Formerly known as "GRAPPLER'S EDGE", Edge MMA & Fitness is Denver's (and Colorado's) First and Foremost Grappling, Jiu Jitsu and MMA Academy.
Edge MMA & Fitness (Grappler's Edge) was established in 1995, and is home of the 16 Time National Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling Team Champions!
Our Team Member's have competed in the UFC, Strikeforce, The Ultimate Fighter, Pride, Pancrase, ADCC and the World Grappling Championships. They've also competed in events all over the United States, as well as Brazil, Japan, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and U.A.E.
2013 U.S. WORLD GRAPPLING TEAM TRIALS!!!
Team Edge proves once again to be one of the top Grappling Teams in the country by winning more medals (AND MORE GOLD MEDALS) than any other team in the nation at the 2013 U.S. World Grappling Team Trials, held on April 18-20, 2031 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
By capturing the Gold in their weight classes, Bahar Shahidi, Veronica Graves, Will Durkee, Shane Cross, Eric Brennan and Brandon Ruiz will be representing Team Edge & the United States in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 FILA World Grappling Championships in London, Canada, June 12-15, 2013... and Veronica Graves and Aaron Yoches will represent Team Edge and the United States in the Gi Division!!!
53KG: Bahar Shahidi - GOLD:
2007 World Silver Medalist & 2009 World Bronze Medalist Bahar Shahidi wins 2 forfeit matches over 2009 World 5th place Shasta McMurray. Bahar will represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships!!!
58KG Veronica Graves - GOLD + GOLD:
A new addition to Team Edge is U.S. Judo Champion Veronica Graves! Veronica won two matches by submission against 2012 U.S World Team Member & World Bronze Medalist Gabriella Foster in the No-Gi Division, and wins two forfeit matches over Gabriella Foster in the No-Gi Division (due to injury sustained in the No-Gi)... Veronica will represent Team Edge, the U.S. Olympic Training Center Judo Team & the U.S. in BOTH Gi & No-Gi at the 2013 World Championships!!!
62KG Jay Rea - BRONZE:
Jay got down to 136lbs for the first time, and lost a couple of close matches to U.S. Greco-Roman Star John Holt (Brazilian Top Team, OR) & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Standout John Cicio (American Top Team, FL). Jay looked very good for his first tournament at this level!!!
66KG Nick Marr - BRONZE:
2012 U.S. World Team Member & World 5th place (in both Grappling & Amateur MMA) Nick Marr had 3 beautiful submission wins in the tournament, and also had probably the most exciting and most controversial Semi-Final match against UFC Star John Albert of Victory Athletics (WA). In this back and forth match (between perhaps 2 of the most skilled Grapplers in the competition) Nick mounted John, but somehow the technique was overlooked by the referee. So instead of winning the match by 2 points, Nick lost by 1. Nick will be an Alternate on the U.S. Grappling Team, and will compete in the MMA World Team Trials in LA in 2 weeks to hopefully represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the MMA Division at the World Championships!!!
71KG Mitch Peterson & Andre Christy:
Mitch & Andre both looked very good in their first Grappling tournament at this level. Both won 2 or 3 matches against tough competitors! Mitch lost against eventual Gold Medalist Jayson Patino (American Top Team, FL), and Andre lost to eventual Silver Medalist Patrick Benson of Victory Athletics, WA). Andre probably needs to drop to 66KG, and Mitch needs to concern himself more with the point values in these events, and both will be very successful!!!
77KG Will Durkee - GOLD + SILVER:
Another great addition to our 2013 Team is former D1 Wrestler and BJJ Brown Belt Will Durkee... Will walked through his very tough division, then had a 1-0 overtime win in an absolute war with Johnny Nunez of Drysdale Jiu Jitsu (with former UFC Champion Kevin Randleman in his corner)... Will will represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships, and is the Alternate in the Gi Division as well!!!
84KG Shane Cross - GOLD:
2012 U.S. World Team Member & World Silver Medalist Shane "The Boss" Cross won in style!!! Shane swept his division with submissions, decisive wins, and 2 overtime wins! In the Semi-Finals Shane beat UFC Veteran Dennis Hallman (Victory Athletics, WA), which is no easy task... Dennis actually has 2 MMA Submission wins over UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes!!! In the finals, Shane got his second overtime win over his friend and former U.S. Team Member and former World Silver Medalist Mike Kelly (Old School Wrestling, IL). Shane will represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships!!!
92KG Eric Brennan - GOLD:
Eric was in our Team Edge Wrestling Program when he was in high school, and now that he's out of college, he's back in our Grappling Program! Although Eric gave up 20lbs to some of his competitors, he went undefeated in this event, and even beat out 2012 U.S. Team Member & World Bronze Medalist Daniel Huber (American Pankration, AZ) in the the Finals 3-2... Eric will represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships!!!
100KG Aaron Yoches - GOLD + SILVER:
Former Fight To Win National Champ Aaron Yoches moved down to the 100KG Category and had 2 impressive submission victories in the Gi Division, including his final match against former U.S. Sombo Team Member Jeff Zastrow (Air Force Wrestling Club) in 2:45... Aaron will represent Team Edge & the U.S. in the Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships, & is the Alternate in the No-Gi Division as well!!!
+100KG Brandon Ruiz - GOLD:
3X U.S World Grappling Team Member, 3X World Finalist & 2011 World Grappling Champion Brandon Ruiz showed all at the Las Vegas Convention Center what happens when great power and great technique come together! Brandon won the tournament with all submissions including a 0:33 submission win in the Finals against Joel Bane (Air Force Wrestling Club)! Brandon will represent Team Edge & the U.S. (for the 4th time) in the No-Gi Division at the 2013 World Championships, and will be going for his 2nd World Title!!!
Team EDGE: 12 (8 GOLDS)
American Pankration: 07 (1 GOLD)
American Top Team: 04 (3 GOLD)
Air Force Wrestling Club: 03
Victory Athletics: 02 (1 GOLD)
Stable Jiu Jitsu: 02 (1 GOLD)
Modern Day Gladiators: 01 (1 GOLD)
Brazilian Top Team: 01 (1 GOLD)
Alliance Orlando BJJ: 01 (1GOLD)
UFC Gym: 01 (1 GOLD)
Navy: 01 (1 GOLD)
University of Grappling: 01
Old School Wrestling: 01
Drysdale Jiu Jitsu: 01
Two-Nine MMA: 01
Boxing Inc: 01
This was Team Edge's 17th National Grappling (or Jiu Jitsu) Team Title in 18 years, and "Coach" Sheldon Marr has been asked to coach the U.S. World Team at the FILA World Grappling Championships for the 7th year in a row!
GO TEAM EDGE!!!
FIGHT TO WIN - TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS!!!
Team Edge had a GREAT tournament on Saturday, 2/23/13 at the Fight to Win - Tournament of Champions at the Western Stockshow Arena...
The Golden Five:
Satchell, Josh, Sarah, Kyle and Cisco were all undefeated, and all took home GOLD; while Jamie only lost one match, and took home the Bronze!!!
Sean, Loc, Allie, Eric and Jay all fought hard (and well) too, but all came up a match or two shy of a medal...
GREAT JOB TEAM EDGE!!!
2012 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
In case you haven't heard, we just returned from Krakow, Poland where the USA placed 3rd out of 24 Countries in the 2012 World Grappling Championships!
Team USA included Team Edge Athletes Shane Cross and Nick Marr, and I had the privilege of coaching the US Team for the 6th time (along with MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Legend Ricardo Liborio)!
Considering the date changes of the event, the location (country) changes, and the fact that we forfeited three of the women's weight classes... We competed very well to earn the third place team trophy.
Team veterans Matt Betzold (2nd), Shane Cross (2nd), Mike Kelly (2nd) and Jeff Monson (1st) all performed well. Newcomers Nick Marr (5th in both MMA and Grappling), Dan Huber (3rd) and Gabriella Foster (3rd) also looked great as well!
Happy Thanksgiving to Team Edge, Team USA, and everyone in the USA!
"Coach" Sheldon Marr
DAN SEVERN SEMINAR!!!
3X UFC Champion and UCF Hall of Fame Inductee, Dan "The Beast" Severn ran practice at EDGE MMA & Fitness Thursday night, July 26, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm... and it was GREAT!!!
Our good friend Dan was passing through Colorado, and wanted to come by and see us... So we asked him to run practice for us and he agreed!
We had over 30 people in attendence to train with the UFC Hall of Famer, 3X UFC Champion, and the man that has more MMA wins than any other fighter at 101...
LUMUMBA WINS AGAIN ON STRIKEFORCE'S MAIN CARD!!!
COLUMBUS, Ohio. - Lumumba "Heavy Hands" Sayers made short work of Scott Smith at Saturday night's "STRIKEFORCE® Tate vs. Rousey" event held March 3, 2011 at the Nationwaide Arena, and aired live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Sayer's scored another easy first round win in his third appearance in Strikeforce against the longtime MMA veteran. Sayers quickly took Smith down in the first round and took his back, and although Smith got back up the first time, it wasn't long before Sayers took him down again, sunk in a guillotine choke, and forced Smith to tap.
The fight lasted just 1 minute, 34 seconds.
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LAS VEGAS, Neveda. – Lumumba “Heavy Hands” Sayers destroyed Talented striker Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt in the Main Event of "STRIKEFORCE® Challengers" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 18. STRIKEFORCE® aired live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
The fight lasted just 22 seconds.
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BRANDON WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Edge MMA's Brandon Ruiz won the 2011 FILA World Grappling Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2011!
Ruiz had to win four tough matches to win his first World Gold Medal in No-Gi Grappling. He had three decisions and a submission on the way to the Title. Brandon defeated Brazil’s Maicon Nunes, 6-0 in the semifinals, then stopped Mikael Knutsson of Sweden, 3-0 in the Gold-Medal Finals.
Ruiz was a No-Gi World Silver Medalist in 2008 and 2009. He is the brother of 2005 Greco-Roman World Bronze Medalist Justin Ruiz, and was a Team USA member in Greco-Roman when he competed in that style.
“Brandon looked great. This is what he has been waiting for. It was his third time in the Finals, and the third time was a charm... He got very emotional after his win. It meant a lot to him and he deserved it!” said (Edge MMA &) U.S. Team Coach Sheldon Marr.
Edge MMA's Shane Cross also represented the U.S. at the 2011 FILA World Championships at 80kg, and went 3-2 in the competition with very impressive wins over Serbia, Russia and Hungary!
Coach Sheldon Marr made his 5th appearance as a U.S. Coach in as many years, and his 2nd as Head Coach for the United States.
GO EDGE MMA & TEAM USA!!!
KUTV NEWS - BRANDON RUIZ INTERVIEW
2011 U.S. WORLD GRAPPLING TEAM TRIALS!!!
Team Edge proves once again to be one of the top Grappling Teams in the country by winning more medals than any other team in the nation at the 2011 U.S. World Grappling Team Trials, held on Aug 5-6, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. By capturing the Gold in their weight classes, both Shane Cross and Brandon Ruiz will be representing Team Edge and the United States at the 2011 FILA World Grappling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2011!
Team Edge winners:
Leo Snow, 5th, 132lbs
Brett Tellis 3rd, 143lbs
Shane Cross 1st, 176lbs
Brandon Ruiz 1st, 242lbs
Aaron Yoches, 3rd Absolute
Shane Cross, 2nd Absolute
Edge MMA, CO: 5, American Top Team, FL: 4, United Fight Team, WA: 2, Next Edge: 2, American Pankration, AZ: 2, Finish Strong: 2, Freestyle Fighting Academy, FL: 1, The Den: 1, Torres Martial Arts, IL: 1, Old School Wrestling, IL: 1, Philadelphia Fight Factory, PA: 1, FTCC: 1, Bambusa: 1, Stable Jiu Jitsu: 1, Sub Fighter MMA: 1, KCBJJ: 1.
"Congratulations Team Edge... What a performance"!!!
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COACH'S RECENT INTERVIEW...
Coach Marr was recently interviewed by FightFan.Net... Click on the link below to check it out!!!