Emerge Jiu Jitsu Reviews

Wonderful place for children to learn at a different level. Don, Jennifer and Matthew were so good to my son. I will have my son attend hopefully this year once our schedule is set. Our friends recommended this place to us and I would recommend family n friends as well.

Pamela Y.

Just moved to the area so my boyfriend and I dropped in for a class. Jeff's instruction was great and all of the students were so welcoming. I actually forgot my belt so one of the students let me borrow his. Much appreciated! This school has a great all inclusive vibe. Thank you for a great experience

Katie A

My 6year old son has been training at Emerge Jiu Jitsu for over 6months now and I was so impressed by the art and the gentle, genuine instruction and consistent encouragement here that I decided to start training along side my son as well as in the adult classes.  I couldn't be more happy with Don and his family and the way they have helped my son grow in discipline, mental and physical health, and self esteem.  Since beginning his training my wife and I have noticed considerable changes in his behavior, focus, and desire to learn in his homeschooling as well.  If you or your children are looking into any sort of martial art or sport I highly recommend you try out Emerge Jiu Jitsu first!

Nickolas S.

Don and Jennifer are such great and caring people. I’ve known them as neighbors for many years. Emerge is a family focused Jiu Jitsu training facility teaching the skills of self defense and mindset for all levels. Their great family is heavily involved in the training with them as they create an environment where families can learn and train together.

Greg G

It is a home away from home. Amazing people to be around, learn from, communicate, etc. I would recommend anyone to emerge. If you need grounding. Channeling, self defense, or a place to even relax, learn and feel alive, emerge is the place to be. Thank you very much for everything! ❤️

Kyle E.

Don is the best coach. He KNOWS his stuff... and he’s able to TEACH it. The most patient man— kind, completely approachable... and still able to wrangle even the crazy little ones, and build these complex martial arts skills.

More importantly... my daughters LOVE this sport. They’re learning valuable skills of self-defense, but it’s not an intimidating grind— they view it as FUN. They love showing up for practice, and both Coach Don and Coach Matthew (also awesome!) are one-in-a-million.  (Or rather, TWO-in-TWO-million).

M. Victor

Great atmosphere! Great place to learn for kids and adults. I would highly recommend Emerge to anyone looking to learn Jiu-Jitsu!

Caleb S

Clean, friendly, and very knowledgeable. my daughter (who is normally pretty shy) feels very comfortable and always has a smile on after practice. She really njoys it!

Ana J.

An absolutely fantastic place to train. Coach Don and Coach Matthew are super friendly and knowledgeable. The student base is welcoming and really supportive and the gym itself is super clean and beautiful. I'm very happy I chose to train here and you will be too!!

Jesse C.

Great defense class for women. I learned so much and it was a safe and comfortable environment. I’m looking forward to training more. I’m glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried it. The instructors are very knowledgeable and respectful. It was a wonderful experience!

Katie H.

Myself and my kids have been training at Emerge for over a year and we love it. Very positive and supportive atmosphere.  Coach Don is a phenomenal instructor and mentor along with Coach Mathew and coach Jeff they make a great team. If your looking to become a high level bjj practitioner or just looking for a great place to work out with a awesome team atmosphere Give Emerge a shot.


This was the easiest place to fall in love with.  The Coopers provide an amazing environment to learn this wonderful sport in.  There are a lot of high level practitioners that role through here and share their knowledge.  There is constant improvement on something already great.  Soon this gym will be legendary.  I am proud to be part of this team.

Josh K.

Not sure where to start, I have done Jiu Jitsu on and off for 2 years now. Taking a break from it was a big mistake, and the race to find a new Jiu Jitsu home was a long one. When I tried Emerge, I knew it would be a place I'd anchor in. It is another family for me. Coach Don and his family are all around great human beings and I cant say enough great things about them. Its a safe, clean atmosphere that is welcoming which is rare at most gyms. 

Coach Don is a great, patient instructor whose advice is tangible. 

Coach Jeff has been an outstanding instructor both on and off the mat.

Emerge is a church for me, it humbles the ego and really helps with the battles and struggles life brings. 

If you are reading this and on the fence as I once was a long time ago, just take the leap and come in and try it out. Its a lifestyle that will change you and Emerge is the place to do it!

Simon G.

Fantastic gym. Coach Don is very approachable, and his BJJ experience is extensive. The environment is serious enough for advanced students, and provides lots of help and input for the beginners as well. Great practice, great place, great people!

Caleb S.

This is a great gym to get started on your BJJ training. The coaches are very knowledgeable. Very clean and inviting environment.

Aaron B.

I have been incredibly happy with the instruction that I, and my kids, have receive at Emerge. It is a comfortable atmosphere without any pressure to perform. Coach Don and Coach Matthew are always encouraging, and they maintain a respectful and welcoming attitude within the gym.

Elliott D.

I recently went to emerge for an open mat time. The guys there were all really tough and technical.The head instructor Don was very friendly and welcoming to me and I look forward to rolling with those guys more!

Robert L.

We love it here! I appreciate that not only are our kids learning jiu-jitsu, but they are gaining confidence, discipline and strength. Coach Don and Matthew are amazing with the kids, and have a wonderful balance of encouragement and firmness. Kids are expected learn the skills taught, and to also become good teammates. We highly recommend Emerge!

A. Downing

I've been bringing my daughter here for a few weeks and absolutely love it, great family environment and she's learning a lot. Wonderful family owned business

Andie K.

Everyone is really inviting and friendly!

Anna C.

Great staff, great vibes, and great rolls!

C. Corporal

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

I have to agree with the other five star ratings. Don and his whole family are people of Integrity, people of excellent character, who have the amazing ability to show very real care and concern for others over and above themselves. Rarely am I able to recommend martial arts gyms or dojo, but I have no hesitation recommending Emerge.

Warren L.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

The class was great and the instructors/coaches were very patient, kind, and super informative! We've known Don Cooper and his family for years and he is one of the very few men that I would completely trust my girl's with.

I'm so impressed with what I've seen that I'm signing our whole family up! What a great way to learn self-defense, discipline, and to condition and tone our bodies! Oh, and they are Christian, praying before and after class!

Rose R.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

I am so pleased with our experience at Emerge Jiu-Jitsu. Don and his family are inspiring and have taught our son the importance of discipline, health, faith, and hard work. Respect came easy for him as they give and earn it freely here. So incredibly blessed with a martial arts gym here in Vancouver, WA full of integrity and fun

Nick K.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

My 12-year-old son absolutely LOVES learning Jiu Jitsu at Emerge!! Instructor Don is phenomenal. Physical activity isn't my boy's favorite thing in the world, so it is wonderful to see him work on moves he learned in class at home. The parent area is comfortably set up and I have enjoyed getting some work done on the laptop while he's in class, so it's a win-win for both of us!

Bob B.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

Faith, Family & Jiu-Jitsu. Great place to train. Don and Matthew are great instructors that care so much. Great atmosphere, with tons of respect. Thank you Emerge for being so welcoming to visitors like myself. I hope to continue visiting your academy when I come to town.

Jeremiah R.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

I just started classes at Emerge and am loving the family-friendly environment. I can't wait until the next class and what I will learn from both Coach Don and Matthew in the many months to come! As a woman and being new to this, I felt intimidated at first but was quickly put at ease by the not too overwhelming way in which both Coach Don and Matthew lead the class. Thank you Emerge BJJ!

Crystal S.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

What a rare find! I've been to several jiu-jitsu gyms, but what the Coopers have created here is truly unique and special. Thanks for being here and being who you are!

Catherine H.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

This program is excellent!!! The instructors work hard to meet to students where they are at as they teach and guide along the way. Truly a top-notch program!

Wendy B.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

Excellent workout, clean facilities, excellent teaching, and encouraging instructors and participants! As an aside, I also really appreciate that when music is used it is not too loud.

Heather Q.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

Very excited for the opening of Emerge! Really wanted to speak about the character of the owner. Don is a very thoughtful, patient, and dedicated person. I would not trust very many people with my children but I would be very confident enrolling them to learn from Don and his family. Really looking forward to the first lessons in the new gym.

Danny E.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vancouver

Great place! Good workout for my son, professional, respectful, quick response time when trying to get questions answered. Very competitive pricing! Love the family feel of it.

Jubilee L.

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