Some of my BJJ Teammates

BJJ Teammates at SYT

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The Decision…


August 2012…that was the month I made a conscious decision to change my life.  Whether it was for the better…was yet to be determined.  I was going to start training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ.

I had no prior training or experience at all.  No high school wrestling.  I was as you would say…wet behind the ears.  Little did I know then, how much I would enjoy it.  What makes it so enjoyable for me is the people.  My training partners and my coaches.  Without them…and their support, I would not have continued.

It is a bond that we share that can only come from doing BJJ.  We are there trying to choke each other out or make them tap…but at the same time, we are cracking jokes, smiling, laughing…and enjoying our time on the mats.  To me, that is what makes it special.

Sure there are tons of different BJJ schools or academies where it’s all business and a very strict protocol.  But at Sityodtong – Los Angeles, it’s not like that at all.  It is very laid back and friendly.  The coaches at SYT are great.  Our resident black belt, Professor Antonio Fernando Castillo is awesome.  His passion and dedication to the sport is inspiring to me.  Coach Jeff Obar is a highly decorated purple belt from Alliance BJJ, home of Professor Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles.

At the time of this writing, I am 41 years old, married to my best friend, and have 2 beautiful daughters, ages 8 and 5.  This is my journey into the martial arts world of BJJ.  My ups and downs in learning this sport.  My blood, sweat and tears in trying to learn all that I can…even though I know I will never be able to gain full knowledge of BJJ.


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