Daimyo Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was founded in 2010 by Manuel Flores, his wife Brenda Soto and their two kids Yeshua Flores and Elias Flores.The vision of our academy is to present the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in a way that is easy to understand and addresses the needs of each and every one of our students.
All of our programs include beginner and advanced to competitive level.Our formula is simple. We combine exceptional and detailed instruction with blue-collar work ethic. In the sport of Jiu Jitsu, there are both physical and technical aspects that must be respected equally. Our focus is to get our students into great physical condition, as well as equip them with the very best Jiu-Jitsu training available.


Manuel Flores

Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Manuel Flores Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Manuel Flores is a black belt under Ricardo Franjinha Miller. Manuel comes from an extensive competitive background in Kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Manuel has medaled in IBJJF Tournaments such as Masters Worlds, Pan Ams and US Nationals along with winning many AZBJJF tournaments throughout his years as a practitioner. Manuel also competed in Battle of the Badges and Rage in the Cage where he won his matches.

Manuel is an active member of a police department in Arizona where he serves as a Sergeant. He is a certified defensive tactics instructor. His passion is to teach ground survival to Law Enforcement officers throughout the state. In 2016 he ran private sessions for the Marana police department and for a DEA special task force focusing on ground survival and weapon retention.

“My vision is to leave this world a better place than when I came into this world. I believe that through Jiujitsu we can teach people to be kind, confident and to be more caring and loving of one another”

Brenda Soto

Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Brenda Soto Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Brenda Soto is a Pan American absolute champion in the black belt division and leads the biggest women only program in Arizona and one of the head instructors for Daimyo BJJ. Brenda has won regional IBJJF titles along with Grappling X title in which she had to compete against male competitors. A few years ago Brenda decided to start a Jiujitsu program where kids could start practicing at a younger age than most programs allow, she developed the program Tiny Warriors in which kids ages 4 to 6 years old can start practicing and learning self defense along with discipline and build their self confidence.

Brenda splits her time between teaching BJJ and helping raise awareness in the community with mental health issues and assisting them with resources to have a better life.

Philip Aguilar

Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Philip Aguilar Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt

Phillip Aguilar is a great competitor with many regional IBJJF titles, NAGA titles and an extensive MMA record with many of his wins coming by submissions. Phillip has a very dynamic style of fighting making him a favorite of the students to learn from.