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About Us

Welcome to Ascend 
Ascend offers dynamic and comprehensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs for kids, youth, and adults that combine the time-honored Gracie methods with practical self-defense and strength training. 


At Ascend, we understand that Jiu-Jitsu is not just a sport but a comprehensive system of self-defense that prioritizes technique, leverage, and efficiency over brute force. Through our programs, anyone, regardless of size or physical strength, can learn to defend themselves effectively.


Our experienced instructors will guide you through a curriculum that encompasses all aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, from fundamental techniques to advanced strategies. With our expert guidance, you will quickly refine your skills, increase strength, develop agility, and gain confidence.  

Never Give Up

We learn from failure and persevere through the most difficult challenges by facing them head-on.

Compassion and Empathy

We lead with kindess, empathy, and understanding to foster a more supportive and inclusive community.

Strong Habits

We know that success is not an outcome but a practice built on discipline of positive habits.

Uriel Casas
Owner & Lead Instructor

With more than 20 years of experience in Jiu-Jitsu competing, instructing, and training, Uriel brings expert-level knowledge and inspiration to leading the programs at Ascend. As a self-described servant leader, Uriel cares deeply for everyone in the Ascend community, going above and beyond to offer support and individual attention to ensure members stay healthy and achieve their goals. In addition to his expertise in Jiu-Jitsu and mixed-defense practices, Uriel has extensive training and knowledge in the areas of strength and fitness and physical therapy. With the belief that Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong discipline, Uriel continues to advance and evolve his expertise through ongoing training and sparring with area black belts.


In his free time, Uriel serves as a volunteer high school and youth group wrestling coach, sharing the joy and benefits of the sport with children of every age. A lifelong learner, Uriel is a voracious reader with broad interests in spirituality, philosophy, business, and humor. He holds an MBA from The Smith School of Business and seamlessly combines knowledge with practical expertise to encourage, educate, and train Ascend members. 


Join us today, and discover the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu in a welcoming environment that's empowering both on and off the mats.

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