Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.
We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..
Get To Know Our World Class Instructors
3rd Degree Black Belt, Owner
Sensei George has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He holds an Executive Masters in Health Care Administration and a BS in Nursing, both obtained from the UW. In addition to owning EKJJ, he owns West Infusion Nurses’ Network LLC. A healthcare company that employs Registered Nurses in Washington and Idaho to treat people with autoimmune and rare genetic disorders in their home. His passion, however, is in helping others. He began a nonprofit called EastWest Food Rescue in which he and his team moved 8 million+ pounds of food in 18 weeks! George continues to serve the food rescue and help our State and Region during times of disaster through connecting people in need. He is married with three daughters.
3rd degree black belt – Head Karate Instructor
Sensei Anjelica began karate under Hanshi Mack in Yakima, WA at just 6 years old. Through the Yakima School of Karate, Anjelica competed in local, district, national, and international tournaments. In 2013, she traveled to Australia to compete with Team USA as the only female selected from Washington State. She joined Evergreen Karate and Jiu Jitsu in the winter of 2017, as she is currently a student at University of Washington, Bothell. Now a second degree black belt, Anjelica loves teaching because it’s a way for her to give back after everything her past Sensei’s have taught her and to honor Hanshi Mack’s memory. She also enjoys knowing her students can properly defend themselves should the need arise.
2nd degree black belt – Karate Instructor
Sensei Jason first started training with Evergreen Karate’s original Sensei, Fulicanelli Chavez in 1995. After a long break, Sensei Jason is back to training and teaching now that his daughters are old enough to train with him. Sensei Jason has a background in computer programming and bioengineering, and works as a researcher and teacher of community-based sustainable-ecosystem food and medicinal gardening. He enjoys going on foraging walks with his family, and taking care of the family’s chickens, ducks, and quail. His favorite thing about teaching karate is finding ways to help each of his students grow into leaders!
2nd Degree Black Belt – Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Bryan runs the BJJ program at EKJJ and is among a handful of instructors worldwide to have received all of his belts from eight degree red and black belt Master Pedro Sauer. Master Sauer received his black belt directly from Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder, Helio Gracie and his son Rickson. In addition to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Bryan was a state and regional champion gymnast in his teens and was a pro-wrestler for nearly 20 years. Outside of class, Bryan works as a nationally-syndicated radio show host for “Wrestling Observer Live” on Sirius Satellite Radio and the Sports Byline USA Radio Network.
Black Belt – Adult Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Matthew Hill received his black belt in 2014 from Professor Micah Reyes at Gracie Barra Ballard in Seattle, WA. His martial arts practice is focused on pedagogy, with an emphasis on the basic physical principles that inform a deep understanding of the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Off the Mats, Matthew is a freelance writer and content provider, professional cycling coach and bike fit specialist, and an instructor at the prestigious Slowtwitch FIST school. He has worked with clients at all levels of sport, from absolute beginner to World Champion level, and is Safesport certified. An accomplished bike racer himself, Matthew has won multiple district and national championships in numerous disciplines of the sport. Matthew was the owner/operator of the repair facility at the legendary Bass Northwest, a touring guitar tech, and held many other positions during his tenure in the music industry, which saw him running the repair department for a chain of stores in NY while still in his teens. Yes, there are a lot of stories…
Brown Belt – Adult Jiu Jitsu Instructor
“Hawaiian” Chris is a brown belt under Bryan. He started BJJ in 2012 as a fun way to exercise and was instantly hooked. Chris’ classes are a blend of traditional and modern techniques taught in his laid-back Hawaiian style – perfect for practitioners of all levels. His favorite part about teaching is seeing everyone progress on the mats from beginners to upper belts. Outside of Jiu Jitsu, Chris is a structural engineer and lives in Kenmore with his family.
Purple Belt – Head Youth Jiu Jitsu Instructor & Chief Operations Officer
Beau started training in May 2016 and is currently a purple belt under Bryan Alvarez. When he is not training, Beau is the head instructor for the Lil’ Dragons and Youth Jiu Jitsu programs at EKJJ. He also handles the day to day operations of the gym; making sure everything runs smoothly. If you have received an email or spoken to someone from the gym, it was probably him! His greatest joy is helping shape the young men and women in the classes into better people and helping them discover a sense of purpose and responsibility in their lives. Beau loves to learn and is always looking for ways to continually better his life and the lives of the people around him.
Purple Belt – Youth Jiu Jitsu Instructor/Head Wrestling Instructor
A proud husband and father of 3, all of whom train at EKJJ, James’ martial arts journey has spanned over 20 years. James competively wrestled in both Folkstyle and Freestyle from an early age up into high school and even did MMA competitively in his younger years. A US Army OIF V + VI Veteran, James came to EKJJ with 2 stripes on his white belt in March of 2016 and has proudly trained and competed under Bryan ever since. Now a purple belt, James brings a wealth of grappling and self-defense knowledge to the gym and is a phenomenal instructor.