Who Are We?

Agogi Academy of Combatives is a part of the Pedro Sauer Association in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Both owners, Kathy Ortiz and Chris Holmes, met and became training partners in the D.C. area in a Pedro Sauer school. They seek to provide the Citrus County area with the same high quality Gracie Jiu Jitsu and self-defense programs that they encountered in Pedro Sauer schools.

Master Pedro Sauer has been their direct teacher. He was a student under Helio Gracie, the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the only non-Gracie family member who has been granted the use of the name Gracie Jiu Jitsu for the type of Jiu Jitsu he teaches. Read more about the Pedro Sauer Association here! 

Our mission is to provide systems of self defense where our members feel the confidence to walk through society knowing that they have the tools needed to avoid or conclude a confrontation.


Our Programs

Our Instructors

Christopher Holmes
Christopher HolmesBlack Belt
Chris Holmes received his black belt from Master Pedro Sauer on May 20, 2018.

Chris was born in the Midwest but has settled into the Central Florida area permanently. He was on his high school wrestling team and continued on to coach and compete in wrestling in the late 1990s.

He discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu by watching a video of Royce Gracie fighting in the UFC. He immediately sought out a Jiu Jitsu instructor and has continued to train since. Chris is a certified instructor in the Pedro Sauer Association. . When he lived in the Washington, DC area, Chris worked as an instructor and school manager for Pedro Sauer’s main academy.

Chris is dedicated both professionally and personally to the development of Self Defense.

Kathy Ortiz
Kathy OrtizBlack Belt
Kathy Ortiz received her black belt under Master Pedro Sauer on November 19, 2018.

Kathy was born in the South but now lives in the Washington, DC area where she works as a school librarian.

She discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu after attending a fitness kickboxing class. Jiu Jitsu was offered afterwards so she stayed to watch. After observing the class, Kathy knew that the self-defense martial art was something she wanted to learn. Kathy also has achieved the level 5 degree in Krav Maga and is a brown belt in Judo under Master Maurice Allen.
Kathy is a certified instructor in the Pedro Sauer Association. Kathy founded the Women’s Combat Alliance (https://sites.google.com/view/womenscombatalliance/home) to promote and support female martial arts students. Kathy is passionate about teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu as an effective self-defense system.

Grace Cassens
Grace CassensPurple Belt
Grace Cassens is a Purple belt under Master Pedro Sauer. She is from the Ocala area. She is one of the founding students at our school. She is passionate about women’s self defense as well as Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and Kali.
Chip Kelley
Chip KelleyKali/JKD Instructor
Chip was born and raised in Miami, FL. He first started training in college where he took a Judo Class.

He continued his training in Tae Kwon Do under Terry Noel in Kendall, FL. For more info: CLICK HERE

Justin Nolen
Justin NolenCoach
At Agogi, he is committed to sharing his passion for wrestling and helping a new generation grow in the sport.

Coach Justin Nolen has been involved in wrestling since his childhood. His accomplishments include:
2008 Florida Freestyle State Champion at 125 lbs
2008 Florida National Qualifier
2008 Florida National Team Members
2010 FAWA Folkstyle State Champion at 140 lbs.
2013 55kg Greco-Roman All-Navy Team Member
2014 61kg Freestyle All-Navy Team Member

We as a household really appreciate the open schedule and friendly learning environment. My daughter has learned a bundle of lifelong self-defense tactics and says its like a extended family and I agree. She is more fitness aware since she started about a year ago now.”

Brian Giddings

“My son and I are very pleased with the training we receive at your Agogi Academy of Combatives. The school is a “no pressure” school allowing students time to master all of the techniques without criticism from the instructors.”

Bryon Covell

“The training at Agogi has given me confidence in my day to day life.  I have lost weight due to training with Chris and Kathy. The environment there feels like home.”

Mike Shaw

“I’m very satisfied with your class and the way you prepare the children for real life, because it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Chris is amazing, his temperament, patience, and charisma is infectious.”

Jacob Wing

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Our mission is to provide systems of self defense where our members feel the confidence to walk through society knowing that they have the tools needed to avoid or conclude a confrontation.