Since 1979, Pacific Rim is the oldest non-sport martial arts program in the Portland Metropolitan Area and has been internationally recognized as a model for developing successful martial artists and exceptional people.
We honor the values and techniques of traditional martial arts.
We are disciplined in our training and in our approach to teaching martial arts.
We are committed to developing each student to their fullest potential.
Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy is a rare jewel in the martial arts community that is passing on a legacy of faithfulness to a long tradition of martial arts training that goes back unbroken to the middle of the last century.
Founded in the spring of 1979 by Grandmaster James R. Garrison, Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy has been offering martial arts classes for juniors and adults for more than 37 years, continuing a long history of passing on the kind of tradition that takes several lifetimes to acquire. Our Head Instructor, Mr. Michael Martyn began his training at Pacific Rim in 1981 and spent more than 30 years as Mr. Garrison’s direct student. In 2012, Mr. Garrison presented Mr. Martyn with a katana and wakizashi from the Edo Period to signify the passing of the school and Pacific Rim’s tradition and heritage. This change in leadership was completed in 2014 when Mr. Garrison retired from active teaching at the school and Mr. Martyn assumed full-time responsibility for the dojo.
Pacific Rim is in the unique position to blend Asian cultures in a way that provides students opportunities to train in a variety of martial arts. Since its founding, Pacific Rim has been host to martial arts masters from both Japan and Korea. As the oldest martial arts academy in Oregon, Pacific Rim is considered to be the most complete training environment for students wanting to learn the traditions and benefits of traditional martial arts training.
True excellence has a long tradition of wholehearted dedication, loyal allegiance, unassailable integrity, and infinite patience, and blossoms over a lifetime. Techniques are what we practice in that particular moment. A lifetime practitioner realizes that over time, techniques will be perfected, will change, will evolve. But the qualities that really matter—internal qualities such a courtesy and integrity—these do not change. These are the same no matter what martial art one is practicing. Pacific Rim passes on an internal value system of courtesy, respect, personal integrity, dedication, and internal fortitude to its students because that is the way the arts have been taught for the past six decades.
This is the best approach to any art; and this is the legacy of Pacific Rim.
We must not forget Jigoro Kano’s thinking about the true purpose of Judo and its aim to benefit society through the development of people. Pacific Rim is the dojo that embodies Kano’s mindset and actually drives into it real life.
Eri Muneta (2010-2012)
Tatsuhiko Ueda (2016-2017)
Minori Namba (2017-2018)
Marie Tadano (2018-2019)