Impact Hood River’s beginnings stem from Japan where in 1991, founder Michael Chapman studied “Shooto” or Shoot Fighting. When Michael returned to Oregon in 1993, he brought with him a passion for ground fighting. At the time, there was little known locally about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Michael pulled together training partners and they began to learn what they could through books, videos, and seminars with Brazilian Black Belts such as Rickson Gracie and Rigan Machado.
In 1997, Michael joined the Machado family when Black Belt Chris Haueter presented him a purple belt—Michael’s first colored belt. In 1998, Impact Jiu Jitsu was opened (known as Beaverton Straight Blast Gym until 2006). Chris Haueter awarded Michael with his Black Belt in 2004.
Since opening Impact Jiu Jitsu in Beaverton in 1998, Michael has been joined by many other amazing Jiu Jitsu athletes; some of whom followed a similar path to his as local pioneers in the sport.
Coach Ryan Brock
Ryan began training jiu jitsu in 2013 at Gladiators Academy of Lafayette under Tim Credeur. From there he moved a few times for work (always training wherever he went) eventually finding himself in Hood River, OR. When not on the mats he can be found mountain biking, rock climbing, or backpacking around the amazing Columbia River Gorge!
Practicing Jiu Jitsu has always inspired him to be the best version of himself in every aspect of life, and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his love and passion for BJJ with the community here in the Gorge!
Coach Michael Pickens
Michael began training jiu jitsu in 2008 while attending San Jose State University. Upon graduation, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. When not on the mats, he can be found running around with his wife Brandi and two boys Charlie (5) and Ollie (3).
Having grown up coaching age group swim teams, he is thrilled to be back sharing the life changing power of sports and his love for BJJ with the youth community at Impact Hood River.
History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Impact Jiu Jitsu
Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos and Hélio Gracie – Carlos Gracie Jr. – Rigan Machado – Chris Hauter – Michael Chapman
The art of modern day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan Judo in the early 20th century, which was developed from a number of schools of Japanese Jujutsu in the 19th century by Kano Jigoro and one of his students Mitsuyo Maeda.
In 1916, 14-year-old Carlos Gracie watched a demonstration by Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Count Coma) and was inspired to learn the art. Gracie was accepted by Maeda as a student and went on to become a great exponent of the art. Ultimately, along with his younger brother Hélio Gracie, Carlos founded Gracie Jiu Jitsu (what we now refer to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Jiu Jitsu).
Carlos Gracie Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps, winning numerous world championships and producing many world champion black belts. One of these notorious champions is Rigan Machado, now an 8th degree red/black belt. In 1988, Chris Haueter began his training in California under Rigan Machado. In 1996, Haueter became one of only a handful of Americans to be awarded with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the “BJJ Dirty Dozen”.
Like the great instructors before him, Haueter has produced his own line of incredible Machado black belts, including owner and founder of Impact Jiu Jitsu, Michael Chapman (now a 4th degree black belt).
A Tradition of Excellence
Today, Impact Jiu Jitsu is the proud home to 74 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts:
Michael Chapman (4th degree);
Armand Debruge, Andrew Wong, Keisuke Andrew (3rd degree);
Cameron Apple, Todd Betters, John Furukawa, Tony Gracia, Matt Leech, Chad Lyman, Bryan Marugg, Mark Pagaduan, Richard Rangel, David Rubin, K.C. Thompson, Brian Walsh (2nd Degree);
Rodney Buswell, Tracy Chapman, Daryl Cutler, Daynin Dashefsky, Nick Gilardi, John Goforth, Sébastien Hily, George Huertas, Eric Jetton, Keith Johnson, Matt Koppelman, Tommy Leisman, Woody Little, Eric Loar, Josh Long, David Niederman, Dewey Nielsen, Blake Nolan, Paul Park (1st degree); Ericson Abalos, Travis Berger, Michael Currier, Marques Daniels, Levi Danielson, Lee Flores, Robert Follis, Ashleigh Force, Zach Force, Benjamin Henning, Daniel Henry, Dan Hewitt, Matt Hoidal, Shaun Kiatvongcharoen, Dustin Klingebiel, Scott Krause, Chad Kyser, Andrew Lakey, Jared Mina, Zachary Minteer, Journey Newson, Bryan Nuro, Chris Pasto, David Rittel, Dan Robinson, Jose Rodriguez, Pavel Rott, Christian Rubio, Shaun Ryan, Ned Sands, John Sheridan, Aaron Sparling, Tina Tappouni, Adam Thomas, Justin Tishendorf, Bryan Torres, Justin Walls, Dan Walsh, Isa Wolfe.
Many of these athletes, as well as a great number of Impact’s students, hold local and world champion Jiu Jitsu titles.
Just started training here and it’s been a great way to build strength while learning skills! Very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to mix up their fitness routine. The memberships are all-inclusive. Kickboxing, jiu jitsu, movement, and sports therapy/ yoga style classes. Good group of people to train with.
Great rolls and good people! Came for a drop-in class and was welcomed with hospitality from Ryan. Everyone in the room had great energy and warm attitudes. Really nice mats and facilities, and the sauna is a game-changer! Come train here! This place is a great example of what the Jiu Jitsu community is all about.
Great group of highly trained, flexible and caring trainers for any skill level. Very welcoming regardless of your age or level of fitness and always make working out feel more like having fun-and before you know it you're getting stronger and more able to do life! So many different areas to choose from ranging from kickboxing to jiu jitsu to life coaching. Highly recommended.
I just started training as a complete beginner here a few months ago and am amazed at how welcoming and helpful everyone has been. The gym is always clean. There are classes or open mat sessions every day of the week. The owner and head coach Ryan is the man. He is very skilled at Jiu Jitsu and excellent at breaking down techniques and explaining them step by step. Highly recommend giving it a try even if you are hesitant because you'll probably have a great time.
Awesome place to train. The instructors/coaches are very knowledgeable and everyone (instructors and students) is very welcoming and nice! I got a chance to train here while traveling for work. I just wish I could have made it to a couple more classes. Will definitely come back if/when I have a chance. Highly recommended!!!
Coach Ryan is an incredible instructor. He is a great teacher for the adult classes and is constantly improving his skills and bringing it to the gym. Coach Michael is passionate and teaches in stages each day of the week so my son's progression as he comes every night is improving and he is understanding real Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is being developed. His energy is amazing too! My son loves it!