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About Us

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Atlas Grappling is a martial arts academy that teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Striking, and Competition Conditioning to youth and adults from ages 5 and up. Our team is a mixture of hobbyist and competitors. As a family run academy, our gym IS our family, so we make an extra effort to make Atlas Grappling a friendly environment for everyone, especially families!


our story


Damien and Beth Nitkin own and operate the gym. Damien is a 1st degree black belt that has practiced Jiu-Jitsu since 2009 with over a decade of youth and adult teaching experience. Damien introduced Beth to Jiu-Jitsu in 2015 and the rest is history.


Damien is the head coach and eats, breathes, and sleeps Jiu-Jitsu. Beth is a Pediatric ICU Nurse by trade, but runs the admin of the gym. Their kids, Atlas and Apollo, spend every night at the gym with the team. The gym members are a huge part of their extended family. Damien and Beth's lives have been completely transformed by Jiu-Jitsu and their coach, Ranson Shepherd, and that is why they are so enthusiastic at Atlas Grappling to share the friendship and benefits that Jiu-Jitsu has brought into their lives.

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