One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Keith's story because of his eagerness and drive to continue what he started in BJJ.
Milford, MA. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I loved it when I tried it in the Army. The U.S. Army has a great hand to hand program, developed almost entirely around Jiu-Jitsu. What I learned from them, I knew I had to build on when I left. When I started proper training in the art... I got hooked
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
I would say that the biggest obstacle in my journey has been my aggressiveness. I was taught initially that the most important thing is the submission. That idea didn't serve me well in the gym. It took a lot of mat time and self reflection, to understand that I wasn't as "bad" as I thought I was.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
'm actually recovering right now from my worst submission. Like many practitioners I'm sure waking up from a choke beats sitting out for a torn ligament. I was caught in a nasty ankle lock about a month ago. I've been on the mat to learn techniques but haven't been able to roll. Until this coming Monday! I'm back and I can't wait.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Continue on your path in Jiu-Jitsu no matter what. Work will be a factor, injuries may be a factor, the guy your worried might be better than you might be a factor. The time will be there if you make it. Injuries heal if you let them, and roll with the guy you're afraid of. It'll make you better!