One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Daniel's story because of his extremely active and healthy lifestyle.
Poplarville, MS. Purple Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
Back in 2009 my Tang Soo Do instructor introduced me to the Gracie combatives. I found despite my years of training in various martial disciplines that the concepts, simplicity, and effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu was on a completely new level. My journey to learn the art began in earnest.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
Starting relatively late in life with a body broken from powerlifting and running was a challenge. Including daily yoga & Budokon movement practices and paying attention to my diet has allowed me to continue to progress and remain relatively injury free. I currently train Jiu Jitsu 3x per week and try to get 1-2 Judo practices in as well. I also have a daily yoga & movement practice.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
In 2010 I attended a camp in Rio de Janeiro with Mario Sperry. I was still lifting pretty heavy and considered myself a pretty strong guy. Mario and I were light rolling and I refused to give him my arm. He looked me in the eye and said "I don't need your arm to submit you." He locked my hand on his abdomen, sat up, and taught me that the wrist lock and an extremely painful way to tap.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Jiu-Jitsu is a marathon not a sprint. Train smart, take care of your body with yoga and a good diet, and you can practice the gentle art for years to come.
You can find Daniel on Instagram at @budokondaniel.