About Misfit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Misfit BJJ is a trans-owned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in downtown Northfield, MN. Misfit BJJ is community-focused--this means we foster a supportive environment where everyone is challenged to grow within their abilities, and where every student can take up space. We don't train our students for competition but will happily recommend other coaches to students who are interested in competing.
At Misfit BJJ, we believe that every body is already powerful. Through Jiu-Jitsu training, we aim to help every student see that power in themselves. You are not too short, too fat, too small, too tall, too inflexible, or too old. You are powerful.
Misfit BJJ centers trans and queer bodies to help counteract the systems that make those communities feel like they are not powerful. However, all are welcome; Misfit BJJ is the perfect fit for everyone who wants to build confidence and feel more powerful in their body. If that’s you, contact us today to take advantage of your complimentary lesson!
About the Instructor
Owner and Head Instructor Will Wiedenhoeft has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 22 years and making their own modifications along the way to accommodate chronic joint issues. They are a nonbinary queer person with a passion for sharing Jiu-Jitsu with people who haven’t always felt comfortable walking into a martial arts gym. Will has a specific interest in helping people modify techniques to accommodate their body’s mobility needs. Will's goal as a coach is to help every student recognize their own power and wield it with confidence and kindness. Will graduated from St. Olaf College in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics, and they are a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Professor Gina Franssen of X2 Fitness in Minneapolis, MN.
What People Are Saying
"I love training at Misfit BJJ! I've been practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu since 2016 and Misfit is one of the warmest and most welcoming gyms I've ever been to. Will is an excellent coach who teaches with great precision and patience. They are also an expert in adapting techniques and drills to suit the levels, bodies, and moods of the students. I can't recommend this spot enough!"
- Jonathan D.
“I joined Misfit partly to develop confidence and self esteem, and I have really appreciated Coach Will's ability to break things down in ways that are easy to implement if I'm feeling stuck or confused. Will is highly encouraging, and training with them feels fun and collaborative. Lessons are engaging, and I really like being able to move, train hard, and sweat, but I love that Coach Will is highly attentive to their students' individual needs and limitations. As a person who has never really been flexible throughout my life, it's been helpful to have an instructor that can work with me if that's impacting my ability to move a certain way during training, and I never feel judged. Will is very good at paying attention to what their students need, physically and mentally, to get concepts to click. The learning environment during group lessons is very friendly and respectful, and I like that as a complete beginner I was able to start training with people at all skill levels pretty much immediately. The gym is a very clean, welcoming space, and there is a nice balance of regularity and variation in the structure of lessons so that you get the opportunity to learn and practice a healthy mix of new and old stuff. I find that Coach Will is very good at connecting concepts between lessons as well. Jiu-Jitsu is a fun way to develop a sense of physical security in my body, and as a trans person, it's incredibly valuable to have a community space to do that without fear of judgment. Will has so much passion for Jiu-Jitsu, and they have cultivated a really awesome, joyful space to train!” -Liam E.
“…I learned a lot and felt like I really gained some skills with Misfit BJJ. The instructor Will Wiedenhoeft was AMAZING… I have a physical condition that makes mobility, balance, and grip difficult for me sometimes and Will did not miss a beat with a good modification for me. Will also told, modeled in slow mo, showed in real time and gave us space to practice the skill they were sharing. So So good y'all highly recommend Misfit BJJ if you want to build some skills and learn some moves!”
-Rox A. (Self Defense Seminar participant)