One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Joshua's story because of his focus on enriching his skills in self-defense that led him to his BJJ journey.
Winston Salem, NC. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
The art of self-defense always intrigued me. I would watch these MMA and like-minded fights on T.V. and it just amazed me at the discipline and knowledge it took to get to that level. We have a BJJ gym close to a restaurant we frequent and upon passing it, I would always just think how AWESOME it would be to be a part of it. So, I decided at 34 years of age to go ahead and give it a go. Can't imagine NOT roll BJJ weekly now.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
I'm lucky, as I have an extensive background in weight lifting and cardio workouts. Now, it's a whole other world when your rolling on the matt for the 5-minute sessions. But, my overall job and physical shape have been on my side.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I enjoy pushing hard, and I roll 5 times a week. Our fight crew contains some incredible fighters, so I love to work with them even if it always means getting tapped. I can learn so much from defeat, as its not a place you want to end up! The 13-year-old rolled me and got me in a triangle within 10 seconds on my 2nd day of rolling. Needless to say, I was humbled.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
On days you want to quit, just look how far you have come. Even if its minimal growth, you have made it to a place you were not at before. It's hard. It makes you super tired. But, to brag at all the bruises as if they are battle scars keeps me going.