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 38 years of grappling experience under his first degree black belt.

 

He started in combat sports as a wrestler, earning state titles in Freestyle and Greco Roman before competing internationally.

 

After 5 years wrestling at Ithaca College he moved back home and got his first real taste of jiu jitsu training with the fighters at Easton's in Boulder.

 

After moving to LA in 2005, Conor found himself at the Bomb Squad Gym on Santa Monica Blvd. It was here that Conor first met master Eddie Bravo and fell in love with the Rubber Guard.

 

Impressed with his work ethic, his toughness, and his flexibility, Eddie encouraged Conor to try his hand at MMA.

 

Conor won his first pro fight by RNC and never looked back. After 6 years fighting for the IFL, Elite XC, and Strikeforce he retired with a professional record of 9-5. 

 

In 2019 Conor opened 10th Planet Denver, realizing a lifelong goal of leading 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.

 

Outside of the gym Heather enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog "Benny The Jet." 

 

 

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

Stone

Backbelt Zane Stone 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. Zane was given his 10th Planet Blackbelt by Conor Heun in June of 2022.

 

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 $100 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 resilient. 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 a brown belt and is available for private lessons at $80 per hour.

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Wesley
Hutchings

Born and raised in Denver, most of Wes' life was spent playing soccer but when his friends introduced him to Jiu Jitsu that all changed.

 

He started out training in a friends garage and watching Eddie Bravo's Mastering The System on the internet. He bought Eddies books, downloaded the instructionals, and did everything he could to truly master the system.

 

When word got out that Conor Heun was finally opening up 10th Planet Denver in the fall of 2018, Wes made sure he was on the mats the very first day.

 

Shortly after joining the team Wes took gold in his first tournament ever. His daily dedication to jiu jitsu was recognized when he was awarded his blue belt in June 2019. 

 

Training daily and competing whenever possible, his game evolved at an amazing rate.

 

Shortly after being asked to teach a leg locks class at 10th Planet Denver in 2022, Wes was given his purple belt after running through his most recent competition with all submission victories.

 

As one of the smallest grapplers on the mat, Wes is a great example of technique over power.

 

Don't miss your opportunity to train with Wes every Sunday at 10:00am and he is available for private lessons at $70 per hour.
 

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Ben
swan

Ben Swan started wrestling in 1989 in Merrill Wisconson for the Junior Jays at the ripe young age of 4. He was a multiple time Wisconson National Team Member in both Greco and Freestyle.

At Merrill High School he was a team leader, voted Team Captain as a Sophmore, Junior, and Senior. He was a four year starter setting the school win record and placing 6th at the State Tournament his Junior year.

In college, Ben wrestled for the University of Dubuque in Iowa at 149lbs and graduated with a degree in Health, Wellness, and Recreation.

 

After college began his foray into traditional Chinese Medicine. He attended East West Healing Arts Institute where he graduated with a degree in Western Massage and Eastern Medicine. 

Ben and Conor became fast friends in 2012 when they were both working at 24 Hour Fitness in Boulder as Personal Trainers.

 

Conor invited Ben to check out 10th Planet Jiu and the rest is history. Ben dove headfirst into Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts and was awarded a long overdue purple belt in 2022.

Ben is avaiable for one on one sessions in massage, strength training, and grappling at $100 per hour.

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Ryan
lyons

Ryan brings over 23 years of grappling experience 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 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. 

 

When he's not on the mats, he works as a tattoo artist at his shop, Dedication Tattoo and enjoys life here in Wheat Ridge with his beautiful wife, Demi, and their 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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Ryan
Charlebois

 

Coach Ryan Charlebois started his combat sports journey in 6th grade when he joined his local wrestling team in upstate New York. He fell in love with the sport and continued to wrestle through high school. His senior year he finished with an impressive 42-4 record but fell short of his goal of winning the state title. It was at this point that he decided to switch his focus to MMA. 

He moved to Atlanta, GA and started training at a Renzo Gracie affliate. He progressed quickly and soon earned his blue belt from Paul Creighton.

 

After an undefeated amateur career in which he won two titles, scored four knockouts and finished at 6-0, he felt it was time to go pro. He also knew that if he wanted to become world champion, he would need to train with world champions. 

 

His search for the best fight camp in the country brought him to Colorado where he joined Elevation Fight Team and linked up with Coach Justin Houghton of Pound 4 Pound Muay Thai. 

Soon he was signed to a multi fight deal with the LFA and was well on his way to making his dreams come true.

 

Coach Ryan is available for private lessons and charges $100 per hour or $60 for 30 minutes. If you would like to take his kick boxing class, but are unable to attend the intro class every Wednesday, please schedule a 30 minute session so he can bring you up to speed.

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Keith
Roop-Eckart

Keith started his martial arts journey with Aikido in 2005. He dabbled with a variety of styles before falling in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014. 

 

After receiving his blue belt in 2016, Keith traveled across the midwest and competed in various tournaments before settling down at 10th Planet Denver.

 

Keith has developed a very dangerous Guillotine and his Kimura game always leads to a sweep or a finish.

 

Keith was awarded his purple belt from Coach Heun in 2021.

 

Keith believes guard retention and submission chains form the core of a strong grappling game and is excited to share his knowledge with the 10th Planet community during his Monday morning 6:00am class.

 

Keith is available for privates at $70 per hour.

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Michelle
Dean

Michelle's coaching career began in 2012 when she realized how much physical training helped with her own mental health and she became determined to share the benefits of fitness with everyone she could.

 

This pursuit led her to study Mind, Body, and Spirit Optimization at Kion University, earn her personal training certification through NASM, and become a CrossFit certified level 1 coach.

 

Michelle worked and trained with some of the best MMA fighters in the world at some of the most highly regarded MMA gyms on the West Coast before finding her way to 10th Planet Denver in the summer of 2022.

 

Her experience coaching and training with elite fighters has given her a keen insight into the specific type of strength and conditioning needed for mixed martial arts. 

As an athlete, Michelle is a record holding elite ranked powerlifter and has been training Kickboxing, Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu for almost 5 years. 


Michelle’s true passion is to not only explore the depths of her own power, but to assist people in finding that power within themselves. 
 

Outside of the gym, Michelle loves traveling, spending time in nature and hanging out with her dogs, ducks and chickens!

Michelle is available for personal training at $85 per session.

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Matt

Paul

Matt Paul is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, a pro kickboxer, and a professional MMA fighter with over 30 fights.

 

Matt grew up wrestling and found 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in 2014. He received his black belt 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 available for privates at $100 per hour.

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Hannah
Mitchell

Hannah is a lifelong athlete who grew up playing sports. Despite trying Soccer, Lacrosse, Water Polo, and Ultimate Frisbee, Hannah never found an activity that really held her interest until she tried rock climbing. 

 

After moving to Colorado, Hannah was seeking a new community and finally took her Husband Scott’s advice to try Jiu Jitsu. Preferring Nogi, Scott told her to check out 10th Planet. When Hannah saw that 10th Planet Denver had women’s only classes, she forced herself to try it and immediately fell in love.

 

Jiu Jitsu had the same physical and mental problem solving that she liked so much about rock climbing but on the mats, it was like the rock was trying to climb you back.

 

Obsessed with this new game, she made a commitment to herself to attend all the women’s class and progressed quickly. Her skills were recognized in January of 2022 when she was awarded her blue belt.

 

 You can take Hannah’s class every Tuesday night at 6:00pm.

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Giovanni
Medina

Giovanni Medina got a taste for martial arts in high school when he joined the Etiwanda wrestling team in Southern California. After high school, his love of grappling brought him to Millenia Jiu Jitsu in Rancho Cucamonga in 2018. 

After getting his blue belt in 2020, Gio decided to travel and learn the 10th planet system. 

He moved to Denver and soon found his home at 10th planet Denver where he teaches the kids class. His goal is to help influence the growth of jiu jitsu through its youth.

Giovanni is available for private lessons for $60 an hour.

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Charles
Burroughs

Charles grew up in Southern Vermont in a small town. Born into a family of dancers, Charles was dancing as soon as he could walk and won a national title at nine years old.

 

Throughout high school, Charles was a three sport athlete and coached youth sports as well.


At the age of eighteen he moved to Denver to pursue martial arts and explore.


After checking out a couple other gyms in the area he finally found his home at 10th Planet Denver and began to fully dedicate himself to the study of Jiu Jitsu.


Charles was awarded his blue belt after just eighteen months of training under Head Coach and black belt Conor Heun.

 

Now Charles teaches the kids classes and hopes to one day compete at the highest level in Jiu Jitsu.

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