Not just for men or adults, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is for everyone!

BJJ is a martial art, a sport and a method for promoting physical fitness. It also builds character in young people. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique and leverage to take their opponent to the ground. Once on the ground they apply submission techniques to defeat their opponent. BJJ is fun and good exercise for the entire family.

Arthur and Jennifer Lujan became interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu several years ago. Arthur traveled to Grand Junction to learn the sport and train. Soon he realized that he wasn’t the only one driving to Grand Junction. He met many people who were driving to Grand Junction to study BJJ from all over the Western Slope.

He and his wife saw an opportunity to practice the sport that they love and stop driving to Grand Junction each week. They opened a BJJ studio and held classes in their garage. At the end of 2015 they decided that they were outgrowing their garage and needed to grow their hobby into a real business.

They met with a Region 10 counselor who guided them through writing a business plan and creating a cash flow forecast for their business. They didn’t need a loan; they just wanted to launch their business right and increase its odds of success. Their counselor answered questions and helped them develop a long-term growth and marketing plan. Arthur and Jennifer have since “raved to family and friends about the helpful advice and business assistance” from Region 10 Small Business Resource Center.

In March 2016, their plans came to fruition with the opening of their business, Montrose Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Their studio is located at 28 North Selig Avenue in Montrose. Classes are held in the evenings beginning at 5pm and every other Saturday morning. Stop by or call them at (970) 596-5660 to visit with either Jennifer or Arthur.

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