One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Bruce's story because of his great heart as a father and a fighter.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
My Son (28 years old) had been doing Jiu-Jitsu for several years, I had wrestled in high-school and then coached my son. He had been on me for years to start. My youngest daughter is very small and I wanted her to be able to protect herself. I decided that we could do it together and it would be a great bonding activity. So at the young age of 48 I started my journey. My Daughter took to it like a fish to water. we train almost every day and compete in tournaments at least once a month. She is a complete savage and I am so happy to do family time with her.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey, and how have you overcome it?
My body does not hold us as well as my mind thinks it should. I have been so blessed to find a gym (GD Jiu-Jitsu) that is packed with the greatest people you could every meet. They constantly work around my injuries to make sure I can still train and get better all the time.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I was in mount (yes I was in mount, not mounted) and my opponent put a deep collar choke on me and I did not feel any danger, so I did not address it. Next thing I know the entire class is around me with my feet up in the air. I did have a very good dream when sleeping!!!
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Find the right gym that makes you feel at home. Pick training partners that are equally interested in making you better and improving their own game.
You can find Bruce on Instagram at @Bruce_frederick69.