Showing posts with label Nw Jiu Jitsu Academy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nw Jiu Jitsu Academy. Show all posts

September 6, 2015

2015 Carlos Machado Seattle Seminar

We are very fortunate to have Red-black belt Professor Carlos Machado visit the Pacific NW once again on November 1st, 2015 for a four hour intensive seminar from 12-4pm!  If you have never had the privilege to train with Carlos then do yourself a favor a give yourself an early X Mas gift.  His grasp of the fundamentals... what can I say... he has forgotten more Jiu Jitsu than most of us will ever know!
   Come experience what over 40 years on the mat can offer you.  Visit the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (941 N. 95th St Seattle, WA.) for more information or to register ASAP, as space is limited and this will sell out.

August 8, 2015

Nine Year Itch

09 No Gi Worlds L-R: Dave Meyer / BJJ / JAB
Nine years ago on today's date I started my formal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training under Brian Johnson at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.  I am grateful he accepted my big goofy ass as a student, and it would be the understatement of the decade to say I have learned countless lessons both on and off the mat from Brian.  For that I am thankful.  I look forward to nine more years sharing the mat! 

October 17, 2014

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp

In less then a week you could be sitting on the mats with five legends of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu... the Machado brothers invite you to an opportunity of a lifetime where all five of the brothers (Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John) and over 150 fellow practitioners will share one mat for three days of great instruction. 

Then literally the weekend after (Nov 1st) we will be hosting Carlos Machado here in Seattle, WA. for his first seminar in the Pacific NW!  Over 18 hours of grappling in 7 days with 5 of the best in 2 of America's most vibrant cities.  That is 1 hell of an opportunity not to be missed! 

October 5, 2014

Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson 2014 IBJJF No Gi World's Blackbelt Silver Medalist

Congrats to my coach Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson, head instructor and owner of NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, for taking silver at the 2014 IBJJF No Gi World Championships.  A consummate competitor who inspires all of his students and fellow fighters alike.  Hard work and dedication pay off.  Congrats brother! 

June 16, 2014

John Will West Coast Tour - Huntington Beach & Seattle

John Will, one of BJJ's Dirty Dozen, will be making his sole visit to the PAC NW this coming Sunday when he visits NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (942 N. 95th St) to offer gi and no gi seminars.  Rumor has it he is is going to cover some Spider Guard essentials in the gi portion, and "no gi game changers" for the no gi session.

All are welcome regardless of rank and experience.

Also for all mi amigo's in So Cal, John will be visiting Huntington Beach on the 19th as well spreading the grappling good word.  So if you are in the LA area make sure to stop in an check out one of the best kept secrets in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

January 9, 2014

Ground Technician: Great New Blog and Website for Grapplers

My friend and training partner Brett Smith just launched his new website and blog titled The Ground Technician.    He will be offering information on wrestling, BJJ, MMA, and all competitive grappling events both local and worldwide.  Brett is on the cusp of attaining his purple belt and has a drive and passion for the competitive side of our art like no other.  This will be a stellar site to reference for all grapplers and competitors. 

Support our fellow brother in arms by bookmarking the Ground Technician and "Like" him on Facefuck and Twitter.

November 30, 2013

Sumo & Submissions

As we all nurse our Dead Turkey Day hangover and hunker down to watch the greatest sports rivalry ever, here are a couple clips I found perusing the interweb this morning! 


November 26, 2013

B12 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Curriculum - Black Friday Sale

Brian J. Johnson's groundbreaking DVD series, "B12: Basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Curriculum" is going on sale for one day only at the NWJJA (942 N. 95th St. Seattle, WA)!  Stop by this Friday afternoon after you are all shopped out and purchase the entire curriculum for only $90!  That is three volumes for under $100 and a savings of $30 (typically $40 each)! 

Check out the Red (Georgette Oden) Menaces review by clicking here!

Here is what DSTRYsg had to say about the three volume set!

Again, this deal does NOT extend onto Amazon nor Budovideos, so stop by on Friday and grab your set before we are sold out!  

November 10, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Seminar *UPDATE*

A quick update on the Jean Jacques Machado seminar next weekend... Saturday's Gi Seminar is SOLD OUT!  We are taking names for the waiting list for you last minute procrastinators, and FYI we have about 10 slots open for Sunday's No Gi seminar (12-3pm).

November 6, 2013

Poll: Favorite Gi Pt. II

Jigoro Kano's gi
Poll results regarding your favorite gi are in and I would like a better response along with feedback!  Only 13 folks responded and no one let me know in the comments what "other" gi they liked, so I am stacking the list on poll number two regarding your favorite gi.  Please vote to the right and let me know what you like.  Trying to gather some data for future reviews and highlights of certain companies and kimonos.  Give me your feedback and let me know what you think.


Here are the results of poll number one:

  2 (15%)
  1 (7%)
Keiko Raca
  0 (0%)
  0 (0%)
M Kimono
  0 (0%)
  1 (7%)
  2 (15%)
  2 (15%)
  9 (69%)

Votes so far: 13

November 5, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Seminar - November 16-17th - Seattle, WA.

Just a friendly reminder that we are about 10 days away from hosting the grappling legend Jean Jacques Machado for his very first visit to the Pacific Northwest.  Our gi seminar is just about sold out, but we do have spots open for the no gi on Sunday.   Not only is JJM a technical wizard, but he is one hell of a nice guy!  Come be a part of history and train with one of BJJ's most decorated competitors.

October 27, 2013

NWJJA Represents at RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp

L-R Top: Jake / Carlos / Rigan / Brian / John / Roger / Jean Jacques
Bottom: Rachel / Kelland / Dario / Ben / Denise / Rick

My brain was flooded with Rigan Trap details as is and then Jean Jacques came along and completely destroyed what little was left, so I apologize that this will be rather short, sweet, and not so articulate.  As I sit here exhausted from 15 hours on the mat with the Machado family at the 2013 RCJ Machado camp, the one thing I can put into written form is my appreciation for the only BJJ school I have ever known; the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Our academy, along with our affiliates from Canada, brought a total of 12 people representing 10% of the total attendance of the camp, and I can only believe that those numbers will grow each subsequent year!  To share in an experience like this is priceless and we had a great crew to travel with.  A huge thanks to my training partner Denise Holcomb who is hands down one of the best partners to work with period let alone at a camp this size.  No one else I would rather watch the Stars with (again next year right?).  Denise, by the by, had the wonderful distinction of being the only female black belt present at the camp!

Also much thanks to Rick Monce, Kelland Lindsey, Ben Wendell, and Rachel Lin for their support, ridicule, and great times.  Also a shout out to our brothers to the north, Canada that is... though they clearly need better taste in hockey teams it seemed like everyone had a blast and worked really well together!  It was great sharing the mat with Perry Bateson and his boys.
Voted two sexiest camp attendees! 

A special shout out to my brother from another mother "Big" Mike Gates.  Though he is now a BLUE BELT under Marcos Santos, we at NWJJA consider him our adopted son as he has wiggled his way into every one's hearts!  We love you brother and you know you always have a home away from home with us.

I want to thank each and every one of you for the absolute joy you have brought our coach Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson.  Though he may never say it, your attendance and involvement with the RCJ Machado camp means the absolute world to him and each and every one of you made him proud this weekend.  So thank you for making this an amazing event for my friend and coach.  I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. 

On that note... to our coach Brian Johnson... bro, what can I say?!  Every moment I am around you, you make me a better person.  It has been too long for one of these road trips!  We differ in many ways, yet compliment each other like blood brothers.  You are an inspiration to me, a friend to me, and I am eternally grateful for your guidance.  I am not sure if your students understand how fortunate they really are, but I do and from the bottom of my heart I thank you.  Thank you for introducing me to a world that has become my lifestyle, literally my life.  Thank you for guiding me to multiple world championships.  Thank you for being there like no one else was when I needed someone most.  My loyalty to you shall never falter.

Before you sign off, if you could quickly fill out the survey to your right.  I am trying to get an idea of what kind of kimono's my readers like.  If you vote "other" please leave a comment on this post as to which ones you like. 

Can't wait for next years camp.  See you all on the mat tomorrow night!


October 8, 2013

Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar

My coach and friend Brian (Mr. BJJ) Johnson will be teaching a seminar at SIMA over in West Seattle October 12, 2013 at 1pm.  It is only $40 and I assure you it will be the best $40 you spend on training.  Brian brings over 20 years of grappling experience to the mat, and as a second degree black belt in BJJ he is one of the most articulate and organized instructors I have ever shared the mat with in any style. 

SIMA Martial Arts 4159 Faunterloy Way SW.

June 24, 2013

John "The Coaches Coach" Will: Member of BJJ's "Dirty Dozen"

Renzo Gracie always clowning, with Renato Magno chilling!
For those of you unaware, we have a very special guest making a quick pit stop here in Seattle, WA. next month goes by the name John B. Will.  John is Australia's first BJJ black belt, as well as being a member of the "Dirty Dozen" (first 12 non-Brazilian's to attain black belt in BJJ) under the Machado family.  Teaching over 300 seminars a year around the globe, John has become renown for not only his near perfect techniques on the mat, but also his presence while teaching.  It truly is something to experience just how planned, detailed and intricate his instructions are, as well as his control of the room.

If you are still on the fence whether to attend (Click here for more information on the seminar July 14th here in Seattle) I have found some solid examples of John's teaching method for your perusal:

teaching MMA star Gil Melendez

June 19, 2013

B12 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Curriculum App For Windows 8

We are pleased to announce the first, and so far only, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu app for Windows 8!  This is a great mobile app to add to your library of training aids and entertainment, where you can literally take our coach Brian Johnson and train anytime, anywhere. 

To read a quick review of volume three click here!

To be redirected to microsoft's app page click here! 

Enjoy, and please offer us your feedback! 


June 14, 2013

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar w/ John Will - July 14th, 2013 - Seattle, WA.

NW Jiu Jitsu Academy Presents:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar
w/ “The Coaches Coach”
    John B. Will
John training with Renzo Gracie back in the day! 

July 14th
   942 N. 95th St.
    Seattle, WA.

      $65 for 3 hours with a grappling legend!
*Revolution Competitors Special: $35*

John Will’s martial resume reads like a virtual who’s who of the martial world.  One of BJJ’s “Dirty Dozen,” Australia’s first BJJ black belt, John has trained under the Machado family loyally for over 20 years!  Renowned for his teaching prowess, John travels the world teaching martial artists and coaches alike!  This is one of only three stops he makes in North America so don’t miss this opportunity to train with a legend.

Contact Brian Johnson at 206-440-8856 or stop by the Academy to reserve your spot ASAP!

Here is a great intro interview John did a couple of years ago:

John and David Teaching:

April 22, 2013

New & Improved Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy - Seattle, WA.

Check it out kids, the new and improved NWJJA front hall has brand spanking new mats!  Same gut wrenching go-go-platas!  Same ol' wicked wristlocks!  And of course the same amazing teaching from Brian J. Johnson, but a shiny, new, uber soft surface to tap your phalanges on! 

The NWJJA is a 4000 square foot grappling facility that houses a strength and conditioning floor, two separate training mats, dressing room, and a schedule that fits every ones hectic life.  We are friends and students of some of the most experienced practitioners teaching the art including Rigan Machado / Jean Jaques Machado / Roger Machado / David Meyer / John Will / Tim Cartmell, all of whom we bring to Seattle for seminars.


Big thanks to Spider, Scrappy, Metro-Ross, Kyle the Klass Kryer, and John for helping coach out!  
Stop by and see why NW Jiu Jitsu Academy is THE best school for you to train at in the Pac NW!  

942 N 95th St. 
Seattle, WA.

*And for anyone counting (or paying attention) this is my 1100th post on The Ground Never Misses!  Some of you have been here since the beginning.  A lot has changed.  A lot has not.  None the less I appreciate the support and encouragement!  Here's to the next 1100!*

April 11, 2013

Thursday AM Judo, Heel Hooks Tutorial, & Belt Promo Reminder

A quick reminder to NWJJA students to be on the mat with your gi on by 7pm tonight for the belt promotion.  We will then roll a bit and grab some grub after class. 

Also you will notice my friend Dan Faggella has a brand new DVD on Heel Hooks (which I will be reviewing soon).  Be redirected to his site by clicking the Leg Locks banner on the top left hand side of my blog! 

Here are some grappling goodies for a dreary Seattle morning:

March 27, 2013

Brett's 15 minutes

Flipping through Jiu Jitsu Magazine the other day, the hawk like eye of our friend Jordan Z. caught a glimpse of the ever so common Brett "Dutchess" Smith armbar!  That's right kids, not to be outdone but our very own Taho "Big Walker" Kakutani, Dutchess' awesome arm bar made the pic's section from the coverage of the UGF Arizona.  Sorry for the low res pic, but you can see Brett in the white gi nailing the submission:

March 21, 2013

B-12 Basic BJJ Curriculum Making Waves

It's never too late to get some recognition, and Brian Johnson's "B12 Basic BJJ Curriculum" three volume set is getting some rave reviews.  Our friend the Red Menace herself over at Georgette's Jiu Jitsu World FINALLY (JK G;) threw down the review of the whole B12 set:

"Overall, it's a well-made, nice basic curriculum.  I don't think there are many instructionals like it on the market; maybe the White to Blue material from Roy Dean.  I'd say this series is designed for students without an academy (military members overseas, people in rural areas, people in between academies etc), people looking to practice at home who need visual reminders, AND beginning teachers looking for some guidance or role modeling on teaching."
Georgette's review actually is quite fortuitous for us as it comes JUST as our friends over at  Budo Videos have just started carrying the B12 Curriculum and are featuring it in their DVD new releases! 
Take advantage of their special running now through Sunday in honor of the Pan Am's and take an additional 15% of using the code "pan2013" and grab the entire set at a steal!  

For any of you whom have purchased the curriculum do us a favor and and please leave a review on Budo Videos and/or Amazon by following the links above and leaving a comment.  Also make sure you stay tuned to the Ground Never Misses for the latest news regarding Brian's forthcoming DVD on the "Entangled Arm" which is a unique position to work from closed guard that he has become rather well known for, as seen here with his hooks guard: