Solarte BJJ in Sequim opened its doors at the end of August 2017. We are conveniently located between Port Angeles and Sequim at 1600 Carlsborg Road. Solarte’s mission is to make affordable, high quality jiu jitsu instruction available to the community. Pricing by the class is $5 to $20 per class (self-determined sliding scale), but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Monthly memberships are also available with a variety of discounts and there’s a “Choose Your Own Price” option, too.
Yes, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a very effective martial art for self protection and helps its students develop discipline and coordination. But BJJ also offers other unique benefits which Solarte’s instructional style emphasizes. At Solarte, we help students understand the “hows and whys” of the techniques and concepts we teach. We encourage discussion, creativity and cooperative learning. Solarte students also learn efficient body mechanics, developing a deeper understanding of how to move one’s body in a coordinated, harmonious way to generate the most force.
Come train with us and gain new levels of confidence based on testing your skills through safe yet challenging drills as well as sparring (called “rolling” in BJJ). Instruction is tailored to suit the goals and pace of each individual student. For example, the concerns and needs of a law enforcement officer can differ greatly from those of a competition-focused student. We adjust accordingly. Plus, the teaching method and program structure help students learn more quickly and efficiently (while still having fun!)
If you’re interested in learning why Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is called “physical chess”, contact us for your free intro session. BJJ is a truly great game and a life changing past time that will reward you for years to come! The BJJ lifestyle connects you to healthy living, lasting friendships and a community that spans the world. Solarte BJJ in Sequim has programs for adults and youth (ages 4+). Check out our schedule for class times!
Sequim’s First Full-Fledged BJJ Program
Solarte BJJ is the first full-fledged Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program in Sequim, WA with a six-day schedule offering training for both youth and adults. Solarte is also the premier U.S. affiliate of Island Top Team headed by Rob Biernacki, an innovator in concept-based approaches to teaching BJJ. Solarte BJJ offers ITT’s unique and highly effective program right here on the Olympic Peninsula!
Instructors at Solarte BJJ in Sequim
The instructors at Solarte have experienced the benefits this type of training offers to the mind, body and spirit and have a passion for sharing these gifts with the community.
Jenn Lozada is the head instructor of Solarte BJJ and has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since 2013. She trains under Island Top Team’s Rob Biernacki and regularly travels to ITT to keep up with the latest innovations in BJJ instruction and techniques. Jenn is dedicated to helping her students learn quickly, effectively and safely. Her instructional style is technical, engaged and fun.
Solarte BJJ was founded by Jenn in August 2017. The club is named for her parents, Solita and Ricarte Lozada. She teaches both the adult and youth BJJ programs. Over the years, she has trained in a variety of martial arts including Japanese jujutsu, Aikido, kickboxing and Sikal. Her approach to self-defense is strongly informed by the work of Rory Miller/Chiron Training, Tim Larkin and Craig Douglas.
Casey Hanmer is a black belt under Melissa Haueter and Combat Base Club. She’s been training BJJ since 2000, (Rigan Machado lineage) and is also a retired long distance runner with MMA and personal training experience. A former head instructor at Victory MMA’s women’s program, Casey also taught out of Kainga Jiu Jitsu before moving to Sequim in January 2022. We are absolutely delighted to have an instructor of this caliber sharing her knowledge with BJJ students throughout the Olympic Peninsula!
Our Assistant coaching staff includes Alex Tienda, Chip Smith, Nerica Keller, Matt Piersoll and Jeremy Jacobs. You’ll often see them helping out in our youth and Li’l Ones programs.