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About Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora was founded in 2013 by Tony Debelak. GJJA is a Level 4 Certified Training Center — that is the highest level of certification accredited by Rener and Ryron at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters. Use this page to learn about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora -the premier jiu jitsu program near you. Nearly eight years after opening the school, now Black Belt, Professor Tony’s Gracie Certified Training Center is the go-to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu location in the Denver metropolitan area and throughout Colorado at large.


Our Story

The doors of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora first open in 2013 when, then Brown Belt, Tony Debelak wanted a safe environment to teach his children self defense through Jiu-Jitsu. The only problem was that all of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in Colorado at that time were geared towards competition and had reputations for beating up on newcomers. So Tony sought after a solution and became Colorado's first Certified Gracie Instructor. Now, all these years later, Professor Tony continues to teach GJJ.


Our Instructors

All Gracie BJJ Aurora instructors are law enforcement background checked and have completed the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program. Each instructor is an extension of the Gracie family and a representative of Gracie University. Our certified instructors personify discipline, integrity, and honor. They are healthy in mind and body, and most importantly, they have a passion for empowering others.


What is Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

In just a few words, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is street applicable complete self defense system that is energy efficient and uses natural body movements. In truth, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is so much more. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, and combines physical and mental strength.


Why Choose GJJA ?

Aside from being Colorado's longest running Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center, it is the only school in the state to have a Level 4 Certification. Not all BJJ schools are created equal - the quality of instruction at GJJA is world class.



There are a lot of questions to ask when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, and we're here to provide answers. We've answered our most common questions about our Aurora jiu jitsu programs on our FAQs page.

Our Blog

Discover the transformative power of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Aurora's premier academy, where tradition meets innovation in a supportive community dedicated to self-defense and personal growth.



"I've been training here for 7 months now, and I absolutely love it. The professors and coaches are incredibly knowledgeable and take the time to explain techniques thoroughly. They're great at demonstrating and making sure everyone understands. The training peers are also very supportive; whenever you're unsure, they're always willing to help and explain things."

MeHoo, via Google

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