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  I highly recommend this academy. I have had opportunities to experience other gyms and Northern Colorado Jiu Jitsu is impressive. Great instructors who are very friendly and provide a welcoming environment. Quality training and curriculum for self defense and law enforcement.

    thumb Jennifer Mendez

    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  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  Great Jiu Jitsu/Judo instruction from highly skilled instructors. Regardless of your level of experience, you will be made to feel welcome from your very first class. This academy continues to grow everyday, and it’s easy to see why!!

    thumb Nash Martin