Black Belt Instruction

Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from four of Northern Colorado's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts under Master Rigan Machado.


We founded Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu in October of 2018. Our vision and mission is to improve and protect the lives of others in our community. We do this through teaching the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) and judo.

What is Brazilian jiu jitsu?:

Jiu jitsu levels the playing field when it comes to self defense! Our student base ranges from children (age 5 and up), to men and women, law enforcement and first responders, to people of all ages, health and fitness levels, who all have one common goal in mind: To be able to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Team Rigan Machado

Team Rigan Machado offers exemplary training for fitness, self-defense and body/mind conditioning. We also offer specific classes geared towards women, children, and law enforcement.

Loveland Jiu Jitsu

Self defense designed for men, women, kids and law enforcement.


We have numerous programs designed for almost everyone. Our Brazilian jiu jitsu program is designed for men, women, families children, law enforcement and first responders. Our judo program is designed for ages 13 +.


View our current schedule here. As our academy grows, so will the availability of our class schedule.


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Rigan Machado

Master Rigan Machado. RMBJJ Network

Troy Pettyjohn

Head Professor Adult BJJ. Judo Sensei.

Matt Shoup

Head Professor Children's BJJ & Law Enforcement BJJ

Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu Reviews

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    5 star review  These guys are the best. I can't say enough great things about the instructors and the people here. Whether it be a podcast or just watching UFC that got you curious to try it out, this is the place to get started. Incredible place for players of ALL levels to develop and improve the craft. Judo instructor is amazing as well.

    thumb Marc Nichols

    5 star review  Getting back into martial arts has been something I've wanted to do for awhile. With a busy life getting ahead of me I wasn't sure how to take the first step. When these guys opened I decided to make it happen. They've made it so easy to get back into it! A very comfortable environment with great people all around I am so happy I made the decision to walk through the door. If you're looking for a great way to learn discipline, self defense and you're curious where to start then you should come on in! It's awesome!

    thumb Alex Wells

    5 star review  I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at NoCo Jiu Jitsu. The atmosphere that has been established here is welcoming, patient, supportive, knowledgeable all while being challenging physically and mentally. I recommend NoCo Jiu Jitsu to all levels of experience, age groups, and physical abilities.

    thumb Culp Family

    5 star review  My family has been training at Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu since about the time it opened and we have loved it. My kids have trained at 3 other dojos and like this one the best for several reasons. The training is focused on self defense as well as the sport of Jiu Jitsu. I started training about 6 months ago and love to have training that can be used right away. Matt and Troy spend part of each lesson teaching techniques that can be used if I ever need to protect myself or my family. They are expert teachers and go out of their way to make new students feel welcome. The other students are friendly and do enjoy helping each other improve.

    thumb Ray Bradford