Showing posts with label brian johnson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brian johnson. Show all posts

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! 

December 24, 2014

NWJJA Seminar & Tournament

Join the NWJJA affiliate in Maple Ridge, BC. for a weekend of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and competition.  Brian Johnson will be teaching seminars for women, kids, and adult's which will be followed by a tournament. 

October 26, 2014

Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson - 3rd Degree Black Belt

As you can see, both were overwhelmed with joy!
Owner and head instructor Brian Johnson of Seattle's NW Jiu Jitsu Academy was awarded his 3rd degree on Saturday October 25th 2014 by Professor Rigan Machado.  Congrats on a life dedicated to the arts and guiding others on one of the most difficult paths one can walk.  Nine years a black belt and over 25 years dedicated to the martial arts!

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! 

July 18, 2014

Brian Johnson Featured on Jiu Jitsu Olympics Blog

Jared Loper over at the blog Jiu Jitsu Olympics stopped into NW Jiu Jitsu Academy the other night and wrote up a short review of our academy and coach Brian J. Johnson.  A blue belt from Idaho, Jared was kind enough to drop in on his visit to Seattle which is always the case with out of town guests as all are welcome to our dojo. 

"Some great competitors struggle with teaching. Brian is not one of those people. He explains complex techniques very simply, and his students reflect his skills and abilities."  Click here to read the entire review.

May 28, 2014

Positional Studies with BJJ Scout - Bicep Ride

Scout has been down and out with an injury, but he is back with a vengeance including his latest venture... a series of breakdowns on Positional Studies, the most recent being 'Bicep Ride.'  As always BJJ Scout breaks down grappling into bite sized morsels that are easy for us to chew regardless of rank and experience.  The more experience one has the more they can digest.

You will also notice a nice little shout out at the beginning (10 second mark) of the video for Brian Johnson's "B-12 BJJ Curriculum" so please do us a favor and help spread the word via Scout's video. Not so coincidentally many of the principles Scout is breaking down are taught in Brian's fundamental curriculum!

May 1, 2014

Womens Day Out 2014 - Puyallup WA.

Do you suffer from PTSD due to an assault or traumatic event? Are you tired of being hushed and medicated?  Then join  NWJJA's very own black belt Denise Holcomb this weekend, along with a cadre of women instructors from the Pacific NW as they raise awareness and money for Women's Day Out 2014, Saturday May 3rd.

Unfortunately cases of sexual assault are rising in our society, both inside and out of the military, and this event is an attempt to raise awareness to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and MSA (military sexual assault).  Both fitness and martial art / self defense seminars will be taught along with a forum and opportunity to get support and find help if you have suffered from psychological/emotional/physical pain via assault or other traumatic event.

Click here to be re-directed to the Womens Day Out site.  Or you can contact Maria Dill 253-632-5085  Suggested donations are only $10 with the proceeds benefiting the American Lake Women's PTSD Program, and women veterans are welcome to attend free of charge.

Denise Holcomb at the 2013 Masters Worlds
Denise Holcomb, one of the instructors of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sessions, is a black belt under Brian J. Johnson whom she has been loyally training with since her martial journey began over 12 years ago.  She is a seasoned teacher as well as being the silver medalist in the 2013 Masters / Seniors Black Belt lightweight division where she held her own with girls 15 years her younger!   

April 20, 2014

Just the Gi Top Podcast - Brian Johnson

Hey guys, tune in tonight at 9pm est / 6pm pst for Just the Gi Top podcast interview with our very own Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson!  They will be chatting about competition, training strategies, his lineage with the Machado family,

and the future of BJJ, so make sure not to miss it. 

Click here to be redirected to Just the Gi Top's site. 

April 12, 2014

NWJJA: The Best Training Period

Hands down the best training crew one could ask for.  From L-R: Shadow / Eric "The Dark Mountain" Montenegro / Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson (our fearless leader) / The Best Looking Wrist Locking Expert This Side of the Mississippi / Denise Holcomb (Brian's first black belt) / Justin Guyer.

If you are in the Pacific NW and are NOT training at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, then stop by and experience the difference.  Quite simply accept no substitutes! 

March 27, 2014

NWJJA Fighting at the Revolution

I want to send out my love and support to a big NWJJA crew fighting at the Revolution this weekend.  Kick ass and play your game; Spider / Ivan / Mighty Quinn / Cody / Jesse / Christian / Rachel / and anyone else I am forgetting.  Have fun at the best local tournament in the Pac NW! 

March 24, 2014

Jiu Jitsu Magazine Appearance

Yours truly got a quick shot in the latest issue of Jiu Jitsu Magazine (much thanks to my homie Kyle for finding it).  A pic of my promotion to brown belt with my coach Brian Johnson and his black belt Denise Holcomb, both of which have been the biggest influences on me both on and off the mat!

I will be at the BEST Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA. NW Jiu Jitsu Academy all week and will have limited availability for pictures and autographs. Warm your wrists and come play!

I will get a copy tomorrow.  Shout out to Mike Velez the hardest working editor in grappling.  Thanks for the recognition brother. 

January 17, 2014

NWJJA: Belt Promotions January 16, 2014

A huge night for Brian Johnson and his NW Jiu Jitsu Academy in north Seattle, WA. as we promoted no less than 10 martial artists.  I will write up more on my own personal journey through purple belt soon, but I wanted to take the moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of our grapplers at the premier BJJ gym in the Pacific Northwest.

Big Ben was the sole soul awarded blue belt last night.  But we had a bevy of new purples including Brett Smith, Coach Bo, David C., Ivan Moran, and Joseph Montagne.  Mike, Justin Guyer, Nick, and myself were awarded our brown belts on January 16, 2014. 

Congrats to all on the well deserved promotions.  Welcome back to the bottom of the totem poll, now get your ass back on the mat and train!


January 4, 2014

Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA.

Interested in training with some of the best grapplers in the Pacific NW?  Unlike some others claims of teaching "exclusively Brazilian Jiu Jitsu," here at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy we have two black belts offering advanced and begging BJJ, as well as one no gi BJJ class on Monday nights.  Our curriculum is based upon over 30 years of grappling experience under Brian Johnson, a 2nd degree black belt in the tradition of the Machado family BJJ. 

Right now Brian is offering a New Years Special of $1100 for the entire year of 2014, along with a free private lesson.  A savings of over $300 on your BJJ education!  Hurry in to take advantage of this great deal and be set for the entire year.

Brian is also offering private lessons and eval's in an effort to improve your own personal game.  Students eval's are $30 and can be scheduled with Brian directly.  If you would like to get a private lesson (or series of them) with Brian they are $75/hour and can be scheduled with him directly. 

Three (multi time) world champions reside at NWJJA! 
Another amazing resource to take advantage of is Brian's first black belt, Denise Holcomb.  Denise has been a loyal and dedicated student of Brian's for over 12 years and has trained with all the Machado brothers, as well as being a silver medalist at the 2013 Masters & Seniors Black Belt Division!  Denise often sees details even our coach misses, and brings a truly unique perspective to the art.  I will tell you right now no one, NO ONE, knows the basic curriculum better then Denise!  If you are serious about stepping up your game spend $50 and an hour and she will help you reach the next level.

Amazing resources coupled with a the cleanest, nicest gym in Seattle.  Stop by 942 N. 95th and check out what you have been missing.

December 23, 2013

NWJJA Pro Shop Open One More Day

Today is your last chance to stop by NW Jiu Jitsu Academy pro shop to pick up grappling gifts for the cauliflowered crew in your dojo.  We have a bevy of the "B12" three disk DVD sets available, as well as a handful of Gameness kimono's, a few of David Meyer and John Will's "Mastering Chokes" DVDs left.  A backpack or two along with a full line of RCJ Machado patches as well as a few of John Will's books too.  Also don't forget that you can purchase private lessons with Brian or one of our senior students for a loved one as well. 

We have something for every budget $20 - $200 and will be at the dojo until about 8:30 tonight. 
Stop by 942 N. 95th St. and I guarantee you no lines nor holiday BS! 

December 14, 2013

Get Your Butt Kicked at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy

Just got back from 45 minutes of circuit training followed by an hour of free rolling at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.  Coach Brian Johnson is hands down one of the most progressive mentors for you and your family when it comes to both martial arts as well as fitness.  So if you are thinking of an actual gift this holiday season for a loved one, then give the gift of self defense & health; lessons at NWJJA! 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes run Monday through Saturday with competition class, submission wrestling class, and circuit training three days a week.  Click on for a complete schedule or stop by 942 N. 95th St. and see what you have been missing. 

Train hard.  Train safe.  Train with the best.

November 17, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado: NWJJA Seminar Day 1 In Pictures

This man leaves me speechless every time I hit the mat with him, so I will let the pictures do the talking!  An amazing tactician overshadowed only by a passion to share the art of BJJ, here are a few shots of day one as I head off to the no gi seminar today!

November 13, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado

A lot of fanfare for the UFC this week as it turns 20 young years old, and at risk of stealing some thunder I wanted to take a moment and recognize one of the forefathers of MMA... Jean Jacques Machado!  One of the most technical BJJ stylists of our lifetime, Jean Jacques is truly a walking encyclopedia of grappling.  A man whom due to his disability, dare I say invented, revolutionized the underhook and hooks in games! 

Brian, myself, and a few other students of NWJJA have had the privilege of training under JJM before, but this weekend we bring the professor to you... Jean Jacques Machado will be teaching a no gi seminar at the NWJJA this Sunday at 12pm (sorry... Saturdays gi seminar is sold out!), here in Seattle! 

So before singing accolades to the UFC make sure you check out the storied history of Professor Jean Jacques Machado:

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.

November 4, 2013

Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson - 2013 Featherweight No Gi World Champion

Wanted to send out a HUGE congrats to my coach, mentor, training partner, and most importantly... my friend Brian J. Johnson on his 2013 World Champion No Gi accomplishment over the weekend!  This battle was a hard fought one that lasted longer than these few short minutes.

Brian has been training HARD for months for the World Master and Senior Championships a few weeks back, but then sustained an injury that left him unable to use one arm.  Not satisfied with his performance at the Masters, Brian decided to put it all on the line for the 2013 No Gi Championships here in Long Beach, CA. 

His opponent was tough as nails and came out guns a blazing, but B persevered and came out with the 12-0 victory and his second No Gi world Championship (2009), making him one of the most decorated grapplers in all of the Pacific NW! 

I am fortunate enough to be close to my coach and know the trials and tribulations he goes through on a daily basis and let me say this battle was fought on many fronts for him.

Congrats brother.  Couldn't be more proud and happy for you!

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.