This is the home of One Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Andrew Gardineer, head instructor of De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy in Surprise Arizona. Follow me as I live the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, sharing techniques and experiences that Jiu Jitsu has created for me.

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It Didn’t Stay in Vegas

Well it didn’t stay in Vegas, the medal that is. I had the chance to compete at the IBJJF Las Vegas Open over the weekend. One of the guys in my division was DQ’d leaving me in a two man division for the Masters 1 Medium Heavy Black Belt Division. I wasn’t extremely happy with how I rolled but it got me the dub and accomplished the goal of showing me areas to improve, mainly everywhere.

Competing alongside of me were De Boa Coaches Andres Campa and Leslie Gardineer. Andres had a tough first match that didn’t go his way. Leslie, my wife, competed in the adult division even though (don’t tell her I told you this) she is a few years past 30 years old. She we won her first putting her in the Finals, then lost a close ref’s decision in the finals. I’m proud of both of you!

A happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful wife, my mom, and my mother-in-law, I’m blessed to have you all in my life. Late Happy Mother’s to all the amazing mothers out there!

Stay Thirsty My Friends

I am more thirsty today than I was day one, doesn’t matter how much I drink it keeps getting worse, I’m parched! I’m talking about something that water can’t cure, I’m talking about the thirst for knowledge. I train and teach Jiu Jitsu, but this can be pertinent to anything you are passionate about. The challenge of becoming better than myself the previous day drives me to push hard, gather information, test myself, learn from failures, and seek improvement.

What makes you thirsty? If it is Jiu Jitsu, does your thirst come from wanting to win tournaments, or trying to get that next belt? I caution you that neither of these matter in the grand scheme of things, chances are you won’t be remembered by winning the AZ State Championships, or your promotion of two stripes on your white belt, neither will be on your tombstone. Here is a fact; if you continue to train Jiu Jitsu, one day you will be a Black Belt! Instead focus on many goals, with the ultimate goal not to be a Black Belt but rather to be a never ending student.

A couple of weeks ago De Boa Jiu Jitsu added a Judo program under the guidance of Judo Black Belt Robert Biggs. I have trained Judo many times in Jiu Jitsu class over my 11 years of training, but mainly Judo in Jiu Jitsu class. I had the opportunity to throw on the white belt again and took it, it has added to my thirst.

This weekend I will be going to compete at the IBJJF Las Vegas Open to challenge myself and see where I can grow, drink. My challenge to myself and to you is find thirst in everything you enjoy. Thanks for reading, now go get yourself a drink. Stay thirsty my friends!

The Unity in Comm’unity

This past weekend the AZ Kids Cup and Copa Bella took place at Phoenix College. One Jiu Jitsu managed to secure the top podium spot on team points for the Kids Cup. It was a pretty awesome accomplishment for us. It’s always fun to see the kids improve every tournament. We had several first time competitors both for the kids and the females in Copa Bella, great job team!

The tournaments also gave me a chance to see a lot of my friends in the Jiu Jitsu Community. I was chatting with my friend Gerson, a Black Belt at Nava’s in Mesa, about the uniqueness of the Arizona BJJ Community. The local tournaments bring on intense competition and fierce rivalries. I go to about five or six local tournaments a year and see the same people, often even compete against the same people. I look forward to catching up with my friends from different schools and celebrating in their successes in Jiu Jitsu and in life. A big part of competition is to be able to celebrate in others accomplishments, a healthy competition requires more than one side to continue to improve push one another.

I travel to International Tournaments throughout the year as well. I try and notice if other state communities have the same sort of tightness as AZ, from an outsider’s view I just don’t see it. I find myself cheering for all of Arizona people when I go to Pans or Worlds as if we are one team. The healthy competition makes us a state to be reckoned with in Jiu Jitsu.

It’s not just the tournament scene that the AZ BJJ Community gets together. Some of my favorite memories in Jiu Jitsu have came at special events like the “Roll for Phillipines,” De Boa Grand Opening, Seminars, Julisa’s Fight Cancer Event at Fight Ready, Promotions, and Open mats. All these events featured different schools being one team fighting for similar goals. The unity in our community is something special and I’m honored to be apart of it. OSS

Dude Where’s my Horse

My step-son, Seth, is approaching his 12th Birthday on the 30th of this month. Saturday we decided to take him out to Wickenburg to stay at Rancho de los Caballeros, a “Dude Ranch,” to celebrate. It was a pretty good time, but this morning I am feeling my 90 minute horse ride. I am a Black Belt, I feel confident in my mount and back control, but when it comes to a 1,000lb horse it was a little sketchy. I felt like a white belt trying to hold mount when we stepped it up from a walk to a gallop. I grew up in the small farmer town of New Castle Colorado, my friends owned horses and cattle, I went to high school in Rifle, CO. I might not have made my friends from back home to proud with my horse riding skills but hey it was fun… Happy Birthday Seth, I hope this is the best year of your life so far.

Prowl Jitsu

Every time I have the honor of promoting someone to the next belt in Jiu Jitsu it is very special and rewarding. It is a chance for me to recognize an individual’s hard work, sacrifice and dedication.

Last night was extra special, Blake “The Prowler” Barth was awarded his Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt! Blake has been a close personal friend of mine since the sixth grade. We grew up in the small town of New Castle, Colorado. We have many memories together from playing on the same sport teams to causing teenage ruckus, but this one will always be very special.

I moved to Arizona with Blake in August 2004, we started Jiu Jitsu in the same week in June 2005. Blake was playing College Baseball at the time for Grand Canyon University and didn’t have the time to dedicate to Jiu Jitsu that I did. For the next couple of years he trained on and off with me allowing him to get pretty good. He eventually got married and moved back to Colorado right before he was going to get his Blue Belt. I was excited when he moved back to AZ a couple of years ago and resumed training. He has a full time job, a wife and two little girls but manages to escape to De Boa a couple of times a week. It was pretty awesome to be the one to promote him to Blue it only took him 11 years, congrats buddy!