Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Class Schedule

Jiu Jitsu Location
Monday 5:45pm – 7:30pm Cheldelin
Tuesday No Class
Wednesday 5:45pm – 7:30pm Cheldelin
Thursday 5:45pm – 7:30pm Cheldelin
Friday No Class
Saturday 9:45am – 11:15am : No Gi Cheldelin

What to Expect

The main idea behind Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to use technique to overcome a larger and stronger opponent. We focus on proven techniques.

Our goal is to make you a better grappler regardless of what your skill level is; we have seasoned grapplers and folks that have never been on the mat training with us. Techniques are explained clearly, demonstrated and then coached.

A typical class begins with a thorough warm up followed by instruction and practice of a specific technique. The latter half of class consists of “rounds” or free style grappling – this is where you get to practice what you have learned.

What to Bring

Class is performed with gis (judo or jiu jitsu uniforms) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday is “no gi” training and we wear board shorts and a T-shirt. Wear a gi if you have one or just show up in comfortable clothing such as sweat pants or shorts and a T-shirt.

You will want and need a gi if you start coming regularly. You can get good quality jiu jitsu gis through the instructor and you can also order Judo and Jiu Jitsu gis online if you wish. The instructor can recommend several reputable outlets.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed by Helio Gracie prior to World War II in Rio De Janeiro. He incorporated traditional Japanese Ju Jitsu with a great number of joint locks relying on leverage rather than strength and speed in order to give a smaller person an advantage. The system proved very effective and ultimately spread to the United States.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gained world wide notice in the 1990s when Royce Gracie, one of Helio’s sons, fought numerous matches in the first UFCs, generally against much larger opponents.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very effective self defense art and is considered by many to be the best form of ground fighting.

History of Oregon Pound BJJ

Glen Sweeney had operated a Tae Kwon Do School in Corvallis since the 1970s. In 1998 he was traveling to the Los Angeles area on a regular basis and he started taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons from Royce Gracie at the Gracie Academy in Torrance. After Tae Kwon Do lessons Glen started teaching some of his TKD Black Belt students the BJJ techniques that he had learned.

Glen started calling the program “the Oregon Pound” in late 1998 and began having separate classes for Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu. Glen retired from teaching and turned the program over to Mike Downing in 2003.

Oregon Pound was originally affiliated with the Gracie Academy. Since 2001 we have been an affiliate of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association. Oregon Pound also has a long association with Rylan Lizares and we affiliated with his Gracie Technics organization in 2008.

Mike has used a number of highly skilled Jiu Jitsu players over the years as head instructors and assistant instructors. Former instructors at the Oregon Pound include Rylan Lizares, Jeff Rockwell, James Wohlmacher, Josh Figeroa, Nick Haloski, and Jonn Nishiguchi.


Mike Downing

Mike is the Oregon Pound Program Director and head instructor for the BJJ class. Mike began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1998 and is a Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer. He also trained Tae Kwon Do under Glen Sweeney for 13 years and holds the TKD rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt.

Paul Bezanson

Paul has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1998 and holds the rank of Black Belt. He also has a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, and a Black Belt in Danzan Ryua Ju Jitsu as well as additional background in Judo.

Wayne Sniffen

Wayne is an assistant instructor and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.   Wayne holds the rank of Black Belt in Judo and is also a Black Belt in Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu.


Amber Smith-Crawford

Amber is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a regular tournament competitor.


Pedro Sauer: Professor Sauer grew up in Brazil and learned Jiu Jitsu under Helio Gracie. He holds the rank of 8th Degree Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is currently based in Virginia. Pedro Sauer is considered by many to be the best Jiu Jitsu instructor in the world.

Rylan Lizares: Rylan is a Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer and is the head of Gracie Technics Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based in Honolulu.

Oregon Pound is proud to be affiliated with Pedro Sauer and Rylan Lizares.

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