SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

My Poor Little Attention Span

July 6th, 2024
The last few weeks smushed together

In case you can’t handle absorbing things in larger than one second increments, here is a compilation video from the last few weeks at the gym, including one of our kid’s camps and all the usual excitement as well.

July BJJ Theme: Guard

July 5th, 2024

Guard. If you look around a BJJ floor at any given time during rolls, you’re likely to see about 50% of the pairs of players in some sort of guard.
Given the frequent occurrence of the position, it makes sense to focus on it. Heck, it wouldn’t be wrong to spend about 50% of your time on guard. There’s certainly plenty of stuff to cover: closed guard, open guard, half guard, passing the guard, sweeps, submissions, z-guard, k-guard, and all the guard variants I’ve never heard of or have forgotten.
If the theme works anything like our last few, everyone will come out at the end of the month a much more formidable player. My plan is to stick to closed guard and the fundamentals of the position. Hopefully the other coaches have some fancier stuff to keep everyone entertained.

Round and Round We Go

June 2nd, 2024
My head is spinning…

What have we done over the last three weeks? Lots of combinations in the MDP classes, work on the butterfly guard in BJJ, keeping our hands up in kids class during sparring, and apparently, some sort of amazing double scorpion kick.

Summer Strength!

May 17th, 2024

It’s not officially summer, but it’s never too soon to offer a special, right? Well here it is. Pay $100 today and you can train at the gym all the way through August 31st in any/all the classes you want.

For clarity: $100 gets you access to our entire schedule: yoga, crossfit, martial arts, kids classes. So much savings. Our normal monthly rate is $160, so you’re saving at least $200.

There are two limits to this awesome deal. One, you have to be a new student who hasn’t taken classes with us before. Two, you have to be 8 years old or older (sorry, 4-7 year olds, our younger kids program is bursting at the seams.

Click here to seal the summer deal. (And yes, even though it’s under “adult intros” it works for kids ages 8 and up.)

Membership Benefits

May 4th, 2024

As you can see, we’ve added a new membership benefit: if you’re a paying gym member, you get $20 off a massage with one of our favorite LMTs, George Bare of Vital Integrity Massage.

Pretty cool stuff, obviously, but did you know you also get access to our whole schedule? That’s right. CrossFit classes, Yoga classes, all the various martial arts classes. If you are a paying member, they are ALL open to you. I mean, I guess don’t go to the kids class for 4 year olds unless you are actually a four year old child, but you get the idea (I hope.)

If you’ve got kids, you also get a discount on our kids camps and free access to our movie nights. You also get access to our book club meetings because, well, our gym is full of people who love to read.

Most importantly, you get to hang out with amazing people and learn awesome things.