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.
Frank Yannucci, Jr.
Columbus, OH. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
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.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
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.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
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!
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
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.