West Seattle’s newest martial arts programs


Ruffhouse Jiu Jitsu, led by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Arthur Ruff, is West Seattle’s newest martial arts academy. We have jiu jitsu classes for kids, teens, and adults. Our classes are suited for students from beginner to advanced. We pride ourselves in offering the best Jiu Jitsu training in Washington.

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We look forward to meeting you soon!


Our lead instructor has more than 20 years of coaching experience, and more than 30 years of training and competing. Ruffhouse Jiu Jitsu has a long history, starting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.




Professor Ruff was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started Judo at the age of 4, started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 9, and earned a black belt in 2003.
Professor Ruff is a National champion, European champion, and Pan American champion, and has coached multiple champions.



Arthur Ruff began his Jiu Jitsu training at Carlson Gracie Team in Rio de Janeiro. There, he trained under Luiz Carlos “Manimal” Diaz and Carlson Gracie. When Professor Arthur moved to the USA in 1995, he trained under Carlson Gracie black belt Rodrigo Medeiros of BJJ Revolution Team.



Professor Arthur opened his first academy of his own in Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. He opened another Ruffhouse Jiu Jitsu in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. He has expanded Ruffhouse to Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA, bringing his unique style of Jiu Jitsu across the country.

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At Ruffhouse Jiu Jitsu, we are a team. Like-minded individuals who work together toward the same goals. We push each other to be better, to compete, to conquer our fears, to toughen up, and have confidence in ourselves. We pride ourselves on honor, grit, and respect. Come see for yourself!


Youth Jiu Jitsu (7-13 year olds)

Youth Jiu Jitsu students are taught discipline, respect and honesty. They are pushed through strength and conditioning, and learn teamwork through drills and exercises. They are taught the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, for competition and self defense. Kids learn to defend themselves against opponents of any size, and become leaders by assisting new students.


Adult Jiu Jitsu

Adult classes consist of rigorous warmups, drills, technique, and sparring. Jiu Jitsu teaches adults how to defend and submit opponents or attackers of any size or shape. Each body type has its advantages and disadvantages in fighting, and through Jiu Jitsu, students will learn how to use their body effectively. Jiu Jitsu teaches students discipline, respect, humility, and to overcome fear and adversity.

Class Schedule


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If you would like to train with us or just try a class, fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you!

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How much are classes?

We don’t post our prices online, but they range from $115-$165/month, depending on your membership. We do offer family and military rates. Please visit us to find out more!

Can I try it out first?

Yes! You can take a class for free, OR get 3 classes for $20, plus a t-shirt! Our 3-class trial is sold online in our website store.

How does membership work?

We do not charge enrollment fees or cancellation fees, and we do not have contracts. Once you decide that you would like to join us, your membership is month to month.

I’m old/out of shape, can I train?

Yes! We have students of all ages and fitness levels! Start your path to getting in shape with us!

What do I wear?

For your trial, just wear whatever you are comfortable working out in! We have spare gi tops you can borrow, and white belts, that are washed after every use.

I have an injury or other health problem that might impact my training.

Make sure you let the instructor know! We can work around it.

Do you offer private classes?

Yes we do. We offer private lessons with our black belt or purple belt. Please inquire in person about schedule and pricing.