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 of her remarkable enthusiasm for her promising BJJ journey.
Pasadena, MD. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I was originally taking kickboxing at my local martial arts gym and got convinced to try out a class. I have been hooked since. I would watch the jiu jitsu classes and always be interested in learning a few moves myself.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle so far has been my first plateau and training. I was making great progress until about 8 months into my journey when everything just felt like it wasn't fitting together or working and my rolls started to feel very sloppy. I knew that I needed to work even harder and go back to basics and that's exactly what I did. I still showed up to class despite being frustrated and worked through it. It helped me realize some areas of my game that I needed to really work on.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
My best submission was my first triangle in a competition. It was a chance where I got to really test myself against another female of the same size and skill as me. I'm most proud of how quickly I recognized the submission opportunity (being so early on in my journey) and was able to execute it right away.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Have fun. People get into jiu jitsu for many different reasons. Some compete, some don't. Some just want some exercise. Some want to learn how to defend themselves. Whatever your reason is, enjoy it!
You can find Lauren on Instagram at @ljones_13.