Professor Alessandro Ashanti is an 8th degree black belt who has been training in the martial arts since 1980. His studies encompass a wide variety of arts, including Jujitsu, Goju-Ryu Karate, Eskrima, Capoeira Angola, and others. He currently holds rank in 4 martial arts and is passionately dedicated to his own continued study, growth and exploration. He began teaching in 1989 and is
both the founder and head instructor of Full Circle Martial Arts and Full Circle Jujitsu. Professor Ashanti specializes in helping students rapidly gain confidence and functional skill, and he loves helping others find their way on the martial path.
Professor Alessandro Ashanti has been training in the martial arts for over 36 years. He teaches his classes in the Phoenix, AZ Metro Area, and also holds seminars and events across the United States and internationally. He currently holds the following ranks:
Pangalawang Guro in Serrada Eskrima under Master Khalid Khan
8th degree black belt in The World Sansei Koryu Goju-Ryu Karatedo Organization under Hanshi Manny Saavedra
3rd degree black belt in Zujitsu under Soke Chaka Zulu
5th degree black belt in Jujitsu with the American Jujitsu Association
He is also a certified Reiki Master under Master Michael Butz. Currently, he is studying Kada Anan Eskrima under Guro Michael J. Butz and Urban Street Survival with Sifu Terry Baruti. He has also studied various other styles of martial arts, most notably Capoeira Angola with Mestre Terry Baruti and Sanuces-Ryu Jujutsu with Hanshi Anton Muhammad. Since 1980, he has run his own classes. He is currently the head instructor and founder of Full Circle Martial Arts and Full Circle Jujitsu. Please feel free to visit our Lineage and our Arts page to learn more about where Full Circle comes from and about the arts that make up Full Circle.
Call or text: (626) 543-3339
Q & A
Q. What’s your favorite art?
A. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite kid!
Q. Why did you start training?
A. Self defense. I was horribly bullied as a child.
Q. What’s a favorite memory?
A. Doing a form inside the great pyramid of Giza, Egypt and teaching in the temples throughout the country.
Q. If you could pick an art to study now, what would it be?
A. Tai Chi.