One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Miguel's story because of his passion for BJJ that keeps growing as he went through his blue belt journey.
Sacramento, CA. Blue Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I had always been interested in martial arts, but I had never taken any classes, so I didnt know that so many unique martial arts existed. It wasn't until I started watching UFC that I learned about jiu jitsu. I would be so intrigued and confused by all of the positions and locks that the fighters would end up in.
It wasn't until I was going to school at UC Davis that decided to take my first class. My bus would pass by a martial arts studio, so every day I would try to catch a quick glance while we passed it by. One day I finally decided to go out of may way to check it out, and I was hooked. I've been training ever since.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle was definitely at the beginning when I was unable to go one 5 minute round without being submitted multiple times. It was discouraging at first, since I would get submitted by both men and women who were smaller than me. However, I was fortunate enough to have amazing training partners that never put me down when we trained, they always gave me tips and reassured me that as long as I kept training, I would improve. It also helped that my passion for jiu jitsu grew more and more as I kept training.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
One of my most memorable submissions was when I was rolling with this guy who was much taller and much heavier than me. I remember be eas inside my closed guard, when he caught my by surprise and just picked me up off the ground, but while he was lifting me I very quickly transitioned into arm bar to avoid being slammed.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
My best advice would be to allow injuries to heal before continuing yo train, and on the days that you cant train, you should still mentally train, watch videos, go over techniques in your head, try to explain a submission to a friend.
You can find Miguel on Instagram at @mymiqqat.