One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Morgan's story because she proved that no matter what it takes, she is unstoppable and never will give up on her BJJ journey.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
A bunch of my close friends had started training back in 2016 who consistently pressured me into coming to a class. BJJ piqued my interest, but I was too anxious to try it out because I'm unathletic, uncoordinated, and awkward. After grabbing tacos with people from the gym one night, I finally decided to go to a Monday night class -- and immediately fell in love. I've been training ever since.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey, and how have you overcome it?
I have Lyme disease, so consistently training has been a struggle for me due to extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. There have been classes when I want to give up ten minutes into drilling or can only go live with one person before sitting on the wall the rest of the night. There are other times when I can drill then roll all five rounds with energy to spare after the final bell rings. I just have to pace myself, eat right, drink a lot of water, and stay true to how I feel so I don't overwork myself and burn out.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I was rolling with a male purple belt who was going easy on me since I'm a female white belt. I was attempting to set up an armbar but he was defending it since he could obviously tell it was happening. Something clicked in me and I decided to switch arms and catch his other side which completely threw him off guard, and I got the armbar. That's my only submission story since I'm a noob, but I'm super proud of it, so yay!
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Face your fears and try the thing you've always wanted but have been scared to do. You just might find what you've been looking for all along.
You can find Morgan on Instagram at @morganmandriota.