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 martial arts 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 move 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 to chase his dreams of MMA glory
After 6 years of fighting for the biggest organizations in the world including the IFL, Elite XC, and Strikeforce Conor retired from MMA in 2012 to refocus his energy on Jiu Jitsu and soon received his black belt from 10th Planet founder Eddie Bravo. In 2018 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 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 .
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”