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1. Submitted by Paul Price for  
Submitted on Saturday May 26, 2018 12:27 PM
LA has numerous BJJ spots. Marcus and his son Vinny are by far some of the best instructors in the city. While other schools may have bigger names, Marcus is a tough and technical instructor who genuinely cares about his students and their progression in BJJ. I have lived in LA for 15 years, the last 3 training with Marcus and Vinny. Upon moving out of the city, this school is one of the few things I will truly miss and likely irreplaceable. Give them a month and you will see what I mean.
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2. Submitted by Shiloh Pelchat for  
Submitted on Saturday April 21, 2018 8:02 AM
My daughters first started Jiujitsu with Phil, and now my whole family does it. Phil is so great with the kids, keeps them focused and always learning. I’m so thankful to have found Jiujitsu and I believe it has enhanced our lives, full circle. I hope Phil never leaves St. Augustine.
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3. Submitted by Jim Moran for  
Submitted on Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:55 PM
I trained and taught karate for many years and always wanted to get into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Having no other point of reference I gave Michael Casey's school a try and soon found out there is no more legitimate Gracie School anywhere, much less in NYC. Michael maintains the philosophy (self-defense first, sport second) of the Gracie family that inspired a nation of martial artists in the early days of the UFC. He has, and shares with his students, direct access to Grand Master Relson Gracie and his brothers but just as importantly, he's cultivated the best group of assistant instructors and training partners I've experienced at any BJJ school (and I've now had the opportunity to visit quite a few). Whether you're looking for a long term adventure into a lifetime of Jiu Jitsu or just want to 'get in shape' with something more interesting than the drudgery of 'going to the gym' three days a week, I can't recommend Michael's school enough.
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4. Submitted by John Ouzts for  
Submitted on Tuesday March 20, 2018 5:20 PM
I’ve been training with Mr. Ward for three years now. In addition to being a skilled practitioner, he’s also an instructor with ethics, integrity, passion, and foremost, teaching skill. I feel as if I’ve “leveled up” after every session. I always leave with some insight I had not previously considered and the well of knowledge never seems to run dry. If you’re interested in improving yourself as a beginner or an advanced student, you’re in excellent hands with Mr. Ward. The value is incredible! Highly recommended!
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5. Submitted by Al Montoya for  
Submitted on Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:32 PM
Mike Casey 2nd degree black belt under Relson Gracie. One of the nicest easy going professor I have ever trained with. He is dedicated to maintaining traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu but has an open mind to new concepts that will improve our over all game. Mike and his instructors are all very passionate about teaching and it shows.Im glad to be part of this school.
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6. Submitted by KC Welch for  
Submitted on Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:52 AM
I first met Mr Ward in 2000. At the time he was running a school on the east side. The school offered 3-4 styles of self defense and martial arts. At the time I was involved with Muay Thai (Mr Ward was the Instructor) Since the school offered other styles, I decided to try BJJ. There stood Mr ward, again. I thought to myself, he is an excellent instructor with MT, lets try his BJJ class. Fast forward almost 20 years. I have a few belts under master ward. He a great teacher, friend and mentor. Sensai Chance has a great way of teaching. Never makes you feel stupid for not knowing or not getting it right away. He knows his stuff. Him having tremendous Human anatomy & physiology knowledge doesn't hurt either
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7. Submitted by Goyo Draper for  
Submitted on Sunday March 18, 2018 12:16 PM
Professor Motta brings an uncommon passion to the mat. He has a "Can Do" attitude! That exciting inspiration to train invigorates the desire in every student to improve yourself, not only in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but in your character as a Human Being. Professor Motta esta Sobresaliente los demas. El anda bien Chido. OSS!
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8. Submitted by Adam M. for  
Submitted on Sunday March 4, 2018 9:31 PM
I do not say this lightly, to rate an instructor their personality is often overlooked. The personality of an individual can either make or break a connection with them and the training involved. Chance is the person who would literally give you the shirt off his back if it means keeping you warm. I've had many professors who taught me throughout my 30 years with martial arts but could not say the same for any. I consider him a friend which I would not say to just any instructor. Secondly an instructor must be patient, knowledgeable and have a real passion for teaching. Chance embodies these attributes. His knowledge in multiple fields of martial arts is extensive and he is still humble and patient. Only select individuals are actually really good at teaching. Finally, there is a fun (show) aspect and practical real world application of many techniques in BJJ. With BJJ being in the spotlight of martial arts it is ever evolving. His teachings are applicable to real situations whether in tournament (sport) or on the street, and he still keeps things fun. I would highly recommend him to anyone at any level of training!
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9. Submitted by Mikhaylo M. for  
Submitted on Sunday March 4, 2018 2:33 PM
I've had a pleasure of learning from Chance Ward at multiple classes over the last seven years in Tucson. He has a great set of skills and experience in BJJ and and different aspects of self-defense. What is important, is that he is not only a great martial arts practitioner, but also a great educator. Chance teaches core concepts, basic and advanced techniques in a manner that they really stick to your mind and muscle memory. Paired with great personality and sense of humor it makes Chance Ward one of the best martial arts instructors I've ever met. Highly recommended instructor, whether you are just beginning your BJJ path or are a seasoned practitioner.
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10. Submitted by Manny for  
Submitted on Friday March 2, 2018 6:26 PM
I have known Chance for about 20 years. He is first of all an amazing individual, but his knowledge is unbelievable. I have learned so much from him in different disciplines that it has made me a well-rounded student. The way he teaches makes sense. He is great with those just starting out ask he makes them feel comfortable and confident. He will also push those with experience to become better.
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11. Submitted by Arick C for  
Submitted on Friday March 2, 2018 3:01 PM
I’ve worked with Chance under a number of different martial arts for at least seven years, and I have always found his training phenomenal. His instruction techniques are always clear and precise, and he is always sure to take the time to make sure you understand the how and why of what you are doing. His passion and wealth of knowledge in BJJ, as well as other disciplines are clearly evident in the animated and detailed instruction he presents. I’m definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer (especially when dealing with BJJ techniques) but I have never encountered a situation where Chance was unable to get me or another student to understand and be proficient in the subject matter. He is a great guy, easy to work with, and clearly loves what he does; training with him is always fun.
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12. Submitted by Saren Kerns for  
Submitted on Friday March 2, 2018 11:58 AM
Of all the different instructors and coaches I've had Chance is at the top of my list. His knowledge and skill level is out of this world. He is a patient and caring instructor and coach. And not just in bjj. He'll push you hard, but not past what you can handle. I have been through 3 national grappling competitions and took 1st to 3rd place in all of them because of him. I highly recommend Chance Ward to anyone who is interested in bjj
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13. Submitted by Mike M for  
Submitted on Thursday March 1, 2018 10:35 AM
I knew Chance for quite some time before I actually began training under him. My Krav Maga instructor strongly suggested I begin training regularly with Chance to become a more "well-rounded" fighter. The confidence and proficiency I've gained over the last 2 years is amazing. Chance is the most dedicated martial arts instructor I've met. He lives it. Each class is well structured while fun. We laugh a lot. All of his students are of varied skill levels but EVERYONE is humble and helpful. Jack-asses aren't around long here so new-comers feel welcome. Highly recommend Chance and his wealth of knowledge. See you there!
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14. Submitted by Sean P. for  
Submitted on Wednesday February 28, 2018 8:08 PM
I trained for nearly 6 years under Chance Ward in Bjj. The wisdom he shares with the way he teaches is fantastic. His personality, patience,and his drive for YOU to learn, shows in every class. He can keep a group flowing all the while there may different levels of knowledge and abilities. You WILL get good at Bjj under Chance Ward,No question!!
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15. Submitted by Jayne L. for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 11:48 PM
I have recently started training with Chance Ward in BJJ and am completely new to this discipline. First, Chance creates a safe, welcoming environment for all levels of students where everyone is respected . Second, Chance breaks down each technique so that it is easy to understand and remember. He doesn’t build off of that technique until everyone in class feels comfortable with it. Third, Chance truly cares about each student and teaching them to the best of his ability. For example, he will sit with you and review techniques while you take notes, is willing to video techniques for later reference, and will take extra time to modify a technique for you if it is needed. If you are a beginner and looking to try BJJ, I wouldn’t trust anyone but Chance Ward.
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16. Submitted by Prabhs Matharoo for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 11:22 PM
I was always intimidated by BJJ because of seeing people much larger than me putting each other in all sorts of positions that involved a lot of locks and chokes. Hesitantly I joined in on a class, filled with Blue belts and brown belts. I'm a skinny guy with a lot of stamina but not enough muscle to roll with the bigger men. Chance, assured me that BJJ is more than muscle and worked me very patiently to show me some core moves and began helping me build confidence in myself to roll with the giants. He loves what he does and his enthusiasm, personality encourages you to continually improve. He welcomes mistakes as those provide opportunities to learn a variety of techniques. He's the reason for me to begin testing in BJJ and further my techniques. Highly recommend learning from Chance. He's a gem in our community and lucky to have someone of his caliber sharing his knowledge.
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17. Submitted by Matt H. for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 8:13 PM
I've known Chance for over 15 years and his training and passion for teaching is second to none. His knowledge of multiple disciplines and how to tie them together is amazing. He knows the traditional forms of stand up arts as well as the history of them but can easily translate those same techniques into reality. A pure martial art practitioner and a great heart for helping his students. There is no better instructor to learn from.
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18. Submitted by Xavier Smith for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 8:10 PM
BJJ was a new and alien world for me two years ago; Chance Ward was the dude who made that world less daunting and more accessible than it might have been under another instructor. A martial arts polymath, Chance Ward brings a vast and diverse wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to his teaching which is energetically conveyed via the KISS method. Format: explanation, demonstration, application and repetition....and for the not-so-swift (yours truly) re-iteration and extra instruction. This is no easy task with a martial art as complex and dynamic as BJJ, but Chance Ward succeeds, and is brilliant at teaching students of all stripes, from the prodigy to the plodder. That he clearly loves what he does....well, that's a bonus. Whether you're a BJJ old hand or fresh to the game, I highly recommend Chance Ward as an instructor.
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19. Submitted by Sarah Staggers for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 5:08 PM
I have been training with Chance Ward in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as many other disciplines for almost ten years. He is a very patient instructor who has an amazing amount of knowledge and experience. He is passionate about his teaching, encouraging, and supportive of his students. His ability to explain the how and why of various techniques and moves, and his smooth approach help alleviate any fear or confusion and bring meaning that will help anyone of any fitness level understand. He makes learning fun and challenging. I cannot imagine training with anyone else. Whether you are training for a competition or training for life, Chance has the experience you need.
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20. Submitted by Toshi M for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 4:22 PM
Chance Ward is not an ordinary instructor. He is an “extra” ordinary instructor. His decades of experience and teaching in many different martial arts, including BJJ, and real-life combat tactics are not the only factors of making him a great instructor, but also he has the ability to create a fun to learn environment. He makes all the techniques easy to understand and execute in highly effective ways. I feel very lucky to train under him.
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21. Submitted by Barbara Radford for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 2:47 PM
Chance Ward is an incredible Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. He takes a genuine interest in his students, and has a comprehensive knowledge of the sport. He is passionate about teaching, and presents techniques in a way that is easy to understand and learn. I highly recommend Chance to anyone looking to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, regardless of their experience or fitness level.
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22. Submitted by Dominic Alexander for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 2:43 PM
I’ve had the privilege of having Chance Ward as an instructor for many years. His bjj knowledge is high level as well as his passion is for teaching. Chance gives his all and leaves no stone unturned. He has also shown the ability to learn from his students and that type of humility is necessary to be an instructor worth learning from these days.
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23. Submitted by Mike Lent for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 2:40 PM
Chance is an outstanding teacher with an ludicrous amount of knowledge and skill. He has not only helped me learn practical, self defense applications of BJJ , he has helped me tweak my Krav Maga training with judo, offensive & defensive knife fighting, weapons of convenience, joint locks, traditional weapons,insight gained from his background as a federal bodyguard and years of security work, and straight up Hwa Rang Do toughness and intensity. What makes him so unique among instructors, is that for someone so talented, he is extremely patient, encouraging, and above all, fun-- typical of all the instructors at Rising Phoenix. I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege of training with Chance for the last four years and to be able to call him a friend.
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24. Submitted by ed torrejon for  
Submitted on Monday February 26, 2018 2:17 PM
Since winning the NCAAs in wrestling and getting my Black belt, I have had the opportunity to workout and learn from Chance Ward. He is a dedicated student/Instructor of BJJ. He has a very large skill base and a real working understanding of applied BJJ. I found him to be an outstanding teacher and mentor to the at risked kids that I have referred to him. On a personal note I am honored to be called a friend of Chance Ward. Chance has my highest recommendation without reservation.
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25. Submitted by Spencer T for  
Submitted on Thursday February 22, 2018 3:29 PM
The best martial arts instructor in Tucson! Whether it's training for a BJJ tournament or just learning real world self-defense applications, there's no other instructor I'd rather go to. Chance has a ridiculous amount of knowledge with martial arts and weapons tactics and has actually applied his training as both a former professional fighter and bodyguard, so I fully trust the techniques that are taught to me. As a teacher, he's very understanding and patient with people who are new to combat sports, as I was, and he's ready to go at whatever pace you need, whether you're a quick learner or need a little more time than average.
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26. Submitted by Alex H for  
Submitted on Thursday February 22, 2018 3:05 PM
Chance Ward is a phenomenal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor who is great at showing you the big picture and then breaking down each move into its component pieces so that you truly understand the "why" of what you're doing. Whether you're looking for a competition coach or grappling instruction for self-defense, Chance is one of the best bjj teachers in Tucson!
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29. Submitted by Jason Miller for  
Submitted on Tuesday February 6, 2018 9:52 PM
I have tried many schools, and had many professors, but simply put professor Steve is the best instructor I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. His knowledge is second to none, and the way he views BJJ is different than other people. There is nobody that is more dedicated to keeping the spirit of style of BJJ the Gracie's started alive.
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30. Submitted by Former Student for  
Submitted on Tuesday February 6, 2018 5:47 PM
It's a great club, Anthony is a legendary coach respected by all the BJJ scene in Australia and the fact his club has been around for 20 years is a testament to that fact.
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31. Submitted by Josh Davis for  
Submitted on Tuesday February 6, 2018 1:15 PM
Chip Coffey is an awesome person first and foremost. He also happens to be an excellent BJJ instructor. The culture and atmosphere that he has built at Coffey BJJ is second to none. I consider myself privileged to train with and learn from him and those he has taught.
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Submitted on Friday January 26, 2018 10:48 AM
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40. Submitted by Adalberto García for  
Submitted on Wednesday January 17, 2018 9:07 AM
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42. Submitted by Mishk Ah for  
Submitted on Monday January 15, 2018 4:26 AM
I've always wanted to do bjj and I my path finally crossed with Prof. Carreno. As a female living in Dubai and wanting to do bjj I haven't found much luck in finding the right 'place' to train, but Prof. Carreno took me under his wing and into his team and with a lot of patience and dedication showed me the gentle art of this sport and this lifestyle. He is an incredible athlete, fantastic teacher and above all a very good friend. He shows ultimate determination, dedication and discipline when it comes to teaching and ethics. I wish I had met him when I was very young so I could have started this journey much earlier with him, but regardless. Great work Professor, I am forever in your debt. Highly recommended as an instructor, lecturer and mentor. Oss
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44. Submitted by John for  
Submitted on Tuesday January 9, 2018 6:45 PM
JP lack integrity and morals. I had my children at the academy for approximately two years. He does not care about the children that attend his academy and will side with immoral adults over the children at the academy. He will tell you it's just business. Maybe he agrees with an immoral life style.
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45. Submitted by Sultan Theeban for  
Submitted on Tuesday January 9, 2018 5:54 AM
My first time learning jiu jitsu was not interesting. my second instructor was Luis who made me understand jiu jitsu and love it. Am looking forward to learn more from him. Thanks Luis OSS
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46. Submitted by SHaker Droubi for  
Submitted on Tuesday January 9, 2018 2:30 AM
Professor Luis Carreno is one of those gifted Instructors who makes everything easy even for slow learners like me. Thanks you coach. OSS
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47. Submitted by Sina Alrais for  
Submitted on Tuesday January 9, 2018 12:07 AM
Luis is a consummate professional, dedicated to his craft and passionate in teaching it to others. I really appreciated his ability to break down complex techniques into digestible, simpler blocks to strengthen our fundamentals, and develop an understanding of the essence of BJJ. Luis' warmth and caring for his students also inspired us to push ourselves and better ourselves, both on and off the mat. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Luis and could not recommend a better teacher. Gracias Luis, Oss!
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48. Submitted by Gladys Nuñez for  
Submitted on Monday January 8, 2018 8:12 AM
Gracias Luis...Jiu jitsu had changed me physically and mentally...I will never forget the person who introduced me in this martial art and combat sport. I admire your dedication and compassion. Please keep the burning passion and continue to be an inspiration to us. I will be forever grateful to you..
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49. Submitted by Noman Ali Sher for  
Submitted on Monday January 8, 2018 2:52 AM
All around great coach very patient while teaching techniques don’t g them again and again to clear the misunderstanding in techniques. Very well spoken and has much experience and varity of techniques to teach . He really helps to take your game ahead.
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Submitted on Sunday January 7, 2018 11:05 PM
Very attractive instructor have a very nice way in communicating and dealing with people. I haven't met helpfull and courageous man like Luis.
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