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  • Happy New Year! Dark Horse Newsletter #2

    Dark Horse | Monthly Digest Happy New Year! Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Dark Horse Newsletter Left to Right: Prof. Dude, Coach Eric, Lucas Hennessey, Ally Wolski, Prof. Charles A new purple belt, blue belt and green belt! Congratulations everyone! Keep up the good work. Make sure to start scheduling your goal meetings for 2021! COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS Birthdays and Attendance! Happy Belated Birthdays! Ally Wolski Dec. 11 Kevin Davis Dec. 12 Brendan Churchin Dec. 13 Austen Grafa Dec. 17 Jack Webster Dec. 20 Lev Shulman Dec. 22 Happy Upcoming Birthdays! Mikey Garrity Jan. 11 Grant Fogle Jan. ....

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  • What to expect on your First Day of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Beginner Primer

    “ The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu It is a fairly common concept that to achieve proficiency in an art or discipline, you have to first assume the mind of the humble student. It could not be more true. Malcolm Gladwell has come forth with the famous 10,000 hours required to achieve true mastery of a subject. The Grammy-award winning vocalist has to drill countless hours of vocal warm-ups before achieving notoriety. It is no different in Jiu-Jitsu. The black belt with 25 years of experience had to be a first-day student at one point, learning the most rudimentary techniques. Jiu-Jitsu is complex and ....

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  • Competition

    Competition - by Coach Brendan Churchin Not everyone wants to compete. Not everyone has that urge to challenge themselves in live combat situations, with an audience of friends and strangers watching as you simulate these life-or-death scenarios. That's okay. You don't have to compete in jiu jitsu in order to advance your skills, however it is an incredible way to test your progress and "drop a mile marker" on where things stand today. I was never big on the competition scene of jiu jitsu, in fact the only competition I had entered was on May 18th, 2012 on a whim with no focused preparation - 348 days in to my training to be exact. ....

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  • It's not like it was when i was a kid....

    It's not like it was when i was a kid....

    "it's not like back when I was a kid…" How many times have you heard this saying, or better yet how many times have you used it? Growing up the youngest of 5 boys, I started competing in sports at the age of 4 - swimming and soccer early on, then came basketball, football, ice hockey and lacrosse. I've coached and participated in sports ever since. At the age of 28 while personally struggling with career direction and purpose, my wife encouraged me to find a hobby and "go try that thing you always talk about when you watch the fights". She was referring to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and there happened to be a gym about 6 blocks from my job so I took a chance - hey, Columbus did. I called ....

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  • A great day for the Helio Soneca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association

    It was a great day for the Helio Soneca Association . We got to witness two lifetimes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clash and our Mestre came out the victor. This fight taught us a few things, but the heaviest take away was the simple refrain of “practice what you preach”. Two decades ago, when Soneca and Megaton first met on the 1996 World Championships stage they were fighters, pure and simple. They had both reached the finals after impressive performances and all eyes were on their mat as the business of combat commenced. This fight was a different matter. Both men are and always will be fighters, but the matter is no longer simple, and pure does not describe ....

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  • April Update: New Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class, Upcoming Tournament, Women's Self Defense Seminar

    Q: What do you call a goat that knows martial arts? A: A karate kid.
    News Around the Academy.
    Schedule Changes:
    Advanced BJJ
    will be moving to 7pm Thursday nights when Coach Kiefer takes off. This change is effective 4/19 Thursday 8pm Judo
    is on hiatus as Coach Sean is having a baby. It will return. For now, Thursday 8pm will be sparring focused on takedowns. Competition Class...
    with Coach Kiefer leaving for the summer, this class currently does not have an instructor and may go on hiatus for a while. Open to ideas..... Currently In Stock:
    Basic boxing gloves ($25) in 16oz for men and 12oz for women. Basic shin guards ($25) in red or blue. ....

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  • March News - Spring Promotions, State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, March Specials

    Q: What's a pig's favorite karate move?

    A: A pork chop.

    Read on for what will undoubtedly be a hilarious email.
    Congrats to Adam "Tiny" Freeman and Jessica "Justice" Scotella
    Two awesome performances at KickDown 127 on Friday, March 10th!Jessica won her kickboxing match by third round TKO. Adam secured a majority draw in his MMA bout after receiving a point deduction. Hard work pays off! Be sure and congratulate them on their efforts and stay tuned for the next event. Next up, Drake Gonzales has a kickboxing match scheduled for May.
    Thank you
    to everyone whofilled out the survey! We aim to please and your help is much ....

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  • February Update - Upcoming events, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar, New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes

    Q: What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A: A carrot. Now that we have your attention, read on for the latest news from Dark Horse.

    Construction Update
    First off, thanks very much for your continued patience as wefinish up the bits and pieces of the build-out. Weknow it's a mess at times and weappreciate you hanging in there. We're getting it doneas fast as wecan. We'reall ears for suggestions about what you'd like to see around the academy. You can email or call, and please fill out the Student Survey below.
    Welcome to New Students
    Remember how tough it was for you to start taking classes? Please help us welcome the new students by introducing yourself and making ....

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  • Schedule Has Been Updated!

    In light of the move to our new facility (at 837 Santa Fe Drive in Denver), we have updated our schedule to offer a LOT MORE CLASSES. You can check out our class schedule here . Keep checking back this schedule over the next few weeks, as there will be a few additional changes. We plan on adding a few more classes in the next few weeks, and there may be some need to fiddle with the schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please call us at 303.900.8111 or email us at ....

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  • We've Moved!

    We've Moved! As of January 17th, Dark Horse Combat Club has moved to 837 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204. We are inside the CrossFit Elevation building, in the back. You can enter on Santa Fe or through the alley. Google maps directions are here . Parking is available on the street - please note that parking on Santa Fe is free but is limited to 2 hours. Phone, website and email addresses are all the same. ....

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