High NooN BJJ
85 South Bragg Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22312
Our focus is helping our students achieve their goals in Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ), Judo, and nogi submission grappling. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced competitor, High Noon BJJ is the place for you! We offer a full schedule of beginner, intermediate, and advanced BJJ, Judo, and Wrestling classes taught by highly motivated coaches that are committed helping you improve.
All of our Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo classes are taught by brown and black belt practitioners with lengthy competition records. Among our instructors, we have medalists at all levels of competition, including IBJJF Worlds, Pans, Nogi Pans, Nogi Worlds, World Masters, and many more. Additionally, our instructors are not only experienced competitors, but also experienced teachers. Whether you’re looking to sharpen up for competition or simply have fun and get in shape, we can help you reach your goals here at High Noon BJJ.
There’s no better time to start than right now! Take a look around the site and don’t forget to Click the link below to get signed up for your free trial class.
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We think it’s simple: Not only will you have fun, get in great shape, and make a ton of new friends along the way, BJJ will also help you to build confidence, coordination, resilience, and provide a powerful way to relieve stress.
BJJ is also widely regarded as one of the most dynamic and effective martial arts for self-defense in the world. At High noon we integrate the ground-based tecHniques of BJJ with wrestling and judo to form an effective base for anyone to defend themselves. We round out our technical training by committing to high-intensity sessions to ensure our students are prepared to execute the techniques they’ve learned under duress if necessary.
There’s no better time than today to start your BJJ Journey. Click the nearby registration link and sign up for your free trial class!
OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY AT HIGH NOON COULD BE SUMMED UP EASILY AS “WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK.” WHETHER YOU’RE TRAINING FOR COMPETITION, SELF-DEFENSE, OR SIMPLY TO GET IN SHAPE, WE BELIEVE ITS CRITICAL TO TRAIN WITH ENOUGH INTENSITY TO BE PREPARED FOR A FIGHT. HOWEVER, WE MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE ATMOSPHERE FUN, FRIENDLY, AND WELCOMING DESPITE THE HARD TRAINING. DURING ANY GIVEN TRAINING SESSION, YOU’LL USUALLY FIND THE ROOM FILLED WITH THE SOUND OF HARD WORK, LAUGHTER, AND GOOD-NATURED TEASING AMONG TEAMMATES.
aDDITIONALLY, WE STRUCTURE CLASSES AT HIGH NOON WITH THE EXPRESS GOAL OF BUILDING HIGHLY ADAPTIVE MARTIAL ARTISTS THAT ARE ABLE TO USE THEIR SKILLS UNDER DURESS. PRACTICALLY, tHAT MEANS WE WASTE VERY LITTLE TIME DOING USELESS WARM UPS AND DRILLING MOVEMENTS AGAINST FULLY COMPLIANT PARTNERS. iNSTEAD, WE FOCUS ON INTELLIGENT DRILLING, POSITIONAL SPARRING, AND LIVE TRAINING SO OUR STUDENTS TRULY LEARN TO FIGHT. WE BELIEVE THE STUDENT BODY’S ABILITY TO PERFORM TECHNIQUES ON RESISTING OPPONENTS SHOULD BE THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF ANY REAL MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY AND OUR TRAINING METHODS REFLECT THAT GOAL.
Heidi Holz began judo in her late 30s but is passionate about judo and progressed quickly. In 2022 she was named the USJA female veteran competitor of the year and was number one in her division on the USA Judo national roster. Heidi is currently an ikkyu brown belt working towards her black belt. She has traveled all over the United States supporting competitors and has coached at the US senior national championships. She enjoys working with all levels of judoka but specializes in working with adult beginners and kids.
Alex Painter competed at the senior level successfully for roughly a decade, and currently is a successful national-level competitor at the veterans level. He completed 2022 as the number one ranked person in his division and has medals at the national championships, US Open, and President’s Cup. Alex has years of experience as a competitor and coach across multiple sports, including freestyle wrestling. Of note, he has spent many years working with kids where he has been able to harness his past experience as an academic teacher. His varied athletic background has enabled him to bring in a variety of perspectives for how he teaches.
Wes holds over four decades of experience in teaching judo. Wes holds the rank of Nidan and serves as one of the instructors for Judo Kids. He is the father of three athletic children. Rachel, his youngest daughter, is an Ikkyu and has won many local and regional tournaments including twice winning the Virginia state championship. Wes taught Beginning Judo at Auburn University in the early 1980s. Wes is trained and certified as a coach by USAJudo.
Chris Round has taught judo for the better part of two decades. A black belt under 2x Olympic Coach and World Champion Jimmy Pedro, he underwent several years of instructor training before branching out to lead several programs. Chris has previously taught for Fenix Fight Club, Sport Judo, and ran the Indiana University Judo Club. After teaching at Pedro’s Judo Center, he went onto apprentice under Dr. Rhadi Ferguson and assisted in developing scouting reports for members of the 2016 US Olympic Team and 2019 US World Team. He has worked with elite athletes in judo, Brazilian jiujitsu, and mixed martial arts. He holds the ranks of Yodan in judo, black belt in BJJ under Rhadi Ferguson, and is certified as an international level coach under USA Judo.
As a competitor, Chris was a mainstay on the US Elite national roster for sixteen years. He was ranked as high 4th in the United States as a senior player, 2nd as a junior player, and was the number one ranked veterans player in the 30-35 year old division. He has finished several times in the top 8 at major tournaments like the Senior National Championships, US Open and Presidents Cup. He was a collegiate national finalist, U20 Junior National Champion, and a club level training partner for members of four Olympic teams.
With lots of competitions finally back on schedules across the country, the High Noon coaching staff has developed a new policy regarding training requirements for competition.
Our coaching staff has decades of competition experience and one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is that you MUST prepare properly to achieve consistent success in competition. Even with proper preparation, success is STILL not guaranteed! Failing to prepare, however, does a huge disservice to the team you represent, the coaches and teammates that spend time and energy training with you, and, most importantly, yourself.
Absolute minimum of two training sessions per week. For newer practitioners especially – Coach Leah has been an integral resource in game planning over the course of High Noon’s existence. She is an experienced competitor herself and a resource you should seriously consider consulting if newer to competition.
Absolute minimum of three training sessions per week. Student will also discuss a training plan with Coaches Tim and Matt for approval.
The coaching staff puts forth a lot of effort to ensure that competitively inclined students have an opportunity to succeed. The above requirements assist in giving the student a baseline training load to be successful in competition. Please note, that the above requirements are minimums. Additional training sessions are always encouraged for students who are preparing for competitions.
Last, just so it is clear, we do not expect you to compete under the High Noon flag at any competition unless you have met these standards. You are, of course, ultimately free to do what you please (i.e. compete independently, etc.), but it is important for us to set a baseline standard of readiness for those that want to represent the gym in competition.