Become Fit and Confident with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu




What Can Jiu Jitsu Do For You?



  • Whole Body Toning
  • Fighter Level Conditioning
  • Shred Those Extra Lbs
  • Become Focused and Goal Oriented
  • Powerful Stress Release
  • Expert Coaching For All Members




[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.”



Training at NWFA provides an outstanding, whole-body workout! You will work every muscle in a single session!  Jiu jitsu practice engages the whole body in every movement.  This leads to a high level of muscle condition and tone our members have ever seen. 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 workouts and the treadmill grind.  Now they are surpassing their fitness goals!  And their is the added benefit of practical, tested, real self defense.



During the warm-up phase you will be doing a variety of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 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  class 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.

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

The free roll phase on our BJJ training sessions we work the techniques against resistance. This lets us learn to apply our 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”

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…


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