One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Frank's story because of his hard work and persistence to keep improving his self-defense skills and his positive mindset as a taekwondo and jiu jitsu practitioner.
Columbus, OH. White Belt.
14 years ago I started jiu-jitsu as a new martial art. I had earned a black belt in taekwando and became interested in grappling arts. So my father and I began jiu-jitsu as something new that we could learn together. I trained on and off for the next 7 years, but mostly all no-gi. I had no interest in rank, only street self defense. And it has served me well throughout the years. I have had to defend myself and others multiple times, on the street and while working security at bars and events, and I always fall back on jiu-jitsu, rather than striking. I don't feel the need to punch anyone or make them bleed. The scars of losing to such benevolent techniques taught in jiu-jitsu last much longer.
When I started I found it difficult to not use the strength that I have to try and force techniques. I have always been strong in the weight room and powerlifting, although I have never been over 170 lbs. But now I am 30, and I have matured in my approach. I also plan to rank up during this leg of my journey in this wonderful art.
I just got submitted 9 times in a row 2 weeks ago by three different opponents at my dojo. They were fresh and I had been there for a few hours already. But excuses aside, I got my ass kicked. 9 times. Yay!
Use the Submission Soap. It works. You get it free with the purchase of every gi, so you can't beat that deal.
You can find Frank on Instagram at @Palani.nucci.