The Only Failure is Failing to Try.
10th Planet Denver was started with the goal of creating a powerful community of conscious warriors. Our belief is that "hurt people" hurt people. In other words, people who have been victimized and abused tend to victimize and abuse others. We believe that by creating an empowered community of mindful warriors with the technical skills and presence of mind to stand against violence, bullying, and intimidation wherever it lies, we are able to break this cycle of violence, effectively reducing the amount of fear, pain, and suffering in the world.
We are founded upon the belief that the simple, sincere act of trying creates a ripple in the universe where the universe conspires to see you succeed. Our capacity to try grows greater with our daily practice. Our level of success is directly related to our ability to continue to strive, against all odds and against any perception of failure.
We are founded upon the belief that action is the catalyst for growth. Taking wrong action is better than taking no action. Growth happens only when we are pushed out of our comfort zone. The most valuable thing in the world is an unbreakable spirit. Our spirit is hardened through trying. Trying is the sacred truth. When we try, miracles happen.
At 10th Planet Denver we are fiercely committed to creating the most technically advanced grapplers on the planet. Once you master the system you will be free to move through the world without fear. We believe that when we live without fear, we live as our most authentic selves. When we feel safe and supported we are free to fully express ourselves as we seek to live in alignment with our highest purpose. We deeply believe that by empowering a community of mindful warriors through technical Jiu Jitsu mastery we can effectively raise the vibration of the world.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Gandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” At 10th Planet Denver we wish to live in a world where people lift each other up and strive for the common good. By becoming stronger as individuals we strengthen the collective. When we become more patient as individuals we show others the way of patience. When we stand up and fight against cruelty and injustice we improve the world as a whole. We cannot work to improve the world if we don't first improve ourselves. If you want to get stronger, become more confident, gain patience, and more through the world in a more relaxed and present state then join come join us on the mats at 10th Planet Denver.
Remember, the revolution begins with you.
Head Coach Conor Heun is a lifelong grappler who got his first taste of competition on the wrestling mat as a 5 year old. After winning state titles in Freestyle and Greco Roman he went on to wrestle for 5 years at Ithaca College. Soon after he graduated, Conor moved to LA where he found Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and soon quit his sales job to chase dreams of MMA glory.
After fighting in the biggest organizations in the world, he retired from MMA in 2012 and received his black belt from Eddie Bravo in 2016. Two years later Conor realized a lifelong goal when he opened 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Denver.
After experiencing first hand the transformative power of a conscious martial arts practice, Coach Heun is dedicated to sharing this gift with the world.
Heather Jo Clark
Coach / Manager
Heather Jo Clark knew she wanted to be a martial artist at 5yo when she went to work with her dad, the ringside doctor for Benny “The Jet” Urquidez. She begged her dad to let her start training Karate and although her dad made her wait until she was 8, once she started she never looked back. Making the transition to MMA in 2008 she sought out the best coaches in the game including Mike Winklejohn, Greg Jackson, and Robert Follis. Under their tutelage Heather became one of the top female fighters in the world with fights in Bellator, Invicta, and the UFC. Since opening 10th Planet Denver Heather has focused all her energy on becoming the best coach possible.
Zane began his exploration into Jiu Jitsu in 2009 training in the Gi for a short time in Australia. Soon he discovered 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in San Francisco and settled into a steady regimen training and competing under Denny Prokopos where he earned his brown belt. Zane has had the pleasure of training with some of 10th Planet's most decorated and skilled grapplers, gaining knowledge and technique along the way. After recently relocating to the Mile High City, Zane was thrilled to find a new home at 10th Planet Denver where he helps grapplers start their day off right with our 6:00am classes.
Mike barely knew what jiu-jitsu was when he walked into his first gym in 2013. He had no prior martial arts experience, but he was looking for a new challenge after a lifetime of skateboarding. What he found on the mats was a powerful vehicle for personal development and a community of some of the most inspiring people he’s ever met. These days, Mike jokes about being a “jiu-jitsu evangelist” as he strives to make better people through jiu-jitsu. He helps new practitioners feel comfortable in a sport that can be intimidating and fosters a friendly atmosphere where everyone can feel empowered to become the best version of themself. Mike was awarded the rank of purple belt in 2019.
Adam Davila started his Jiu Jitsu journey at Northern Illinois University where he joined their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club in 2014. He was seeking a change in lifestyle and Jiu Jitsu made the most sense to him. It brought him discipline, purpose, and an outlet for his competitive nature. Despite having to take breaks in training to allow for life events, he never lost his passion for Jiu Jitsu and has since become one of the most active competitors at 10th Planet Denver, winning gold in multiple submission only tournaments at Blue Belt. He has been with 10th Planet Denver since day 1 and welcomes everyone on the mat, no matter the skill level, with open arms.
No-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu teaches a clinch based grappling system developed for real world self defense and mixed martial arts competition. Where traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on techniques using the gi or kimono, an outdated style of dress worn in feudal japan, the 10th Planet system focuses on controlling our opponents limbs so our techniques are effective no matter what our opponent is wearing. If you are ready to bring your grappling to the modern era, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Denver is where you need to be.
Women's Only: Grappling for Self Defense
When it comes to real world self defense for women, there is nothing more effective than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Do to the physical differences between men and women, striking based martial arts are ineffective in most situations and attempts to use these techniques often just escalate the attack. The 10th Planet system of no gi grappling empowers women, giving them real world skills to use when the encounter hits the floor, enabling them to submit and subdue their assailant.
Combat Submission Wrestling
Most fights start standing and finish on the ground. Combat submission wrestling teaches how to safely and efficiently close the distance, secure the takedown and finish the fight. Whether your goal is to become a Jiu Jitsu World Champion, a professional MMA fighter, or simply gain confidence in your ability to handle yourself and protect your love ones in real world confrontations, the ability to take your opponent down and finish them is paramount.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts.”