Known the world over as the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the famous Gracie family transformed early 20th Century Judo into a much more practical and effective form of self defense: Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Colorado offers this widely renowned and swiftly effective form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Denver at the Relson Gracie Academy. Being a son of original Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Relson Gracie himself personally taught the academy’s owner and head professor Steve Hordinski the South American form of the “gentle art.” Steve preserves, respects, and passes on this superior martial art and its traditions to those willing to be its humble students.

Martial Arts That Emphasizes Original Principles

The name of the academy’s founder signals to those in the BJJ world that this is a school that values and emphasizes self defense. And though the academy has many students who are primarily interested in sports or competition jiu jitsu, you can be certain that everyone respects and is well-founded upon practical self defense knowledge and skills: indeed, it is at the forefront of requirements for the rare Relson Gracie black belts. This knowledge must be deeply rooted and watered within every advanced student, and is considered a central tenant to the ancient art of self-defense