One of the best parts about running a company serving jiu-jitsu players is the incredible stories we hear from our customers.
We love Trevor's story because of his lifelong assurance of commitment to BJJ.
Why did you first get into jiu-jitsu?
I have always been into martial arts, but found my college's Jiu-Jitsu club after having taken a few years off. It was instantly apparent that this was going to be a lifelong obsession and I haven't looked back since.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your journey and how have you overcome it?
Beyond being prone to back and hip injuries, the biggest obstacle would be the time required. I'm a person of obsession, so even though I'd train 3 times a day, I could only improve at a pretty average rate. It took a toll on my body and I had to learn that 5x a week is an okay amount to train and will likely give the best results as well.
Tell us about your best (or worst) submission story.
It was the Chicago open, at White belt. I'd already won 4 matches, 3 by some variation of triangle. I was fighting for my life to hold guard and manage some sort of attack. Unfortunately, my best efforts were bested, and my guard was passed.
I was able to transition to North-South, and tried my last ditch effort, the hail-Mary sweep. I was able to get my legs and hips up and over, and lo and behold I had the back. As he flipped over I shot the reverse triangle and was able to lock it, but not very tight. I didn't have much time left and I think I was still down on points. In a last ditch effort I shot for the arm and flew back for the arm bar with everything I had and to my surprise, he tapped.
Share one piece of advice you have for our community.
Pick a move, work it until you're known for it. Then branch out and find every variation of that move. Then pick another, and continue the cycle. Never give up, and you will improve. You might not see the progress but it's there, every day you show up you learn something.
You can find Trevor on Instagram at @trevorjiujitsu.