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Off The Reservation Tactical

June 10, 2019

Amazing gym, first rate in every way. Professor Asche teaches both the morning and evening classes personally. It's rare to find BJJ like this anywhere in the US, much less in Central Oregon. Friendly environment, professional, but bring your A game. I learn more in a single class here than in weeks at some places I have trained.... Read More

Mark Gasson

June 08, 2019

This is THE place to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Bend, Oregon. Somehow, black belt Dennis Asche has hit all the sweet spots with his gym: great work ethic, friendly atmosphere, absolutely killer workouts, and loads of fun the whole time. With every kind of training partner you could want, the gym doesn't seem dominated by one "clique" or student type.... 20 something young guys, hard A.F. middle-... Read More

Brian Garrett

January 29, 2020

I've trained at MANY BJJ gyms here in Oregon, and Connection Rio is the real deal. Professor Dennis Asche has an unparalleled level of knowledge and depth of expertise, giving him the ability to meet each and every practitioner where they're at with their game, and help to develop their own preferred toolbox of BJJ techniques. His attention to detail and patience while instructing allows his stude... Read More

Tom Williams

January 29, 2020

I've been training for 5 months now. Started and still at CRA (Connection Rio Academy). Professor Dennis, the Brown, Purple, Blue, and even White belts at CRA are all super knowledgeable, friendly, and encourage you to keep stepping up your BJJ and Judo. On my first day, blue belts Sam and Tye got me going and were super awesome despite me being a generally nonathletic person and not having a clue... Read More

Sean Gregg

June 08, 2019

This is the best BJJ gym I have ever been to. Professor Dennis Asche is an amazing coach. He does a great job breaking down moves and techniques making them easy to learn. I have really appreciated how he has pushed me to improve my game and I see that he shows the same dedication to all his students. The training environment is great too, egos are left at the door and everyone is respectful. You ... Read More

Don Stoner

June 08, 2019

I have trained at over 20 Jiu Jitsu gyms in the US. This sticks out as one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academies I have trained at. GREAT atmosphere/culture. Amazing instruction and techniques. Friendly training atmosphere with people really trying to better themselves. I highly recommend this facility to anyone in the Bend area. If you want rapid results and true Brazilian Jiu Jitsu this is yo... Read More

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Here's How We're Impacting Every Aspect Of Your Life:

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Mental & Physical Fitness

Whether it’s on the mat or in our every day life, good mental and physical health is crucial to our successes and overcoming obstacles. Our training is designed to build you up; increasing your confidence, self-esteem, physical and mental fitness while reducing and managing every day stressors. No matter your goals, the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle can help improve all areas of your life, creating long lasting healthy habits. All in all, you will experience a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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Self defense is at the core of everything we teach. All classes are programmed by Professor Asche in a progressive teaching method that maximizes your learning and muscle memory retention in the least amount of time making your Jiu-Jitsu proficient and effective. You will be training in a safe, fun, and controlled environment simulating real life self defense scenarios in different types of positions. You will not learn a choreographed series or fancy moves that will only apply to a non resisting partner. You will learn the art of self defense that has been battle tested and proven applicable in an uncontrolled, real life setting. In addition to our regularly scheduled classes, we offer women only self defense courses and tactical training programs for law enforcement.

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Achieving Objectives

With the help of your peers and the watchful eye of a dedicated professor, setting and achieving your goals has never been so straight forward.
We care about the success of each and every one of our students and are committed to helping them accomplish the objectives and goals they have set forth. Whether your goal is self defense, competition, increased physical fitness, fat burning and lean gains, or enjoying bjj as a recreational hobby; we focus on you, providing the tools you need for success. Our programs are designed for those brand new to the sport who have never done any type of physical exercise before to the more advanced practitioners wanting to take their skills to the next level or test them out in a competition. Make the goal, set your sights and unleash
your success!

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More Than a Member

At Connection Rio you are more than a member, you become part of a
family. Here you will find the support you need like no other. Our academy is filled with individuals from all walks of life who are there to help push you, motivate you, provide accountability and unwavering support both on and off the mat. From day one of your very first class, you will feel welcome and will be paired up with an individual who will help with any questions or techniques throughout the session. Our classes are for academy members only with the exception of our approved out of town visitors. We train together as a team, helping to strengthen newer student's fundaments all the while sharpening the skills of our more advanced practitioners raising the level of their game. The importance of the rock solid support from both the professor and the team makes all the difference in successfully achieving the goals you have set forth. By becoming a member, you become part of the Connection Rio family.

Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Our mission is to help you unleash your greatest potential as a martial artist and as a human being. Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy is Central Oregon’s premier Jiu-Jitsu facility offering world class instruction of comprehensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo for all ages, body types, and skill levels for both men and women. With over 25 years of experience from Professor Asche, (12 of those years spent solely in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and over 60 years combined by all of our instructors; nobody has the experience we do. If you demand the very best in life, Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu Academy is the place for you. By becoming a member you will be joining a supportive family receiving world class comprehensive training and the tools needed to achieve your goals. Your journey can be anything you want to make it.

We provide a safe, friendly, fun, and supportive environment where everyone feels welcome. Our classes are programmed to help maximize your learning and retention of techniques in the shortest time possible. The programs are designed for those who are brand new to the sport to the more advanced who are looking to level up their game. Join us on the mat and experience first hand the world class professional coaching, unwavering support, and a dedication to your success in the Connection Rio Jiu-Jitsu family. We offer one week free trial memberships with no commitment. Come in and see why Connection Rio BJJ is the best Jiu-Jitsu gym in Bend, Oregon, throughout Central Oregon, and College Place, Washington. Just fill out the short form on your screen to learn more and start your journey with us today!


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