THE DESERT DOJO
The Desert Dojo is a family owned and operated Martial Arts school in Chandler, Arizona. Our mission is to train your body and mind. To fulfill this goal, we constantly improve everything we do to better the experience we offer. From curriculum development and life-skills education, to staff training and constantly updating our facilities, you can be confident we are always investing in ways to better serve you. Our focus is on creating an environment of LEARNING and SHARING. We believe that it is the path to constant growth and improvement. We invest our time and resources to provide progressive teaching methods, character development and a curriculum that is fun and effective. The Desert Dojo is dedicated to cultivating an environment that inspires our students, staff and families.
Jerry Laurita is the owner and head instructor of The Desert Dojo. He has been training in the Martial Arts for over 40 years. He has trained in Thailand, Brazil, Korea, Japan and Holland and brings that international experience to the school and training.
He has written a top selling Muay Thai Book called Muay Thai Mastery which is available on Amazon. He has also produced 4 sets of videos on the Korean Sword, 1 set of videos on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and 1 set of videos on Muay Thai.
He is a husband and father. He also loves traveling and trying new foods (except fish). Lol
He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge of Martial Arts and to help bring out the best in his students.
• 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Joe Moreira
• Kru/Instructor in Muay Thai under Master Toddy and Ajahn Suchart
• 4th Degree Black Belt in Korean Sword under Master Jeong Woo Kim
• Level 2 Instructor in Krav Maga under Prof. Marty Cale
• Coached multiple Pan American Champions in BJJ (IBJJF)
• Coached multiple World Champions in BJJ (SJJIF)
• Coached multiple Arizona State Champions in BJJ
• Coached a National Champion in Muay Thai
• Coached a US Open Champion in Muay Thai
• Coached a US Open Champion in Haidong Gumdo
• Published Author (Muay Thai Mastery)
• Excellent Master Award, World Championships, Korea 2008
• Member of 1st American Demo Team, World Championships, Korea 2008
• Trained at Kyoto Police Dept Judo Team, Japan, 2002
• Taught BJJ Seminar at Tiger Muay Thai, Thailand, 2010
• Published Author, Grappling Magazine
• C Class Muay Thai Referee, USMF
• BJJ Referee, IBJJF
• Member Royler Gracie World Championship Competition Team, Brazil 1999
• 7x’s to Thailand
• 7x’s to Brazil
• 6x’s to Korea
• 1x to Japan
• 1x to Holland