Help your kids reach their full potential


A Message
From Ed Maguire

I’m Ed Maguire, owner and head instructor at Cactus Jiu-Jitsu. As a martial arts instructor, it is so rewarding to see children develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Martial arts help children learn not only valuable self-defense skills, but also key life skills. They develop confidence, discipline, focus, patience, and respect. The belt promotion system teaches them about setting goals and working to achieve them.

In every class we teach, we help your children grow in body, mind, and spirit. And all of this happens in a safe, supportive, and FUN environment.

At Cactus Jiu Jitsu, we love teaching martial arts to kids. Your kids will love training with us, and you will appreciate the growth and development you see in them as a result of our classes.

See below for more information about how your kids can benefit from our classes!

Building Character

  • Jiu-Jitsu helps kids learn valuable life skills, such as patience and problem-solving, that will be valuable in every aspect of their lives.

  • They learn about teamwork, humility, and respect as they work with their fellow students to support each other’s growth and development.

  • They learn about goal-setting, discipline, and focus as they strive to master Jiu-Jitsu techniques and earn belt promotions.

  • As their skills improve, kids gain the self-confidence they need to be successful in life. Confident kids are less likely to be bullied.

  • We hold regular “mat chats” with our students to discuss character development issues. Students enjoy these discussions and are eager to contribute.

At Cactus Jiu Jitsu, we help kids develop the skills they need to succeed in life!

Getting Fit

Let’s be real. Many kids today lead sedentary lifestyles that involve too much screen time. Kids need regular exercise to stay healthy.

Our Jiu-Jitsu classes keep kids moving. They will develop greater strength, agility, flexibility and stamina within just a few weeks. The best part is that they will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they are exercising!

Learning to Defend

We all want to keep our kids safe from bullies and predators. Our Jiu-Jitsu program equips kids with practical, realistic tools to protect themselves.

We teach our students to use their verbal skills to avoid violence whenever possible. They learn specific strategies and phrases to defuse situations without using violence.

Your kids will learn how to use proven Jiu-Jitsu techniques to defend themselves. These techniques are based on controlling an attacker using leverage and proper positioning to stay safe until help arrives.

Equip your children with a practical toolkit that can help keep them safe for the rest of their lives.

Having Fun

Jiu-jitsu is a great way to get kids out of the house and help them stay active while having fun.

Our classes help kids find something they love to do while keeping their bodies strong and healthy. We rely on a wide variety of games and activities to keep kids interested and engaged while learning new skills.

Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy is also a great place for kids (and you) to make new friends and to socialize with other terrific people. It is a fun, positive, energetic, and highly supportive environment. They will have a blast and they will fall in love with jiu-jitsu.

What parents and students say

Take a look at our program
Our students train in a uniform called a “gi”. Our uniforms come with our patch sewn on. If you purchase a uniform elsewhere, we ask that you purchase our patch and have it sewn on. New students wear a white belt that comes with the uniform. As students advance, they will need to purchase each colored belt that they earn. No other equipment is necessary.
Our students are welcome to train as often as they like, but we have found that children benefit the most from training at least two times per week.
Anybody can do Jiu Jitsu, even those without natural athletic abilities. Kids with little athletic ability end up becoming stronger, faster, and more coordinated as a result of our training. Jiu Jitsu is about training your mind and your body, so kids can do very well by mastering the mental aspects of Jiu Jitsu.
No. We teach kids to avoid conflict using their verbal skills and how to protect themselves if someone attacks them. Jiu Jitsu is a tool for personal growth and development, not for violence.
Injuries happen in all sports, but our instructors have many years of training and experience and they work hard to prevent injuries. Our facilities were also constructed with safety in mind. Thick floor mats and wall padding help keep our students safe. Your children’s safety is very important to us!!
We teach men, women, and children 5 and older. Our children's classes are for kids aged 5-13. Our adult classes are ordinarily for people 14 and older depending on size, skill, and maturity level.
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