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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.

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Our Instructors

Christopher Holmes
Christopher HolmesBrown Belt
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 to coach and compete in wrestling in the late 1990’s.
Kathy Ortiz
Kathy OrtizBrown Belt
Kathy was born in the South but now lives in the Washington, D.C. area where she works as a school librarian. She discovered Gracie Jiu Jitsu after attending a fitness kickboxing class.
Grace Cassens
Grace CassensBlue Belt
Grace Cassens is a blue belt under Master Pedro Sauer. she is from the Ocala area and currently attends school. She is one of the founding students at our school.

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.

FREE TRIAL
FREE TRIAL