Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Cobrinha Westside

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling, and particularly ground fighting. People who study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu learn that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against someone bigger and stronger via leverage and technique, often taking the fight to the ground and by applying joint locks and choke holds.

At Westside Training Center, we are proud to be an affiliate of multiple time World, Pan Am and ADCC champion Rubens "Cobrinha" CharlesStudents in our fundamentals class learn basic BJJ techniques, and develop core strength. Students of all backgrounds are welcome, and range from those without a sports background and limited athletic ability to Division 1 college athletes. This class is a fun way to learn the basics of BJJ, it will get you into shape, and you will be training in a friendly environment with a fantastic group of people.

Our intermediate/advanced class is a more intense workout, and assumes students already know BJJ basics. Techniques taught in this class are advanced, and cutting edge in the sport.   

West Los Angeles Isaac Doederlein

Watch our our lead instructor, Isaac Doederlein, teach a technique below:

Thai Kickboxing Students at Westside Training Center

Muay Thai, or "Thai Kickboxing", is sometimes called the "Art of Eight Limbs" because it teaches strikes with punches, kicks, knees, and elbows.  It is often referred to as the "most effective" striking sport as the punches & kicks delivered are more powerful than any other martial art.  A typical Thai Kickboxing class consists of a warm-up, cardio/body-weight exercises, and punching/kicking/knee/elbow combinations with padwork.  

Benefits of Thai Kickboxing:

  • Total body conditioning
  • Increased strength and power
  • Increased core stability and muscular endurance
  • Enhanced coordination and balance
  • Increase metabolic demands and caloric expenditure

Cardio Kickboxing Women Los Angeles

This is a great class for girls and women of all ages and athletic backgrounds to get into great shape while learning legitimate Thai Kickboxing techniques. This class will make you sweat, tone your body, and teach you how to throw powerful kicks and punches, all in a fun and friendly environment.

Cardio Kickboxing Women Los Angeles

Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (ages 7-13) 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Youth BJJ Class

Our Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program provides all the benefits of adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but is geared towards youth/young adults.  Our program emphasizes safety, respect, discipline, and is open to students of all athletic abilities.  Our curriculum focuses on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also includes elements of other martial arts, such as wrestling and judo, to ensure students are confident and "bully proof".

While not from our academy, this girl is a great ambassador for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 

Toddler's (ages 3-7) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 Toddler's BJJ

The Toddler's Martial Arts class teaches students:

  • Coordination, Balance, and Fitness providing an athletic base for a lifetime of activity
  • Confidence and Self Esteem for bully prevention and overcoming fear
  • Discipline serving as a foundation for success in school, and in life
  • Social Skills for positive peer interaction
  • Life Skills for handling confrontation, and knowing what to do when a stranger approaches

One parent recently wrote us to say:

"Thank you again so much for your time the last year. [Our Son] has come a long way, and your positive influence and example has been a blessing to us. Thanks again..."

Girls Pulling Guard

Our curriculum focuses on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however, we incorporate the best elements of other martial arts as well to ensure your child has confidence to defend themselves.  While not from our academy, this little girl is a great ambassador for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Catch Wrestling

Catch wrestling is similar to the type of amateur wrestling found in schools and colleges, and also similar to Olympic freestyle wrestling, however, the key difference is that catch wrestling allows for submissions or "catches" in addition to pins.  The name "catch wrestling" derives from a British term "catch as catch can" meaning, "catch a hold anywhere you can". 

Catch wrestling has become more popular lately as MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes are using catch wrestling to gain an upper hand on the competition, in fact, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rubens Charles "Cobrinha" recently said, on winning the 2017 ADCC championship, "My jiu jitsu is getting better because of wrestling."  He did not have a single point scored against him the entire ADCC (no-gi) tournament.



Sanda, or Chinese boxing (also known as Sanshou) is a highly versatile martial art/combat sport originally developed by the Chinese military that combines full contact kickboxing, punching, takedowns and throws.  In a sense, it is the Chinese version of Mixed Martial Arts, only it has been around for a lot longer.  In fact, Sanda practitioners have had much success when competing in MMA events, and has been growing in popularity in the United States because of this.

Westside Training Center is proud to host periodic "6-Week Challenge" classes which combine fitness, self defense, and basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. These classes are a great way to transform your body by reducing fat and increasing lean muscle mass. You will learn a lot.  You will be pushed. Are you ready for the challenge?

The next challenge class will begin Monday, January 15th.  Class times are as follows:

  • Monday/Wed/Friday:  7:00am - 8:00am
  • Monday/Wed/Friday:  8:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday:  6:00am & Saturday: 7:00am


One of our students' before and after pictures from our latest challenge:

 Six Week Challenge

Many challenge students continue training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after the six week program.  In fact, two recent graduates won gold medals at local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament MedalBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Medal

6-Week Challenge Feedback

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Challenge After Photo