Dr. Arman Fathi is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic in the State of California. His jiu-jitsu journey has taken him around the world and put him on the mats with a veritable who’s who of jiu-jitsu, training extensively with several world champions, mixed martial arts professionals, and members of the famous Gracie family. He became intrigued with the art after watching a Gracie Breakdown on YouTube and began training in 2012 under the Redzovic family in Chicago, his native city, initially to lose weight but falling in love once he saw the lifestyle applications, community, and humility that comes with spending a life on the mats. His goal as a white belt was to have his own Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center one day, and almost a decade later it has become a reality. He aims to deliver to students the same feeling of community and life improvement that the art brought for him. In 2018, Arman moved to California as a brown belt and began training full-time at Gracie University HQ and 10th Planet HQ. He returned to Chicago in 2020 to receive his black belt at the hands of the Redzovic family, his original instructors, with the blessing of his California professors Rener Gracie and Eddie Bravo. He completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in 2020 as well. In addition Arman is a staff contributor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times, the premier jiu-jitsu news outlet on the internet, an opportunity that has afforded him rare and unique experiences to expand his knowledge of the art. His wide array of experiences in the jiu-jitsu world as well as his anatomical understanding of the human body obtained from his chiropractic education enables him to give a uniquely focused and compassionate approach to all students he shares his time with on the mats.
Dr. Arman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University-Chicago and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Rush University, in addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. In his spare time he enjoys playing piano, watching NBA basketball, going to comedy shows, and spending time with his dogs. His passion for the art empowers him to choose to work only part time as a chiropractor so he can focus on spending several hours on the mat each and every day. He looks forward to the opportunity to impact others lives through jiu-jitsu as it has done for him.
Lee Weber, at 20 years of age, is a dedicated Gracie Combatives® instructor, the head of our Bullyproof® program, and one of the proud co-owners of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Laguna Hills. He embarked on his Jiu-Jitsu journey in January 2022, and his unwavering commitment has been evident ever since. Lee’s consistent efforts, persistence, and positive mindset propelled his rapid development, culminating in his well-deserved promotion to Blue Belt in January 2023.
In his pursuit of excellence, Lee not only honed his skills at our home gym but also went above and beyond by cross-training at other studios, notably 10th Planet Oceanside, under the esteemed guidance of Geovanni “Freakazoid” Martinez. This dedication led him to successfully complete the Instructor Certification Program® in July 2023, empowering him to take charge of various classes throughout the week.
Over the course of a year and a half, Lee forged a strong friendship and unbreakable trust with Arman, culminating in a partnership that officially commenced on November 1st, 2023, as they jointly assumed control of the gym. While Arman leads the creative Jiu-Jitsu side of the operation, Lee now spearheads the business management with an undeniable passion, aiming to elevate the academy to new heights.
Beyond his role in expanding Jiu-Jitsu and growing the gym, Lee finds joy in his free time through activities such as yoga, meditation, hiking, backpacking, and bodysurfing, often accompanied by his three-legged companion, Jack.
Catch Lee in action on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, where he leads all classes scheduled on those days.
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Based on 21 reviews
September 29, 2023.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Laguna Hills is a great place to learn, practice and get better at Jiu Jitsu. The instructors are all very experienced and take a real true interest in helping you learn and progress in Jiu Jitsu, it doesn't matter if you are brand new or have experience, you will learn from the best in a very safe, clean and fun environment! We are very lucky to have a real Gracie Jiu Jitsu school in South Orange County. Mike, Laguna Niguel
August 24, 2023.
A great school with an amazing environment. Coaches are the very best! Coach arman and lee run amazing classes
July 29, 2023.
I’m taking my oldest daughter vera to Laguna Hills Gracie for the past two years. I am highly recommending this gym for you and your family.
June 29, 2023.
Super clean facility and top notch instruction. We will be returning for classes 100%. Jiujitsu fundamentals and advanced classes available.
February 24, 2023.
This guy is really good at jiu jitsu, trust me.
January 27, 2023.
Best teacher ever! And wow he is a doctor
August 7, 2022.
Amazing Jiujitsu academy! I’ve been to many schools but nothing compares to this academy. The way Dr.Arman breaks down the basics and the attention he gives to each and every single student to make that leave class understanding the techniques is just amazing. His assistant instructors are also top quality with great patience and love for the art. Dr. Arman is not just a student of the Gracie family but also of Eddie Bravo’s, so don’t be surprise if you see a hint of 10planet in your GJJ down the road (for those jiujitsu nerds)! ;) definitely come checkout south OCs finest Gracie certified training center!
August 6, 2022.
Gracie laguna hills is a great atmosphere for those interested in getting the full experience of jiu jitsu and the culture it’s cultivated. It provides a welcoming environment for those who have no experience at all. A ego free bully free environment. The head instructor has a wealth of knowledge not only from the Gracie family but other jiu jitsu pioneers. If you’re in the laguna area and want gi, no gi, self defense and sports jiu jitsu options look no further. This place welcomes all ages all walks of life.
June 24, 2022.
The bully proof class is very good for my son's. We are happy with this company ☺️ my boys have had bad experience in the past at other martial arts companies but, this one is helping them. Thank you!
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Laguna Hills
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Laguna Hills
23601 Moulton Parkway, Unit E Laguna Hills, CA 92653