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3rd degree Guerrilla JiuJitsu Black Belt and 4th degree Judo Black Belt (Professor, Camarillo Jiu Jitsu Affiliate)


Daniel Camarillo

About Dan:

Daniel Camarillo is a  3rd degree Guerrilla JiuJitsu Black Belt and 4th degree Judo Black Belt. He is the head instructor and owner of Camarillo Jiu Jitsu in Bakersfield, CA, which is the academy where Alchemy Jiu Jitu’s lineage and loyalty lies. Dan started training in Judo when he was about 4 years old with his father and started competing at age 6. From there, the rest is history. When it comes to Judo and Jiu Jitsu, Daniel Camarillo is the best of the best. We are honored to call him Professor. Nicknamed the “ArmHunter”, Dan’s techniques are sought after at a world-wide level. His achievements are listed below, but we recommend looking up his videos and interviews…You will not believe it. It is incredible we get to learn from someone at his level in small little Tehachapi!

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In 1997 I moved to the Bay Area and joined the Ralph Gracie JiuJitsu Team. This is where my ground skills really took off. I received my blue belt in two months of training from Cesar and Ralph Gracie. At first I did not do so well. I went to the Nationals in 1997 and lost a very close match by points. I was very determind to come back and win the next year. I trained very hard for the competition in 1998. I won the Joe Moreira Nationals in 1998, tapping everyone in my weight division Including Tyrone Glover (had to put that in cause he beat me two times after!) and then moving on to the Absolute. I took 2nd in the Absolute divisoin only losing by two points to a very big guy. About two months later was the US Open in Santa Cruz. I tapped out everyone in my weight division including the final match which was only 14sec. (video was added to my highlight video). The next day I fought in the Absolute division and again tapping everyone including Genki Sudo for the win (this video is also in my highlight video).

After the US Open I continued training very hard and was hoping to get my purple belt. I kept on training for another two months and still did not get promoted. To be honest, I was very upset about this and decided to quit. I know, stupid me.  I took an entire year off. Not touching Judo or Jiujitsu for a whole year until the next US Open. I won my weight division, but did not tap everyone and then lost in the Absolute, another close match. I broke my rib that match…

I regret quiting and will never do it again. I stuck with it after I came back. It took me two months to get back into shape. It was a very hard thing to do. I finally got my purple from Ralph Gracie. Winning a couple of purple belt matches here and there, but losing to Tyrone at the Ralph Gracie tourny back in the day. In all of my competitions, Tryone has been one of my hardest opponents. I am proud to say that I have only been tapped out about 5 times throughout my jiujitsu career.

The jobs got rough in the bay area and I had to move away. I am now in Bakersfield where I teach and train at my own Academy. I have done a couple of cage fights and really don’t know if I will do anymore. I got my Black Belt in jiujitsu at the end of 2005. I was already a 3rd degree black in Judo and having both black belts was my best accomplishment. I love my family and care about my friends. I love to have fun, but know when to be serious. I am more then happy to teach anyone and I don’t hold back.

My Nickname:

Just about everyone at the Ralph Gracie’s had a nickname. It took me a while before someone gave me one.

This is actually where I got my nickname, “ARMHUNTER”. I was training hard with a friend of mine, getting ready for the JiuJitsu Nationals. During one of our training sessions I armlocked him a few times, he turned to me and said,”Dang, its like you’re hunting the arm.” Then he said, “That is what we should call you, Armhunter.” I love the name, infact I have won about 90% of my matches by arm bar.

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Jiu-Jitsu Championships

  • 2nd 1996 US Open

  • 1st 1997 US Open

  • 1st 1998 JM National Jiu Jitsu Championship

  • 2nd 1998 JM National JiuJitsu Championship Absolute division

  • 1st 1998 US Open

  • 1st 1998 US Open Absolute

  • 1st 1999 US Open

  • 2nd 2000 National Jiu Jitsu Championship

  • 2nd 2000 US Open

  • 3x Submission Wars Champion

  • 3x Guerrilla JiuJitsu Grand Prix Champion (2012 – 2015)

  • 3rd 2012 Pan American JiuJitsu Championships

  • 1st 2013 US Open JiuJitsu Championships

  • 1st 2014 US Open JiuJitsu Championships

  • 1st 2015 US Open JiuJitsu Championships

  • 2nd 2016 US Open JiuJitsu Championships

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Judo Championships

  • 1st 1996 National Judo Ladder Championships

  • 5x California State Champion

  • 2xJr National Champion

  • 4th 1995 Senior Nationals

  • 1st 1995 Mexico Open Judo Championships

  • 2nd 1995 Mexico Open Judo Championships 200+ lbs division

  • 1st National High School Championships

Judo and JiuJitsu Competition Record

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