Come join blue belt instructor Damian John for some super fun Salmo Jiu Jitsu classes!


Classes will be on Jiu Jitsu basics, which include the major positions, attacks and defenses, standing and on the ground.


Classes are structured and supervised to maximize safety, learning, and enjoyment! Focus is on fun, self defense, and a space to explore the incredible world of Jiu Jitsu, no Gi required.


Have a look at our Schedule to see the topics of upcoming classes, and contact us if you have any questions at all.



Salmo Jiu Jitsu Classes for Kids

Kids Classes 7-12

Where: Salmo Recreation Centre

When: Mondays & Thursdays at 5:30pm

How Much: $85 for 10 punch pass, $110 for 16 punch pass

Register with Salmo Recreation: 250-357-0121

Struggling financially?

Ask us about the Pay it Forward Punch Card
Money shouldn’t be a barrier to Jiu Jitsu. If it is, you can roll for FREE in Salmo!

Adult Classes 13+

Where: Salmo Recreation Centre

When: Mondays & Thursdays at 6:30pm

How Much: $95 for 10 punch pass, $120 for 16 punch pass

Register with Salmo Recreation: 250-357-0121

Struggling financially?

Ask us about the Pay it Forward Punch Card
Money shouldn’t be a barrier to Jiu Jitsu. If it is, you can roll for FREE in Salmo!

Salmo Jiu Jitsu Class for Adults

Why Jiu Jitsu?

It promotes empathy and trust, calmness and happiness

Jiu Jitsu training requires implicit trust of the partners one is training with. Being a martial art Jiu Jitsu is based in combat techniques where the opponents body is brought to a position of compromise with joint locks and/or chokes/strangles. Though this sounds violent it is the exact opposite in a well run gym. The first technique a new student is taught is the tap or verbal submission, wherein the student lets their training partner know they are uncomfortable for any reason. The tap is a loud double strike to the mat or their partners body accompanied with a verbal “Tap!” The second part of the “Tap” technique a new student is taught, is to listen/feel for the tap and respond by disengaging from their training partner safely and quickly. By being in charge of your own comfort and giving your partner a strict cue with which to be able to respond, jiu jitsu practitioners learn empathy and trust.

Working with trusted teammates, an individual can dive into high energies like frustration and/or excitement physically and work it out on the mat safely and effectively. At the risk of sounding cliche, working so hard provides space for a calm mindset and ultimately contentedness and happiness.

It is effective self defense

The world over, jiu jitsu is respected as an effective self defense. It has two ways of doing this. First, the techniques are highly effective and can be applied with varying degrees of force, depending on whether you need to control your opponent or need to incapacitate them. Second, these techniques are trained live, meaning that an individual faces various body types and personality types in their training and their training partner is meeting them with all their tools – athleticism, technique, speed. This provides a safe proving ground for the techniques the individual has just learned. Having this proving ground is a great way to help self esteem by providing real time knowledge of your martial art.

It is an incredible workout

Utilizing all the muscles in the body, a jiu jitsu practitioner gets stronger and more flexible quickly. The cardiovascular system is constantly put to the test, getting the heart rate up and promoting a good sweat. It is impossible to train jiu jitsu and not improve your physical health.

It stimulates the brain

Jiu Jitsu is an entire universe unto itself. With so much to learn and so many directions to fly an enthusiast can infuse their own personality into their jiu jitsu. It’s creative and exciting and in that place, incredibly beautiful. This type of activity could be very beneficial to small community residents, considering the isolated environment.

And so many more reasons!

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

It’s a grappling based system wherein you learn to control a resisting opponent and find ways that force him or her to submit. It’s a self-defense, a sport, and a true art where the variety to create and learn is endless. Jiu Jitsu has a beautiful focus on using superior technique to overcome differences in size, strength, and athleticism, meaning anyone can learn it and do it with great efficacy. In learning Jiu Jitsu one learns many things; a deep understanding of what ones body can and cannot do, a real empathy and humbleness when interacting with other people, a confidence that radiates into all aspects of ones life.

Classes focus on learning grappling safely and grappling is the emphasis. There are no strikes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu meaning that it can be done on a daily basis with the likelihood of injury being no greater than any other sport. Certainly it is mentally and physically challenging, but the benefits are great.

I have called the classes in Salmo a “Jiu Jitsu Lab” as the learning experience is made by all of us together. I bring my passion and constantly curious mind to the table with the intention of creating fun, interesting, and useful classes for all involved.

Damian John

Damian John

Instructor - Blue Belt

Damian John has lived in the Kootenays for the past 7 years and loves it here. He recently helped deliver a Jiu Jitsu workshop for First Nations your at the Gathering our Voices event in Victoria that was well received and incredibly fun. He has delivered workshops in venues like Royal Roads University, for the Massage Therapy Association of BC, for the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island, and for events like the Honor your Health Challenge. In his twenties Damian worked with youth in the Village of Tache, creating experiential education programs and recreation programs for the young people in Tache Village. He has spent the last 10 years working as a Registered Massage Therapist across the province, working with the Health and Wellness of a huge cross section of the population. He helps coach in his local Jiu Jitsu club and has competed and placed in a number of tournaments in Western Canada. He is currently a blue belt under the Rigan Machado lineage and passionate about spreading the beauty of Jiu Jitsu into First Nations communities. He has also studied Yang Style Tai Chi, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Judo, and dabbled in many other martial arts systems.