Our Coaches

Conor Heun

10th Planet Denver Head Coach, Conor Heun has over 36 years of grappling experience under his 1st degree black belt. He started in combat sports as a wrestler earning state titles in Freestyle and  Greco  Roman before competing internationaly. After wrestling at Ithaca College, he moved to L.A. in 2005 and started training No Gi Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. After a successful  MMA career fighting in the IFL, Elite XC, and Strikeforce, Coach Heun returned to Colorado to open 10th Planet Denver, realizing his life long goal of becoming a head coach.

Heather Jo Clark

Head MMA Coach and Manager, Heather Jo Clark spent her life seeking out and training under the best coaches in the world including Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn, Robert Follis, and   Eddie Bravo. Her technique has proven successful at the highest levels of MMA with fights in Invicta, Bellator, and the UFC. Heather has over 10 years of MMA experience under her 10th Planet Brown Belt and is passionate about sharing her Nogi knowledge with the 10th Planet Denver team. Heather is available for private lessons at $100 per hour.

Conor Heun

10th Planet Denver Head Coach, Conor Heun has over 37 years of grappling experience under his black belt. He started in combat sports as a wrestler earning state titles in Freestyle and  Greco Roman before competing internationaly. After wrestling at Ithaca College, he moved to L.A. in 2005 and started training Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. After a career fighting in the IFL, Elite XC, and Strikeforce, Coach Heun returned home to Colorado to open 10th Planet Denver, realizing his lifelong goal of building his own team. 

Conor is available for private lessons at $150 per hour.

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Heather Jo Clark

Head MMA Coach and Manager, Heather Jo Clark spent her life seeking out and training under the best coaches in the world including Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn, Robert Follis, and   Eddie Bravo. Her technique has proven successful at the highest levels of MMA with fights in Invicta, Bellator, and the UFC. Heather has over 10 years of MMA experience under her 10th Planet Brown Belt and is passionate about sharing her No-gi knowledge with the 10th Planet Denver team.

Heather is available for private lessons at $100 per hour.

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Adam Davila

Adam Davila started his journey at Northern Illinois University when 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 and has since become one of the most active competitors at 10th Planet Denver, winning gold in multiple submission only tournaments.

Adam, a 10th Planet purple belt, has been training with 10th Planet Denver since day one and truly relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge as a coach. Adam teaches the 10th Planet Denver Fundamentals classes.

Adam is available for private lessons at $70 per hour.

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Zane

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Zane began his exploration into Jiu Jitsu in 2009, when he spent a short time training in the Gi in Australia. After a two year hiatus and a move to San Francisco, he discovered 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and settled into a steady training schedule. Zane spent the next 7+ years dedicating his time to training and competing under Denny Prokopos (Eddie Bravo's first Black Belt) where he progressed from white to brown belt.

Zane has had the pleasure of training with some of 10th Planet's and Northern California's most decorated and skilled grapplers, gaining knowledge and technique along the way.

After relocating to the Mile High City, Zane was thrilled to find a new home at 10th Planet Denver. You can get a taste of his well-rounded and individualistic approach during his class Wednesday mornings at 6:00am.

Zane is available for private lessons at $80 per hour.

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Mike Conigliaro

Mike met Coach Heun playing Street Fighter 2 in 2012. After beating Conor over and over using nearly every character in the game, Conor invited him to the Jiu Jitsu gym hoping to even the score. Mike barely knew what jiu-jitsu was when he first stepped onto the mats and although he had no prior martial arts experience, a lifetime of skateboarding had made him tough and resiliant. He struggled at first but refused to give up and soon found grappling to be a powerful vehicle for personal development and a community of some of the most inspiring people he ever met. Having spent time training in both traditional gi based Jiu Jitsu and the 10th Planet Style, Mike brings a very well rounded game to his teaching. 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 is available for private lessons at $70 per hour.

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Rick Siegrist

For most of Rick's life, fitness has been a priority. Through college, Rick led bootcamp classes for the sorority girls at the University of Arizona, while supplementing his income working at a vitamin shop. When he found his professional career interfering with his health, Rick cut ties from his purely corporate existence, trading in his airline and hotel status for a chance to chase his curiosities. Over the last 5 years, Rick has earned certifications from NASM, Strong First, ISSA, Qi Flow (Flow Method & Cycling) and CrossFit while teaching at several studios around Denver, including Qi Flow, Monkey Bar, Movement Climbing + Fitness, and Fitness in the City. His movement style follows a progression of stability to strength, strength to power while putting a premium on mastering the basics, improving range of motion and the ability to make movements pretty. His hope is that you leave the training environment more physically prepared to take on jiu jitsu or any of the other dozens of activities Colorado has to offer.

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Tony

Ortega

Tony began training Mixed Martial Arts in Nebraska at Nick Norris' Bomb Squad MMA when he was just 17. Now, with seven professional fights under his belt, Tony is excited to teach his elusive and dangerous style of striking to the students at 10th Planet Denver.

Tony started training just to stay in shape but soon fell in love with the intricate dance of striking on the feet. Once he was exposed to the aggressive clinched base style of grappling taught at 10th Planet, Tony began to enjoy the ground game just as much.

Last year he was awarded his 10th Planet Blue Belt by Coach Heun and is becoming just as dangerous on the ground as he is standing. Be sure to follow Tony's rise up the rankings as he continues to build his reputation as a finishing fighter.

Tony is available for private lessons at $60 per hour.

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Ryan
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Ryan brings over 23 years of grappling experince to the mats. He started wrestling when he was 5 and found submission grappling in the Marines where he made the All Marines Wrestling Team near the end of his enlistment and won the 2013 Armed Forces Championship. After leaving the Marines he made a run on the Olympic circuit in 2016 rising to 9th in the country in Greco. While competing internationally, Ryan coached several different programs in New Jersey including the male and female national olympic youth teams, kids transitional programs at local Jiu Jitsu gyms and local UFC fighters. Sharing his understanding of wrestling carries tremendous value for Ryan because of the tremendous positive effect it had in his life. Ryan is grateful to give back to the sport and share his knowledge with the 10th Planet Denver Team.

 

Ryan is available for privates at $100 per hour.

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brian thurow

Brian began his Jiu Jitsu journey in April of 2016 at Katharo Training Center in Littleton, CO.  Being in his mid-thirties, having zero previous martial arts experience, and a laundry list of pre-existing injuries Brian was more than hesitant to give BJJ a try but he knew that what he had been doing wasn't working either.  Brian was depressed, out of shape, had no routine, and no sense of community.  After a long conversation with a good friend who trained he eventually put his fears aside and put on a white belt. It totally changed his life. 

His first four years of training were primarily in the gi, with a heavy emphasis on self-defense and takedowns. Brian's style of jiu-jitsu is based almost purely on fundamentals and basic techniques that anyone can do. No flying triangles here!!

When he's not on the mats, he works as a tattoo artist at his shop, Dedication Tattoo and enjoys life right here in Wheat Ridge with his beautiful wife, Demi, and their curly little dog, Rumi. 

Aside from training he enjoys fishing, cooking, reading, and a nice hot bath. He's also a newbie freshwater aquarium hobbyist. 

If you see Brian at the academy, please come say hello!

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Tarin

Allen

Following months of encouragement from her partner, professional fighter Shane “Bubba” Grant, Tarin first stepped on the mats in 2015 at Low Summit BJJ. She started training to lose weight and get in shape, but fell in love with the competitive nature of the sport.

After just 3 months of training, Tarin took home the silver medal in her first competition.

When 10th Planet Denver opened in 2018 she became a regular on the mats several times a week and her hard work paid off in April of 2019 when she earned her blue belt. When the opportunity to teach was presented, Tarin couldn't wait to start sharing her knowledge and building the women’s team at 10th Planet Denver.

 

Tarin is available for privates at $60 per hour.

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Zachary
Maes

 Zachary has been studying Judo since he was 8 years old. 

At the age of 18 years old he was Ranked #2 on the National Roster at 55 Kilos and he was recognized as athlete of the year from the OTC after winning gold in both men's Judo 55kilos  and 60 kilos.

His Judo background made for a smooth transition into wrestling and allowed him to win multiple state freestyle titles including the Colorado State Games Championships at 119lbs.

 

Once USA Judo dropped the 55 kilo weight class, Zachary enrolled at The University of Northern Colorado. His wrestling career was short lived at the college level where he graduated with honors.

 

After college he began training under Sheldon Marr at Edge MMA before Joining the staff at 10th Planet Denver.

 

Zachary's return to the mats fulfills a promise he made to Alexa Liddie, a fellow Judo athlete, before she left this earth. 

Zachary is available for privates at $80 an hour.

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Houssam

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Houssam started his martial art journey at 5 years old. He earned a black belt in Taekwondo under Rachida El Hilali at club Royal before falling in love with Muay Thai. He started competing locally and eventually won a Junior Moroccan championship in 2013.

When Houssam moved to the United States in 2015 he began fighing in Colorado as an amateur for Sparta Combat League and Kickdown. He soon won the belt in both promotions.

Houssam decided to turned pro at the age of 19 and signed with Glory Kickboxing. He holds a Kickboxing record of 2-2 with 2 KO's and is undefeated as a pro in MMA and in Boxing. Houssam came to 10th planet Denver with the goal of making his grappling as good as his stand up too become the most complete fighter in the world.

Houssam is available for privates at $97 per hour.

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Matt

Paul

Matt Paul is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, a kickboxer, and a professional MMA figher with over 30 fights. Matt grew up wrestling and found 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in 2014. He received his blackbelt from Josh Passini of 10th Planet Chicago in 2021. Matt has fought for the best organizations in the world including Bellator, LFA, and Glory Kickboxing. He currently holds a 5-1 record in Fight 2 Win Pro Jiu Jitsu and is a world champion in Combat Wrestling. Matt is excited to share his dominant style of Jiu Jitsu with the 10th Planet Denver community. He loves head and arm chokes and kimuras. In his spare time Matt enjoys gaming and streams regularly on twitch.tv/HammeredBartender.

Matt is avilable for privates at $100 per hour.

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Bubba

Grant

Shane "Bubba" Grant, also know as "The Kansas Savage" has been in the game for a long time. He has a strong wrestling pedigree as a high school state finalist and college competetor and as 10th Planet Blue Belt he is always adding to his skill set on the ground. 


On the feet Bubba is known for his heavy hands, solid footwork and near perfect takedown defense. This combination has given him a 100% finishing rate in his 8 pro wins. His most recent victory was an exciting first round TKO of Trevor Wallace in the LFA.

 

After years in the game, working with some of the best coaches around, Bubba has a wealth of knowledge to share covering all aspects of the game. You can come learn takedowns from The Kansas Savage on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm or he is available for private lessons starting at $80 an hour. 

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