SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

Our Prices are Going up (Sign up at the old rates)

August 1st, 2021

Coming August 28th… Higher prices! But don’t worry, if you sign up before August 28th, you get to keep the old rates for as long as you are a member. If you are doing the martial arts “Summer Special”, we know that lasts all the way through August and we will give you that first week of September to sign up at the old rates – so don’t worry, you can still get in on our old cheap prices if you are enjoying your summer of punching and arm bars.

Unlimited Martial Arts is going from $100 a month to $120 a month.
Unlimited CrossFit is going from $125 a month to $140 a month.
Unlimited Martial Arts & CrossFit is going from $135 a month to $150 a month.
Unlimited Kids Classes for the 6-8 and 7 and up classes is going from $100 a month to $120 a month.
Little kids classes (4-5s and 5-6s) are going from $75 a month to $100 a month.
10 Class Punch Cards are going from $160 to $180.



July 23rd, 2021

Learning a technique is one thing: you have a compliant partner, you learn the steps and BAM! There it is. Getting a submission against a resisting partner is different. They resist. They try their own counter techniques. They use strength. You get tired. In short, you have to adapt.
For the most part, learning to adapt in BJJ comes through sparring. You gradually learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error. You learn what sorts of adjustments you have to make, how you have to wait for people to get tired before finishing the move, and all sorts of other details.
However, you can get a step ahead in the adaptation game by learning more than one submission from every dominant position that you know. If, for instance, all you know from rear mount is the rear naked choke, you don’t have any other option except trying to force in that one technique. But, if you have invested the time to learn say, three techniques, then you might have better luck. At worst, when one technique fails, you can switch over to another and at best, you notice which of the three techniques will work best based on how your partner is resisting.
Three isn’t the limit, of course, you might learn half a dozen or more techniques to finish with, but it is a pretty good starting point for learning how to submit a resisting partner (rather than a compliant one.)

What is a Front Kick?

July 2nd, 2021

What is a front kick? I suspect the answer someone will give depends quite a bit on who they are and what use they may (or may not) have for a front kick.

What do I think a front kick is? A general purpose tool for kicking your partner (in sparring) or your opponent (in a fight). My definition describes who I am (someone who coaches a general martial art – Mo Duk Pai) and what use I have for a front kick (sparring and self defense.)

The fun part for me about questions like these is where they lead. I find they often lead you directly to the core philosophy of what you are doing. In that case, that means what you think a front kick is (if you are a martial artist) depends a lot on what the goals of your martial art are. In other words, how you define what a front kick is will define what kind of a martial artist you are.

Fun stuff.

Kid’s Tournament Time

June 25th, 2021

What? A kid’s tournament in the middle of COVID? How is this possible?

We will be holding this summer tournament & picnic outdoors, and welcome families to stay on afterwards to play (in a distanced manner). It seemed like the right solution to the problem. We will still require everyone to wear masks but that should not subtract one iota from the fun that will be had, seeing that we’ve been masked throughout the pandemic anyway.


When: Saturday, July 31 from 10am-noon.
Where: SW Spring Garden Park
What: Forms, Stick sparring, and (if enough people are interested) Point Sparring

Follow this link for more details and to register.

Summer Deal!

May 23rd, 2021

To celebrate the summer, we are offering new adult martial arts students an amazing deal – $10 for a month of martial arts. That means you can take as many classes as you want in August. Normally, you’d pay $100 for that much training but, like I said, it’s a summer celebration so you save $90.

Curious what classes you’d be able to take? Check out our schedule here.

To be extra clear, this deal is for our adult martial arts program only, not for CrossFit or kid’s classes. Also for clarity, if you are vaccinated and don’t want to wear a mask, show us your vaccine card. If you are unvaccinated, you must wear a mask.

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