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Lauren DeGroff: Keep pushing.

One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.

We love Lauren's story because she bravely triumphs over barriers that prevented her from reaching her goals.

Gold Bjj- Lauren DeGroff

Lauren DeGroff

Tampa, FL. Blue Belt.

Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?

I wrestled in high school and after that I never found a workout or sport I got into the same. So when I was 25 I tried it out.

What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?

I've had a lot of set back over 7 years. Watching people I started with get their purple and brown belts is hard knowing I'd be in the same place had it not been for moving and then an injury. I've finally found a team who has become my family and they've made me fall in love with jiu jitsu again. They helped me realize it's not important where I've been or what's held me back, it's being able to move forward and having support is amazing.

Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.

My best sub story comes from my first tournament. I'd never competed before and I had been back training for about 4 months after moving and taking time off. My first match I made a mistake and was armbared within the first 2 mins of the match. I was crushed. I still had no gi to go so I put my self together and went to wait for my name to be called. When it was I realized that the girl who just beat me was my opponent. I was incredibly nervous as she just submitted me. We bump hands and I pull guard. Feeling determined to redeem myself I go harder than I ever have at the time. Fast forward a min and a half I have her back along with a deep rear naked choke. She taps and there has never been a better feeling to this day!

Share one piece of advice you have for our community.

Keep pushing. Everyone hits a mall, lean on your team and your coach to get you to the other side.

You can find Lauren on Instagram at @tiny_grappler86.