Since 2017, Solarte BJJ has offered a six-day schedule of jiu jitsu training for both kids and adults. This makes Solarte the first fully-fledged BJJ and submission grappling program in the Sequim/Carlsborg, WA area.

We welcome you to experience top notch instruction, a welcoming atmosphere and the healthy lifestyle promoted by Solarte BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat martial art made famous by the UFC/mixed martial arts events. However, Solarte offers a very different vibe from an MMA gym.

What are jiu jitsu classes like at Solarte?

You’ll notice it when you walk in the door. The space is simple and clean. There’s a view of a field and mountains outside the large windows. During classes, people often laugh and ask questions. We believe you SHOULD question the instructors. It’s our job to help you understand and learn. It’s never your fault for “not getting it.”

We welcome people of all levels of fitness and experience. The people at Solarte are warm, fun and helpful. We also care about providing you with the best instruction and a supportive training environment. There are no beginner, intermediate and advanced classes since groups are small and training is tailored to each student. It’s like a group private lesson every time.

You don’t have to buy any special equipment or uniforms to start training. Active wear is fine. We recommend compression/fitted athletic tops and leggings + shorts or workout pants with a drawstring. A simple “boil and bite” mouthguard is also recommended. Eventually, you will want to invest in a BJJ-specific gi. (Sorry folks, but your old Karate or Taekwondo gi won’t hold up.)

Adult classes are one hour. Youth classes are 45 minutes. The warm up uses movements that will blend right into the main lesson. The instructor explains the hows and whys, the concepts + the movements/techniques. At the end of class, we play training games to help you tie in the ideas and techniques with different levels of resistance. This lets you safely learn through trial and error, plus the games are fun! After the one-hour class, there’s usually at least a half hour to hour of open mat time for sparring (called “rolling”) and/or drilling and stretching. Rolling is only allowed with the permission of the instructor and is supervised for safety. If you’re brand new to jiu jitsu, don’t worry. We’re not expecting you to start sparring on day one!

What can jiu jitsu do for you?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu makes you stronger, in shape, more flexible, confident. If you’re someone who’s shy, it helps you find an inner strength you didn’t think was possible. For those who have always been strong, it’s deeply humbling.

Everyone who falls in love with this challenging martial art finds it’s an endlessly interesting puzzle. Once you get into jiu-jitsu, you’ll never be bored. Your opponents/training partners present a moving, living puzzle that you’ll work hard to figure out. In the process, your life changes for the better. Our club members all have stories of losing weight, eating healthier, taking better care of themselves and feeling happier overall because of training.

But you won’t know until you try it. Contact Solarte BJJ today and feel free to ask any questions of the head coach, Jenn Lozada. She’ll be happy to help you out!

How much do jiu jitsu classes cost? How’s the quality of the instruction?

Solarte offers a variety of membership levels with discounts for military, law enforcement, emergency personnel, senior and students. There are also pay-by-the class options ($5-$15 per class, self-determined scale) via cash, check, Venmo and PayPal—look for solartebjj or jenn@solartebjj.com. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The instructors at Solarte have years of experience and the head instructor is constantly seeking the best methods to help students achieve their goals. The concept-based instruction can speed up skills development significantly compared to traditional BJJ instruction. For people who have trained in a classical BJJ gym, the methods might be different from what they’re used to. But we believe in what actually works instead of sticking to tradition simply because “well, we’ve always done it that way”. As the premier U.S. affiliate of Island Top Team, we are part of an international movement to improve the way jiu jitsu is taught. All striping and promotions are conducted directly by the world-renowned instructor and concept-based jiu jitsu innovator, Rob Biernacki. Click here to learn more about Rob and Island Top Team.

When are classes? How can I learn more?

Please check out the online calendar which is always kept up-to-date with upcoming seminars, closures and events. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Click here and contact us today to begin your jiu jitsu journey!

You can also text or call head coach, Jenn Lozada, at 360-808-3197.

Three other independently-run programs are offered at this mat space. Check out the home page for the full schedule!

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