One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Noelle's story because she overcame sadness through BJJ.
Albuquerque, NM. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I am a thin woman. I have always been thin. I got bullied my whole life. Got told I was weak at least once a day. I was broken and looking for something. I couldn't even get out of bed and that's when my dad started taking me to jiu jitsu classes to get me out of the house.
I started jiu jitsu and my gym welcomed me with open arms. It was a distraction from the real world. A distraction from all of the pent up sadness I had inside me. It was a vessel. I began to realize every person who called me weak was wrong and I wanted and want nothing more to be the best I can be at it.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle has been putting my pride down and not beating myself up but rather trying to decide how I may improve. What areas I need to clean up.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I've been Getting the triangle choke pretty frequently, I've been hunting it.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
The only advice I have is just keep showing up. If you get tired, rest.... but do not quit. Consistency is key.
You can find Noelle on Instagram at @Noellecepeda.