Our Instructor

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 5 martial arts and is passionately dedicated to his own continued study, growth and exploration. He began teaching in 1989 and is the founder and head instructor of 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 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:

8th Degree Black Belt in Full Circle Jujitsu
Pangalawang Guro (Advanced Instructor) in Serrada Eskrima under Master Khalid Khan
8th degree black belt in The World Sansei Koryu Goju-Ryu Karate-do Organization under Hanshi Manny Saavedra
5th degree black belt in Jujitsu with the American Jujitsu Association
3rd degree black belt in Zujitsu under Soke Chaka Zulu
3rd degree black belt Sanuces-Ryu Jujitsu under Hanshi Anton Muhammad

He is also a Reiki Master and integrates its teachings into Full Circle. He has studied 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.

Call or text: (623) 252-4140

Contact us now to set up your free class! If you’ve got questions, comments, concerns, thoughts, or ideas, we’d love to hear those, too!

Q&A with Alessandro Ashanti

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.

About Our Arts

The conceptual base of Zujitsu is the under pinnings and key to the blending of martial arts that Professor Ashanti has trained in during his career.  Professor Ashanti continues to be a lifelong student and is always incorporating new knowledge learned back into Full Circle.

Our style encompasses the systems that professor Ashanti has studied:


Zujitsu is a modern, effective blend of fighting styles developed by Grandmaster Chaka Zulu. It is designed for self defense and street combat.

Sanuces-Ryu Jujitsu

Founded by Dr. Moses Powell (1941–2005), Saunces-ryu jujitsu is a style that stresses self defense and street survival.

Sansei Goju-Ryu Karate

Founded by Kaicho Manny Saavedra  in 1979, Sansei Goju is a traditional karate system.

Adigun Sipho Capoeira Angola

Adigun Sipho Capoeira Angola founded by Mestre Terry Baruti, is a style of Capoeira Angola born out of Mestre Baruti’s work with youth in urban San Francisco, CA.  Capoeira Angola is an African martial art developed by slaves in Brazil.

Urban Street

Urban Street Survival is Sigung Terry Baruti’s self defense style derived from a blend of Kung Fu and Capoeira Angola.  

Serrada Eskrima

Eskrima, also known as “arnis” or “kali,” is the traditional bladed (and stick) fighting art of the Philippines.  Full Circle utilizes the systems of Serrada Eskrima and other influences.

Knowledge of the individual styles that Full Circle incorporates is not necessary. Within Full Circle you will not find complete separate systems taught; rather Full Circle seamlessly integrates techniques and concepts into its core art form. Opportunity to learn the individual systems that Professor Ashanti is qualified to teach will be available to students once they reach black belt level. 

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