Bothell Martial Arts Academy

At Bothell Martial Arts Academy, we offer all adults, teenagers, and children 2 days of training.  Are you ready to train? Have any questions? Feel free to get in contact with us today!

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At Bothell Martial Arts we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Martial Arts becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Martial Arts.


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Why Brazillian Jiu Jitsu?

With so many martial art choices why should you choose Gracie Jiu-Jitsu over the rest of them?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is different from other martial arts like Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kung-Fu, and Krav Maga for its focus on ground fighting and grappling.

Real Life Application

It has a real life application since 90% of all fight and struggles go to the ground. While some might consider being on the ground as losing, that is the complete opposite of a BJJ student. In BJJ, students are taught how to control and neutralize a threat on the ground.

Hands On

While many other forms of martial arts train with padded dummies, throw kicks and punches in the air, and work on form only, this is where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shines. Students will grapple every single day.

Neutralize Strength

Some types of martial arts are heavily depending on speed, size, and strength by the individual, whereas BJJ is the complete opposite. Jiu-Jitsu uses patience, traps, opponent fatigue, opponent mistakes, leverage and physics to subdue a larger opponent.

Overall Fitness

With the intensity needed for grappling, rest assure you will build up your stamina, cardio while getting your sweat on.

Any Size or Gender

Build your confidence by learning how to neutralize larger opponents with our character building ground game.

Children’s Classes

Give your children a strong foundation of a martial art they can use in real life while showing them respect & dedication

Meet our Instructors

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Mark Buntich

Head Professor BJJ

Professor Mark Buntich started his jiu jitsu journey in 2000 under Renzo Gracie black belt Amal Easton in Boulder, Colorado. He quickly fell in love with the sport as a great stress reliever and as an opportunity to get in shape and meet people from all walks of life. He loved the sport and lifestyle so much that in 2001 he traveled to Brazil to train, where he received his blue belt from Marcelo “Yogui” Santiago. He moved to the Seattle area in 2008 and trained under Gracie Barra black belts Rodrigo Lopes and Andrew Solheim from whom he received his black belt on September 10, 2011. He continues training and teaching due to the love of the sport and the enjoyment of watching others fall in love with it too.

Ken Leif


Ken is a lifelong martial artist. Growing up, he trained in Ninjutsu and Muay Thai before connecting with Vince Domingcil and the Bothell Kempo School in 2004. He then obtained the rank of First-Degree Black Belt and opened his own school teaching Kempo. After this accomplishment, he was looking for the next challenge in martial arts and found a passion for Jiu-Jitsu. What he enjoys the most about Jiu-Jitsu is the endless amount of knowledge that can be gained. His training background includes being a student with two world champions in the sport, Miriam Candoso and Andrea Emmell. In February 2021, he received his Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Mark Buntich.

Ken has a passion for teaching others, from youth to adults. He strives to deliver the best experience for all students no matter their age or experience level. Ken is always learning and studying from other top-level instructors. His methods and teaching style are heavily influenced by Rob Biernacki from Island Top Team and BJJ Mental Models run by Steve and Matt Kwan, which incorporates scientific and conceptual methods for Jiu-Jitsu. 

Kaylene Flynn

BJJ Coach

Kaylene is one of the Youth and PeeWee coaches at Nova Uniao. She earned her purple belt in November 2018 from Professor Mark Buntich. She has supported both Youth and PeeWees at local competitions and has competed on numerous occasions herself. Kaylene was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2014 while she was participating in a kickboxing class. Since then, she has found a passion for jiu-jitsu and has remained dedicated to her journey. Kaylene appreciates the camaraderie and personal growth that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brings. She especially enjoys working with and empowering other females in the sport.


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