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Brian J. Johnson
A picture of Brian J. Johnson, owner and head intructor at Northwest Jiu-Jitsu Academy

NWJJA Owner & Head Instructor

  • 5th Degree Machado Black Belt


Brian J. Johnson is a 5th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Rigan Machado, David Meyer, and John Will.


Brian began training BJJ in 1994 and went on to become a world-class instructor and competitor. ​​

Titles & awards
  • 2019 Fight 2 Win

    • Masters Featherweight Champion

  • 2018 IBJJF No Gi Worlds

    • Gold - Black Belt, Featherweight

  • 2018 IBJJF American National Championship

    • Gold - Black Belt Featherweight (Gi)

    • Gold - Black Belt, Featherweight (No-Gi)

  • 2x No-Gi World Champion: Black Belt | IBJJF

    • 4x Silver Medalist

    • Bronze Medalist | Open Weight

  • 2x Champion | WCMA

  • No-Gi Champion | Pan Ams

    • Gold Medalist

  • World Champion Gi | NABJJF

  • Champion | Carlson Gracie International Cup

  • Superfight Champion | North West Open

  • NABJJF GI World Champion

  • Phoenix Open Champion

    • Feather Weight | Gi & No-Gi

    • Open Weight | Gi & No-Gi

  • MMA Light Weight Champion | Rumble in the Ring 

  • 4x Gold Medalist | Grappler's Quest

  • 2x Gold Medalist | ADCC

  • 1x Light Weight | 1x Open Weight

  • 2x Gold Medalist | Jiu-Jitsu World League

  • 1x Silver Medalist | Open Weight

  • 2x Gold Medalist | Vancouver Fireball Challenge

  • 2x Gold Medalist | King of the NW Submission Championships

  • Can Ams BJJ Championships

    • 1x Gold Medalist | 2x Silver Medalist - Gi

  • US Open Gold Medalist

    • 1x Feather Weight | 1x Open Weight

  • Gold Medalist | NAGA

  • Gold Medalist | American Cup

  • 3x Silver & 2x Bronze Medalist No-Gi | World Jiu-Jitsu Championships

  • American Nationals IBJJF

    • 1x Silver Medalist

    • 1x Bronze Medalist

Justin Langlinais

NWJJA Advanced & Kids Instructor

  • Black Belt

Justin started jiu jitsu in 2010. After moving to Seattle in 2013, he joined Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy. He earned his black belt from Brian Johnson in 2021.

Studying daily, Justin strives to be as well-rounded and knowledgable as possible for his students and training partners. His passions in jiu-jitsu include helping people develop their style, exploring the technical aspects that emulate gaming in real life, and empowering others to build confidence beyond the art of jiu-jitsu. 

Justin teaches Wednesday 7:15pm advanced class and runs Sunday open mat.

Joseph Montange

NWJJA Advanced No-Gi Instructor

  • 1st Degree Black Belt

Joseph began practicing martial arts at age 7 with Aikido, rising to fourth degree black belt by his mid-20's. While teaching Aikido, Joseph began cross training in BJJ in 2007. Inspired by the intensity, creativity, and brutal honesty of Jiu-Jitsu, Joseph resigned from Aikido in 2011 to dedicate himself to studying Jiu-Jitsu. Joseph began training with Brian Johnson at NWJJA in 2012 and received his black belt in 2019 and his first degree in 2022.

Joseph seeks to have a well-rounded and aggressive game, staying current as techniques evolve while remaining true to the core concepts and principles of the art. Joseph has successfully competed in regional competitions over the years, taking gold in several and winning his F2W match at brown belt in 2019. 

As a teacher, Joseph seeks to explain concepts and principles behind techniques to help students learn why techniques work and when. Understanding concepts allows students to open up their approach to be more creative. As a lifelong martial artist, Joseph values the opportunity to teach and give back to the community.

Phil Kleffner

NWJJA Instructor & Kids Coach

  • 1st degree black belt


Phil began wrestling at age 6 and continued into high school. He rediscovered his love of grappling as an adult and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Northwest Jiu-Jitsu Academy, receiving his black belt from professor Brian Johnson in 2016.


Since he began training in 2006, Phil discovered his love for coaching and teaching, and he has been actively teaching the NWJJA kids and teens programs, in addition to instructing BJJ classes for NWJJA affiliate MKG Seattle

A picture of Phil Kleffner, instructor at Northwest Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
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