Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora

Teaching Self-Defense Through Gracie Jiu Jitsu to the Denver Area
Join Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora, the premiere Gracie Academy in the Denver Metropolitan area since 2014, and learn to defend yourself, no matter your age or experience. Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora, or GJJA for short, is Colorado’s best resource for learning and training street-ready self defense in a safe, clean, and friendly environment.

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora is a certified Gracie Training Center. We invite you to explore our website, research our programs, learn about our teaching methods, and discover useful resources to aid you through your Jiu Jitsu journey.

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GJJA is the Denver area’s longest running Gracie Certified Training Center

First rolling out the CTC’s mat in 2013, Professor Tony Debelak has been Colorado’s top Certified Gracie Instructor ever since. Professor Tony’s Gracie CTC is the longest running Gracie Jiu Jitsu Certified Training Center in the Denver metropolitan area, as well as in the entire state of Colorado. Prof. Tony personally strives to be a life long learner and under that pretenses he climbed the ladder of potential by making Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora Colorado’s first and only Level 4 Certified Training Center. All classes at GJJA are expert-led by Gracie Certified Instructors. Learn more about our team by exploring bio’s, videos, and photos we’ve organized on our team page.

Prof Tony Debalak with Rener and Ryron Gracie

Professor Tony Debelak after receiving his Black Belt from Ryron and Rener Gracie at Gracie HQ in Los Angeles, California.

Combatives Student Testimonial

“I have a background in wrestling and thought it would be good to better my health all while getting back into a team atmosphere. I found this school online and went to my first class to check it out. Right from the start I felt at home.

Tony and his staff are incredible and want to ensure that every student is set up for success. That passion and drive translates down to the students as well, which in turn, makes a great environment to learn and grow. Tony has gone above and beyond to help me in my Jiu Jitsu journey by opening his doors to help me finish my Combatives filming during an unprecedented time, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

I will be continuing my journey with Tony at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora and I’m excited for what is next to come.”
- Drew H.
Gracie Combatives Student


GJJA at a Glance

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora is a place to learn self-defense

GJJA is a vibrant and welcoming community for students, team members, friends, and family to advance their understanding of self-defense. The GJJA environment is free of politics, egos, and bad attitudes.

GJJA trains Gracie and Sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

At GJJA we train street, sport, art, and combat jiu jitsu. What’s the difference? Gracie Jiu Jitsu puts an emphasis on self defense for real-world scenarios. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu typically omits the usage of punches and other strikes and focuses on grappling. At GJJA we train street, practice the art, do sport jiu jitsu and prepare for combat.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora is a Level 4 Certified Gracie Academy

It’s no small feat to be a Level 4 Certified Gracie Academy. Rener and Ryron Gracie developed a rigorous process to become certified to teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu at any level, let alone at the top level of 4. So what does Level 4 mean? It means that the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora Academy is authorized by Rener and Ryron Gracie to train and issue belt’s at all levels from white to brown belt stripe 4. A Level 1 Gracie Certified Training Center can only teach and issue up to Combatives belts. Here’s a link to an entire page dedicated to helping you better understand what to expect from the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora Training Center and why it’s so different from other martial arts academies.

GJJA is a community

Are you looking for Jiu Jitsu in Denver? Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora fosters a vibrant and welcoming community for students, team members, friends, and family to advance their understanding of self-defense. The GJJA environment is free of politics, egos, and bad attitudes. Click the link to see testimonials from students of all ages and experience levels.

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GJJA is a martial arts school

As a student at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora you will learn and train the martial art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. With roots originating in Japanese Judo and Jiu Jitsu, Gracie Jiu Jitsu was developed in Brazil by Helio and Carlos Gracie. Check out this linked article if you are curious to know “what is Gracie Jiu Jitsu?”

GJJA is a welcoming environment

Everyone who enters the gym at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora knows the environment and community is there to foster a vibrant and welcoming space for students, team members, friends, and family to advance their understanding of self-defense. The Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora environment is free of politics, egos, and bad attitudes.


“Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength.”

– Helio Gracie

Are you wondering “how do I start learning Jiu Jitsu?”

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You are welcome to join us on the mat anytime — did you know that in addition to our 7-day free trial we also have an open mat available to the public most Saturday mornings? Click here to check the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora schedule.

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So why should I learn self-defense?

“Even if you’re the most peaceful person in the world and you would never pick a fight it doesn’t even matter because sometimes the fight picks you.”

– Rener Gracie


What our students say about GJJA
"Professor Tony was extremely welcoming when I moved to the area. I was training at a CTC in Alabama and wanted to continue to train under the Gracie style of teaching. I’ve been active Army for 14 years and Tony has bent over backwards to accommodate private lessons and answering any questions I might have, to include during a deployment to Afghanistan. His team of coaches is among the best and it’s evident that he mentors them to the highest level. I cannot recommend Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora highly enough."
- Nick S.
"The best place in Colorado to learn real Gracie Jiu Jitsu the way Grandmaster Helio Gracie envisioned it. Rorion, Ryron, and Rener, specially designed these programs to be linear, progressive, and safe which exponentially increases learning curve. The no ego atmsosphere is amazing and makes you feel like family right away. Everyone there is more interested in your Jiu Jitsu development then dominating and tapping you to show how effective their game is, they already know its effective. Try one week at Gracie Aurora CTC and you will see the difference."
- Shane C.

“Hands down, best Jiu Jitsu school in Denver!”

-Jeff F.
"I came in here a little hesitant to keep trying Jiu Jitsu after trying another school and being “beat up on” for an hour. That wasn’t the case here at all! Can’t say enough kind things about the coaches, their teaching styles, fellow students and the environment. You can tell there is honest excitement when students understand and master a concept, no matter how small. For all of these reasons I decided to sign up here and am excited to continue my journey."
- Chris A.
"Our entire family trains at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora. They have programs designed for our children, Women’s Empowerment self defense for my wife, and the Combatives program for myself has been fantastic in developing a bjj foundation that I can build on for a lifetime. This coupled with the high level of instructors they have has made for an amazing experience for us all."
- Nathan L.
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