One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Manny's story because of his optimistic view on life and sportsmanship.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
As weird as this sounds, my Muay Thai coach just said stay for jiu jitsu and work on your cardio. The rest is history, the movement and detail on how to use every part of your body is what i found very interesting.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
So far, learning to maintain my breathing. What I mean is knowing when to explode for a takedown or a sweep. My coach always tells me to breathe and relax when in a scramble.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
Well, this one just happened recently. It was just another day at Checkmat HQ. I was rolling with a purple belt with whom I have rolled with before. Great guy and is always willing to teach me a thing or two. Anyways, I was going extra hard on him it may have been the pre workout or I was feelingextra cocky who knows. Not only did he toss me around in the air but managed to get me in a bow and arrow choke. Being the stubborn SOB that I am i refused to tap and almost got choked out, I eventually tapped. After that class i realized i got a loooooong way to go.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
No matter how hard life hits you, jiu jitsu has this weird power to make it all go away.
You can find Manny on Instagram at @Manny_sinn.