Owner / Head Instructor
Damien Cordova is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who began training in 2010 at Dark Horse Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Longmont, Colorado. He earned his blue belt from Professor Matthew Jubera followed by his purple belt from Professor Andrew “The Dude” Dudderar. He quickly excelled and within a few years was teaching his own classes, as well as running administrative operations for the gym. In 2015, he moved to Hiroshima Japan, and began training under Sensei Yoshihiro Fujita (Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Yuki Nakai). While in Japan, he also began Cordova Jiu-Jitsu, offering free training and instruction to expats and locals in the Hiroshima Area. In June 2022 he was elevated to black belt by Fujita Sensei before returning to Colorado to launch his own academy.
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 all about changing the way you react to a situation in the moment — not as an animal, not instinctually, but logically.”
With compassion and a strong will to guide students on their martial arts journey, Damien enjoys teaching anyone and everyone.
- 2016 Torao Nation State Tournament No-Gi (silver)
- 2016 7th JBJJF Chugoku Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Bronze)
- 2017 Dumau Saga Championship (Gold)
- 2018 JBJJF Hiroshima International Championship (Gold)
Assistant Kids Instructor
Kat Sears-Cordova brings a wealth of experience to the Chroma Jiu Jitsu childrens’ program and behind-the-desk operations of our academy. A friendly face with fresh memories of what it’s like to begin your jiu jitsu journey, Kat is passionate about progressing on her own journey while also sharing her knowledge to assist the development of others, whether children or adults. She’s an enthusiastic member of the Girls in Gis group supporting female jiu jitsu practitioners, and devotes her time and effort to helping this art reach anyone who needs it.
Tobin’s Jiu-Jitsu journey began in his hometown of Missoula, MT in 2015. After attending several different academies, he settled in Lafayette, CO and found Chroma Jiu-Jitsu, where Professor Damien Cordova awarded him his brown belt. Tobin is passionate about the problem-solving aspect of Jiu-Jitsu and seeks to instill this knowledge in his teammates. Apart from training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu, he also enjoys drawing and playing music.
Scott started training in 2008. His favorite aspect of the art is the community and the friends he has made. Scott’s passion is teaching fundamental jiujitsu in a safe, respectful, and fun environment. Off the mats, he enjoys playing guitar and skateboarding with his son Jason.
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One of the things that sets Chroma Jiu Jitsu apart is the culture and vibe
- We belive in the power of diversity and inclusion
- Familial, fun, supportive environment
- Focus on being present in the moment
- Attention to detail
- Commitment to each other