Matt Shields

Owner | Head Instructor

Matt has been captivated by martial arts from a very young age, finding a particular passion for NoGi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since embarking on his journey in 2004, he has delved deeply into the teachings and philosophies of renowned competitors, meticulously studying ADCC matches and poring over instructional materials and books from the greats of the art.

Always in pursuit of deeper insights, he explores the concepts, strategies, and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, striving to expand his understanding and mastery of this dynamic and ever evolving art. Now, he’s hard at work to create a new generation of homegrown grapplers, armed with bleeding-edge skills and prepared to face any challenge, be it in competitive submission grappling, mixed martial arts, or self-defense.

“My mission is to grow Pine Combat into one of the premier training centers in the Pacific Northwest and promote a healthy physical culture in this community and local area.”

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