Coach Kyle and His wife Angela

Coach Kyle and His wife Angela

This is rey and she is the official nova academy Dog!

This is rey and she is the official nova academy Dog!

Co-Owner/Assistant Instructor- Kyle Crismon

  • Training Jiu Jitsu 5 years

  • Adult/Intermediate/Advanced Class BJJ Instructor

  • F2W Pro Competitive Grappler

  • Inducted into High School Hall of Fame for Track and Field

  • Loves to read, write, and train BJJ & Kickboxing

  • Loves adventure, hiking and backpacking outside with his wife Angela is his favorite

  • Rey the AussieDoodle is Coach Kyle and his wife’s pride and joy


Hey Everyone!!

I'm Kyle Crismon, and I appreciate you taking the time to check out Nova Mente. I began my Jiu Jitsu journey shortly after moving to Colorado in November of 2013. I was born in Ohio, and spent the majority of my life in the small town of Lisbon, Ohio, near the Ohio/West Virginia border. I was an athlete growing up, and was involved in  track and field, and basketball, and went on to compete in track in college. 

Upon graduating with my degree in Philosophy, I got a job working for an IT company doing high level sales. I embraced the role, and moved up with the company rather quickly, earning a promotion every year I was there. What I am most thankful for though, is that the job brought me to Colorado, where I started training Jiu Jitsu, and showed me what I don't want to do with the rest of my life and also what I do want to do.

Not long after moving to Colorado, I walked into Relson Gracie Colorado, and began training under Professor Steve Hordinski, which was a great experience, and I learned a ton from him. I also met, and began training with Coach Dylan. Training quickly turned into me taking private lessons with Coach Dylan at every possible opportunity. I really saw a drastic improvement in my Jiu JItsu as a result of my interactions with Coach Dylan. After training for approximately 3 years, I knew I wanted to be around Jiu Jitsu full time in order to transform the lives of those around me. I decided to put behind my career in the IT sales world. It certainly wasn't an easy decision, but I knew it was the right path for me. I'll be honest with you, I was in a unique situation with the company where I was at. I was making well over 300k a year, but I was miserable. I wasn't happy, and the only time I was feeling happy was when I was away from work and training Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu gave me the courage I needed to step away for good and send me down the path I am on now. Jiu Jitsu gave me the opportunity to find my passion in life.

My hope is that I can give you the same gift of Jiu Jitsu I received. I know once you start training that your life will be changed forever in positive ways. Come on down, and try a class. You won't regret it!

- Coach Kyle Crimson