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Our Programs & Classes

Fighting Foundations

Learn the Fundamentals

Fighting Foundations™ is a 27 lesson program developed by the Valente brothers in 1999 under the direct supervision of Grandmasters Helio Gracie and Pedro Valente Sr. Fighting Foundations™ is the only group class curriculum that was reviewed and approved by Helio Gracie.

Fighting Foundations™ includes over 100 techniques that could literally save your life during a real street confrontation. This innovative teaching method is an adaptation by the Valente brothers of Grand Master Helio Gracie’s private class curriculum to be used in a group setting. Originally, Grandmaster Helio’s Self Defense system was only taught through private lessons. Group lessons were designed to prepare students for tournaments. The Valente Brothers developed the FF program in order to allow students to learn Grand Master Helio’s system through group lessons. We are honored to be the exclusive academy in Colorado Springs to use the VB Method standardized curriculums for group class instruction.

Frequent practice is essential if efficiency is to be gained in the Fighting Foundations class. The key to learning jūjutsu (jiu-jitsu) is repetition. The ultimate goal is to condition your reflexes so that you can automatically react in a critical situation.

Fighting Mastery

Advanced protection

After completing FIGHTING FOUNDATIONS™ you will have the opportunity to join the Advanced Program which includes FIGHTING MASTERY™. This program is a specialized curriculum that focuses more deeply on each separate element of a fight. In the course of the FIGHTING MASTERY™ you will learn new techniques and combinations, improve your reaction time, and refine your current knowledge.

At this level, jujutsu will become natural and you will learn to put the basic techniques together into various combinations, with the use of leverage and momentum.

The Program consists of the following elements of jujutsu:

  • Grappling Techniques

  • Throwing Techniques

  • Striking Techniques

  • Standing Self-defense Techniques (weapons included)

  • 753code™ (jujutsu Philosophy)

Youth Program 

Building Solid Kids

Every day in the United States, an estimated 150,000 kids miss school due to fear or intimidation of bullies. In fact, many believe that fear of bullying may be the leading cause of low self-confidence in children. Worse, statistics suggest that less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. We know that most bullies are insecure and seek self-esteem normally by harassing smaller or weaker children. These negative experiences often create psychological trauma that might last a lifetime.

The VB method Youth Program focuses on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being, as well as the education of our children. It is “Education for Life.” Firstly, we provide our young students with the most powerful defensive skills so they will be prepared to confidently stand up against bullies.

In addition, we assist our students with the development of characteristics and skills they will need in order to live a happy and balanced life. Our young pupils develop discipline, respect, courage, athleticism, and patience among other important values. We promote nonviolent resolutions to conflict.

The Valente Brothers Youth Program focuses a great deal of attention on the development of self-esteem.  A good self-image is the basis of a well-functioning, happy, and successful child.

Our curriculum integrates physical education and self-defense techniques with conditioning and skill-oriented games aimed at improving your child’s coordination, motor skills, agility, and flexibility. Every instructor receives training in our unique teaching methodology, enabling them to deliver learning through dynamic interaction with the children, using a variety of approaches that meet the various learning types of individual children, whether visual, kinesthetic, or auditory. To learn more about our school set up a free introductory class.

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