Attempting mixed martial arts without proper training on the ground would not only be incomplete, it would be quite foolish. No well rounded mixed martial artist goes into the ring today without a thorough grounding in ground combat- after all, that is where most fights end up. One can quickly find himself in deep water with the sharks, and not even knowing how to swim. MMA in Denver needs to prepare you for this certain reality of modern mixed martial arts. Absolutely critical ground skills can be obtained, refined and perfected with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professionals at Gracie Colorado.

A Martial Arts School Focused not Only on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but Gracie Jiu Jitsu

When researching mixed martial arts styles, keep in mind that there is a decided difference between what is simply Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and what it Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu Jitsu. Gracie Jiu Jitsu remains true to the source- to the teaching of grandmaster Helio Gracie. It focuses on efficient and practical movement, using leverage and timing to control a much stronger opponent in a real world, self defense context. It does not rely on overly physical movements, or actions which put yourself in greater risk. As Brazilian Jiu Jitsu becomes more of a sport, with sport specific rules and scoring, this distinction becomes all the more important in mixed martial arts.

A Decided Focus on Self Defense

The Colorado Katharo Training Center has an unmistakable focus on self defense in Littleton. Under the auspices of Relson Gracie himself, and led by inimitable professor Steve Hordinski, the original teachings and goals of the Gracie family for practical self defense skills are not lost. Students are required to know and understand self defense from a number of aspects, and many of our students prefer to focus primarily on these skill sets. Indeed, a thorough background and application of self defense ability is required of high level Katharo Training Center pupils. The Gracie tradition of complete self defense is applied today at Katharo Training Center.