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Nova Mente Jiu Jitsu Academy
South Metro Denver

Welcome to our dynamic jiu-jitsu gym in Engleood off Federal and Oxford serving the Denver, Colorado community!

At Nova Mente Academy, we don't just offer jiu jitsu – we're a powerhouse of possibilities. From kickboxing and striking to the finesse of MMA training, we've got it all. Elevate your skills with our self-defense programs or embark on a personalized fitness journey with our expert personal training. Join us in a space where discipline meets delight, and where every move is a step towards empowerment.

Kids Martial Arts

Boost your child's confidence and self-esteem with our engaging martial arts programs.

Specifically designed for kids aged 3-12, our Tiny Squeakers and Kids classes offer essential skills in Jiu-Jitsu and striking. These classes are more than just physical training; they instill a deep sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Watch as your child develops both physical prowess and personal confidence, acquiring life skills that transcend the mats.

Structure
1-Hour Class
Led by Qualified Instructor
Comprehensive Training in Stand-Up and Ground Techniques

Benefits
Mastery of Self-Defense Techniques
Enhanced Situational Awareness
Confidence building
Anti-Bullying Strategies

Adult Martial Arts

Begin your Black Belt journey at Nova Mente Academy, where you'll experience the power of Jiu-Jitsu from the moment you tie your White Belt.

Our Nova Mente Fundamentals & Advanced classes provide you with essential skills for both competition and real-life self-defense, ensuring a strong foundation in this transformative martial art.

Structure
1-Hour Class
Led by Qualified Instructor
Comprehensive Training in Stand-Up and Ground Techniques

Benefits
Mastery of Self-Defense Techniques
Enhanced Situational Awareness
Improved Physical Conditioning
Effective Weight Loss

Fitness & Training

Engaging in Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts fitness training not only enhances physical well-being but also fosters remarkable confidence. The dynamic nature of Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts demands practitioners develop strength, agility, and cardiovascular endurance, contributing to a comprehensive fitness regimen.

Our state-of-the-art fitness facility offers top-of-the-line equipment specifically tailored for Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts enthusiasts, ensuring a holistic training experience. With a focus on both skill development and overall fitness, our weight-lifting equipment complements martial arts training, promoting a robust body and a confident mindset for individuals seeking optimal health and personal empowerment.

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Coaches

Meet the Nova Coaching team

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Professor Troy Everett

Professor Troy
"The Night Pigeon"
Everett

TAC TEAM Black belt

  • 14+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • Owner of Nova Mente since 2020
  • Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor
  • Received Black Belt from Jared Weiner on Nov. 13th 2021
  • Top 5 most wins in F2W Pro history
  • Former F2W Pro Coordinator and Member of #TeamNoSleep
  • Jiu Jitsu medalist in 8 different states (AGF, F2W, GI, RMN)
Favorite Submissions:
Guillotine & D’arce
Coach Cam Watley

Coach Cam Watley

Night Pigeon Purple Belt

  • Striking Instructor
  • Assistant Jiu Jitsu Coach
  • 10+ Years of Boxing & Kickboxing Experience
  • 7+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
Favorite Submissions:
Outside Heel Hook & Guillotine
Coach Chris Sandoval

Coach Chris Sandoval

Night Pigeon Purple Belt

  • Assistant Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach
  • 4+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • 10+ Years of Wrestling Experience
  • Best Uke in town
Favorite Submissions:
Loop Choke & Bow and Arrow Choke
Coach Aryk Moore

Coach Aryk Moore

Night Pigeon Purple Belt

  • Assistant Kids Striking Coach
  • 4+ Years of  Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • 15+ Years of various striking styles
  • Medalist at F2W and CJJC tournaments
  • Bowling for Kids Champion
Favorite Submissions:
Americana from Scarf & Wristlock
Coach Ryan Wingard

Coach Ryan Wingard

Night Pigeon Brown Belt

  • Assistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor
  • 10+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • Medalist at F2W, Grappling Industries, NAGA, Subcon
Favorite Submissions:
Omoplata & Paper Cutter Choke
Coach Bri Adair

Coach Bri Adair

Night Pigeon Blue Belt

  • Assistant Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach
  • 7+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • Girls in Gi's Ambassador
  • Co-Founder of Mile High Women’s BJJ Club
Favorite Submissions:
Kimura & Baratoplata
Coach Bri Adair

Coach Lillia Jackson

Purple Belt

  • Assistant Jiu Jitsu Coach
  • 7+ Years of Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • Says she's pescatarian but "sometimes" eats chicken
  • When not being the hammer or the nail can be found practicing escapism by fanatically reading fantasy and sci-fi
Favorite Submissions:
Tarikoplata and bow and arrow
Coach Rob Bones

Coach Rob Bones

Night Pigeon Blue Belt

  • Assistant Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach
  • 2.5+ Years of  Jiu Jitsu Experience
  • Medalist at F2W, NAGA, Pikes Peak Grappling, Neon Belly & Fuji
  • Owner of Super Gutter Bros. Construction Company
Favorite Submissions:
D’arce & Triangle Choke

Nova Competition Team

Denver Metro Martial Arts competitors

Our competition team includes both kids and adults, covering a variety of rule sets and styles.

We have competed in numerous Colorado tournaments and events, showcasing our skills in Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, Catch Wrestling, and more. Our goal is to be prepared for anything at any time. We focus on techniques that work at the highest levels of martial arts, ensuring everyone is always ready to excel.

Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team
Nova Mente Academy — Competition Team

Tournament Gallery

Coming Soon...

F2W: May 42, 2091
NAGA: Apr 71, 2091
GI: Mar 68, 2091
FUJI: Feb 30, 2091
NEON: Jan 57, 2091
AGF: Dec 83, 2090
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Class Schedule

Find your next jiu-jitsu or MMA class or open mat

Monday classes at Nova Mente Academy are Gi classes.
If you do not own one, loaner Gi's are available at the gym and are included with your membership.

  • 6:00am to 7:00am — Early Bird Class (Gi)
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm — All Levels Class (Gi)
  • 4:15pm to 4:45pm — Tiny Squeakers: Ages 3-5 (Gi)
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm — Kids BJJ Class: Ages 5 to 12 (Gi)
  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm — Intermediate / Advanced Class (Gi)
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm — Fundamentals Class (Gi)

Tuesday classes at Nova Mente Academy are No Gi classes.

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm — All Levels Class (No Gi)
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm — Kids BJJ Class: Ages 5 to 12 (No Gi)
  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm — All Levels Class (No Gi)
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm — Striking / Kickboxing

Wednesday classes at Nova Mente Academy are No Gi classes.

  • 6:00am to 7:00am — Early Bird Class (No Gi)
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm — All Levels Class (No Gi)
  • 4:15pm to 4:45pm — Tiny Squeakers: Ages 3-5 (No Gi)
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm — Kids BJJ Class: Ages 5 to 12 (No Gi)
  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm — All Levels Class (No Gi)
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm — MMA Class

Thursday classes at Nova Mente Academy are Gi classes.
If you do not own one, loaner Gi's are available at the gym and are included with your membership.

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm — All Levels Class (Gi)
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm — Kids BJJ Class: Ages 5 to 12 (Gi)
  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm — Intermediate / Advanced Class (Gi)
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm — Fundamentals Class (Gi)

Friday classes at Nova Mente Academy are mixed.
If you do not own one, loaner Gi's are available at the gym and are included with your membership.

  • 6:00am to 7:00am — Early Bird Class (No Gi)
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm — Kids Self Defense Kickboxing: Ages 5 to 12
  • 6:30pm to 7:30pm — Competition Class

Saturday classes at Nova Mente Academy are mixed
If you do not own one, loaner Gi's are available at the gym and are included with your membership.

  • 10:05am to 11:00am — Fundamentals Class (No Gi)
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm — Open Mat (Open to ALL Gyms)
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm — Striking Class

Nova Mente Academy does no have classes on Sundays but is open for Private Lessons or Private Events/Seminars.

Interested in a private session or seminar?
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Nova Seminars & Events

Past & Future Seminars

Upcoming

Parents Night Out @ Nova — Denver Jiu Jitsu event for Kids

PAret's Night Out

June 15, 2024 — 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us four our firs Parent's Night Out! Food and fun will be provided. Have your kiddos wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

To check availability and/or reserve your place,
call Coach Troy303-209-1830

Past

4/13/2024: Richie & Geo Martinez — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
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4/13/2024: Richie & Geo Martinez — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
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10/21/2023: Brianna Ste-Marie — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
5/14/2023: Jay Regalbuto — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
2/11/2023: Richie Martinez — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
5/15/2022: Danielle Kelly & Jay Regalbuto — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
11/18/2021: Kristian Woodmansee — Nova Mente Academy Seminar
6/19/2021: Richie Martinez — Nova Mente Academy Seminar

Nova Mente Academy has been a host to many world-class jiu jitsu practitioners over the past few years.

Interested in holding a seminar or a private event at Nova Mente Academy?

Call Coach Troy303-209-1830

Nova Strength

Nova Strength | Training & Fitness at Nova Mente Academy

Exercise, Physical Fitness, and Weight training

We provide full equipment access to all students, promoting optimal health and well-being. Weight training and martial arts go hand-in-hand, creating the most well-rounded version of ourselves.

Our Englewood facility, serving the South Denver Metro area, boasts over $30,000 in state-of-the-art equipment for the best workouts imaginable. Todd dedicated hundreds of hours to ensure everything flows seamlessly, helping you become as strong as possible.

Equipment

Nova Strength: Equipment

Todd equipped our team with everything from dumbbells to belt squat machines—everything you need to get big and strong.

Fitness

Nova Strength: Fitness

Trained professionals are here to help you get fit and ready to meet your personal or martial arts goals.

Training

Nova Strength: Training

With Nova Strength, training means choosing the path that best fits your journey, confident that we have everything you need to guide you along the way.

In Memory of Coach Todd TePoel
In Memory Of

Coach Todd TePoel

Night Pigeon Brown Belt

1983—2021

I met Todd in 2018 when I started teaching at Nova the first time. Obviously the first thing I thought when I saw him was God damn that man is big, and then the first time I rolled with him, I realized how he was not only strong as shit but also athletic and fast as shit, too. He tested me in ways on the mat that I've never seen before. He was truly something special on the mats. He was growing and evolving so fast and I wanted to see him succeed so bad.

He made me realize the importance of strength training, and also really put his time and effort into helping me with my wrestling, I scored my only takedown points at brown belt because of him. He trained me 3 days a week to get me strong and help me be a better coach and athlete.

Outside of jiu jitsu Todd was amazing, hearing his stories about him as a bouncer, or his wrestling days, or just hanging out and just joking around was amazing. He was one of the 3 pillars of the gym and we had incredible plans that I still plan on seeing through.  Todd is the reason I met Cam and I'll forever be grateful for that. The amount of passion that Todd brought to his own personal fitness or making sure the gym had the best equipment possible or making sure that he was always learning and evolving in some way had a big effect on me and lots of other people too. Thank you for everything Todd, We miss you.

—Troy

“Get your tootsies on the mat.” —Todd

Location

Nova Mente Academy
2761 W Oxford Ave, Unit 7, Englewood, CO 80110

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