Newborn Cascao Jiu-Jitsu [Spokane]

Newborn Cascao Jiu-Jitsu

Newborn Cascao Jiu Jitsu was founded by James Weed, a student of Walter Cascao the founder of Cascao Jiu Jitsu. Which is why it is called Newborn Cascao Jiu Jitsu.

Coach James Weed

“My greatest achievement in my Jiu Jitsu journey is helping my students achieve greatness in their Jiu Jitsu Journey”

-James Weed-

James Weed Black Belt coach of Newborn Jiu Jitsu

James Weed is a 2nd degree black belt under Walter Cascão. He is a multiple time IBJJF Open Champion and a Black Belt Pan-American medalist, but despite those, or any of his other tournament achievements, what gives James the most pride is watching his friends/students achieve their goals, both on and off the mats!

Nearly a decade ago, James and his wife moved from Las Vegas to Spokane, and in that short time he has not only helped put Spokane on the BJJ map by building from scratch a team of World and Pan-American champions at every belt color, but also has the honor of being the head BJJ Coach of Spokane’s favorite fighter, Michael Chiesa, as he climbs the ranks in the UFC welterweight division.

Whether you are a competitor, or not, if you would like to see how BJJ can change your life, then be sure to reach out to James at Newborn Cascao Jiu Jitsu, so we can get you started today.

Coach and Founder Walter "Cascao" Vital

Walter Cascao is a 4th Degree Black Belt. He has more then 17 years teaching and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Some of his titles include: 2007 No-Gi World Champion, 2009 and 2010 World Silver Medalist, 2006 and 2009 PanAmerican Champion, and 2007, 2008, 2009 National Champion just to name a few.

Walter moved from Brazil to Las Vegas where he has built one of the top teams in all of North America and now we are proud to announce Cascao Jiu Jitsu has arrived in Spokane.

When you join Newborn you become a part of the family.

“I’ve never done this before but I have lived local my entire life. Recently I became a mother and my son is just now eight months old. I’m a single mother. I’ve done jiu jitsu for years and during pregnancy I trained and at six months pregnant I went to the gym for the last time….. I go to Newborn cascao in Spokane. My coach owns it and his name is James Weed.

This is not about me…… I just recently have experienced such amazing human nature that blows me away and single mothers in this area who feel that they can’t do jiu jitsu is wrong for one reason. My gym. At six months pregnant I belt tested to purple belt. I have been back training full time with my infant along side me. The first day I went back I was biting my nails nervous. Worrying he might cry or scream or throw a fit while my coach was teaching class or that I would drive all the way out to this gym for nothing. I got there and someone immediately took my baby and told me to get changed. I got changed and came out on the mat. By this time warm up was starting and my coach was walking around holding my son in his arms…. Gi on and all the while his class started routine. When warm up was done he handed my infant to the first person front and center and began to teach a move. Once done he picked him back up and walked around, baby in arms, correcting students as he went. Then this continued all night. Once class was done someone helped walk me out to my car and told me drive home safe. The second night…… The same thing. This has continued for three months.
I have never worried about going to the gym with my infant. This is the type of thing that I wish people knew…… Maybe you aren’t the person to go to but I just hope that women in this area know there is hope. Jiu jitsu is the best thing for women’s self defense and especially single mothers. Every day I’m there someone helps out.

Newborn Walter Cascao….. This is your protege. Thank you. So much love and support.”


Jenny Amy Lenius