One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Ryan's story because, at a young age and broad wisdom, he has a promising BJJ journey.
La Jolla, CA. White Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
When my friend Gabriel first got me to take a BJJ class, I didn't have much understanding of what it was. I was nervous, confused, and somewhat uncomfortable. However, I quickly realized that BJJ was a place filled with good people who work hard to further themselves, and soon I immersed myself into the culture.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was finding the resolve to push myself to the limit and truly get the most out of BJJ. I practiced BJJ very casually at first, and since I came from a self-defense oriented school, I rarely had the opportunity to roll with people. I soon realized that I wanted something more.
Now I am preparing for a tournament, and training every day: from adhering to a strict diet and workout plan, to hitting the mats as often as possible.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
I told my instructor one day that since I was registered for an upcoming tournament, I wanted to roll hard and get destroyed. I believe that it's important to get completely crushed once in a while, since it keeps one motivated and conscious of their abilities. The next day when I walked out of the changing room, my instructor grabbed my collar, lightly pulled me to the mat, and spent a good ten minutes rolling seriously.
Since my gym is self-defense oriented, and white belts aren't even supposed to roll, I really appreciated my instructor for taking me seriously and for trusting me and believing in my resolve.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Although I savor every detail and experience from Jiu-Jitsu that I gain along my journey, I always have my eyes on the big picture. Jiu-Jitsu is about self-improvement. It is about being able to defend yourself and the people you love in dangerous situations. It is about seeing opportunities when others see obstacles, even in everyday life. It is about self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-control.
You can find Ryan on Instagram at @ryanpengzenukeify.