Mile High Gracie Jiu Jitsu was opened by John Crouch about 10 years ago. John is a black belt under the legendary Royce Gracie. John relocated to Arizona to run the now very successful Jiu Jitsu program at The Lab in Glendale, Arizona. He turned over the school to two of his brown belts, Morgan Patnode and Josh Kemper, which is now located in Lakewood, Colorado.  Mile High Gracie Jiu Jitsu teaches the Gracie Jiu Jitsu also known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mile High Gracie jiu jitsu trains in real Gracie jiu jitsu. Jiu jitsu is a self-defensive art for everyone not just for MMA fighters. Everyone participates in live training; there is no required amount of beginning “classes”. Live training is what sets Gracie Jiu jitsu apart from other martial arts. There will never be a situation where someone strength will surprise you. In our regular class there is no striking, speed or takedowns, nothing to be intimidated of. No one at Mile high has attitude or ego. Although we recommend Gi training, any technique can easily be applied to no Gi. Jiu Jitsu requires no effort in its purest form, and is excellent for core muscles, cardio and mental health.

The academy’s curriculum is divided into monthly units. The beginning of the month is a breakdown of the position, and good habits. Progressing to more advanced concepts, eventually building to a submission towards the end of the month. The month long focus gives our students a lot of different approaches to a position. A lot of repetition makes sure you will not forget a move or position and allows you time to work it into your game.

Everyone should be able to practice jiu jitsu in a fun and relaxed family friendly environment.



  • Jared says:

    I dropped in and rolled with these guys the other night. Very cool, laid back bunch of people. The room was full of legit purple, brown and black belts who were very accessible and eager to teach jiu- jitsu. If you’re looking for an honest, cool place to learn BJJ, try this school out.

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