One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Sergio's story because of his passion for Jiu Jitsu and his desire to share this passion to his children and others. Keep an eye out for Sergio in the BJJ competition circuit!
Sergio I. Orantes
Carson City, NV. Purple Belt.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I first got into jiujitsu when I joined a martial arts gym to be a boxing trainer. I saw people rolling and thought " I used to wrestle and box in night school, I can totally take these guys down and hold them down" I tried and got tapped out by a 15yr old.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle for me in my bjj journey was using technique and not relying on my strength. I would show up and get tapped out because I gassed out. the way I overcame that was just by keeping coming to class and putting in the work. That and finding the time to train. But when I do have the time you can find me in a gi and on the mat.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
My best submission story just happened a few weeks ago. I was rolling with a tough dude from my gym and I set up a baseball bat choke from open guard. I baited him to pass to side and he bit. By the time he got to my shoulders he went night night. It took a total of about 20 seconds and he went night night. It was the first time I have ever put anybody to sleep.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Is jiujitsu hard? Yes, it is not easy at all, but anything ever worth having had never come easy. Having the knowledge of bjj whether for self defense, competition, or hobby is priceless. And you can share your knowledge with others. That's what I plan on doing with in my children.
You can find Sergio on Instagram at @s3rgiodagr8.