Category Archives: Youth Martial Arts

New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes

Read on to learn about the new schedule for the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes and the Sunday Yoga class for CageworX Gym Members. And please give us your feedback on scheduling a weekday Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class!

New Schedule for CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team at Chess on the Mat
There will now be two sets of classes for the Youth/Teens Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes: 3:15 to 4pm (age 5-8) and 4-5pm (age 9-14) on M/W/F.

We are excited to see how much our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes has grown since the move to 8th Street. The mats have been full of kids enjoying the classes and it is now time for us to ensure all of them get the best and safest possible training. With that goal in mind, as of Monday August 31st, we will be separating the youth BJJ classes into two groups:

1) 3:15 pm to 4 pm for children ages 5-8
2) 4pm to 5 pm for children ages 9-14

This change only affects the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. The Youth Muay Thai classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain the same, with one class at 4pm.

Sunday Yoga at CageworX for Gym Membersyoga-dude

Yoga is returning to the gym’s class schedule! Sara Shearer will be teaching a power yoga class every Sunday, 4 to 5 pm, for CageworX gym members. This class is included with your gym membership fee, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! It’s time to work on developing your flexibility and strengthening some neglected but important muscle groups that are critical for good balance and  Continue reading New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes

CageworX Kids Martial Arts News

Stripes for The Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class!

On Monday, May 18, 2015, we gave stripes to all the current students in our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. Everyone has been working (and playing!) as they learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We’re proud of everyone as they make progress on their martial arts path! Congratulations to our gray belts, John and Dee Dee and white belts Anna, Sam, Chase, Mark, Anthony, Natalie, Emma and Lucas!

Explanation of Youth BJJ Ranking System

In the Youth Program, rather than testing, Professor Houston checks students’ progress every day they train. Periodically, we will give stripes to mark advancement in technique and knowledge. Unlike the adult program, the youth students are also evaluated based on attendance and attention during classes.

The progression of belt colors are white, gray, yellow, orange and green. Up to four stripes may be given on a belt before advancing to the next color. When a student showed a marked change in their BJJ understanding, they may be promoted to the next belt level. When students reach the age of 16, they enter the adult BJJ belt promotion system of white, blue, purple, brown, black.

Congratulations to the CageworX Kids Martial Arts Competitors

On Saturday May 2, 2015, four members of the CageworX Youth Competition Team competed at the Youth Grappling Tournament, Chess on the Mat. John, Anna, Dee Dee, Mark and their families made their way to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of Tacoma who organized and hosted the event. With their families and coaches cheering them on, all four did great! Dee Dee got a silver grappling against a GIANT kid who was much bigger than her. John and Anna each got bronzes competing well as they become veteran competitors (this was their fourth tournament). Mark won gold in his very first competition ever! We are so proud of all of them for their hard work and excellent sportsmanship.

To learn more about our Port Angeles WA Youth Martial Arts Programs, visit our Kids Program page or please contact us:

April New Classes for Martial Arts and Fitness at CageworX!

Youth Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes in Port Angeles

We are now offering youth Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes for children age 5 and older! Starting April 7th, these classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 4–5 pm. It’s a perfect match to the takedowns and grappling taught in the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes on M/W/F.Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes for Kids

Muay Thai is a traditional martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up punching, kicking and clinching techniques. It’s also a lot of fun, great exercise and a terrific way for kids to burn off energy and learn useful skills to defend themselves.

If you have any questions about this class, please contact us! We have excellent youth rates if your child(ren) want to take Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or both. Give it a try—the first class is always FREE!

Coming soon: Mixed Martial Arts Cardio Fitness Classes at CageworX

These classes are geared toward strengthening, conditioning and stretching for well-rounded fitness. This is safe yet intensive training whether you simply want to get in fantastic shape, or you are actively training for competition. At this time, we will start with early morning classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Check our news page and Facebook page for further updates. You can also check our Classes Page regularly since it will be updated as soon as the exact schedule has been set!

May 2015 Tournament and CageworX Fight Team Events

Chess on the Mat: Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Saturday • May 2, 2015 • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Tacoma
3630 S. Cedar Street • Tacoma, WA •

The CageworX Kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team will be returning to Tacoma, WA this May! It’s a fun opportunity to meet other children, sharpen their games and learn good sportsmanship. This competition is open to kids ages 5 to 14. There are both gi and no gi divisions ($30 for one division and $40 for both).

For more information about competing, please contact Head Instructor Cody Houston or Assistant Coach Jenn Lozada. Visit to register online and learn more about the rules and weight divisions.

King of the Mat BJJ Tournament

Saturday • May 9, 2015 • Eatonville Middle School
207 Carter St. E • Eatonville, WA

Small tournaments are a great way to get more competition experience. They also tend to be less expensive. This one is $35 for gi only, $35 for no-gi only, or $50 for both. There are divisions for kids, men, women and masters (age 40+). Register online and check out the rules at

Proving Grounds VI: Submission Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Saturday • May 30, 2015 • Interlake High School
16245 Northeast 24th St. • Bellevue, WA •

This a great opportunity for both kids (age 5-17) and adults to further challenge themselves. Rather than the more typical point system, this tournament is submission only, eliminating some aspects of sport Jiu-Jitsu that focus on winning by points. We encourage members of our CageworX family to enter the competition which offers both gi and no gi divisions. Keep in mind that most of the CageworX coaching staff will NOT be available on this date due to a scheduling conflict (see below). Instead, we will be cheering on the Joshes at their Muay Thai kickboxing matches!

Upcoming CageworX Fight Team Events

SAT: MAY 16, 2015 • NW Fight Challenge XXI (Tumwater, WA)
Come on down to Tumwater at the South Sound Sports Center to enjoy a great fight show. CageworX will be sanctioning this fight. We will need our good ol’ reliable CageworX cage set up/take down crew since we will be providing the cage. Time & Location: 7:00pm at 7960 Center Street SW, • Tumwater, WA.

SAT: MAY 30, 2015 • Pro/Am Muay Thai (Olympia, WA)
We’re excited to have two fighters from the CageworX team, Josh McCool and Josh Pulczinski, participating in WA state’s first ever Pro/Am Muay Thai event sponsored by United South East Asia Cultural Association (USEACA). We will be heading over to Tacoma to support our teammates who have been working hard to prepare! Time & Location: Nisqually Youth & Community Center • 1937 Lashi St SE, Olympia, WA 98513 • Doors open at 3 pm/Event starts at 4 pm. General seating tickets at $25.