hour and 15 mins, each way) for our son to train because I know he is being trained by the best & he loves his team!

Review №31

This is a perfect place to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Head coach Paul Nava provides great instruction and leadership for students interested in one of the fastest growing sports in the world, BJJ. I have been attending with my 10-year-old boy for the past 2 1/2 years enjoying; weight loss, improved health, and the excitement of competition. Nava BJJ also offers; wrestling instruction, strength and conditioning and a very friendly atmosphere for beginning and advanced students.

Review №32

The best in the business! Everyone is friendly and helpful. The Nava family loves what they do and it shows. I recommend NAVA bjj to everyone!

Review №33

Paul Nava and the team at Nava Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has changed my life. If you are looking to get into BJJ there is no better place to start, great coaches and great teammates. If you are looking to compete in tournaments or just looking to get in shape this is the place to be!

Review №34

Awesome place always keeping training fun. Open mats are one of the best. Same as the coaches.

Review №35

If I could give Paul all of the stars I would but unfortunately Im limited to 5. Im gonna write a complaint to google about that buddy! I never understood the discipline of martial arts. Nor the strength of brother/sisterhood that Paul has worked his ass off to build his school on. Youre gonna get sick of hearing about how this is our second family and how much respect and knowledge that it has to offer its students. If you do then move on. BJJ has definitely changed my outlook on life, its changed my body physically and mentally and I cant get enough. The instructors, Van Buren, Alex, Blau and Barnes, are on point and very welcoming to newbies. Give it a shot and come on in.

Review №36

These people are EXTREMELY friendly, personable, patient and helpful. I felt like I was part of a family on my first day. I recommend everyone interested in Jiu-Jitsu/MMA stop in here. You wont want to leave but you will want to come back! Thank you Paul and the entire team at Nava/Ares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for having me! - Cee

Review №37

This place has very good installations, amazing vibe, the instruction is top quality, without a doubt, this is the right place to train Jiu Jitsu.

Review №38

This is the best school out of all of them that I have been to so far, it has changed my life now, and still will later on.

Review №39

Fantastic BJJ school. Paul has a HUGEuropean following, many students to train with and if you are a female he has the best womens BJJ program in Arizona

Review №40

I love my club! My family and I have been coming to Nava BJJ since late January, and we love it! The instruction is top notch, with some of the best coaches in the country, and the community, which is larger than any BJJ school that I have been apart of , is extremely welcoming. I would recommend Nava BJJ for anybody looking to compete at the next level, or just looking for a form of exercise. If you are looking for a great kids program, Nava BJJ has one of the best in the state. Great club!

Review №41

This is an amazing school, great coaches, great team/family to support you and an amazing atmosphere. I couldnt have asked for a better place to start taking BJJ. Thanks to all the help and support from Paul and everyone at Nava BJJ, I lost a lot of weight and started getting into the best shape I have ever been in. I am 39 right now and I feel years younger from doing BJJ, I highly recommend this sport and most importantly this school.

Review №42

I have been training with Paul at his school for a little over a year now. I have trained at a couple different schools and this is by far one of the best i have ever trained at. Great instruction from a high level black belt under the Nova Unaio family. Lots of experienced training partners ranging from black belts to white belts. Very friendly environment and good people to be around. And if you dont know what brazilian jiu jitsu is come in and give it a try!! Great workout and you learn as well!!

Review №43

Working out here has improved my life.

Review №44

The team at Nava BJJ has excellent camaraderie & there’s a great “family” feel to the school. Paul Nava devotes himself to the school & puts a ton of time into it & his students. His coaches are all top-notch & every student at every level receives personalized attention. The competition team produces medal-winners in every weight class & age division.If you’re just looking for a way to stay in shape, you’ll definitely be able to achieve that through BJJ. We have several students who have lost substantial amounts of weight since joining & I personally am in the best shape of my life at 31. I definitely recommend Nava BJJ for anyone interested in pursuing BJJ either for competition or just fitness.

Review №45

Excellent instruction and excellent environment!

Review №46

Paul Nava is one of the top black belt competitors in the state and also an amazing instructor. This is a great place to train jiu jitsu and get in shape! I highly recommend Nava’s gym for any adult or child that is interested in improving their life through jiu jitsu!

Review №47

I am from New Mexico and travel quite alot for work, so finding a good academy to train is often difficult. I had the opportunity and privilage of training with the highly knowledgable staff @ Nava BJJ, they are very friendly and professional. They will motavate you to push and better yourself and ground game. i highly recommend this academy based on my experiences with other schools. Great atmosphere to learn in, and established pedigree. TEAM NOVA UNIAO!

Review №48

I have been training jiu-jitsu with Paul Nava for over 4 years now, since the very beginning. He is an awesome black belt in the Nova Uniao family. I have watched this place grow and thrive. We train hard and we train and compete (if desired) as a family. NavaBJJ has many classes to offer from traditional gi (basic & advanced), no gi, wrestling, judo, & strength & conditioning. They have great kids and girls programs! Paul Nava teaches nightly gi classes and the other coaches are all super knowledgeable.If youre a gal looking for a place to train, come check us out! Weve got a great program with girls only classes if you dont want to get sweat on by the boys and weve got a growing girls competition team. If youre looking for a wonderful place to train, this is it!

Review №49

I have had the pleasure of being a student of Nava BJJ for about a year now. Nava BJJ has taught me discipline, and the great art of ju jitsu. They have world class instructors, that not only help me but my 2 kids as well. Its a great sport for kids to get into. It teaches them how focus and stay in control at all times. I would HIGHLY recommend Nava BJJ to adults and there children!! Thank you Paul Nava. I appreciate you hard work and dedication to our team and family!!!

Review №50

Very glad to be a student here.

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  • Address:1660 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210, United States
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  • Phone:+1 480-491-5440
  • Judo school
  • Martial arts school
  • Self defense school
  • Wrestling school
Working hours
  • Monday:6AM–12PM
  • Tuesday:6AM–12PM
  • Wednesday:6AM–2PM
  • Thursday:11AM–1PM
  • Friday:6AM–12PM
  • Saturday:6AM–12PM
  • Sunday:6AM–12PM
  • Active military discounts:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wi-Fi:Yes
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