One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Rory's story because of his firm stand to continuously reach his goal for a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle through BJJ.
Rory van Vliet
British Columbia, CA. Black Belt
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I used to weight lift quite seriously in my late teens, and I figured it would be fun to do. I thought I would do well with my strength advantage at the time, but I just got smeared into the mats for an hour by people 70 pounds less than me. I decided I never wanted to feel that vulnerable again, and jumped back into it immediately. Overtime I saw how deep the rabbit hole went, and I fell in love with the sport/art.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
Finding a healthy balance in my life and making time to do Jiu Jitsu. I almost quit BJJ as a Blue Belt, because that I stopped training for several months to work two full time jobs. Generally we tend to stress too much about money, and materialistic belongings to the point where we don't take care of ourselves.
I fell into this cliche and it took some serious insight from myself and my instructor to quit my second job, and get back to training. I continue to try to minimize any excuses I have that may pull me away from training, and set triggers to make sure I go train even when "I feel too tired" after work. If you're reading this I assume you like Jiu Jitsu, so find a away to ensure you can train 2 to 3 times a week. You will be healthier physically, mentally, and you will consistently improve.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
Worst - Literally every time I haven't tapped in time due to ego. Tap early and often as it's easy to get carried away in the moment, especially against your competitively equal training partners or lame ass instructor (Hi Rob). Unless you're in the finals of a prestigious BJJ tournament, there is no reason to take that risk. Tap early, learn from it and continue training.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Drill.......Like a lot. Drilling is how we hone our technique. Drill slow, drill smooth, and eventually you will perform moves fast. We drill a technique 5 times minimum before giving my partner a turn, and we will drill the same technique for 45 minutes before positionally sparring it.
It's easy to get bored doing something repetitive for a longer period of time but the results are incredible. Be disciplined and spend the time drilling so you can perform the techniques smoothly while rooling. You will be rewarded for your hard work!
You can find Rory on Instagram at @rvvbjj.