One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Brian's story because of the extraordinary self-discipline he developed over time that helped him succeed in his intense BJJ journey.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I got into watching the early UFC events while I was wrestling in High School. When I saw Royce Gracie win UFCs 1,2 and 4, I was convinced that I needed to learn the art as soon as possible. As soon as I graduated and had enough money for classes, I started training Jiu-Jitsu.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey, and how have you overcome it?
Injuries. As I got older, I learned how to listen to my body better and to recognize the signs of overtraining. Competing regularly makes it easier for me to plan periodization into my training schedule, which allows for proper recovery. When I first started, it was 100% every training session. I am much smarter with my training now.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
My favorite submission story would have to be my very first submission in competition. It was only my second tournament ever. It was my first match of the tournament and I was down on points and about to lose the match. With just seconds left in the match, I pulled off a standing guillotine choke which forced my opponent to submit right before time ran out.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Do not roll in the academy to win, roll to get better. That means trying new things and not being afraid of putting yourself in bad positions. I firmly believe the more you are concerned about "winning" in training, the less likely you are to win where it matters, in competition.
You can find Brian on Instagram at @sweet_honeyhole.