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

NWJJA Owner & Head Instructor

  • 4th Degree Machado Black Belt


Brian J. Johnson is a 4th 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

Nick Hueth
  • NWJJA Advanced Instructor

  • Black Belt


Nick wrestled from a young age and started training in Jiu-Jitsu in 2006, focusing on No Gi Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. As his passion for Jiu-Jitsu grew, in 2010 Nick donned a Gi to further develop his Jiu-Jitsu skills. 

Nick prides himself on being a "Jiu-Jitsu nerd" and when he's not training and taking notes during class, he studies at home. 


Nick received his black belt in 2016 from Professor Brian Johnson.

A picture of Nick Hueth, instructor at Northwest Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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.