brazilian jiu jitsu


Before getting into Jiu-Jitsu, I had already trained consistently in multiple primarily striking arts reaching the rank of first-degree black belt and beyond. For years I had toyed with the idea of getting into grappling but continued pushing it off until an opportunity presented itself. I was training in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido at a shared space with an MMA school. Then in a strange turn of events during the pandemic, I was offered the opportunity to add all three MMA school offerings to my training routine (BJJ, Wrestling, and Dutch Kickboxing) at no additional cost. This was an offer too good to refuse. And as they say, the rest is history.

I especially enjoyed the BJJ program which is an excellent complement my base art of American Kenpo. All arts have a lot to offer and pack surprises. Today, I’d like to share some of the surprises I’ve encountered in Jiu-jitsu.

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