One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Jerome's story because his BJJ journey puts on view a real proof that age is just a number.
New Orleans, LA. Blue Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I have been a krav maga instructor for about 8 years now. About 3.5. years ago new orleans brazillian jui jitsu moved into the space downstairs. I started going down there hanging out and it got my interest up and finally joined the team.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
i guess my biggest obstacle was my age, i am currently 64 years old and there was no one near my age doing this. a couple of my team mates are in thier 50's but no one in thier 60's I tended to try and use strength at first, now my training and tecnique is getting better and i dont rely on my strength any longer.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I entered my first competition last year, it just so happened to be ibjjf worlds in Las Vegas, 2018 I was 63 and did not know what to expect. (i only rolled in intersquad competition before this) I entered at the request of Coach "G" he said do what you do everyday. I had four rolls and won the first one with a lapel choke and the last three on points. I won Gold in the Master 7 division middle weight blue belt.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
I learn something new everyday, you are never too old to participate in this sport. Everyone that i meet in this sport is very supportive and accomodating, i probably have a limited shelf life, but as of right now i have another good 20 years I think.