The instructors at Semper Fortis Jiu Jitsu are certified fitness professionals, and nice people to boot. They're available to assist you in all aspects of your training program. Their personal and friendly approach always ensures you'll receive the attention and customized exercise programs you deserve.
Saad and Suay Al-Aziz are a husband and wife team who believe that "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu saves lives!" They are committed to sharing their love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ginastica Natural with you.
We believe that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everybody and should be accessible to anyone who is interested. We believe in creating a family friendly environment that is appropriate for students of all ages. We also believe that family should always come first and emphasize family values between team members in order to develop trust and genuine camaraderie.
Saad Al-Aziz received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from from Brazil-021 founder and International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (IBJJF) head referee Andre Terencio. Saad is a certified black belt by both the IBJJF and FJJ Rio. While stationed in Jacksonville, Florida Saad trained with 8th degree Coral belt Luiz Palhares for three years. Saad has a black belt in Hapkido from Jung Bai Lee. In addition, he holds a Masters of Health Administration degree from Baylor University. Saad is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and has served for 32 years as Navy Sailor and is still on active duty serving our country.
Suay Al-Aziz received her brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Hall of Fame black belt competitor Hannette Staack. Suay holds a Level 3 Ginastica Natural instructor certification from Ginastica Natural founder Alvaro Romano. Suay holds an Associate of Arts degree from Central Texas College. While stationed in Jacksonville, Florida Suay trained with 8th degree Coral belt Luiz Palhares for three years. Suay is a highly sought after instructor for ladies self-defense classes as well as Ginastica Natural and has taught many classes and seminars in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Texas. Suay is also an Ambassador for the Girls in Gis organization and frequently travels with them teaching seminars.