“Your progress as a Jiu Jitsu practitioner is a direct reflection of the standards you have for yourself.”
Coach Kyle Crismon
- Been training over 4 years
- I love to read, write, and train BJJ & Kickboxing
- I really love adventuring outside with my wife Angela!! (Hiking, Backpacking, etc..)
- We have a new puppy, her name is Rey. She is an AussieDoodle and a great dog at NMJJ!
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 and 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 and 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.
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, and doing private lessons with Coach Dylan during my time there. I really saw a drastic improvement in my Jiu JItsu as a result of the private lessons. After training for approximately 3 years, I left my job as I knew I wanted to be around Jiu Jitsu for a living, and help transform lives. It certainly wasn't and easy decision. I'll be honest with you, I was in a unique situation with the company where 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 or 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.
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!