What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu (also known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.  It is widely regarded as the world’s most effective grappling art.

BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend himself or herself against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (both gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on the ability to apply Jiu Jitsu concepts and techniques against an uncooperative opponent.

What is your relationship with Impact Jiu Jitsu?  How does that affect my enrollment with you?

We are an affiliate academy of Impact Jiu Jitsu.  There are around a dozen Impact affiliates throughout Oregon, and recently an affiliate has been added in Hawaii as well.  Typically each location allows students from other Impact affiliates to drop in to “open mats” at no charge, and offers discounted day fees to attend instructional classes.   That way, if you are on the road in Hood River, Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Pendleton or tons of other places in Oregon, you’ll be welcomed onto the mat with open arms.  We encourage students to call ahead to the affiliate they plan to visit to confirm specific policies.  

Will doing BJJ and kickboxing get me in shape?

Absolutely!  Training in BJJ and kickboxing can be a fun way to improve your cardio and flexibility and lose some weight.  It will also train some athletic “intangibles” like coordination, balance, agility and timing.  In addition to being a fun way to help you get into shape, training BJJ inspires people to make healthier dietary and lifestyle choices, resulting in getting leaner, having more energy and all around feeling great.

Do I need a special uniform to train with you?

Our Jiu Jitsu classes are led in a gi (sometimes called a kimono).  We do not require any particular brand or color, nor do we require our academy’s logo to be on your uniform.  

For no gi and kickboxing classes, general athletic clothing works just fine.  We suggest form-fitting clothing, because loose or baggy clothes can get in the way.  Many students choose to wear a rashguard or compression top, and either tights or fight shorts.  Avoid wearing clothing with prominent buttons or zippers, since those can scratch your training partners or the mats.

All our classes are conducted in bare feet.  We ask that all students please wear sandals/shoes to and from the mats in an effort to keep the training floor clean and sanitary.

Who is Impact Jiu Jitsu?

Impact Jiu Jitsu is one of the oldest and largest BJJ academies in the northwest.  It was founded in 1998 and is currently headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. Impact has over 20 black belts, giving its students access to some of the highest quality instruction you will find anywhere.

In addition to providing top-notch class content, Impact prides itself on community involvement. The academy regularly participates in charity events and fundraisers, including being a major supporter for the Relay For Life every summer.

Do you offer other fitness classes outside of just BJJ and kickboxing, like bootcamps or other strength classes?

Definitely!  Industrial Strength is one of the premier strength & conditioning facilities in the northwest and it is super easy to get a joint membership to both the Strength classes and the Martial Arts classes.  Industrial Strength offers instruction in general strength & conditioning, kettlebells, Olympic-style weightlifting and bootcamp style cardio.  The majority of our students actually have a joint membership to both programs – it is really easy to do and will get you in some of the best shape of your life! 

Are your classes run in a formal way, similar to other martial arts like Karate or Tae Kwon Do?

BJJ has a reputation for being more laid back than other martial arts.  We rarely require bowing or other formal gestures.  In a given Jiu Jitsu practice session, you will see way more high fives on the mats than you will bowing.  With that said, don’t be surprised if you see somestudents and instructors bow in and out of the training floor, or to commence or dismiss class.  Certain schools do require this sort of thing, and we like to inform our students so that they aren’t taken by surprise if they ever visit another school with different policies.

Am I required to compete or enter tournaments?

Absolutely not!  Many students choose to train BJJ simply for fun, self-defense or just to get into shape.  Some of our students do choose to enter tournaments ranging from local events to world championships, however it is by no means mandatory.  We use sparring, often called “rolling,” in class to help skill development and practical application – plus it’s fun and gets you a great workout – but entering outside competitions is purely your choice.  If that is something that you are interested in, we work hard to always have a coach there to help you out with your matches.

What should I expect in my first kickboxing class?

Expect to be given some detailed, grounded instruction on the basics of posture, movement, and the body mechanics that will inform all other areas of martial arts.  Like any house, a solid foundation is the prerequisite for a strong structure.