At Summit County Jiu Jitsu we absolutely love Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and want to share our passion with you. We strive to give you the best experience possible in a fun, friendly, and inviting atmosphere!
All martial arts are systems of combat practiced for many different reasons e.g. self-defense, health & fitness, competition, personal development, etc. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling, using leverage to control your opponent. Because of this technical skill, the typical 'presumed' advantages in a physical confrontation such as strength and size are largely negated making it the #1 choice for self-defense. Muay Thai is a martial art that focuses on striking & using leverage to grapple while standing in close quarters. Again the focus is on developing technical skill to use leverage in the clinch and to find angles while striking.
“Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.” -Archimedes
I serendipitously started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey in September 2008. It turned out to be the greatest thing I have ever done with my life. Having graduated from fire school and been a member on East Grand Forks Fire Dept. for two years, I was looking to improve my resume so I moved to Fargo, ND to go to paramedic school. I drove by FargoBJJ every day on the way to study at a local coffeeshop. I was bored with working out at the fitness center & really stressed from school. While I was looking for something different, I had no idea that what I was about to find would be so captivating. I knew that BJJ was similar to wrestling, but that was all I knew. I thought, "wrestling seems like a good workout, I'll try that." I had no idea of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's depth and was soon on a fascinating, life altering journey. I met the greatest friends I could ever imagine and have had experiences I would have never dreamed possible. From the beginning until the fall of 2015 I trained under George and Sarah Andersch (Black Belts under Amal Easton) before opening Summit County Jiu Jitsu in Frisco, CO with my friend and teammate Jason Baker. It is a wonderful thing to be apart of the community here, as well as, to have built an academy that lets us pursue our passion full time while sharing it with others. I believe Jiu Jitsu to be the most complex dynamic puzzle I have encountered and I love it! I was promoted to purple belt in December of 2012 by George Andersch. I am currently a member of Easton Training Center in Boulder training under Amal Easton et al. so that I can continue my personal growth in this incredible sport.
Lucas has been a life long martial artist. Beginning taekwondo at the age of 5, he would go on to achieve the rank of black belt at age 16 under grand mater Eugene Marquardt. He practiced as well as competed and instructed taekwondo throughout his later teenage years. While mainly training in striking, Lucas always had an interest in grappling. In 2009, at the age of 20, Lucas began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professors George and Sarah Andresch and is currently holds the rank of Brown Belt under George. He competed frequently throughout the Midwest, establishing himself as a dominant competitor as well as an ambassador of the sport. In late 2017 he relocated to Summit County to become the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at Summit County Jiu Jitsu and is excited to pass on his martial arts knowledge and help the jiu jitsu community grow!
I started training in martial arts after a move to Colorado when I was 24. I was overweight and was simply looking for a route to better health. I quickly found that I loved to train and was able to form lasting friendships in the process. The weight came off quickly as all I wanted to do was train Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. I have been fortunate to be able to train across many gyms with some amazing coaches between Colorado and California. The culmination of my martial arts journey was my first MMA fight in 2013 where I was able to win via first round TKO. I have been teaching Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu since November 2016 and love every second of it!
I have always had a fascination with martial arts. My journey officially began in 2003 when I
started training in Chang Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido under the instruction of Grand-
master Eugene Marquart in Moorhead, MN. I achieved the rank of black belt in 2006, along with
numerous trophies throughout my competitive TKD career. In 2008, George and Sarah
Andersch (BJJ Black Belts under Amal Easton) opened Fargo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I attended the
very first class, and was hooked from then on. I received my blue belt in 2010 after medaling in
the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine, CA. Shortly after, I moved to western ND to
pursue entrepreneurial interests which interrupted my training. However, I continue to train
whenever possible. I love the art of Jiu Jitsu, and the lifelong path of improvement it promotes.
Starting Summit County Jiu Jitsu with my good friend Doug has been a dream come true.
Although I am not able to be there full-time yet, my contribution to the gym was through
financially backing its creation. My goal is to move to Summit County permanently within the
next few years, and spend my time pursuing my passions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and snow
I started my BJJ journey in December of 2012 and fell in love immediately. I played college football and have always been into fitness and realized BJJ was exactly what I was looking for. I started training to help supplement my lifting and found it was much more than I ever expected. Over the years BJJ has taught me many lessons but what I cherish the most is the relationships I have built. It is something that I will continue to do the rest of my file and look forward to pressuring my goal of becoming a black belt.