Cactus Jiu Jitsu teaches the original “self defense based” Gracie Jiu Jitsu. If you are looking to learn real world self defense, then Cactus JJ is the place to go. Ed is a great instructor and has a great temperament for both adults and children. As a law enforcement officer, I know I am learning techniques and concepts that will keep me safe on the job. I live over 40 minutes from Cactus Jiu Jitsu and drive past multiple other Jiu-Jitsu academies because I know Ed and Cactus JJ are second to none!
Cactus Jiu JItsu student
We love Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy. Ed is a great master and he is perfect with kids. He is calm and very patient, he involves the kids in every steps. I truly recommend Cactus Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Ed is so wonderful with the kids. explains everything in ways anyone can understand, has the kids contribute and shows so much patience. The class is always engaging, safe and fun. Highly recommend Cactus Jiu Jitsu. A wonderful family Academy!
I have had the pleasure of knowing and training with Ed for over 9 years. He is an outstanding coach with great technical prowess, and has an acute attention to detail that breaks positions/techniques/concepts down to their fundamental level, so they are easier to understand and execute. I visited the academy in December 2017, and was impressed by the size and cleanliness of the training area. All in all, a fantastic place to train. Can’t wait to go back!!
Black belt instructor, Pedro Sauer Association Headquarters (Herndon, VA)
"I have known Ed Maguire for over 10 years. Ed's friendship and loyalty are two qualities that I revere most. Ed was the first person to help me establish a Jiu Jitsu club at George Mason University. Ed's passion for Jiu Jitsu is only rivaled by his love of teaching. His meticulous and grounded personality reflect characteristics that motivate and challenge his students to seek excellence. Ed Maguire has also been a focused and sincere student of Gracie Jiu Jitsu for many years. This experience gives him a unique perspective to help anyone at any age become skilled in the Gentle Art. I recommend Ed Maguire as an ideal teacher for anyone truly willing to learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu!"
Black belt under Pedro Sauer / Owner, Fusion Academy (Salt Lake City, UT)
"Having the opportunity to train with Ed over the years has been a great honor. Not only is he a fantastic teacher who genuinely cares about your progress and pays great attention to detail, he's also a person of great character and a lifelong friend."
5th degree black belt under Relson Gracie