First Responders Foundation Wellness Center Becomes Home of New Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

The First Responders Foundation ( Wellness Center at 10605 Burt Cir. is the home of the new Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Omaha. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Omaha offers a variety of classes. The Gracie Combatives® program is an adult self-defense program that includes, with modification, a law enforcement component that trains de-escalation techniques to first responders. Another program, The Gracie Bullyproof® program, provides techniques and strategies to deal with the bullying epidemic facing children today.

In honor of the grand opening of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Omaha, world renowned Gracie University black belt Evandro Nunes held a seminar titled Mount Escape Mastery at the First Responders Foundation Wellness Center on Tuesday, December 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. Evandro Nunes is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt who was born and raised in Brazil. He has had huge success at the elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competition level, competing in the World No-Gi Championship, Pan American Championship, Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, American National, and more. Today, he travels around the world as a BJJ teacher. Nunes’ profound knowledge, infectious enthusiasm, and deep gratitude for
law enforcement officers and first responders made training with him a life-changing event for all those lucky enough to participate under his leadership.

Nunes was also in the community for that week teaching Gracie Survival Tactics® (GST) Level 2 to over thirty law enforcement officers from around the country. GST Level 2 training teaches de-escalation tactics for arrest and control for officer and citizen safety, and gives officers more options with less force.

An open house was held on Saturday, December 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Omaha. The event welcomed all-ages to join Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® Omaha in celebration that included food, drinks, giveaways, demonstrations, tours, and more.

Brian Bonifas, First Responders Foundation director of physical training/certified Gracie Jui-Jitsu instructor, will be available at all locations to answer any question. Bonifas has been a metro area police officer since 2009, and can be reached at

The First Responders Foundation is a social impact organization that works to build community appreciation and respect for our first responders. The mission is to serve and honor all first responders, veterans, and their families; build appreciation and respect for their work; and enhance public safety. For more information on the First Responders Foundation, visit the official foundation website at, or contact the Director of Social Media
Patrice Monnier at (402) 917-7136.