HEAD COACH + OWNER
Training since 2001 with Impact Jiu Jitsu under founder Michael Chapman in Portland, Oregon, Ben has developed a broad skill base in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, and more. He received his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2016 from 1st Degree Impact JiuJitsu Black Belt, Eric Loar. Teaching and coaching since 2003, Ben’s pragmatic approach to both Jiu Jitsu and all other self-defense arts is that “they should be honest above all else”. He emphasizes the famous words of original “Dirty Dozen” member and Rigan Machado Black Belt, Chris Haueter: “Think Street. Train Sport. Practice Art”.
Jeffrey Wallis Jr.
BJJ + NO GI COACH
“Without getting back into Jiu Jitsu, my health mentally and physically, would not be where it is today. Jiu Jitsu is a tool that I have in my life that has helped me immensely and will do the same for anyone else. Jiu Jitsu is fun and rolling is fun, but always remember, at the end of the day Jiu Jitsu isn’t about how many taps you get or how many medals you can win. It’s about how you can improve your quality of life and the quality of life of others around you. Once you have that down you’ll have a tool for life. You’ll have Jiu Jitsu’s unintended effect.”
BJJ + KICKBOXING COACH
Jiu Jitsu beyond it’s practical uses has always been a lifestyle for me, a journey, an identity. Jiu Jitsu goes beyond the gym, it translates into high level problem solving backed by the confidence in a developed ability that spreads into your daily life. There is no skill set more difficult and rewarding than conquering the mind so that it will cooperate effectively with the body, and by developing this affinity and channeling the JiuJitsu mindset, I’ve found success in each aspect of life.
The pragmatism of Jiu Jitsu is what has kept me diligent in my training all these years. I’ve trained in a variety of Martial Arts and for over 7-years have refined my skill sets to be an effective striker, grappler, and all around martial artist.
HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
STAFF + AMBASSADOR
STAFF + AMBASSADOR