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Modern Self Defense Training: Stand for Life *

Our next free seminar on self defense and physical conditioning is Friday, August 26 from 6 - 9 PM. Call or email to confirm availability and save a space.

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Physical Conditioning ~ Self Defense ~ Traditional Ethics
Martial Arts & Sports ~ Weapons Training
Submission Grappling (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) ~ Life Skills

We are part of BJJ Globetrotters and we have moved! We are now meeting only in small private sessions at our home gym, 805 NW Alder St., McMinnville.

Our coaches have decades of experience in the martial arts. We've been practicing and coaching martial arts longer than many other local coaches have even been alive. Further, we are trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED use, and are AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) members, which means that our coaches have completed and passed criminal background checks, have sworn to abide by and be examples of ethics and good sportsmanship, and have received and passed specialized training/certification from the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Via Potentia is a Latin phrase that means "Path (or way) of Hidden Strength." We provide practical, no-nonsense self-defense and fitness training in a friendly atmosphere. We emphasize the value and equality of human life, conflict and injury avoidance, fighting to escape, and techniques that are not based on size, strength or advanced skills. We also offer submission grappling training with an emphasis on technical proficiency and enjoyment of the art. We do not require financial contracts, long term obligations, uniforms, foreign rituals, belt fees or the like.

Latest Class Schedule

Via Potentia ~ Self Defense and Fitness for Adults and Youth By Appointment
VP Grappling
(for fun, fitness, and self-defense)
2:30-3:30 PM6:30-7:30 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 
All Via Potentia courses are led by the founder of Via Potentia, Seth Murray. Murray has been training in martial arts since 1980, coaching since 1994, and training in submission grappling since 2007.

Quick Facts

Adult, Youth and Family Classes (age 13 and up) meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. This is the complete Via Potentia conditioning and self defense curriculum.

New terms start each January, April, July and October. It is best to start at the beginning of the month, but it is okay to start late; we'll help you catch up. Your first two weeks are a no-obligation "tryout" period.

Our techniques and exercises include comprehensive sparring and grappling, heavy bag striking, partner drills, dynamic stretching, static/isometric stretching, calisthenics, stick fighting, forms and board breaking. The fighting techniques are designed to address real assault situations, and the physical conditioning portion was developed over years of research and in consultation with various physical therapists.

Our atmosphere is challenging, but accomodating. We aren't your "masters," but work together as respectful friends. We will work with you, at your pace, to help you develop good conditioning and self defense skills.

Classes are taught by experienced, skilled instructors who also know First Aid, CPR and AED use.

To get started call, email, or drop by the gym before class (wear clothes that will be comfortable for exercise). You may also want to go through our free public seminar first. It is up to you.

College credit (PE) is available if you sign up through Chemeketa Community College. Look for the "Personal Protection" class listing, PE185PA. Class syllabus.

Cost: We ask for $150 for a three-month training term. Additional family members get half off. Additional discounts and need-based scholarships are available. MMA and ongoing participants need to purchase their own sparring gear. There are no other belt/test fees, membership costs, uniform or gear purchasing requirements. Referrals and returning participants get an additional 10% off.

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Our Pledge to You


We are presently collecting survey information in regard to our classes in McMinnville. If you live near McMinnville and are interested in participating, we invite you to take the survey; all participants will be eligible for half off of their first term of instruction.

We welcome comments, questions and suggestions for improvement.
Via Potentia, 805 NW Alder St., McMinnville OR 97128
Telephone: 503-437-3450

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