One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Samuel's story because of his balanced dedication to train BJJ and as a father to his young kids.
Calgary, Alberta. Blue Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I initially began Jiu Jitsu for overall health and wellness. My background is strength/ mobility training and Jiu Jitsu encompasses all facets of health; Cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, mobility, strength and critical thinking in urgent situations. It's probably the only martial art that's not reflexive based, which levels out the entire playing field across all demographics.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle for me is being a father to young children and still making the time to progress in my journey. There's a constant pull in both directions that's tough to balance however, I seem to make it work.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
One day I was rolling with a friend who caught me in an Ashi Garami. He attempted a toe hold to which I laughed. I practice ALOT of mobility and laid there as he gassed out trying to lock my ankle. During his third attempt, he gassed out again.. he then made a small adjustment changing the articulation of my joint and SNAP!!! I suffered a grade two ligament sprain of my ATFL because I wasn't being smart. Ha ha ha. Lesson learned on my end though. I defended anything and everything from that day forward.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
The journey will consist of cycles of injury. Get through your inflammatory phase of every injury first and always consult your Physiotherapist, before returning to the mats. This is crucial in avoiding re injury and potential long term problems associated with improper healing.
You can find Sam on Instagram at @Bandaid_JiuJitsu.