Welcome To Agogi Academy of Combatives

We offer programs and classes for anyone interested in learning self defense; getting in shape and wanting to explore martial arts. Our students range in age from 5 and up. We offer classes for beginners all the way up to tactical and experts.

We are dedicated to providing proven self defense techniques and classes for all of our students regardless of age, gender, or fitness level!

Frequently Asked Questions

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a derivative of Japanese Jiu Jitsu that was developed by the Gracie family in Brazil. It is a proven self-defense system that focuses on using technique, leverage and strategy to protect oneself specifically on the ground.

One is never too old to benefit from training Jiu Jitsu and learning self defense!

Jiu Jitsu classes start at the age of 5 to ensure that children have enough focus for the class.

No, as you train Jiu Jitsu you will get into shape! Many people have started Jiu Jitsu and reaped benefits from the training by losing weight, developing core strength, agility, balance and flexibility.

Just wear comfortable workout clothes.

Meet Our Team

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 (http://womenscombatalliance.com/) 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 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. He worked for Eastern Airlines where he met Sifu Dwight Woods in 1986, when he transferred into Miami from Barbados. Chip’s training accelerated with Sifu Dwight in the Arts of Filipino Kali, Escrima, Silat & training in French Savate, Muay Thai, and JKD/JunFan Gung Fu. He currently holds a 3rd level Associate Instructors Certification in JunFan Gung Fu & Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto. In early 2000 & 2001, he taught Armed Confrontation and Street Survival Seminars for multiple police agencies through the City of Miami Police Department.  In 2005 he moved his family to Crystal River, FL to get back to a more “small town” style of living. He is currently teaching Kali/Silat/JunFan Gung Fu & training Pedro Sauer Jujitsu at Agogi under Black Belt Chris Holmes

Justin Nolen
Justin NolenCoach

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

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

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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