Royce Gracie academy of
lake Norman

Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman is the ONLY source for authentic Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu in the Denver area, offering the highest quality instruction for kids and adults of all experience levels, in a safe, clean, professional, family friendly environment.  We focus on teaching realistic self-defense skills, through a structured approach, in an atmosphere that emphasizes positivity, helpfulness, integrity, & professionalism, where students can feel comfortable learning at their own pace.

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Youth Jiu-Jitsu
in Denver

Our Youth Jiu-Jitsu program in Denver will help your child to develop confidence, respect, focus, and leadership, while learning practical self-defense skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives! Our fun & engaging Youth Jiu-jitsu classes will teach your child to work towards & achieve goals, giving them the fundamental techniques needed to keep themselves safe, while enhancing their fitness, agility, & coordination, developing positive character traits & healthy lifestyle habits, and learning to remain calm & solve problems under pressure.

Jiu-jitsu is the perfect self-defense art for kids, because the techniques & philosophy of Jiu-jitsu teach them to keep themselves safe & effectively control an opponent without having to injure them. In addition, they learn specific techniques & strategies to confidently & effectively deal with bullying, both physical & verbal. All while having TONS of fun in our safe & structured program. Take the first step today & learn more about our exciting Jiu-jitsu classes for kids in Denver!

Adult Jiu-Jitsu
in Denver

Adults of ALL ages & ability levels can benefit from our Jiu-jitsu program! With a primary focus on realistic, practical self-defense, students of the "gentle art", learn to efficiently & effectively keep themselves safe & control their opponent through practical, leverage based techniques that ANYONE can learn! Following a structured curriculum, new students are guided step-by-step through the core positions & techniques of Jiu-jitsu, in our Fundamentals classes, and continue to hone & refine their skills in our Mastery classes as they gain experience.

As an added benefit, most of our students see significant improvement in their overall health & fitness level-increasing their muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, coordination, and mobility through training. All in a safe, positive, encouraging, helpful, & friendly atmosphere! If you're looking for a great way to get in shape quickly & learn to defend yourself in any situation, contact us today to learn how our Adult Jiu-Jitsu classes in Denver can benefit you!

Women's Self Defense
in Denver

Today’s world can be a dangerous place, particularly for women! Victims of violent encounters are often caught off guard, thinking that it can never happen to them. Despite thinking that they will “rise to the occasion”, unfortunately, many victims find out too late that under the stress of a real life encounter, you will always revert to your level of training. The best way to ensure your safety is to take steps to prepare ahead of time through on-going, realistic, hands-on training.

Because it relies on positional control & leverage based techniques, Jiu-jitsu is the secret weapon that can give you the ability to effectively defend yourself in an efficient manner, without relying on brute force! The techniques of Jiu-Jitsu are specifically designed to give a smaller person the best chance to survive and defend themselves, even against a larger, stronger adversary!
If you are a woman who is serious about learning to defend yourself, our Adult Jiu-jitsu classes in Denver have everything you need! We have many women training regularly in our Jiu-Jitsu program, which focus on realistic self-defense. We make sure that everyone, regardless of size, gender, or skill level, feels comfortable on our mat to get the most benefit from training. While we occasionally host special "women's only" training sessions, our ongoing co-ed. Adult Jiu-jitsu classes are one of the best ways for women to develop the confidence to see that their techniques can be effective in live situations, even against their male training partners. If you want to gain the confidence & skills to protect yourself in any situation, contact us today to learn more about our Jiu-jitsu classes in Denver.

Private Jiu-Jitsu Training
in Denver

If you're looking for a more individualized approach, or just wanting to supplement your group class training, you can take advantage of our Private Training, where you will learn one-on-one, or in small groups (semi-private) from one of our dedicated professional instructors. We will help you develop a customized training program, specifically tailored to your individual goals. Private classes are available for all experience levels, and for kids and adults. As an added benefit, our private classes can be tailored around your specific schedule, during times that are convenient for you!
We know that no two students learn the same. Whether you're a beginner that wants to build your foundation fast, or an experienced student hoping to improve specific aspects of your skill sets, we're here to make it happen. You will get constant feedback and support, and professional coaching and advice, to give you a clear path to your goals! There's no better way to build your skills than through our Private Training program at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman in Denver. Discounted rates are available for multiple class packages. We also offer a semi-private class program, where you can train together in a small group with up to 3 of your friends or family members. Contact us today to schedule your first class!

why CHOOSE Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman?

Since opening in 2010, we’ve been dedicated serving the entire Denver and Lake Norman community by changing people’s lives for the better through our self-defense focused Jiu-jitsu program!   We strive to help our students to develop themselves in a positive manner, to reach their full potential, and bring out the best in themselves & others. We take pride in providing a training environment that is safe, structured, positive, & helpful, with a focus on learning over competition, in a spirit of mutual welfare & benefit for everyone.  

We strongly believe in Jiu-jitsu as a vehicle for personal development, that anyone can learn, regardless of age, gender, athleticism, or experience level. Through our programs, students not only learn the necessary skills to protect themselves, with our hands-on, practical, efficient, & realistic self defense techniques, but they gain confidence to achieve their goals & enhance their lives, for the benefit of the greater good of the community!

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"They are so welcoming and happy to see our son for classes. The academy is also very clean and organized."

"A great place to grow your children's confidence and abilities. The leadership team does an amazing job."

"Training really changed my life! I had always been active and fit but this is a whole new way to challenge yourself mentally and physically."

"Every class I go to, they do an excellent job in explaining and demonstrating techniques and moves and provide 1 on 1 instruction."

"We love this place and have seen so much growth in our boys. They are gaining life skills each and every week."

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Mission is to enhance the lives of each of our students, by helping them to achieve their individual goals & optimize their physical, mental, & emotional well-being, by providing the highest quality martial arts training, focusing on the development of realistic self-defense skills, in a safe, clean, welcoming, professional, family-friendly environment.

We offer training for students of all skill and experience levels! Even if you’ve never stepped foot in a martial arts class before, our instructors will guide you step by step through our structured program format, to help you get started with your training. We offer classes specifically geared towards beginners, and we have new students joining our program all the time. Everyone trains at their own pace and ability level, so you never have to worry about trying to keep up with anyone else! 

Everyone trains at their own pace and to their own capacity. While it is always recommended to consult your physician before beginning any physical training regimen, training in our programs does not require any extraordinary amount of athleticism, flexibility, or endurance. The reality is that most students who want to “wait to get in shape” to start training, usually do neither.  The fact is, whatever your level of fitness when you start, you will increase your capacity and get in better shape through training. Many of our students see significant weight loss and improvements in their overall fitness levels after just a few weeks of consistent training.    

Most people find that the classes at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman are so fun and mentally engaging, they don’t even realize how hard they are working! 

Serious injuries are very, very rare occurance! Of course, as with any physical activity, it is impossible to totally eliminate the potential for injury.  While we practice in very practical, hands on manner, safety is always one of our top priorities. We make every effort to reduce the potential risks of injuries for our students and provide careful supervision, particularly for our younger students. 

We typically find that more injuries to our students happen in everyday life outside of the academy than on our mats at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman!

We find that most of our youth students focus better when they’re not focused on watching their parents.  To best maximize our space and to reduce distractions to our students & staff, we don’t typically allow parents inside the training area during youth classes, except during special occasions, such as belt promotions.  However, we want you to be able to see your child’s progress, so we do provide live streaming for parents through a secure link for all of our youth classes, so you can feel confident in keeping up with everything going on remotely.

We don’t require parents to stay during classes.  However, we do find that parents who get involved with their kids Jiu-jitsu lessons, truly build a solid connection as they see their child grow in confidence and skill as they progress through their belt ranks.   And building strong family units is important to us at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman for our Denver community.

If you need to catch up on some much needed ‘me-time’,  simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

We love for our parents to be involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our Jiu-jitsu classes for adults. Your kids will love that you have something in common, and it’s a great way to build a strong family bond!  We even have a special “Family Class” where parents and their kids can train together!

Don’t worry, equipment for Jiu-jitsu training is minimal, and we will take care of everything you need! A white Official Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Network gi (uniform) and team rash guard is all that is required.  Ask how you can take advantage of our limited time signup bonus offer, to save on your complete training uniform! We even provide rental uniforms for the convenience of our students, in case you forget yours, or didn’t have time to launder it between classes.

Yes! Private and semi-private (up to 4 people) Jiu-Jitsu classes are available at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman in Denver.  You can book an individual 30 or 60 minute class, or we also offer discounted multiple private class packages. Private classes are setup on an individual basis, so we can best accommodate your schedule. Contact us to schedule a class! 

We do not believe in using belt promotions as a marketing or retention tool. Everyone progresses at their own pace, based upon the amount of time that they dedicate to training.

Our youth & adult Jiu-jitsu programs have their own separate ranking structure. Jiu-Jitsu does not have “youth black belts”, as there is a certain level of maturity and demonstrated skill required to hold this prestigious rank. Once youth students reach age 16, they are graduated into the adult belt system. While we generally promote our youth students at a more accelerated rate than our adult students, we believe that training for self-improvement is its own reward, and promotions are just a side effect of hard work & marker of progress. We have minimum time and attendance requirements, however, every student is promoted on an individual basis, based upon actual demonstrated ability, as well as consistent attendance, personal character, and dedication to the program. Promotions are earned, not given.

A black belt is just a white belt that didn’t quit! 

There are many different “styles” of martial arts out there, and to the average person, it can be hard to understand the difference. However, all martial arts are NOT created equal. While demonstrations of “kata” and board breaking look impressive to the uninitiated, these feats are largely useless in an actual physical confrontation. Gracie Jiu-jitsu has developed a reputation for being one of the most effective martial arts for realistic self defense, because of its hands on approach and training methodology.  
One of the things that makes Jiu-jitsu so effective is the “liveness” of the training. While techniques must be learned first in a controlled environment with a cooperative partner, every position & technique is eventually practiced through live sparring against a resisting opponent. This allows students to realistically develop the timing, sensitivity, and confidence in the technique. In addition, because Jiu-jitsu focuses on efficiency of movement and the use of positional control and leverage over brute force, anyone can learn to be effective with the techniques of Jiu-jitsu, even against a larger, stronger, more athletic adversary! 

With multiple black belt instructors on staff personally tested and promoted by the legendary Royce Gracie himself, you can’t get closer to the original source than right here at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman in Denver! 

While competition is not the primary focus of what we do, there are definitely opportunities for students to compete at all levels for those who are interested. Our team has many active competitors and we fully support those who choose to compete, however it is certainly never required. 

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our experienced professional Jiu-jitsu instructors, are great at making seemingly complex movements and concepts  simple.  You will be amazed at what you can do!

The techniques of Jiu-jitsu are the PERFECT tool to give your child the ability to effectively defend themselves in a physical altercation. Because our youth Jiu-jitsu program emphasizes the use of grappling based techniques over striking techniques, it is also one of the MOST HUMANE ways for your child to protect themselves! Through consistent practice, they will develop the ability to safely neutralize physical aggression WITHOUT the need to inflict any injury to a potential bully. In these days of “zero-tolerance” policies in schools, it is much better to simply immobilize and control a bully, than relying on punches and kicks that are less likely to be effective, may only increase the aggression, and look really bad when a student is left bleeding and potentially injured after the incident. 
However, there is more to the program than the physical techniques.  Often times, bullying doesn’t rise to the level of a physical attack, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to your child’s psyche. The most common form of bullying is verbal bullying-name calling, teasing, harassment. Our Bullyproof system ALSO gives your child the tools to know how to effectively stand up for themselves verbally, and avoid a physical altercation, using a systematic, step-by-step approach. It will also give your child specific steps to use, as well as guidance on when and how it is ok to use the physical techniques of Jiu-jitsu to protect themselves, should the need arise. 

Yes! One of the great things about Jiu-jitsu classes, is that it’s an individual activity, done in a group environment.  We find all our students improve in their focus, self control, discipline and social skills.  But the best part is….they’re having so much fun, that don’t even realize that they are building critical “life skills” every time they step on the mat!

The best way to find out for yourself, is to get them in for a FREE introductory class.  You’ll find our team so helpful and dedicated to helping your child become the best version of themselves. Reserve your spot now!  You will be glad you did!

What value would you place on having the confidence to know that you can effectively defend yourself or your family, get in great shape, and develop greater self-confidence? Training in a reputable Jiu-jitsu program is making an investment in yourself!  We offer a variety of membership plans and payment options suited to meet your individual needs and budget. Family discounts are also available! You can review all or our membership options on our website here. But, you can get started today with our no obligation/no commitment trial program,  so you can come in and see for yourself everything our program has to offer and if it is a good fit for you.  Ask for details!

Fill out the form on our website or contact us directly to schedule your first class & get started with your no obligation, risk free trial.

We have new students joining our community all the time, so we’ll be glad to show you first hand everything our program at Royce Gracie Academy of Lake Norman in Denver has to offer and how we can help you reach your goals!  However, spaces are limited, so contact us today to reserve your spot!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We will take care of everything you need for your first class!  We will provide you with a clean training gi (uniform), so you’ll be right at home on the mat from day one!

You may want to bring a water bottle, and some flip flops/sandals for off the mat, but other than that just plan to come in a few minutes early and we’ll take care of everything!

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