One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love James' story because of his humble dedication to BJJ, and the perseverance he exhibited in earning his purple belt.
James Pomar Mercado
San Antonio, TX. Purple Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I got stationed in South Korea and I saw two Jiu Jitsu practitioners drilling their moves and their precise moves mesmerized me
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
Everyday, every week, every month I have obstacles. Get better at Arm bars, getting better at attacking from on top or bottom. I guess the biggest obstacle is when I'm on the down side. Those weeks sometimes months when your game is not 100% on point and sometimes you get beaten by lower belts or you don't submit them as easy. Over coming those downward slumps are the biggest onstacle
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
Worst: I was in a tournament in Minnesota and I was up 10 points to 2 and I got too greedy and got caught in a Triangle
Best: I was in a tournament in Puerto Rico at the time I was a 4 stripe blue belt and there was a Purple belt that outweighed me by +30 pounds. He used his size and weight and I was able to get a brabo Choke while holding the lockdown. The submission was so tight by the time he was about to tap he passed out.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Keep training. Jiu Jitsu is about being your personal best during your ups and your downs. Train even if it's with a World black belt champion or if it is with a day 1 white belt with not Grappling experience. Remember that you were that new person at some point and remember to be humble. Jiu Jitsu is about learning, and to learn you must be humble.
You can find James on Instagram at @jimmy_p_mar.