Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training for Fitness & Confidence



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training for Fitness & Confidence



BJJ training at NWFA provides an outstanding, whole-body workout! You will work every muscle in a single session! Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practice engages the whole body in every movement. This leads to a high level of muscle conditioning and toning; the kind our members have never seen before.

The classes are always challenging and fun regardless of skill level. Most of our members are training to feel and look their best. They grew tired of failed gym workouts and the treadmill grind. Now they aren’t just reaching their fitness goals—they’re surpassing them! Plus, members aren’t just getting in shape; they’re also learning practical, tested, real self-defense skills.





[I’m in the best shape of my life at 37 years old!]
“I’d say the majority of my friends are from this gym… a really nice community.””…I feel so much more empowered.”


armbar-300x200Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a beautiful and deadly art with many benefits. Some of the benefits of learning Jiu Jitsu include:

  • Jiu Jitsu places emphasis on correct form and technique over speed and strength. It teaches you to overpower your opponent with minimal force thus helping you conserve energy.
  • Through intensive training and conditioning, the series of BJJ techniques become ingrained in muscle memory.
  • Students of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes learn to use their opponents force against them, thus enabling them to overcome people much stronger than themselves.
  • Endurance building is another key component of BJJ courses. Technical finesse becomes moot when one is out of energy.
  • BJJ training involves working on strategy, i.e. figuring out a set of methods uniquely appropriate for each trainee based on his strengths and weaknesses, thus providing him with greatest chances of success.

At NWFA, you will learn from expert and talented instructors who will help build your physical and mental strength. Our BJJ instructors provide the much-needed outside perspective through which they recognize your weaknesses, help hone your strengths and prepare you for combat situations.



Phase 1: Warm Up

During the warm-up phase you will be doing a variety of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training–specific conditioning exercises to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The warm-up phase limbers up the practitioner by elevating the heart rate and drawing blood to the muscles. In the warm-up you will also be working a variety of rolls, falls and other agility training to develop patterns of muscle memory that will ensure safe rolling habits.

Phase 2: Focus On Technique

In the technique phase of BJJ classes, you’ll be working techniques from your level of the curriculum. Members are grouped based on skill level, so all beginner- to advanced-level students have a challenging partner. At this point you will focus on drilling a few techniques/positions in detail and refining your skills.

Phase 3: Free Roll

During the free roll phase of our BJJ training sessions, we work the acquired techniques against resistance. During this period of time, you learn to apply your skill against uncooperative opponents/assailants. At this point you rotate through several partners and test yourself against a variety of body types and strength levels. Though this is a free rolling session, safety is always the highest priority in our Portland BJJ classes. No one has a right to put their training partners at risk. As a total beginner, you’ll continue working the technique phase until you have a comfortable skill set to start the free rolling.



“I have confidence in other areas of life. I feel more free and happy to do what I do.”
“I’m getting a lot of exercise, staying in shape and it keeps me alert at work”

Portland Jiu Jitsu Techniques, Strategy and History:

If you have the desire to study Brazilian jiu jitsu techniques you will need to understand the concept of sticking as well as learning how to go with your opponents force rather than trying to overpower him into submission…


Portland Jiu Jitsu Training and Strategy:

An efficient Jiu Jitsu training regimen will help you to take elements such as technical knowledge, endurance, development of physical and mental attributes, how to use strategy and apply them to the practice…



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: How to Improve Your Guard:

When training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it is important to understand the guard game. Not that you must always go for the guard and work on guard strategies, but it is an essential part of your Jiu jitsu game. Having a good guard will give you an edge when playing with bigger stronger opponents…


Understanding the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Guard:

The guard position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is defined by having your back on the ground and your legs between you and your opponent. There are many variations of the guard; two of the most common are the closed guard and the open guard….


A Brief History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Depending on how deeply one digs linkages can be found back to Japan, China, India and even ancient Greece. For our purposes it is enough to say that BJJ has it’s roots in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu where it was practiced at least as far back as the 1500’s…..


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class with Rigan Machado in Portland