Fudochi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

20 S Parish Ave. Johnstown, CO 80534

About Us

Milliken/Johnstown's only source of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

Fudochi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s curriculum teaches students to defend themselves not only standing, but on the ground as well. Students gain the ability to execute proper techniques through leverage as opposed to brute strength.

Professor Lucarelli believes in teaching for practical situations. When done properly, Jiu-Jitsu can be effective for anyone despite age, size or strength. The emphasis is on submitting an opponent only to the point where the aggression stops and no further.

Class Environment

The atmosphere in which classes are conducted are friendly and relaxed. However it should be clearly understood by ALL parents and students that at NO time does this friendly environment mean that students are not required to show respect for themselves, to the Professors and/or coaches, as well as each of their classmates at ALL TIMES.

Class Objectives & Goals

Technique is very important, but for younger students, particular attention is paid to developing positive behaviors. These behaviors include…

  • A greater sense of respect for oneself
  • A greater sense of respect for others
  • Self control
  • Manners
  • Patience
  • Focus and effort

Techniques are also designed to assist children’s development in…

  • Balance
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Core strength

No Contracts. No Startup Costs. No Hidden Fees.

Class Schedule

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3.5 - 6 YEAR OLDS BJJ

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-4:45 and 4:45-5:30 pm

This class is designed specifically for children ages 3.5-6 years old. Here we introduce important self-defense and BJJ techniques through play and games. Instructors also emphasize simple life lessons that will help students to gain confidence, respect for themselves and others, how to win and lose with grace, and more! This class serves as a foundation for further training in BJJ. All 3.5-6 year olds welcome!

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​7 - 12 YEAR OLDS BJJ

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm (Mixed)

This class is for 7-12 year old beginners. The class is dynamic and keeps this age group moving! They learn basic BJJ concepts with an emphasis on self- defense. BJJ is an excellent martial art for this age group, because they learn how to protect themselves without having to hurt others! Instructors also address basic life lessons which support kids as they deal with challenges at school, with peers and with family. They gain self-control, discipline, respect for others, and much more.

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INTERMEDIATE KIDS BJJ

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm

The Intermediate class is an exciting extension of the beginners class. Students are challenged to learn more advanced techniques, as well as how each move starts to link with another. Introduction to live training and the ability to use the techniques taught against a resisting opponent make this class a challenge for the students.

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ADVANCED KIDS BJJ

Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm

The Advanced class is an exciting extension of the intermediate grapplers class. Students are challenged to learn more advanced techniques, as well as how to link multiple moves together to defeat an opponent. Emphasis is on live training, so students begin to master BJJ techniques in live situations. Students must test into this class, and have a yellow and white belt and above.

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ALL LEVELS ADULT BJJ

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm

The All Levels Program is designed to bring beginner white belts through the process of preparing for their next belt, or for more advanced students to brush up on their fundamentals. It includes basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as basic self-defense concepts. Students in this program are required to attend 2 classes per week. The curriculum will give students a solid understanding of the concepts of jiu-jitsu for self-defense. It requires no previous martial arts knowledge, but can also build on prior experiences students may have.

*Class will be followed by Randori 8:00-9:00pm

Randori, or live training (also called “rolling) is the opportunity for any students 1 stripe and above to begin to practice techniques while sparring. The purpose of Randori is to practice techniques and develop muscle memory. Randori is crucial in maintaining the integrity of jiu-jitsu as an effective martial art and in preparing students for self-defense. Control is key in keeping everyone safe while rolling. Injuries, though rare, are taken seriously and any student who cannot keep their partner safe will not be allowed to train.

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NEW! STRIKING CLASS

Friday 5:00-6:00 pm (All ages welcome)

The Striking class is an exciting renewed addition for Fudochi. This class is open to all ages and will consist of learning the fundamentals of movement, kicks and punches. It is also intended to help people feel comfortable standing up before taking someone to the ground and working there. Those interested may contact Professor either through the website or directly at 970-396-4773. Interested new and current students will be given 1 free class to come and check it out.

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NEW! Open Mat

Saturday 11AM-NOON
(All ages welcome)

This is class is a great opportunity for students to get in extra training in preparations for belt promotions, competition, or just to sharpen your existing skills We don’t need to include a picture Thank you and let me know if you have any question.

Reviews

Fucochi and Professor Lucarelli have been amazing for our 9 year old. She has a sensory disorder and struggles to connect with other kids. She graduated her occupational therapy program, we struggled to find her a new outlet. Jim-Jitsu has become that new outlet. This program has made a world of difference for her mental clerity and focus. She feels included and welcome here. This is her happy place. She has gain self confidence and self awareness. If you are looking to help give your child a leg up in life come for a try!

Kara Brady

My son has been now been in classes for 8 months and I can’t say enough good things about the school, coaches and how much this sport has improved my son’s life he is far more confidant, has more focus in school and at home, and his respect for others and him self has improved immensely! From jiu-jitsu to striking class he is ALWAYS excited to go and he sees himself continuing classes for years to come.

Anissa Montano

We have been thoroughly impressed with Professor Lucarelli, Coach Robert and Coach Andrew and their ability to work with young children. Their weekly lessons have made an impact on our daughter. These lessons transcend beyond the mat! Thank you Fudochi for giving our daughter a place to practice confidence, good habits, focus and discipline!

Janice Martinez

5-Star Reviews
5/5

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Contact Us

Fudochi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

20 S Parish Ave
Johnstown, CO 80534

Why Study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the single most effective martial art you can learn for self defense. Unlike most martial arts, Jiu Jitsu doesn’t rely on size and strength, it’s all about leverage! A smaller person could use BJJ techniques to defeat a much larger and stronger opponent. Statistically 90% of fights often end up on the ground; therefore training in a martial art that focuses exclusively on ground combat is both practical and prudent.

As a part of learning techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will gain fitness! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a physically demanding sport in that it requires both flexibility and endurance. You will be exerting a great deal of energy on the mat, and that exertion will get you into peak physical condition. Best of all, with BJJ, exercise is fun, never a chore.

Why Study at Fudochi BJJ?

There are numerous reasons to practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Fudochi BJJ. For starters, our Professor is world class, and has proven his skills on the mat. Professor Lucarelli has competed and metaled in some of the world’s most prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournaments

Why Enroll Your Child in Jiu-Jitsu at Fudochi BJJ?

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is widely regarded as one of the most effective martial art forms in the world.
  • Classes are geared toward character development and personal growth.
  • We focus on instilling confidence, discipline, and respect in our academy.
  • We pride ourselves on creating a nurturing and positive environment where you and your child can feel safe and secure

Classes are separated by martial art discipline, age, and experience level

  • Ages 3.5 – 6, all experience levels
  • Ages 7 – 12, all experience levels
  • Kids Intermediate Class, Ages 8 – 12 (yellow belt & above)
  • Kids Advanced Class, Ages 8 – 12 (high yellow belt and above)
  • Youth and Adult Class, Ages 13 & up (all experience levels)
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David Lucarelli

Professor

Professor Lucarelli is a certified black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under Lucas Pires of The Werdum Combat Team, and has extensive training in various striking arts.  He was recently promoted to his 2nd black belt by professor Octavio Couto.  Professor Lucarelli has been training since 1997 and has been a Jiu-Jitsu instructor since 2004.

After only competing in two local tournaments as a white belt, Professor competed in March 2015 at IBJJF’s Pan American Championship and placed 2nd in his division.

September 2015 he participated in the World Master Championship, where he also brought home 2nd place!

In March 2016 Professor placed 3rd in his division at IBJJF’s Pan Amercian Championship. Next, he plans to compete in the 2016 World Master Championship.

Professor Lucarelli is passionate about martial arts in his own life as well as instilling the benefits that training in martial arts has to offer in students of all ages.

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Quinten Fuentes

Coach

Quinten has 25 years wrestling experience and has recently been promoted to black belt.  He was 2006 All-America honoree by Wrestling USA, 3x high school All American, 2x Colorado high school state champion, 2x Out standing wrestler at the high school state championships. Quinten was the recipient of the David Shultz award was a 4x placer at the high school state championships 3x finalist. Quinten also Started for Oklahoma State University at 149 pounds. 

After College Quinten decided it was time to retire from wrestling and has now found a new love…Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!  His skill set brings a whole new view and mindset when he coaches the adult class. He lives in the Johnstown/Millikan community with his wife Lindsay and two sons Lux and Beau.

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Robert Wheeler

Coach

Robert has been in the martial arts off and on for much of his life. He was in Law Enforcement for over 20 years with 10 years as a Use of Force and Weaponless defense Instructor. He has been with Fudochi BJJ as a student for several years now, and as a coach for the kids classes for over a year and a half. 

He has coached in multiple sports for kids of all levels including soccer and hockey, but has found a real passion for coaching kids in jiu-jitsu. He has competed twice, taking home silver and bronze medals for his age and weight class. 

He lives in Johnstown with his Wife Victoria. His daughter and son, Claire and Ezra, also participate in jiu-jitsu here at Fudochi.

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Andrew Severance

Coach

Andrew has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Lucarelli since 2010. He started when he was six years old, so he has been training over half his life. He has participated in every class that Fudochi has offered. 

The road hasn’t always been easy for him, but the persistence has paid off. He coaches the kids’ classes alongside Professor Lucarelli and Coach Robert. This is his first experience teaching and he enjoys participating in all the classes and loves the new opportunities and experiences that come with it. 

Outside of martial arts and school, Andrew enjoys geeky pursuits like Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. He lives in Milliken with his older brother, who is also a Fudochi student, and his mom and dad.

Announcement

We are excited to announce that we will now be excepting students in our program as young as 3 1/2.This is a great opportunity to introduce your little one to the wonderful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Students are introduced to self-defense techniques through play and games with the goal being to nurture our youngest students and help them with their confidence, manners, focus, self control, respect.

Back to School Special

Free Kids Gi included when you sign up for our program. As always, there are no contracts, start up costs or other hidden fees!