One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Michael's story because of his success to overcome his distractions and live a healthy active life through BJJ.
Philadelphia, PA. Brown Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
When I was 21, I was drinking too much and not being active. I blew up over 200lbs (165 now). I began running and lost some weight. I found myself struggling to find a workout routine that kept my interest until a friend mentioned BJJ. I have been a fan of Pro Wrestling and MMA for years so I had an idea of what I was getting into. One class and I was hooked. I'm now 9 years in.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
I've had a few injuries over the years ( mainly ACL surgery). But my biggest obstacle is just knowing how to deal with being burnt out. It's okay to take a little time off when needed.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
In my first match back competing after my ACL surgery I secured an arm drag, backtake, RNC in under 30 seconds. Marcelo Style. That boosted my confidence immensely.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Keep training. Don't let others get you down. Surround yourself with positive minded people. Always keep that PMA.
You can find Michael on Instagram at @mikeshort06.