BJJ scene Portland

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  1. terribill Green Belt

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    I am headed to Portland for a week to visit my brother. I want to train almost every day I am there. Based on his location I have found

    Mata Leao
    Nemesis
    Straight Blast

    I am looking for a sport oriented school with a lot of rolling, a lot of gi action. A school with a winning competition team. What I'm not interested in is a school that will force me into a beginner class or have me doing punch block defence, etc. I am all sport bjj. Lineage also matters to me, but not at the behest of having to attend beginners class.

    That said, does anyone have an opinion on which school will be the best? Perhaps one i havent listed? My list includes the 3 closest schools but I'm willing to travel across town if there is something that's really rocking.

    Thanks BJJ community. Would love to meet/train/roll with some sherdoggers!
     
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  2. BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

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    For sure, you need to visit Renzo Gracie Portland with head instructor Aaron Milam. He wasn't there when i visited but he has a really good brown belt named Carsten, who took 3rd at an ADCC trials event. Solid instruction and group of guys training there. Strong leg lockers there

    Also, visit Portland Jiujitsu/Judo under Andy Hung. Solid guy and great judo/bjj there.

    Both locations have beautiful schools that I'd love to emulate my own school after
     
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    Gracie Barra (Sonnen and Van Zant)
    10th Planet
    Eastside Grappling
     
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  4. Was at Pride GP 2000 Brown Belt

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    Let us know how it went. I should be heading up there in the next few months and would want to train
     
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  5. terribill Green Belt

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    Awesome feedback guys. Heading there now. Will report back after my first session which should be tomorrow, Friday the 19th.

    Love Henzo btw. I'll check that first. When I think of Portland I don't think of especially tough eople but a bb is a bb. Can't wait. Bjj coffee reefer and local music. 4 of my favorite things.
     
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    Renzo Gracie jiu jitsu is fantastic. Slightly expensive compared to other gyms but it's worth the price
     
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    +1 for Gracie barra. Impact has a good team too but with 7 locations idk what you're walking into on any given night. Enzo out in Oregon city has some killers on the mat
     
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    SBG has a tough mat, lots of good active competitors and pretty full schedule. Rolling going on most of the day.
     
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    Sorry for replying so late, whilst on Vacation my dog died and it kind of sullied the rest of the vaca so much so that i disconnected from social media/text/ etc. I “untethered” for some reason.



    ANY ole' WAY...



    The first day i went to the Renzo affiliate. Despite being off the mats for almost 2 months, i expected to go in there with my Gi and be one of the top dogs. Ended up being No Gi day, and there were a couple of guys there who ended up letting me know that i wasn't going to just walk in there and dominate. Not a lot of colored belts, but some tough ass dudes. The gym itself is very nice also. Paid 20 bucks for a drop in.



    But...



    The next day i went to Mata Leao, and i automatically resonated with this place. The coach's name was a Grant, and i want to say he was an affiliate of Megaton? He reminded me so much of my own BJJ coach; someone that encourages you to have your own game, but has the qualities in a coach i expect/respect:



    Not too many breaks. Never more than a 1.5 minute break.

    Educated in BJJ and fighting, but also in other academic/life areas

    Well spoken.

    Presentable, in shape, nice appearance.

    Natural leader.

    Commands respect instead of demanding it.

    STRONG wrestling game(as well as being a strong guard player).

    TAKES CONTROL OF THE CLASS (Not docile/sheepish when he speaks)

    Incorporates warm ups/cool downs that relate to grappling.

    Tells you to pick it up when you start wanting to give up.

    Rolls with all students.



    He even showed us that yoga pose (in my head i call it the Rickson pose) that requires diaphragmatic breathing while sitting indian style. We ended up doing that for 5 silent minutes AFTER rolling hard for 1.5 hours… LOL. BJJ yoga=not knowing the names of the positions but knowing which ones are beneficial and why… and which ones are best left to girls in yoga pants. Or real Yogi’s.



    For 50 bucks he essentially told me i could train there 4 times a day for the whole 5 day duration. a month membership is 180 dollars but they are flexible and accommodate out of towers. Again, his name is Grant and he was my second favorite coach ever, second only to my own here at home (Carl).



    Knowing that i really wanted to roll, after beginners class ended we transitioned right into advanced, didn’t drill or work technique but just had rolls. Not because I'm special but because he could see that i really wanted to spar, on that first day, he catered to my wishes. The art of BJJ is intrinsically tied to respect (for lineage, skill, experience, history) and he showed me tons and of course i showed his vision/school/students/his self tons. We partnered up for the instructional duration so of course we were one another’s first roll mates. We had that kind of roll where all the other classmates are circled around watching. He ended up getting me with the kimura and actually almost injured my shoulder BUT:



    Kimura's are most high percentage when you explosively rip your opponents hand away from the gi that it is inevitably gripping on to. (If u let your opponent get too good of a grip on a Gi it ends up turning into a battle of muscular strength which turns to fatigue.)



    He is the alpha male, the instructor, and he doesn't want to let his dedicated students see some new guy walk in and tap him. Which i respect immensely. It’s not ego. He also knew that it was going to take more than flow rolling to tap me; he knew i was dangerous and did what needed to be done and in so showed my game respect.



    I hope none of this comes off as cocky, but i don't care if it does. I expect to be one of the top guys in anything but the highest level gyms because i've worked, competed, bled, shed tears, Gold medaled, lost sleeping thinking about, and dedicated myself to this thing. Grant at Mata Laeo saw the writing on the wall and obliged me. I don’t know if the teacher at the Renzo affiliate had that in him; he didn’t roll with me.



    Unfortunately the morning after i trained there i went on a long run along the water of that beautiful city on an almost record hot day - 95 degrees - and by that night the entirety of my upper boy was sunburnt and my Soleus muscles, as a result of not having done any long runs in months AND as the result of being a for foot runner, were and still are SO sore that i am literally walking like an old man. Coupled with my actual obligations there, I ended up not going back. :( It kind of sucks that i didn’t get to bond with that team anymore but if anyone is reading this and still has an interest, please check Grant at Mata Laeo out.



    Check that whole damn city out. Im a slightly left of center kind of guy politically, but Portland is a very liberal city with tons of character and everyone seems to be into fitness. In Michigan 4/5 people are fat and lacking any physique. In Portland 9/10 of the females are hot runners or cyclists. It’s mind boggling how many pretty girls there were. Weed’s legal, people are respectful, Food’s aplenty, and SURPRISINGLY there are some tough people there. I must admit, I thought Portland BJJ would be full of “flow rollers” and, if i can be honest, wussies. Daisy’s. Roses :) :) Wrong. Not a huge concentration of talent, but enough rogue ass-kickers to give a 200lb IBJJF gold medalist some tough rolls and tap outs.



    P.S. grapplers in the Pacific Northwest love Lindland, Chael, and Randy. When Grant was still a purple, Lindland was competing at an IBJJF as a purple and they would of ended up competing against one another but Lindland ended up attempting to both heel hook AND knee bar someone and ended up getting DQ’d… LOL.



    That is all, would love to read anyone else’s experience in Rose Town.
     
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  11. Was at Pride GP 2000 Brown Belt

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    Good story. Sucks about your dog.

    Did you say you were a black belt?
     
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  12. Slick_36 Waabishkizi Bizhiki

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    Right on. I've trained a few times at one of the Impact gyms around the Portland area. Great place and I can't wait to go back. But this town has been totally draining to be honest, I've probably not had the chance to take advantage of what it has to offer, but I've had to deal with the annoyances which there are many.
     
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  13. Slick_36 Waabishkizi Bizhiki

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    I actually got invited to train Tuesday morning but I remembered I had to work that day. May roll, shower, and head straight to an 8 hour shift.
     
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    Care to expand? I moved from Lents in SE a few years ago. Best decision of my life.
     
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  15. Slick_36 Waabishkizi Bizhiki

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    Massive population influx, mostly uninformed hipsters. Which is very confusing because it seemed to be a fairly conservative place before they decided to steal Austin's motto. Driving is a bitch between the shoddy narrow roads, and the traffic that's constantly on your ass in the rain. Speaking of rain, this probably isn't any different, but it was way more draining than I expected. I think my biggest annoyance is finding a company to work with that is competent and willing to pay me a decent wage. Everywhere around me seems to be falling apart, which makes no sense since they're clearly growing and building the area.

    BJJ is the only thing I really would stay for, though the forests are beautiful and I would really like to explore them soon. I just came up here from Colorado earlier this year. Colorado was only missing BJJ, I almost contacted you about training in Colorado Springs lol.
     
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  16. TheGZA Excellent! But not good.

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    Did you get his number?
     
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  17. Dirty Holt Brown Belt

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    You basically just explained why I left.
     
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