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TONY GRACIA

1st Degree Black Belt and Head Instructor

Tony commenced his journey with Jiu Jitsu in Seattle, WA at age 18, where he began training at the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy under Brian J. Johnson.  After just three months of training he moved to McMinnville, Oregon, for college, only allowing him to train on breaks when he went home to Seattle.  At this point he was already so hooked on BJJ that he would often plan his trips home to stop at the academy and get in a class – before he even made it home to see his parents!

After a couple years struggling to find consistent training in the small college town, he eventually found the team at Impact Jiu Jitsu Newberg.  He spent 2005-2007 training with the crew in “the ‘Berg” before moving to Portland, Oregon, upon graduation from Linfield College.

It was an easy choice to continue training with the Impact family at its headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.  He has been training there under the guidance of Michael Chapman and Armand Debruge since 2007.  Tony received his black belt in August 2014 from Professor Chapman and Professor Debruge.  

Upon opening Industrial Strength in 2013, Tony used part of the gym space to lay down 1,000 square feet of BJJ mats, and now runs the official Portland affiliate of Impact Jiu Jitsu.

Tony’s focus as an instructor is to create a safe, inviting environment where students of all experience levels can feel welcome and thrive with their training.  His teaching style focuses on developing solid fundamentals, a strong understanding of Jiu Jitsu concepts, and detailed basics in order to create the strongest foundation to grow from.

In addition to being the head instructor of the Jiu Jitsu program, Tony is also the head strength coach at Industrial Strength.  His background includes a BS in Exercise Science and a StrongFirst Team Leader (StrongFirst, nicknamed "The School of Strength" is the gold standard in kettlebell instruction).


HILLARY VAN ORNUM JIU JITSU BLACK BELT

HILLARY VANORNUM

Black Belt and Women’s Jiu Jitsu Coach

Hillary started training BJJ, Judo, and MMA in 2005 with her brother as a way to get back in shape and to try something new.  She quickly fell in love with all of the sports, and started training more on her own without her brother.  When she first started, very few women were competing in MMA, and she never thought she would have any MMA fights, let alone three.  She toyed with the idea of competing in BJJ or Judo, but never imagined that she would end up becoming a BJJ World Champion as a brown belt, 2015.

Hillary and her brother started training in Virginia outside of Washington DC; but when they moved back home to Portland it took her two years to get enough courage to start training again.  She started back at a big MMA gym and was intimidated by the number of UFC fighters who trained there.  She was also without her brother, so she was worried she wouldn't have a partner to train with.  In hindsight, she wishes that she hadn't waited that long!  This experience is a big reason why she emphasizes creating an intimidation-free environment for women to try out BJJ for the first time. 

Now Hillary trains 6 days per week, mainly in BJJ.  About two and a half years ago she finally got her husband, Brian, to join her doing BJJ.  They spend most of their "free time" doing something BJJ related.  They also own a nano brewery at their house and have fun hanging out with their pug Bella.

Hillary’s biggest goal with Jiu Jitsu is to get more women trying it (and training!!!).  She tries to ease people into it and also give the ladies some real life self-defense/practical applications of BJJ.  She also encourages her female students to try competition as early as possible.  She wasn't able to compete much when she first started because there weren't many women training let alone competing.  She values competition as an opportunity to test our skills against other females of similar size and experience.  

Competitive Accomplishments

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015: brown belt superheavyweight)
  • IBJJF Master's World Champion (2015: brown belt superheavyweight and open)
  • 3x IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Champion (2013: purple belt heavyweight and open, 2012: purple belt heavyweight)
  • 17 total IBJJF medals
  • A perfect 3-0 amateur MMA record (two TKO’s and one unanimous decision)
  • Hillary holds a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and a brown belt in Judo

SEAN DUFFY

Brown Belt

Sean was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2001 while watching the movie “Choke,” a documentary about Rickson Gracie. He signed up the following term in 2002 for a Jiu Jitsu class at the University of Oregon. Seven weeks after starting training he competed in his first tournament and was officially hooked. In 2003, after graduating from Univeristy of Oregon, he moved back to Portland and began training full time with Impact Jiu Jitsu.

After many years on the mat and in competitions across the west coast, Sean started coaching no-gi and MMA in 2008 upon graduating from Impact’s Coaching University. What began at the Impact Beaverton facility now continues at Industrial Strength, where he coaches the No Gi class on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Sean’s goal is to create that same spark and love for Jiu Jitsu in others that brought him here today. It starts with an ability to be curious about fighting and applying lessons learned in Jiu Jitsu to all aspects of your life. His technical focus is on defense and survival, followed by a good dose of humor and reality in techniques taught.


TRAVIS BERGER

Brown Belt

Travis started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008 under Crosley Gracie in Brentwood, CA. Travis was initially curious about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a means of self-defense, but after taking a few classes he realized that it offered much more. When he started training he felt out of shape and inflexible, which made Jiu Jitsu feel both mentally and physically challenging. After training consistently he noticed improvements in almost every area of his life. In 2010 after two years of training Travis was awarded his Blue Belt by Crosley.

In 2011 Travis relocated to Portland and began pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at PSU. He found Impact Jiu Jitsu and was blown away at the camaraderie and level of experience of everyone there. He liked how Impact had a welcoming atmosphere but at the same time it maintained a high level of competition. In 2014 Travis was awarded his purple belt by Michael Chapman and Armand Debruge.

Travis’ personal philosophy is that Jiu Jitsu can be done by everyone. He believes in basic techniques that apply not only to sport BJJ, but also to self-defense. His goal in teaching is to create a welcoming environment that is fun, educational and rewarding.


LEVI DANIELSON

Brown Belt

Levi coaches our No Gi Jiu Jitsu classes, which are appropriate for all levels. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2010 in Hudson, Wisconsin under Michael Ellefson, a Rigan Machado black belt. After beginning wrestling at an early age, Jiu Jitsu was a means to continue grappling and test that knowledge through competition. For him, Jiu Jitsu has grown to become a very efficient way to combine dynamic exercise and develop technique by collaborating with others from diverse backgrounds. As a coach, he is passionate about the sport and seeks to share the many advantages Jiu Jitsu offers, including physical fitness, skill development, socialization and the endless ways individuals are able to express themselves through movement. In 2014 he was awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Impact coaches Michael Chapman and Armand Debruge.

 


ANDREW WRIGHT KICK BOXING COACH

ANDREW WRIGHT

Kickboxing Coach

Andrew was born in San Diego, CA, and moved around the country until settling in Portland in the early 1990s.  He began training in Martial Arts at the age of 8, and over the years has studied Judo, Wu Ting Tao and Moo Duk Kwan.  Andrew spent several years studying at a prominent MMA school where he trained under UFC headliners and BJJ champions.  He participated in their coaches program where he spent years learning from some of the top athletes/coaches in the country.

He describes his coaching style as a balance between most students’ desire for fun and cool techniques, grounded with their need of strong fundamentals and real world application.  He also understands the different needs and learning styles of his students. Rather than using a “one size fits all” approach, he is thoughtful to tailor his instruction to best serve the individual in front of him.  Andrew likes to maintain a class environment that is engaging and mentally stimulating to his students, so in addition to getting a great workout, he promises to have you break a “mental sweat” too!

In addition to his martial arts background, Andrew graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Philosophy and played on their football team.  He also brings to the table 15 years experience in the security industry.  When not coaching at Industrial Strength or working a security job, he enjoys spending time with his family (his wife, Sara, and young son, Asher), and growing his own small business: a lifestyle clothing company inspired by MMA and other martial arts.