Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower and does something about it that makes a difference.

Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari


Praxis is the process of turning an idea into a reality. Our students are drawn to Jiu Jitsu for many different reasons. Some students want to learn self defense, others want to compete. Many students are only interested in the solid workout Jiu Jitsu provides. All of our students agree that training Jiu Jitsu effectively demands so much of your focus that while practicing your mind has a break from the daily grind.

As pointed out in the quote above, there is a lot of space between having the idea in the shower, and the actions required to make that idea a reality. Two things that make the actualization of your ideas more likely are a well laid out roadmap and a community of motivated individuals all working towards similar goals. Regardless of your reasons for training, the community and curriculum at Praxis can help you reach your goals.

Our adult program curriculum path

Our curriculum presents a gradual progression through all skill levels from a brand new beginner to the experienced competitor. The introduction classes are very beginner friendly. This is where you will start if you have never trained before. If you have some experience and wish to take a more advanced class, please email us here, or give us a call at 360.329.2289.


Course #1: Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Intro classes are a survey of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s approach to self-defense. Students get hands on practice with the basic techniques and strategy used to defend yourself. This framework provides the basic road map that you will reference back to throughout your study of Jiu-Jitsu. It is an introductory level class that is designed with the complete beginner in mind.

The first objective of Jiu Jitsu is to stay safe and not take damage. This is a stark contrast to the strategy imagined by many people when they think of martial arts; hurt the other person before they hurt you. Jiu Jitsu uses a set of physical landmarks called the positional hierarchy to accomplish this. Understanding and operating within the positional hierarchy is what we cover in the intro class.

All classes begin with a warm up that consists of individual movement drills designed to develop coordination and body awareness. We then move on to partner drills, all of which include the element of progressive resistance. This means that your partner helps raise the bar slowly as your success rate increases. Emphasis is always placed on working with your partner in a productive fashion.


Course #2 Fundamentals

Fundamentals are exactly that, the basics of what makes Jiu Jitsu work. Once you have a solid handle on the positional hierarchy provided in our intro course, you move on to the minutiae of HOW to make a technique work against a resisting opponent. We follow a structured, and always evolving, curriculum to ensure that students get a well-rounded knowledge of the many options in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Detailed instruction on how to string together pairs of complimentary moves is one of the features of our fundamentals program

Course #3 Intermediate program

Once you build a working knowledge of the basic moves and strategies, it is time to head to the deeper end of the pool. One thing that separates our academy from a fight club is that we build skills first, then test them. Adding intensity to training, yet keeping the training productive and objective oriented is what our intermediate program accomplishes. 

Jiu Jitsu skill is not measured in number of moves you can demonstrate, but the number of moves you can pull off against a resisting partner. This course takes the strong defensive base built in the first two courses and adds a strong offensive element to it. It takes about 8 - 12 months in the fundamentals program before the typical student is ready to move to the intermediate program. 

A consistent theme in our curriculum is that good technique will be there for you when cardio and strength isn't.

Course #4 Advanced

The advanced course goes much deeper than doing the basics well. While many martial arts implore students to copy the original style accurately, Jiu Jitsu consistently grows because our axiom "make the Jiu Jitsu fit you, not you fit the Jiu Jitsu". You see this method in just about all high level activities; there is a solid fundamental base, but at the highest levels the individual learns what works best for them.

Emphasis is placed on WHY you would select one sequence of techniques over another. Different opponents often require a different strategy. Being able to problem solve on the fly and adapt as needed is what separates skilled practitioners from one trick ponies. Our advanced course focuses on how to develop and hone this skill.