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Go Play: Learn self-defense & stay in shape with Grand Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Kevin Lewis poses with his members of Grand Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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WHAT: Grand Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

WHEN: Monday through Saturday, noon, 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

WHERE: 573 S. Commercial Dr., #2, in Grand Junction

COST: $99/month

INFO: www.grandvalleybjj.com

He is a policeman by night, and by day he teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu to adults and kids in Grand Junction.

Originally from Texas, Kevin Lewis moved to the Grand Valley two years ago. He has been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for more than 13 years.

According to Lewis, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an effective way to practice self-defense. Upon transplanting to the area, he noticed a need for a gym in the area that would teach adults and also coach children on how to deal with bully situations and self defense.

“The bully-proof classes are strictly dealing with confrontations or aggressive confrontations and being proactive getting out of a fight without doing harm,” Lewis said.

Grand Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located at 573 S. Commercial Dr., #2 in Grand Junction. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday, with a class at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Class sizes range from four to 25 people depending on day and time.

All classes are beginner friendly, but he also welcomes hobbyists and those interested in competing.

“I try to breed a very friendly, cohesive and family-oriented atmosphere here,” Lewis said.

Monthly memberships cost $99, which includes unlimited classes, and the first class is free.

“Look at it as an investment,” he explained. “I’m investing my time in you as well.”

Member and trainer Angela Lynch started practicing with Grand Valley Brazilian jiu-jitsu about two and a half years ago.

“I wanted to learn self-defense techniques and learn something new,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun and we have a great team. Kevin is great with the kids.”

Lewis believes he is one of the only black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the Grand Valley.

“Come do it; it will change your life,” he said. “If you have to do these moves on the streets, it could save your life.”

For more information, visit http://www.grandvalleybjj.com.


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