(503) 360-8692
14935 SW 72nd Ave, Tigard, 97224

Tigard Martial Arts

Spark the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment,
and unlimited potential while getting in great shape!

About Our School


Bet you thought our Tigard Martial Arts school was just a super cool place to get fit and learn self-defense... the truth is, it's so much more!

As you get physically fit, you’ll also experience some changes you wouldn’t have even thought about. Especially our younger students. They are totally amazed by the subtle changes that happen when you train in our programs.

Below are a handful of those life-changing things people walk away with. We can’t wait to hear what kind of positive experiences you can add to this list, as well!

#1 More Confidence

One of the first things both children AND adults notice when training with us is a big boost in confidence. And it makes sense when you think about it.

After all, Martial Arts is challenging. Yet when you persevere in the face of challenge, and come out on top, you realize you're stronger and more capable than you thought.

Realizing that makes you feel more confident. You feel more confident in your ability to handle whatever other challenges life throws your way.

This goes for kids, too. Their confidence boosts quickly as well.

#2 Better Focus & Longer Attention Span

Because the techniques are new, they require your full attention. As you concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, following along with what they teach you, and remembering what you learned when you get home...

...that intense focus starts to flow like a river. It pours into other areas of your life including school, sports and extra-curricular activities.

Adults are able to focus better at work, reaching goals a lot more easily while kids report getting better grades in school.

#3 Pump It Up

Our classes are a blast and based on functional fitness. We use positive motivation and high fives - not military style yelling – and you’ll never have to spend countless hours on a boring treadmill again. 

Our classes are loaded with fun and exciting exercises designed to enhance your self-defense skills. Dynamic strikes, high intensity intervals of cardio training, and physical movements that mimic how the human body should move are the focus. 

Don’t worry if you feel like you won’t be able to keep up. We work with all levels from beginner to pro athlete – and everyone in between. And you know what...they all sweat the same at the end of the workout! 

#4 Family, Friends & Values

Oh boy, your family is about to grow... big time! We're a tight-knit group here and our students are all about support and friendship. When you sometimes struggle through tough training, and smile at all your wins and accomplishments, your martial arts family will be right beside you every step of the way.

Friendship, motivation, and fist bumps are a part of every class. As you train together, you and your classmates will form an amazing bond that will make your heart sing.

#5 Fun, Fun and More Fun!

These classes are military-style in the sense that the instructor shouts out a call and the class responds, but it’s super motivating and energizing! And… our classes are always upbeat, lively and FUN! Everyone smiles with excitement, people joke around and laugh, and there’s plenty of high fives because everyone is happy to train here and they see all the progress they’re making.  

We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you.

Make your fitness dreams come true while learning how to empower yourself and achieve greater success. 

You need us and we need you. Together we’re a dynamic force of fitness power to change lives and bring back JOY in taking charge of your life. Because of this…

We’re offering a limited time 100% money back guarantee on all web specials. So, if we’re not a good fit for you, we understand. Chances are though, you’ll love it here, but if not – just use the money back guarantee and find a better fit. 

Like we said, we’re serious about helping you achieve life-changing results and having a higher quality of life. 

Meaningful relationships.

Immediate and lasting success.

If you’re comfortable signing up over the internet, we highly recommend it so you can take full advantage of the money back guarantee. If not, feel free to give us a call: (503) 360-8692

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Joe Heller

Joe Heller
River City Warriors
(503) 360-8692

If you believe the folklore around Muay Thai, it's said to have started in the mid to late 1700s when Thai kickboxers were taken prisoner by an invading force. One such prisoner was forced to fight the greatest warriors of the invading king, and he defeated them with such power that no other dared to challenge him.

Whether or not this is true, one thing is certain: Muay Thai is powerful, fast, and effective. In these Tigard Muay Thai classes, you'll become this amazing martial art's master. Click now!

Our Tigard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes combine the best techniques from around the world to give you one heck of an awesome experience. Our instructors are complete BJJ professionals who have dedicated their life to this amazing art.

Plus: We're all about support here. There aren't "competitive" or "negative" vibes between members. Everyone just supports, encourages, and befriends one another. It's truly a great experience. Come try it firsthand with our amazing BJJ web special!

Kali/Silat is one of the most efficient forms of self-defense on the planet. After observing and studying many forms of martial arts, Filipino warriors realized that it all comes down to the angle of attack. Every martial art on the planet relies on the same angles, even if the moves look and feel different.

That's why in every class, you'll learn this efficient, powerful form of self-defense. You'll be able to protect yourself and your loved ones against any opponent, no matter their training or experience.

We have a blend of unique elements in all our Kids Martial Arts classes; techniques, discipline, respect and fun. The outcome: disciplined kids who are well-behaved with a great sense of respect everywhere they go. Parents of the students love our classes too for they have seen their kids perform better in school.

All our classes are filled with fun activities and games. Kids are taught new martial art techniques as well as being helped to improve and master old ones.

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Welcome to River City Warriors!


If you’re looking for a “one stop shop” where you can get in the best shape of your life, improve your personal development skills and learn real-world self-defense, you’re in the right place at the right time.   


The moment you walk through our doors, you’ll see that our entire staff is passionate about teaching martial arts and helping our students become the best they can be. Our goal is to help you master every kick and punch you do and achieve a 5-star body, mind and spirit.


With every class you take, you’ll start to see changes in your body and in the way you think. You’ll become sharper, quicker and get in the best shape you’ve ever been. And the BEST part about that is that we make it Super-Fun so that your whole family can learn, laugh, play and get fit together. Our school is family-friendly and practicing martial arts together is an excellent way to strengthen the bond between family members.  


Some of our top instructors have trained for more than 40 years and have real-life relationships with people like Helio Gracie, Rickson Gracie and Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s #1 student). By pursuing this lineage from the beginning and nurturing these relationships, we’re able to provide a high level of technology and cutting-edge information that’s unparalleled in our region.


River City Warriors offers a variety of classes for kids, teens and adults. Whether it’s Kid’s Martial Arts, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Women’s Only Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai or JKD & Kali, each provides an excellent balance of learning, challenge and getting a great workout.


Are you NEW to martial arts and maybe a bit nervous about some things? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Our instructors love beginners and take a well-planned, safe approach to teaching you in a way you can understand and participate in.


If you’re worried about your fitness level or whether you’ll be able to keep up; again, we’ve got your back and we’ll work with you at whatever level you’re at. Your goals are our goals and we won’t stop until we meet them. It’s just that simple.


Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced level student, our first-rate classes are designed to provide you with AMAZING results in your body, mind and spirit. You’ll experience…


Those are PRICELESS benefits and you’ll be amazed to know that martial arts is really a low-cost activity.

In fact, check out the CRAZY-LOW Web Special going on right now! Classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal… so reserve your spot today!


You’re just one click away from looking your best, having a blast and mastering new self-defense skills that will empower you for life. We can't wait to train with you and celebrate all your accomplishments, big or small!


Chief Instructor


Joe Heller grew up in the 80’s where the hype was still rolling from the Bruce Lee craze in the 70’s. Combined with nonstop action movies, the popularity of martial arts was at an all-time high. Exposed to things like the Ninja Turtles and the Karate Kid, I was enamored by martial arts and begged my parents to find a place for me to train. My first JKD and Karate lesson was back in 1986, but as a 7-year-old, I wasn’t fully prepared for the journey ahead.


I casually explored a few schools, garnered a youth black belt and, at the end of high school in 1997, I began to spend my own money on travel for training. That led me to study at a prominent MMA school in the local area where I was further exposed to JKD, Kali/Escrima, Muay Thai, Boxing and BJJ.


A year later, I would meet one of my favorite mentors, Dan Inosanto. Guro (teacher) Inosanto was in his early 60’s at the time and moved with the speed and deftness of a man half his age. Guro Dan introduced me to my Muay Thai instructor, Ajarn Chai, and would continue to inspire me to this very day. He’s now closing in on his 82nd birthday and still trains every day!


In 2007, I was fortunate enough to hear about Relson Gracie, the oldest living son of Helio Gracie, who was in Portland giving a seminar. I was blown away. Another mentor in his 60’s, Relson demonstrated BJJ principles and techniques with a softness and efficacy I had never seen before. In one afternoon, he had completely rewritten the rules I thought I knew about BJJ and changed my life for the better.


One of Relson’s childhood friends, Anibal Lobo, happened to be in the audience and was planning to move to Portland. Anibal agreed to work with me one-on-one and we’ve been training and teaching together ever since.


These experiences and seeking out the best information from the best people possible would build the foundations of the River City Warrior Academy. I continue to build on these experiences and relationships. Never satisfied with stagnation, I continue to explore martial arts through a variety of mentors locally and abroad.


On average, I take around five trips a year to continue my training and incorporate it into the RCW curriculum. As the school continues to grow and staff has come into place, I still show up to the school on the days I’m not required to teach. You can find me there in class training with everyone else, making conversation and being part of the family of students. I’m passionate about what I do and love being at the school. It’s my second home and I’m happy to share it with everyone in our community.

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