Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that focuses primarily on ground fighting or grappling. The art was based on Kodokan Judo ground fighting techniques (newaza). The art was brought to Brazil in the early 19th century when Mitsuyo Maeda immigrated from Japan. Madea, a Judo expert, taught the art to Carlos Gracie as well as others. Carlos with the help of his brother Helio began to experiment and adapt the art into what we now know as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique and leverage while grappling with an opponent on the ground. Once the proper position is achieved a Jiu Jitsu practitioner then applies joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat their opponent.

Want to learn more about the unique style of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Check out our schedule and feel free to come in and watch a BJJ class.

Seattle’s Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy

The Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy is located in Seattle, Washington near Green Lake. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons in a safe and family friendly environment. Our 4000 square foot facility is one of the largest in the Seattle area. Whether you’re looking to get into shape or learn BJJ (the world’s most effective martial), the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy can help. Our dedicated and highly trained Instructors teach all levels of BJJ to Adults and Children. Check our Seattle Jiu Jitsu Schedule and feel free to come in and view one of our BJJ classes.

The Highest Level BJJ Instruction

Owner Brian Johnson holds the rank of 3rd-degree black belt, awarded to him by the legendary Rigan Machado. Brian earned his black belt while training under two of the first non-Brazilians to attain the rank of Black Belt, David Meyer, and John Will. Brian is a skilled and dedicated practitioner who actively competes. He has won some of the most esteemed tournaments in the country over the last 10 years. He has been endorsed by the Machado Brothers and has adopted their philosophies in training and teaching.

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Our Basic 48 Curriculum is designed to give you measurables for goal setting and achieving rank. The techniques we teach are the foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that all advanced concepts are based on. Each of the 48 classes teaches a series of techniques for achieving a superior position or submission when grappling with an opponent.


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