Impact Hood River Instructors

Coach Ryan Brock

Black Belt under Ryan Chapman

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!

Impact Hood River Instructors

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

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).

Impact Hood River History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Impact Jiu Jitsu

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.

Impact Hood River History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Impact Jiu Jitsu

Head of Affiliation: Michael Chapman

Impact HQ: Beaverton, OR

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