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

View our customer's thoughts of Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu from Google.

    5 star review  Due to my career, I have had the pleasure of training at many BJJ Gyms across the country. I can confidently recommend Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu. Both instructors, Troy and Matt offer a welcoming environment with quality (and patient) instruction, this translates to students who are learning in a stress free atmosphere. If you have been kicking around the idea of learning Jiu Jitsu, I highly recommend you give this gym a first look, you wont be disappointed.

    thumb Michael East

    5 star review  Great environment! Everyone you meet here is super friendly, and happy that you show up to class! No matter how nervous you are to start training, they make you feel comfortable! Everyone you work with makes sure that you're understanding everything they are teaching you, and they love when you ask questions. I would highly recommend Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu!

    thumb Jessey Mansfield

    5 star review  After not training for a couple years, these guys met me at my own level. They were kind and welcoming and I felt right at home. Their attention to detail and their patience is all inclusive no matter what stage of your journey. Can't wait to go back and train. 😀

    thumb Debra Amick

    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