We Appreciate You Fighting for US


Quick update on our incredible community: 

First let us say we are eternally grateful for all of you who choose to continue to support RCW and ensure that we will be a place you can return to in the future. There’s hope on the horizon with the vaccines trickling out and finally being distributed to those most vulnerable, our family, friends, and loved ones. Some of you have attended ZOOM classes, several returned in person when we opened under Phase I measures, and many of you have called to offer your support even though we haven’t seen you in quite some time. All of this speaks volumes to the impact RCW has had on your lives, and words can’t express our appreciation and gratitude. I’ve always said in class, that I believe teaching of any kind is a two way street. The professor in the classroom benefits as much as the community they nurture. It has never been more true than it is now, because we frankly wouldn’t be able to outlast this pandemic and offer you the assurance that we will be here in 2021 without your help.

We also can’t go without saying that we don’t want to be a burden on anyone during this time. We don’t want anyone to feel like we’re asking for something we don’t deserve either. If anyone has any membership requests, would like to pause, cancel, or hold, please reach out to the school number at any time and we’ll respond right away. Keep in mind that any adjustments made to any membership usually take a billing cycle. We are here for you too and are honestly just trying to manage this situation as best as we possibly can.

Quicker update on Covid:

As for Covid guidelines, they’re currently a bit of a mystery. We’ve been in contact frequently with the OHA to try and make sense of the Governor’s new restrictions. Unfortunately that’s about as much as we’ve gleaned from those interactions. Thee’s not much to go on, more than what you see in the news. We’re told to wait every 2 weeks for an “assessment” and then county risk will be determined by that evaluation and things will remain closed, or start to open as they improve. As of today the next available date is January 15th.

We know this isn’t forever, and continue to suspect that it’ll be short term. The vaccine is being rolled out, and will only ramp up in distribution as time goes on. We predict that we’ll see a drop in fatalities among our most vulnerable very soon. That alone will start to allow for more liberty and movement in the general population, but it’ll just take a bit more time before we round that corner. We value all our students and their families, and we encourage you to stay strong and protect the health of yourselves and others by wearing a mask and following social guidelines during this time. We’re tired too. We want class to resume as regular, life to go on as normal, to head to the movies or attend a competition. It will happen, and likely in the coming year, but we need to tap into some of the key character traits that martial arts provides; perseverance and resilience. It’s tough on all of us, but together we’ll have the chance to come gather again in person and appreciate one another in the near future.


We’ve had a lot of questions about these lately, ZOOM classes are ONGOING! Based on attendance we’re currently offering them at the schedule below. Should it ramp up and we see the need to add more sessions we absolutely will. Right now we’re doing a combined “striking” hour with a mix of Muay Thai, JKD, and Kali, with the latter being only used for the warm up. Any current member of RCW and their family can attend any and all ZOOM classes regardless of membership, even kids!


Monday/Wednesday @6pm: Virtual Striking

Required equipment: NONE

Optional equipment: Having some kind of handheld object nearby like a pair of Kali sticks, a hammer, training knife, or spatula would help with the Kali warmup. Boxing gloves, a heavy bag, or anything that you can hit would help make the rest of the class more engaging. Again these aren’t required, but they will help YOU get more out of class. Most people enjoy having some kind of minimal equipment at home because it helps them feel like they’re doing more than shadow boxing (which is still valuable!)


Monday/Wednesday @7pm: Virtual BJJ 

Required Equipment: We highly suggest that you have a grappling dummy or family member for participation. We can work around it but since it’s grappling focused this will make the class much easier to follow along. There’s TONS of Youtube DIY grappling dummies made from household objects out there. We’ve linked to them on the blog and facebook before, but if you just search for it you’ll find endless results.

Meeting information: 

Meeting ID: 678 877 2943

Passcode: together#3



We’ve really worked hard this year to ramp up our digital curriculum. There’s still more in the works, but we are consistently putting information on our channel to supplement our ZOOM classes. This has been really helping our community stay together, especially for those who the online class times don’t work for, or just aren’t their thing. It’s a great place to engage with RCW and we’ve been taking requests from students, and strangers on the web, to produce content that’s directly related and provides material you can work on at home. Always had a question you wanted to ask in class? Weren’t able to attend that last seminar? Just curious on how to throw a Jab better? Hit us up on Youtube and let us know how we can help, or just take your time and browse any of the hundreds of videos we’ve already posted since March.

You can go directly to our channel —->HERE<—-


Thanks Again!

For all you do Warriors, we really wouldn’t be here without you and that’s an understatement. We can’t wait to be back in real physical classes with all of you and as soon as we hear word on restrictions changing we’ll post them right here on the blog.


Until then, all the best,

Coach Joe


Taking Pause


Dear Warriors, I personally spoke with the Oregon Health Authority yesterday,  and I wish I had better news for our students and community. Under the new guidelines our school is in a bit of a precarious place. “Gyms” and fitness are one of the most restricted activities at the moment and that looks to continue at least for two more weeks.

The Governor has instated a risk based approach to assess each individual county and we’re all starting off at extreme risk. The first week will be an evaluation to see what the case load will be like moving forward. The subsequent week the state will use that evaluation to see if they can lower the risk level and increase the economic and social activities. Essentially the previous pause we all went through was preparing for this new agenda as a reset. If that sounds confusing and ambiguous it’s because it is. OHA couldn’t give us any more information other than check back in two weeks, it’s left me personally concerned for the health and well being of RCW as a place to train.

First and foremost I’d like to thank every single one of you who have supported us during this difficult time. We literally would not make it without your contribution to ensure that the school exists in the future. Thanks is not even enough, and Coach Erik and I are looking for more ways to serve our community and give back to you all. We currently have ZOOM classes going on each week (info below!) and any suggestions you have during this time would be more than appreciated. All I know is that we will return the favor for the so many of you who have given us a leg to stand on as we watch all our neighboring competitors permanently shutter their doors.

Lastly, we understand the impact of Covid is well beyond our sphere of influence. If anyone has any need, whether it’s putting a membership on hold, or just needs some help to get through this situation please reach out to us and we’ll respond right away. In the meantime, check back here and on Facebook, as we’ll be following the restrictions very closely to open the first chance we get. As soon as we know any further details, they’ll be posted right here ASAP.


Thanks again, grateful to you all,

Coach Joe



Looking ahead…

We’re thankful this pause is brief, and hopeful that we can get back to training right after the Thanksgiving break. We know that wearing masks diminishes the spread, but it isn’t bulletproof. All of the coaches at RCW have someone in their family that has an underlying condition or is in a high risk category. We appreciate you looking out for us and doing your part during this time. Our school is a community, one that’s reflective of our city, our state, and not separate from it. Please consider your holiday plans carefully and let’s follow the advice of science and health experts as best we can. We care about you too, and hope you’ve seen us ardently cleaning and maintaining health and safety protocols at the academy during these past few months. It looks like several potential vaccines are on the way in the coming year, and we’re asking you to hang in there with us a little while longer. If you need anything, have any concerns about the school, or your membership, please feel free to contact us any time.

During the break…

We’ll be back on ZOOM and YouTube sprinkling in a few sessions in the interim. Stay tuned to the blog here for the latest update. By Wednesday 11/18 we’ll update this page to reflect our plan for virtual lessons. Stay tuned.

UPDATED 11/30/20

ZOOM times for the next two weeks are as follows, all classes will be restricted to the 45 minute ZOOM time window, and to allow us to prepare for the next class. Kids are welcome! Partners are encouraged! Even if they’re not a member at the school, the more the merrier, we’d love to see you online and in class.

Monday and Wednesday THIS WEEK!

6pm: Standup Striking – Coach Joe and Erik will be blending JKD, Boxing, Kali, and Muay Thai skills into one session. You don’t have to have any equipment but if you have a simple stick, or a kitchen spatula, or a training knife that would be a benefit as we’re going to warm up with hand held tools. We’ll be demonstrating and focusing on shadow boxing, but if you have a heavy bag in your home gym that’s definitely a bonus to amp up your class.

7pm: BJJ – We’ll be using the grappling dummy, and also doing general movement workouts that are specific to aid and benefit your Jiu Jitsu. If you went through the course during the last lockdown there should be some familiarity to you. Since we can’t train with each other our goal is to how we can effectively teach our body to move, stretch, and function in a way that has a positive impact on and off the mat.

ZOOM Details: you’ll need the ID and code to enter, along with being a current active student, it will be the same for all sessions. If you haven’t used it before ZOOM is really straightforward and most smartphones can capably run the app, as well as any laptop or other device you might have around the house.

Meeting ID: 678 877 2943

Passcode: together#3

Still You-Tubing:

We’re producing a lot of online content right now to help supplement these workouts and expand your curriculum. Nearly everything we post online is something we cover in class. This is a great way to continue training right now if you can’t make it to the ZOOM class times. If you haven’t checked it out yet our Youtube channel is stacked with videos, we’ve been producing content for it all year long and there’s quite a collection now across all the arts.

You can check it out —> HERE <—


We’ll be right back! (UPDATED 11/30/20)

December 2nd is right around the corner, and if the current plan holds true that’s when we’ll open. River City Warriors is in Washington County, which means we won’t be on pause as long as Multnomah County if everything goes according to plan. We’ll keep you updated Warriors, thanks again for all the grace and understanding that our community is known for, you are the best.




Highest regards,

Professor Joe