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  • Scottsdale AZ 85260 United States
  • 717-0222

Meet Our Newest Instructor Diogo Ferreira

gbs prof. diogo picGracie Barra Scottsdale brings with them an awesome lineup of instructors with years of experience. One of which is Diogo Ferreira who began training at the age of 18 after being convinced by his friends to try a class. Many jiu-jitsu practitioners begin their journey just like Diogo. It all starts with the first class, and countless people become hooked to the experience. He would continue training for the next 11 years before receiving his black belt. Though it could have been sooner, Diogo’s progress was halted when he took some time off the mat. Today he feels more than ready to wear the coveted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt as a representative of Gracie Barra Scottsdale Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Having worked and trained both at Gracie Barra Dana Point and Gracie Barra San Clemente, Professor Diogo brings with him some incredible experience. While teaching at these locations he was able to refine his teaching skill set, and really learning how to mentor younger students. He is excited to move to Arizona and begin his new jiu-jitsu adventure. He sees great value in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as it creates a positive experience for everyone it reaches. He believes the family environment of the academy is a great place to spend time.

Diogo has learned a lot about teaching jiu-jitsu. In addition he has learned the ins-and-outs of operating an academy. He graciebarra-132hopes to one day take what he has learned from teaching at Gracie Bara Dana Point and Gracie Barra San Clemente to his own academy. By one day opening his own academy, he can continue to help people’s lives through Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He sees how it is able to make people happy along with positively influence kids, instilling them with good values. He hopes to continue to evolve as an instructor while still actively competing.

Diogo loves competition, and to this day, still remains an active competitor. His body type allowed him to develop a strong guard game, and is known for the variety of different guards he uses. Though he’s won other competitions since, the most memorable for him was placing 3rd at the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds as a blue belt.

Jiu-jitsu has positively impacted Diogo’s life. He strongly believes in its power to help others both physically and spiritually through the Gracie Barra philosophy. He views Gracie Barra not only as a team, but a family. He knows he can always count on this family to uphold values such as; respect, discipline, friendship, persistence, dedication, leadership, and trust.

graciebarra-118Having been inspired by the great Rickson Gracie who he grew up watching, Diogo absorbed his philosophies as both a fighter and a person. He wants to teach students real jiu-jitsu, first and foremost for self-defense, and secondly for sport. Diogo lives and breathes the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle and likes to focus on developing our youth as they represent the future. Diogo is a true representative of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Read more about Diogo Ferreira here.
Author: Patrick Flores
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Learn About Gracie Barra Scottsdale

Gracie Barra is opening a new school in Scottsdale, AZ — one of many schools coming to Arizona, and the second in the state of Arizona. If you are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Scottsdale you can email Or check out our Red Shield Founder or Barra Premium Memberships for the chance to become a part of Gracie Barra Scottsdale history. The first 50 members will save $100 and get a free uniform, and become a part of our history.

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