The Only Failure is Failing to Try.
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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.
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 but falling short in the High School State Finals he went on to wrestle at Ithaca College.
After winning his first professional MMA fight by RNC, he asked for a leave of absence from his desk job to train for his second fight. When his leave request was denied he quit his sales job tochase his dreams of MMA glory
After 6 years of fighting in the biggest organizations in the world, he retired from MMA in 2012 to refocus his energy on Jiu Jitsu 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 with his partner Heather Jo Clark.
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 when she was just 5yo. Her dad, the ringside doctor for Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, brought her to work with him and after the fight Heather begged her dad to let her start training. Although her dad made her wait until she was 8, once she started training Karate she never looked back.
After playing D1 hockey in college, she played professionally in Europe before making the transition to MMA in 2008. Throughout her career 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 reconnecting with Conor and opening 10th Planet Denver, Heather has focused all her energy on growing the gym and becoming the best coach possible .
Coach Stone began his exploration into Jiu Jitsu in 2009, training in the Gi for a short time in Australia. After moving stateside, Zane discovered 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in San Francisco and settled into a steady training and competition regimen under Eddie Bravo's first black belt, Denny Prokopos.
After earning his brown belt, Zane moved around training with some of 10th Planet's most decorated and skilled grapplers, gaining knowledge and technique along the way.
After relocating to the Mile High City in 2018, Zane was thrilled to find a new home at 10th Planet Denver where he helps grapplers start their day off right, sharing his knowledge and experience with the early birds dedicated enough to make it to our 6:00am classes.
Coach / Manager
Heather Jo Clark
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 and started teaching the Monday noon class at 10th Planet Denver in 2020.
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. His Jiu Jitsu practice brought him discipline, purpose, and an outlet for his competitive nature.
Despite taking breaks from training to juggle unexpected life events, he never lost his passion for Jiu Jitsu and has since become one of the most active competitors at 10th Planet Denver. Adam won gold in multiple submission only tournaments at Blue Belt and competed at the IBJJF worlds in 2019 as the first competitor from 10PD.
Coach Davila has been training with 10th Planet Denver since opening day and his enthusiasm to welcome everyone to the mat, no matter their skill level makes him stand out as a coach and teammate.
Joe has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years. He began his Jiu Jitsu practice at 10th Planet Denver in the fall of 2019 after meeting coach Heun at a yoga class in Westminster. After talking with Conor for a while, Joe decided to check it out in an effort to "become more warrior, less poet." After a few classes he became hooked, fascinated by the interplay between the two seemingly disparate disciplines of Yoga and Jiu Jitsu.
Joe’s yoga class is designed to open your body and relax your mind after a hard day of rolling on the mats. No yoga experience is necessary to enjoy his classes, simply show up on the mat with an open mind and a willingness to explore your body using your breath.
You can catch Joe's class at 10th Planet Denver on Sundays and throughout the week at Yoga Pod Westminster.
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
(Nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
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 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 nogi 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.”