Anthony Gutierrez started wrestling at the age of five and quickly gained recognition. He gained momentum throughout high school wrestling and placed three times in CHSAA State Wrestling. At the CHSAA Wrestling Championships, he placed 6th his sophomore year and placed 3rd his senior year.
In 2002, Anthony took The Centaurus High School ‘Top of the Rockies’ Tournament, finishing his senior year with a 40-5 record. He just fell short of the state title and battled to take 3rd place. Anthony also placed in multiple National Championships during his high school wrestling career.
Anthony’s love for wrestling carried over to Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in many tournaments. In the 2005 Grapplers Quest West Coast, he placed 2nd. At the Pan-American Championships in 2006, he placed 3rd. Anthony has taken home multiple wins in state tournaments in both wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.
After Anthony’s competitive years, he got together with a friend and decided to coach youth wrestling. This is where he discovered his love of coaching and sharing his knowledge for the sport and art of wrestling and Jiu Jitsu that he loves so much.
His main focus now is on keeping others safe from the crazy world that we live in, where he especially stresses the safety for women and children. Women and children, after all, are the ones most targeted because they are the most vulnerable to predators.
You do not want to mix up punches and kicks with a bigger and more aggressive person. As the great Grand Master Helio Gracie once said, “Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you, so that you learn to rely on technique, timing, and leverage, rather than brute strength.”
Jiu Jitsu is the most effective martial art in the world. Ninety-seven percent of all fights end up on the ground. Taking the aggressor to the ground, he no longer has the angle or the distance and the effectiveness in his strikes.
If you’re interested in martial arts, remember this: out in the street, the fight will always go to the ground.
Anthony is all about bringing what Jiu Jitsu was originally designed for, and that is keeping individuals safe. He is currently a Brown belt under Katharo Jiu Jitsu, which specializes in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
There are many people Anthony would like to thank for his accomplishments, starting with his family Simon and Denise Gutierrez, Eddy and Julie Gutierrez, loving wife Samantha and kids Cruz and Gia Gutierrez. Thanks, love you guys. Coach’s Danny Fuentes and family, Tom Cortez, James Garcia and family, Mauricio Zingano, Steve Hordinski, Kimo Kreis and all training partners along the way.
“Without you guys I would not be the person I am today,” Anthony said.
Giavonni “Gia” Gutierrez
Giavonni “Gia” Gutierrez started her journey at the age of 3 much like her brother Cruz did, but instead of going to mauricio Zingano’s gym she went to her own uncles with her father and brother. Although her uncles gym isn’t up and running anymore, she did a lot of the same body control movements on the side.
Much like her father and brother, she also wrestled for a couple years before she had to quit due to the inability to be taken to wrestling practices from her brothers high school wrestling.
Gia has currently been training Jiu-Jitsu competitively since the age of 6 and still continues to excel in her training everyday, not only by being in the classes but helping her brother with kids classes as an assistant coach. Gia is a huge help in the school and makes her brothers life much easier in helping demonstrate the curriculum.