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Welcome to Portela Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Portela BJJ is proud to be the premier jiujitsu and self-defense academy in Aurora, Colorado. Our mission is to teach the most effective martial arts and self-defense system in the world, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

Our martial arts and self-defense programs cater to the needs of men, women and children of all ages. We teach and train in a safe, supportive and relaxed environment. Our instructors are very detail-oriented in their jiujitsu instruction in order to ensure that our members receive the best instruction in the Aurora area. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of beginner, intermediate or advanced BJJ practitioners. No matter what your skill-level may be, we have the expertise to help you grow your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game.


Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Our core mission is to help our martial arts students improve in three primary areas:


1.  Increased level of physical fitness through actively engaging in martial arts, in this case jiujitsu. If current times and circumstances have taught us anything, it’s that keeping yourself mentally and physically fit, whether an adult or a child, is paramount in protecting you from the unpredictable. Unexpected circumstances, most recently the COVID pandemic, have demonstrated how those who may be overweight, inactive or subject to other comorbidities are more at risk to the negative effects of such an illness. Participating in our BJJ and self-defense programs will, without a doubt, increase your overall level of physical fitness.

2.  Teaching self-defense, jiujitsu techniques that provide you the skills necessary to protect you and your family in situations where physical violence may arise. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself, again and again, to be the most practical and effective martial art when it comes to protecting yourself against physical aggressors. If your kid is being bullied, our kid’s BJJ program can help. If you’re a woman who fears finding yourself in a potentially life-altering or life-threatening situation, our BJJ self-defense techniques can help. It doesn’t matter who you are, with today’s uncertainty due to political and social unease, it’s each individual's duty to learn how to legally protect yourself under any circumstance and our jiujitsu programs make that possible.  

3.  Embracing you as a part of our hard-working and caring community here in Aurora. Our students are from all walks of life. Differing statures, ages, genders, employment, goals, skill-sets and so on, but the one commonality that we all share is that we care about each other immensely, both on and off the mat. We care about navigating a successful outcome, in terms of martial arts and self-defense, for each and everyone of our members. Thats not just the goal of our staff, it’s an objective shared by every member of our team. We’re very proud of the community we have developed and we are always looking for the right people to help grow our community here in South-East Aurora.


Whether you're looking to get into better shape, learn to adequately defend yourself as kids or adults and/or you want to particpate in something that contributes to the greater good of your community, we can help. Give us a call at (720) 343-7255, stop by our Aurora location or send us a note below to learn more about our services. We offer a complimentary week so that the good people of Aurora can participate in our classes, meet our staff and to get to know the other quality members of our team. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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