Brazilian 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.

Jiu Jitsu 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. Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (both gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Once a student has sufficient experience, sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training.

The best thing about BJJ is that it is really for everybody … regardless of size, age, strength, fitness level, and so on, everybody can train BJJ. Please click on each of the class options to learn a little more about what to expect in each one. We look forward to having you join us on the mats!

Industrial Strength is proud to be Portland’s affiliate of Impact Jiu Jitsu, one of the largest and most respected Jiu Jitsu academies in the Pacific Northwest. Impact Jiu Jitsu was established in 1998 and has has over a dozen Impact affiliates in Oregon (and more recent additions in Hawaii, New Mexico, and Arizona), you are sure to be welcomed with open arms wherever your travels take you!

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Youth Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a great way for kids to get exercise, make friends, learn self-defense, and develop values such as respect, discipline, and hard work.  The program is available to ages 6+, and meets Tue+Thu from 4:00-5:00 PM.  If you have any questions ahead of time please contact us, we are happy to help!

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adult Jiu Jitsu

Our Jiu Jitsu classes are appropriate for all levels – you’ll find people on their first day all the way up to black belts sharing the mats together. If you are new to BJJ, this is where we recommend you get started. Students learn to move efficiently and safely both on the ground as well as on their feet, transitions from standing grappling to ground work, fundamental grappling concepts, self defense skills, and basic BJJ techniques.

New participants do not need to own a gi (uniform) to get started. For those who have a gi we typically start each month with the gi on, and then switch to no gi part way through the month.



Once you have gained enough experience you can become eligible for more advanced training options, including our Takedowns class. We strive to help our students develop a complete grappling game, which means not only ground grappling but also from a standing position.

This class is not beginner friendly, so please inquire before attending. Please note that a gi is REQUIRED for this class. If you have any specific questions please just give us a call or send us an email.

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Advanced / Competition Prep

For more experienced practitioners we offer our advanced / competition prep class. This class includes both gi and no gi, and will typically involve more complex techniques and more sparring than our regular BJJ classes.

Instructor permission is required for participation in this class, so please check with an instructor ahead of time to see if this class is a good fit for you. If you are a visiting student from another location we ask that you are blue belt or above; students from within our own program may receive permission to participate prior to that level.

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Our kickboxing class gives students a blend of both sport martial arts and self-defense applications, plus an overall awesome workout.  With a strong emphasis on the basics and building proper technique, students of all levels can participate comfortably and know they will be improving their skills and also getting into great shape. Please note that we have a couple pairs of “loaner” boxing gloves available for new students to borrow at first, however students are encouraged to get their own gloves and hand wraps as soon as possible.


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