Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu | 6332 SE 82nd Portland OR | 503-771-3451  |

Tom Tegner (Head Coach Black Belt)

In 1996 Tom was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a friend, after a few classes Tom was hooked. Shortly after finding Jiu-jitsu Tom was offered a job transfer to Salt Lake City Utah, after hearing about Professor Pedro Sauer Tom decided to move to Utah to train with Professor Sauer. In 1997 Tom started formal training under Professor Pedro Sauer at his main academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. February 18, 1999 Pedro Sauer awarded tom the rank of Blue belt. In 2003 Tom was forced to move back to Portland due to the closing of his works’ branch in Salt Lake. Tom continued training in Portland traveling to train under Pedro whenever possible. In 2004 Pedro awarded Tom with the rank of purple belt, and in August of 2009 Tom received his Brown Belt from Master Pedro Sauer, In March 2014 Tom received his black belt from Pedro Sauer, and now carries rank of first degree black belt. Tom has been competing in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since blue belt and at 44 still continues to compete locally and nationally. In 2006 Tom won silver in the purple belt division at the 2006 Gracie world championships, Tom has also competed and medaled in numerous competitions including national IBJJF tournaments. While Tom loves to compete for the personal challenge, Toms love for jiu-jitsu is not for competition, but for the effective self-defense taught in the Pedro Sauer curriculum, lifestyle, creativity, community, and technical aspects of Gracie Jiu-jitsu. Tom believes that Jiu-jitsu learned properly with a focus on technique and leverage, is for everyone regardless of physical ability, age, or gender. Tom is currently a cerified black belt under Master Pedro Sauer, and is the head BJJ/GJJ instructor at Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is affiliated with the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association and is sub affiliated under Black belt Anibal Lobo. Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu meets at Alive MMA 5607 SE Woodstock Portland Oregon.

* Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt first degree.

*Over 20 years’ experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

*Over 9 years’ experience as a BJJ instructor

*Experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor locally and nationally

*knowledge of fundamental GJJ self-defense and Pedro Sauer Curriculum.

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2006 Gracie World Championships:  Purple belt Silver Medal

2010 IBJJF Vegas Open: Brown Gold in weight class/Bronze in open weight

2010 IBJJF US Nationals NOGI: Brown Gold in weight/Bronze in open

2012 IBJJF Long Beach Open: Brown Silver in weight/Silver Open weight

2013 NAGA Oregon: Brown belt Feather weight champion.

2014 Five Oregon Masters Black Belt Light Bronze Medalist

+ many local NW Jiu-Jitsu tournament placings. At the age of 42 Tom still continues to compete.

David Tombleson (Brown belt BJJ, Head instructor Life Tactics Program)



David became interested in functional self-defense while working as a police officer in the late 1990’s.  Though he had six years of wrestling experience and had finished first in his class in defensive tactics at the police academy, he felt ill prepared to face the realities of hand to hand combat in the street.  He observed that he was not alone.  Officers were often unable to effectively handle combative subjects using the least amount of force necessary.  While he was still looking for ways to improve this situation, he left law enforcement due to a serious back problem.


David found himself functionally disabled and in need of a new career path.  He attended Baylor Law School, but was not happy practicing law.  David entered the security field, commanding high risk security teams, performing executive protection, and training security officers.


In order to try to get back in shape and fulfill his need for competition, in 2007 David started training MMA under Chris Standing and Trent Standing.  David was quickly drawn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and found that the more he rolled, the less pain he had in his back.  He credit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with restoring his quality of life.  In 2009 while continuing his MMA training, David began training Gi BJJ under Professor Bill Bradley at Alive MMA.  Professor Bradley awarded David his Blue belt in February 2011.  In November 2012, David joined Team Pedro Sauer to – along with Jacob Tombleson and Tom Tegner – form Life Tactics/Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. David was promoted to purple belt March 2014 by Master Pedro Sauer.  David has developed programs to teach children how to deal with emergencies (Little Heroes), stand up to bullies (Life Tactics), and for people who deal with conflict on a professional level (TIC’D).  TIC’D was David’s response to the need for additional training that he had noted in police officers years before and in security personnel since.


David’s unusual background in law enforcement, law, security, MMA, and coaching give David a unique perspective on teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that is effective for both competition and self-defense.  In addition, David is an expert in Verbal De-escalation techniques and legal issues surrounding the use of self-defense.


  • Six years’ experience in Wrestling

  • Over 10 years’ experience as coach including Wrestling, Track and Field, and Jiu-Jitsu

  • Over 20 years’ experience as an instructor, including serving as a member of the Command Training Team while serving in the U.S. Navy, serving as a DPSST instructor, and teaching numerous CPR, First Aid, and other classes.

  • Experienced competitor, having earned 14 medals in local and regional BJJ competitions.

Competition Highlights:


  • 2008 Submission Wrestling BJJ League Season Championship: Novice no-gi Gold Medal

  • 2010 Submission Wrestling BJJ League Season Championship: Intermediate no-gi Silver Medal

  • 2011 Oregon Open BJJ: Blue belt Silver medal

  • 2013 Oregon Open BJJ: Blue belt Gold medal

  • 2013 Oregon Open BJJ: Advanced no-gi Silver Medal


Jackson Vargas (Purple Belt Instructor)

Jackson began training in 1996 and recieved his blue belt in Salt Lake City Utah from Pedro Sauer in 1999. After a brief hiatus Jackson returned to Jiu-Jitsu and recieved his purple belt from Master Pedro Sauer in March 2014.

Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu | 5607 SE Woodstock Portland OR |  503-954-3304 |

Pedro Sauer Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu Association


Link to Anibal Lobo head Oregon PSA Representative

            Anibal Lobo Academy Oregon Head black belt representative of the Pedro Sauer Association.

839 E. Powell Blvd.

Gresham Oregon, 97030

Anibal Lobo-Black Belt

Phone: 503-757-0508



Anibal Lobo PSA affiliated acadamies

The Source Academy

12120 Southwest Garden Place

Tigard, OR 97223


Tula Yoga & Jiu-Jitsu

1055 & 1057 14th Avenue

Longview, WA 98632


NW Pedro Sauer Affiliated Acadamies

Universal Jiu-Jitsu

Mel Locke-Black Belt, Washington PSA Representative

217 NE 4th Avenue
Camas, Washington 98607


Oregon Pound

987 NE Conifer Blvd.

Corvallis, Oregon


3220 S Troutdale Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


Gracie Technics Beaverton

Aim High Academy of Martial Arts
16205 NW Bethany Ct. #100
Beaverton OR 97006


Evergreen Karate & Jiu Jitsu

Bryan Alvarez

10116 NE 185th St.
Bothell, WA 98011
(425) 486-4105


Address:Address:Ultimate Karate & Jiu-Jitsu

Keith Owen-Black Belt, Idaho PSA Representative

68 East Fairview Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642
Cherry Plaza Shopping Center
(208) 846-9119