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The Academy

West Coast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Victoria was founded in 2017 by Head instructor John Kutz under the guidance of Professor Don Whitefield. At West Coast we have students of all levels working to learn Jiu Jitsu. We offer a variety of BJJ classes including Gi (kimono), No Gi, and wrestling classes. Our school has a great mixture of competitive students, and recreation based students — making for a healthy training environment. We are a proud member of the West Coast BJJ association and hold ourselves to a high level of conduct, on and off the mats.

Classes

At West Coast BJJ, We use a variety of teaching methods to learn grappling. Practices include drilling, target sparring and live rolling. We train hard and push ourselves to be our best all while keeping the safety of our training partners a priority. We encourage all students to take advantage of open mat times to explore areas of their game they would like to develop, or grab a training partner and roll!

Kids BJJ

Empower your child with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! (Gracie Jiu Jitsu) BJJ will offer all the skills your child needs to be successful on and off the mats. At West Coast BJJ we teach respect, control, and self-discipline in a fun and social environment. We love seeing our young students gain self-confidence, build friendships, and improve their physical literacy.

Our programs are designed to teach kids grappling skills in a safe and effective way. Our kids benefit from a number of training strategies such as positional sparring, target training, live game-style training and drilling techniques. We aim to keep our kids training in live situations with varying degrees of resistance to simulate real situations. This keeps our classes fun and engaging, while the kids spend as much time as possible grappling!

John Kutz

John Kutz has been training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts since 2011 and was promoted to the rank of black belt by his professor Don Whitefield in July of 2022. John has competed in multiple martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, combat wrestling, and MMA.

John has been coaching since 2015 and loves sharing his passion with people and continues to train, compete and grow in martial arts. John is known for his compassionate leadership skills, attention to detail, and ability to facilitate an inclusive and motivating environment.

John has a lot of knowledge when it comes to health, fitness and Jiu Jitsu, he is definitely someone you want in your corner!

John Kutz has been training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts since 2011 and was promoted to the rank of black belt by his professor Don Whitefield in July of 2022. John has competed in multiple martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, combat wrestling, and MMA.

John has been coaching since 2015 and loves sharing his passion with people and continues to train, compete and grow in martial arts. John is known for his compassionate leadership skills, attention to detail, and ability to facilitate an inclusive and motivating environment.

John has a lot of knowledge when it comes to health, fitness and Jiu Jitsu, he is definitely someone you want in your corner!

Cholena Horne

Cholena Horne is a purple belt and has proven herself to be one of the top competitors in the Pacific Northwest; recently taking home bronze medals at the IBJJF World NoGi Championships in her weight class and absolute division and was a  semifinalist at the Medusa Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds.

Cholena has also been a  competitive wrestler since high school and has competed on national and international stages, winning a number of championships over the years. Cholena is a trained education assistant and recently completed her teaching degree.

Cholena has a unique ability to coach people at all levels and abilities and helps guide people through many different challenges on the mats.

John is an incredibly supportive coach and role model, especially for those just starting out! Me and jiu jitsu was not love at first sight, and I don’t think I would have developed a love for BJJ had it not been for John’s patience, kindness and excellent instruction!

Katerina

Learning BJJ with John Kutz is amazing. Such a friendly and professional instructor. He makes sure you get the movements right and encourages you throughout the whole class. This was my first time doing jiu-jitsu and he made it a great experience for me! Totally recommend!

Julian

Lead Developer, Automattic Inc

More than an excellent school and instruction, the more you train, the more you end up loving jiu jitsu. Has turned into a family…more than a human can ask for.

Matt

Store Manager, Walmart Inc

Been learning so much at West coast Bjj. Great opportunity to learn about the art of grappling. Good sized classes, really good atmosphere and a Great instructor !!

Arif

John was my first BJJ coach and I don’t think anything speaks to his kind, supportive teaching style more than me being desperate to continue the sport once I returned to Toronto. He always made sure I understood everything being taught and was so reassuring during practice, it definitely left a lasting impact!

Daylan

Great atmosphere, and wonderful team to train with. John is an amazing instructor, with a great attitude. I highly recommend to anyone interested!

Dominique

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