OUR STAFF

  • Professor Steve Hordinski, III Head Instructor


    Hello and welcome to Katharo Training Center. I have the profound privilege of being able to offer and share the gift of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I am a stand that everyone in the world gets this Martial Art in their life. It is truly transformational and brings about a higher quality of life for everyone. Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can get to know me better.

    I began training in martial arts decades ago. I started with Kenpo Karate and earned my Black Belt. When I enlisted in the United States Navy (Deep Sea Navy Diver), I saw Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the very first time from a Relson Gracie Black Belt, Phil Cardella. I had never been exposed to anything such as this art, and it truly transformed my life.

    After my first class, I was hooked! I was stationed in Hawaii where Grandmaster Relson Gracie had a school. For those of you who don’t know, Relson Gracie is the son of the founder, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Grandmaster Relson Gracie is the brother of Master Royce Gracie, the man most of you know from the first Ultimate Fighting Challenge (UFC).

    It was truly awesome. I was learning Jiu-Jitsu straight from the source. There is this saying, “Water is always purest closest to the source.” I got to train and learn directly from one of the founders. It is one of those privileges that you only hear about sometimes. Life happens the way life happens, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now, I am honored to be able to pass on my knowledge to you.

    I earned my Black Belt from Grandmaster Relson Gracie and am currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt. I specialize in self-defense based Jiu-Jitsu with an emphasis on takedowns and striking. I have taught seminars all over the country, promoted individuals to Black Belts, formed an affiliation of academies across the United States, taught for the United States Army, privately taught security contractors, as well as police, and helped assist in forming a non-profit organization to support disabled veterans through Jiu-Jitsu

    I am committed to being a leader and example for our students. I am committed to spreading our Jiu-Jitsu all over the world. And, I am excited to make a difference for you and your families! I am personally inviting you out to come take a class and see what this Martial Art can do for your life! I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

  • Professor Steve Hordinski Jr


    Hello! I started my Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2001. It all started because I heard my son, Steven, talk about Jiu-Jitsu with so much passion and joy.

    Steven started Jiu-Jitsu while he was in the Navy. When he came home on leave, he mentioned opening an academy once he came back home for good. So, I thought I needed to have some knowledge of the sport.

    I started training at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Boulder, which is now Easton’s. I trained there for about nine years, until we opened this academy.

    Jiu-Jitsu is its own lifestyle. I really like everything about Jiu-Jitsu, especially the people I meet through the sport.

    I was born and raised in Denver. I was drafted into the Army on June 14, 1971, and served for two years. I was part of the Military Police with the 18thAirborne Task Force. After that, I worked for the government for 30 years and was an engineering tech with the Bureau of Reclamation.

    I’ve raised three boys and now I have eight grandkids. My family is my priority. Being a grandpa is what I spend most of my time doing. I also enjoy spending time paddleboarding.

    I am 64-years-old and my goal is to still be training in my 80’s. I received my black belt in December of 2013. My goal for this academy is to make the students feel like family.

  • Professor Jason Spallek Katharo Jiu Jitsu Black Belt


    I began my grappling career as a high school wrestler where I placed 2x in the state tournament. I later found Jiu-Jitsu in 2002 and was immediately hooked.

    I began training with TEAM ROC while at NC State while getting my Bachelors in Computer Science. I began and still compete in tournaments to this day.

    I began teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu towards the end of my Blue Belt. I have been teaching ever since then. I have trained all over the world with many world class instructors and pride myself in staying true to the fundamentals of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

    After moving to Colorado, I joined the Katharo Training Center team! With the help of Professor Steve Hordinski, I took my game to an entirely new level. I received my Brown Belt directly from Master Relson Gracie in January 2009 and then my Black Belt in March of 2012.

    On April 18th, 2015, I was honored to receive my first stripe on my Black Belt under 7th Degree Rickson Gracie Black Belt, Master Carlos “Caique” Elias.

    I look forward to teaching you! I cannot wait to have you on the mat with me!

  • Professor Scott Miller Katharo Jiu Jitsu Black Belt


    Wrestling is in my blood. I started wrestling when I was six years old. I grew up going to many camps and seminars. I’ve trained under Olympic champions, National champions, and Black Belts.
    In High school, I qualified multiple times for State and placed. In college, I qualified for the National Tournament both years I competed.

    In 2008, I ended my wrestling career and moved to Colorado, where I immediately started training under UFC vet and Rigan Machado Black Belt, Brad Gumm. This is where jiu-jitsu became my new passion. I enjoy the discipline and confidence it gives me. I especially enjoy the artistic side of the sport.

    I was awarded my Black Belt under Brad Gumm after five years of training and winning multiple tournaments at the Black Belt level. Challenging myself and learning the highest level of technique has always been my focus.

    I started training at Katharo Jiu-Jitsu for that reason. I was immediately humbled and excited when I started training here. As a teacher, I run a drill-based class with an openness to creativity.

    I’ve been instructing, mentoring, and coaching wrestling and jiu jitsu for 10 years now. I’m committed to sharing all my knowledge of grappling and helping students internalize that information. I want my students to maximize their human potential in every aspect of their lives. My future is becoming a more well rounded instructor and martial artist.

    Off the mats, I enjoy motorcycle adventures, yoga, self development, and socializing.

  • Joseph Parker Coach


    Hi, I’m Joseph Parker and I’m a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt. I started studying Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 at Colorado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor David Ruiz (RCJ Machado). I earned my Blue and Purple Belts (08/05 and 06/08, respectively) at CBJJ and my Brown Belt at Relson Gracie Littleton (08/12). My BJJ journey has been both triumphant and tumultuous, occasionally on the same day!

    I’ve been so blessed to study under great professors, and have adopted many of the principles of Rigan and Jean Jacque Machado, Josh Ford, Mario Correa, Amal Easton, Jeff Suskin and others. I’m thankful to have found a home here at Katharo BJJ under world class Professors Steve, Jason and Scott.

    My goal as an instructor is to encourage and facilitate growth, on and off the mat. I believe a plant must be pruned in order to induce new growth, new blooms and ultimately, new fruit. There must be purpose, adversity, strategy and consistency to bring about lasting and perpetual improvement. This principle fits so well in Jiu-Jitsu because of the art’s very nature: it’s real, powerful and without boundaries to discovery. I believe every fighter has their own personal style, or language of Jiu-Jitsu. My privilege as an instructor is to find ways to bring that out and compound it’s development.

    Thank you, and may your finger print of Jiu-Jitsu develop with might and gentleness. God bless your Jiu-Jitsu!

  • Wes Glassmeyer Youth Program Coach


    I am currently a Brown Belt under the watchful eye of Professor Steve Hordinski, III.

    I began my martial arts training in November, 2007 by briefly studying Muay Thai kickboxing. It was soon after that where I was introduced to Professor Steve and his style of Katharo Jiu-Jitsu. I quickly discovered that I shared a passion for the gentle art and have since been a devoted student, always searching for the simple way.

    I am a Colorado native who enjoys all of the activities that go along with living here, such as skiing, snowmobiling, downhill biking and hiking 14’ers.

    I was an honor student throughout my educational career and earned a Bachelor’s degree from CU Denver in music business.

  • Jenifer Hordinski Youth Jiu-Jitsu Coach/Director of Operations


    Welcome to Katharo Training Center!! I began my Martial Arts journey as a striker with the intention of learning self-defense. It wasn’t until I watched my son train Jiu-Jitsu, after being bullied a number of times, that I really got that Jiu-Jitsu is for the smaller person in a fight. I realized this as I watched my son grow and develop into a different kid in a very short amount of time. He discovered self-confidence and self-expression in Jiu-Jitsu. Once timid and unsure, he is now outgoing, talkative, and simply unafraid.

    When I’m not in class, I help coach the Youth class during the week. Aside from being a parent of a kid who studies self-defense, coaching young students who are on a wide age gamut is a very rewarding experience as our Youth program is filled with students who take an undaunted approach to learning Jiu-Jitsu; it’s very inspiring. I highly encourage parents, individuals, and kids to come try a class. I promise you’ll never want to leave!

  • Garett Irons Head Fitness Instructor/Jiu-Jitsu Coach


    My passion for practicing mixed martial arts and fitness training inspires me to advise and encourage people to live healthier lives. You only get one body, so why not treat it right? Not only can exercise help prevent obesity, certain diseases and many other things; it is also a perfect healthy outlet for stress! On top of all that, exercising on a regular basis makes you not only look good, but feel good too.

    . I believe that exercising to develop skill, not just “working out,” is the key to a truly healthy and enjoyable life. The distinction between the two is simple. By the basic definition “working out” involves moving your body a bunch of times to burn calories, loose fat and gain muscle. It doesn’t matter what you do, how you move, or whether you’re actually improving your physicality in any way, shape, or form. You move your body, get sweaty, lose weight and gain muscle (sometimes). Skill Development, conversely, is all about how moving your body can improve your physicality and proficiency in exercise. It also tends to burn a lot of calories, but that’s not the point. The better you get, the more you improve your abilities (i.e. strength, conditioning, agility, balance, mobility, etc.) and the better your abilities become to continue improving.