Get ready to have a great time at Island Jiu-Jitsu Michigan! We are committed to the art and lifestyle of Jiu-Jitsu. We rely on the principles of exercising the body (workout) and the mind (technique).
We teach self-defense and sport Jiu-Jitsu (for those who choose to compete), at fundamental and advanced levels. We are always striving to learn new techniques to implement on the mats and in the street.
A typical class will include 20-30 minutes of warm-up rolling and exercise, 30-45 minutes of technique drills, and then the rest of the evening for more rolling, or to try the techniques we just learned.
Coach Jason Vigil
BJJ black belt, head coach, located at HQ in Hawaii
Jason quickly discovered his passion for teaching, and began teaching his friends in his garage in 2004. Island Jiu-Jitsu was formed in 2010 in the backyard of a home in Hawaii Kai as a Jiu-Jitsu club. In 2012, after the birth of his first daughter, Jason decided to open a formal Jiu-Jitsu school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jason received his Black Belt in 2013 from Jason Izaguirre (Owner/Coach of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua). Jason believes students need to learn both the basics of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense, and the new techniques that world champions use today. Training at Island Jiu-Jitsu means that you will learn all of the details to positions, regardless of your belt rank or experience. Everyone is supported and encouraged to perform at their best.
Coach Nick Jones
BJJ brown belt, head coach at IJJMI
Nick has been training Jiu-Jitsu for a decade. After a few years of tearing up the white-belt divisions and tackling the odds of being both an instructor and student, Nick was awarded his blue belt in 2013. Since then, he has elevated his game to a new level. He’s known for a heavy "top game, guard passer" presence on the mats, taking gold at his first few blue belt tourneys. Many have witnessed his flying armbar finishes, which he always says, "I never practice them, they just come." In 2015 Nick was awarded his purple belt. He went on to win his next tournament with a massive 27 points scored and 0 scored against in 3 matches. He earned his brown belt while visiting HQ in March of 2017 and has not slowed down since, beating brown and black belts alike in tournament.
Coach Gary Rose
Judo black belt, BJJ purple belt, Assistant/NoGi Coach, Kid’s Coach
Gary started grappling like most teens do: he watched some UFC reruns on TV and thought it was pretty cool. For just over a year it was primitive, learn-it-in-the backyard grappling. When he started college, he took his first judo class, and from then on he was hooked! He won several local judo tourneys and was given his Judo black belt in 2011. He took a hiatus from competing to start teaching judo. In 2013 he started training with the guys at Island Jiu-Jitsu Michigan. He became a Judo instructor with the team and also teaches the kids grappling classes. He has landed on the podium in every tournament he has fought in, from white to purple belt — which he earned in the summer of 2017.
Coach Shane Callison
TKD black belt, BJJ blue belt
Shane started as a TKD black belt who was looking to broaden his arsenal. He and his family started doing Jiu-Jitsu with us in 2014. In 2017, Shane earned his blue belt and soon after, began teaching morning fundamental classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. His patience knows no bounds, and he will go out of his way to help anyone, newbie or mat-veteran alike. He is known as the sloth/librarian for his slow, calculated style and his "open book" sweep game.
Coach Eva Pereda
BJJ blue belt, Assistant Kid’s Coach, Women’s Coach
Eva began training BJJ in 2014, and was the first woman at IJJMI to earn her blue belt. She is known as the Gym Momma, and is ready to help anyone who needs it, whether they’ve been here for years, or have just walked through the doors. Eva runs women’s open mat on Saturdays, which can include anything from self defense, to drills, to open rolling.