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Patrick Rivera: Use those abilities to teach when in the gym.

Patrick Rivera: Use those abilities to teach when in the gym.

One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.

We love Patrick's story because of his timeless heart of a serviceman and a father who's very eager to hand down his best qualities to his son.

Gold BJJ- Patrick Rivera

Patrick Rivera

Raleigh, NC. White Belt.

Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?

My son absolutely loves it and after watching him for 6 years, decided Dad needs to get into it to help him roll at home as he gets older.

What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?

I am 50 years old and NEVER imagined I would ever get on the mat as I always felt I was too old to start now. Being a Marine Corps Vet, I bit down and decided to get to it for my son's sake (how can I tell him how important BJJ is to self improvement if I wasn't doing it as well?).

Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.

Best was when I put a purple belt in a kimora and made him tap!! Worst was when a white belt friend put me in an omoplata and cranked on my shoulder!! Is 6 months later and it still hurts!! But just a nagging hurt, nothing serious.

Share one piece of advice you have for our community.

Be a good partner!! The best part of this sport is the experience and learning from your successes and failures. Going 100% every roll and not taking into account your partner's level is RUDE!! If you know you are better, stronger, or faster use those abilities to TEACH when in the gym. Go 100% at competition. Don't beat up your training partners or make them quit!