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Instructors

Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu’s instructors are passionate about our mission of improving and protecting the lives of others.

About Our Instructors

Our instructors have been so impacted by jiu jitsu and/or judo in their own lives that they desire to share it with others. Our team of high caliber instructors display exemplary BJJ/judo skills and instruction. They have also been trained in Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu’s Leadership Jiu Jitsu Program™.

All instructors are vetted through a formal criminal background check. Be sure to click through the page and meet all of our instructors.

Master Rigan Machado

Master Rigan Machado is a living legend in the world of Brazilian jiu jitsu, and is considered by many to be the greatest grappler to ever walk the face of the planet. He is the nephew of the legendary Grandmaster Carlos Gracie, and himself holds the prestigious red and black belt. He achieved his legendary stature at the world championship level by amassing a record that no one has been able to match since.

From the age of 14 through 21, he won the World Championships every year and in every belt division. He amassed a record of 365 wins and no losses in BJJ competition. He also created a record by having 19 matches in one day and finishing all of them by submission.

 

Head Instructor Troy Pettyjohn

Troy was born and raised in Colorado. After being bullied as a young child, Troy started his martial arts journey in 1981. Troy's initial interest in learning self defense grew to a pursuit of excellence in multiple martial arts.

Troy has studied several and competed in varying martial arts for the last 38 years, including kung fu, laido, kendo, boxing, kick boxing, judo and BJJ. For the decade, Troy has been teaching judo and jiu jitsu.

Troy is currently the head instructor of the adults jiu jitsu program and judo sensei. Troy continues to teach martial arts in hopes of passing on to others the same benefits that have enriched his life.

Troy currently holds his brown belt in jiu jitsu under Master Rigan Machado, and is a certified judo black belt under The United States Judo Association. Troy is certified in Level 1 Leadership Jiu Jitsu™

Head Instructor Matt Shoup

Matt has called Northern Colorado his home since the age of 10. Matt grew up being bullied and remembers being constantly scared of who would beat him up next.  To address this concern, Matt initially began weight training in high school and into college. Matt learned quickly that "gym muscles" do not equate to a self defense tool.

Matt began his BJJ journey in 2007, where he learned this lesson. Matt's first jiu jitsu class involved him being thrown, choked and beaten to submission by a student half his age, half his size and half his strength. Matt was instantly hooked on jiu jitsu and has been training ever since.

Over the past 12 years, Matt has competed in BJJ competitions both locally and internationally, and has instructed children's BJJ for the last 7 years. Along with a passion for teaching children, Matt also has a passion and heart for law enforcement.  Many of Matt's friends and training partners are law enforcement and first responders. Because of this, when Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu was founded, Matt committed to designing a program specifically for them.

Matt is the head instructor of Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu's childrens jiu jitsu program, and the current head instructor of the Law Enforcment and First Responders Defensive Tactics and Arrest Control Program™. Matt is the founder and creator of the Northern Colorado Leadership Jiu Jitsu™ Program.

Matt currently holds his brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Master Rigan Machado.

 

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