Welcome to Chroma Jiu Jitsu!

*Chroma (n): the purity of a color, or its freedom from white.

Show Your True Colors


We use Jiu Jitsu to help the whole person come into light by improving fitness, confidence, and the ability to defend yourself while being surrounded by a community of positive, motivated people.


We are a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) academy in Lafayette, Colorado*.  Damien Cordova opened Chroma Jiu Jitsu with the mission of using the incredible benefits of jiu jitsu to help people develop their whole person so they can show their true colors. This means living the full experience of human nature.

Chroma Jiu Jitsu is a place to safely explore and fail, without the repercussions that occur in the outside world. We encourage growth not only in physical abilities but in mental and social skills, as well. We will help you show your true colors by dramatically improving your overall health and fitness, confidence, ability to defend yourself (and your family), and connecting you to a community of other positive, motivated people. Our academy is inclusive, gender-affirming, anti-racist, safe, and welcoming to all!

Come see how Chroma Jiu Jitsu can help improve almost every aspect of your life and help you show your true colors.

*We serve Lafayette, Erie, Superior, Broomfield, Louisville, Valmont, Gunbarrel, & Leyner.


Jiu Jitsu will help you get in the best shape of your life. You’ll torch fat and calories while building aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.  Not only does it push your body, but it will challenge and free your mind.  You’ll never be bored and always looking forward to the next workout.


You’ll have a new belief in yourself that comes from the confidence you’ll gain through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  This confidence transcends sport and impacts every area of your life because it helps you believe in your ability to succeed in anything you try.

Self Defense

Jiu Jitsu is a core skill of professional Mixed Martial Arts  because it’s the single most effective art for personal defense.  You’ll gain the physical skills and mental ability to remain calm in the most stressful of situations.


Chroma Jiu Jitsu is a welcoming environment with a driven, positive, and supportive family of practitioners.  You’ll never go it alone, and you have a strong community to help you reach your goals.

Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3

1. Get My Free Trial

Give us a try for FREE with no obligation.  We'll provide everything you need.

2. Join the family

After completing your trial, select a membership option to become part of the Chroma family.

3. Show Your True Colors

Show your true colors through all the incredible benefits of jiu jitsu at Chroma Jiu Jitsu.


Damien Cordova began his martial arts journey in 2010 at Dark Horse Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Longmont, Colorado.  In 2015, he moved to Hiroshima Japan to study under the legendary Yoshihiro Fujita who awarded Damien his black belt in 2022.

Damien recently moved back to Colorado to open Chroma Jiu Jitsu. The physical aspects of Jiu Jitsu are what captured Damien’s interest in the beginning, but it’s the connection to and impact on every day life that made him want to continue this journey and share with others.

Jiu Jitsu aligns with many tenets that Damien already integrates into his life such as mindfulness, respect, and control. He notes that Jiu-Jitsu “puts you in uncomfortable situations and teaches you how to deal with things rationally, not emotionally. It’s about changing the way you react to a situation in the moment — not as an animal, not instinctually, but logically.”

Damien has been teaching and coaching all ages and levels for many years, and he’s seen the impact that BJJ has on lives. Above all, he is excited about sharing the incredible life benefits of jiu jitsu in Lafayette CO and the surrounding communities.

martial artists douglas lima and dhiego lima black belts
Douglas with hands raised and belt around waist after winning Bellator welterweight championship


Adult Jiu Jitsu

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is for everyone.  We have classes for all experience and fitness levels from fundamentals to advanced competition training.  If you are looking for a fun, dynamic way to improve health and fitness, learn self defense, and build confidence, then we are here for you.  Come join our supportive community and show your true colors!


Kids Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is considered the most practical and effective martial art in the world for kids. It’s one of the best gifts you can provide a child because it builds character and provides personal growth that will impact every area of their life. It is a fun way for kids to get into shape, gain confidence, learn respect, improve discipline, and prevent bullying. Our kids program is based on age with our Hatchlings for kids 4-6 years old and Kaiju for kids 7-14.



If you live in the Lafayette area, come try us out --- on us. No cost nor obligation. We'll provide everything you need.


I love going to classes with Damien! He takes the time to thoroughly plan out the class along with going through the fine points so that you can really understand why the move of the day is used and improve your overall game. I learn something new every time!

-Adam Martin

I met Professor Cordova back in 2010 when I started on my Jiu Jitsu Journey. We’ve known each other since we were white belts and I have spent countless hours on the mats with him. I am so excited for the Chroma Academy to open and to see him as the owner/head instructor. He’s super technical, safe to train with, and has a ridiculously tight Jiu Jitsu game. Professor Cordova has been instrumental to my growth, and I know his leadership and guidance will help countless others. I’m proud to see Professor Cordova put himself in the position to positively impact others, in all areas of their lives, through the gift of teaching Jiu Jitsu.

-Professor Chris Mayer

I have had the pleasure of taking classes from Professor Damien, his knowledge of Jiu-jitsu and his attention to detail is amazing! He provides a chill humble rolling experience so that all participants can learn and grow! He is also willing to turn up the dial for a competitive style roll as well! I would absolutely recommend and will personally take classes and continue to train at Chroma Jiu-jitsu!

-Phil Sailas (Brown belt)

Damien is a skilled, thoughtful, and caring teacher who is able to adjust to the needs of each individual student, wether teaching adults or children. Anyone training here is in for a life changing adventure with this passionate and tender teacher who’s sole purpose is to help you achieve your full potential.

-Lindsey Newman

I had the great fortune of starting my Jiu Jitsu career at a gym where
Damian was training at in 2014. Already a blue belt and miles ahead of me as a day one while belt, he was always very welcoming and a very positive role model. I wanted to be able to roll as he did and learn more advanced Jiu Jitsu. Overtime Damien was indeed an important mentor and training partner for me and help me grasp a deeper understanding of Jiu Jitsu.

Whether it is coaching kids or adults, Damien’s unique style and ability to transfer knowledge is second to none. I can’t wait to stop in and catch some rolls with Damien when he opens his new academy!!!

-Todd Powers

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