Welcome to Portela Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Thank You for visiting PortelaBJJ.com, the online home of Portela Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aurora's best Martial Arts school! We pride ourselves on being the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy and Martial Arts academy in the South Denver metropolitan area. We are conveniently located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Parker Road and Orchard Road. We proudly serve the communities of South Denver, Centennial, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Parker. We are a Megaton Competition Team school and a proud member of the Wellington "Megaton" Dias affiliation.


Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs are meant for everyone regardless of age, gender, size or fitness level. The basis of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art is to promote the concept of a smaller, weaker individual defending and/or submitting a bigger, stronger aggressor by using proper technique and leverage. By taking the fight to the ground, an individual can use positional control or apply a submission, such as choke holds or joint-locks, to subdue an assailant. As a combat sport, self-defense system or martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most effective grappling and martial art, in the world.


At Portela BJJ, we offer world-class instruction in a safe, clean and supportive environment. Our emphasis is on teaching self-defense and martial arts while promoting fitness, self-confidence, weight-loss and improved health. Many of our students also become involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu due to the sporting and competition aspect of the art. With the explosion of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, many fans find themselves interested in learning the same techniques utilized by MMA professionals.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in the UFC include BJ Penn, Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Shogun Rua and many, many more. Of course, the original Ultimate Fighting Championships were a showcase of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu superiority with Royce Gracie, backed by the Gracie family, winning UFCs 1, 2 and 4.


Having lived and trained in the Aurora, Colorado area, the staff at Portela BJJ believe that the Aurora area, including Centennial, Parker, Greenwood Village and surrounding areas, is the ideal area to teach and train Megaton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Aurora is home to a number of traditional martial arts academies but few, if any, that focus solely on teaching and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Being located on Parker Road in between I-225 and Arapahoe Road, Portela BJJ is ideally located to serve the communities of Aurora, Centennial, Parker and Greenwood Village and because we're located on near or on major highways and streets, we're easily accessible from anywhere in the Denver metropolitan area.


We understand that taking the first step towards enrolling in any martial arts or fitness program is overcoming your anxiety and picking up the phone. We're prepared to answer any and all of your questions and to reassure you that enrolling in one of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs is the best thing you can do.


Please feel free to call us at any time at (720) 343-7255. If you have additional questions, please call our Aurora Centennial location and we'll respond as soon as possible. You're also welcome to drop in during one of scheduled classes and say, "Hello". We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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Portela Brazilian Jiu-JItsu's Instructors

Portela BJJ prides itself on it's technical and knowledgable instructors.  Our staff is here to ensure you learn every detail while having a fun time in a safe and supportive environment.


Megaton Dias - Portela BJJ Head Instructor

"Megaton" Dias

Shawn Portela - Portela BJJ Lead Instructor

Shawn Portela


What can I say that this video doesn't say for me? All I can relate to you is my personal story and my story begins with this... The decision to learn and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best decision I've made in my adult life.


My favorite quote is, "There are no victims, only volunteers".  What does this mean? We're all aware of the consequences associated with the decisions we make.  We either choose to factor in those consequences or we choose to ignore them.  For me, I chose to define my existence by my occupation. I was a Senior Director for a Fortune 250 company and I was proud of my professional "accomplishments". Over the course of ten years I had become incredibly arrogrant, unsympathetic to the needs of others and I was living a completely unhealthy lifestyle. This didn't happen by accident. I volunteered for this path and it had a negative impact on my quality of life.


As I grew older, I began to do more introspective thinking. Was I treating people fairly? Was I happy with the person I had become? Was I living a healthy and balanced life? The answer was, simply, "No". Things had to change. I picked a date on the calendar and turned in my resignation. Having always been a Mixed Martial-Arts and UFC fan, I decided to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I made a few calls to local academies, started training and the rest is history, for me at least.


Has everything been roses, since? Of course not. Life is not without its ups and downs. What I can tell you is that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has changed how I deal with those ups and downs. It has brought balance to my life which is something that had not existed since I was a child.  


Some of the benefits that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provided me include(d):

  • Within three months I had lost twenty pounds and my body weight was where it should be for my activity level. I was in the best shape of my adult life.
  • The art taught me humility. Nobody starts BJJ as an expert. You "learn to lose" immediately and continue to do so for the next 12 to 18 months. The BJJ saying, "There is no such thing as losing, only learning", is 100% accurate.
  • It helped me develop a stronger sense of community. My best friends, today, are those I met on the mats throughout my years of training.
  • As mentioned before, it brought balance back into my life. Being humbled allowed me to focus on the important things in life such as family and health. If I ever hit a rough patch it was never anything that an hour or two of BJJ training couldn't bring back into perspective.


Now as an instructor, I get to pass on what I have learned to my students and I get to watch them grow. My student's passion to learn fuels my passion to learn. When I receive a Facebook message in the middle of the night related to what I'm teaching I don't consider it an inconvenience, I consider it an honor.


So how do you add Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to your life? If you can relate to ANYTHING I've mentioned in this post, please call us at (720) 343-7255. The benefits of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, and it is a lifestyle, are just a call away. There's no better time to start a new endeavor than now. Come take advantage of our free, trial week and I promise that you'll be hooked. We hope to hear from you soon.