• The Dichotomy of Freedom

    “Freedom ain’t free”. A short, simple statement that serves to put on display the idea of irony. Now, the path to freedom will have a different look for many people. There is a key ingredient of sacrifice. This can be a sacrifice of time, which can keep you away...
  • Lost Weight; Gained Life Success: Frankie Orr

    Age:38 Height: 6’2 Starting Weight: 330 Current Weight: 215 Hometown: Sacramento Home Gym: WAZA BJJ Instructor: Derek DiManno Rank: Blue Belt How did you discover jiu-jitsu? I was introduced to jiu-jitsu through my supervisor GK, every time I would see him he would tell me “the hardest thing to...
  • Father Knows Best

    Age: 39 | Height: 5’10” Starting Weight: 285 lbs Current Weight: 210 lbs Hometown: Washington, DC Home Gym: Team Rubao Carioca Instructor: Rubens Rodrigues Rank: Purple Vernon Kirk discovered jiu-jitsu when helping his son investigate a karate school.  At the suggestion of a friend, They checked out jiu-jitsu instead. Since...
  • Dwane Stover; Stroke Survivor

    On May 2nd, 2018, Dwane did like he did every Wednesday. The two stripe purple belt went into his school (Inyodo martial arts) to take class and roll afterward. At the end of class, after a normal day of training and drills, Dwane felt a little more tired than...
  • Todd & Sharon Johnson

    The success that we see from jiu-jitsu can come in many forms. In this column, we typically highlight physical transformations. This month we have that and much more. Todd and Sharon Johnson both received their jiu-jitsu black belts recently, which on its own is an accomplishment worth saluting. What’s...
  • Brian Edwards From Good to Great

    Age: 42  |  Height: 6’ 4”  |  Starting Weight: 240lbs  |  Current Weight: 195lbs Hometown: Florence, SC  |  Home School: SwampFox Jiu-Jitsu  |  Instructor: Tim Jones Brian Edwards was a big guy (he weighed 240lbs) when he started training jiu-jitsu eight years ago. That might seem like a lot, but...
  • Natasha Steffen

    Hometown: Pinehurst TX Age: 34 Height: 5’ 11” Starting Weight: 210 Current weight: 
150 (142 lowest) The one thing you’ve got to love about children is that they’re brutally honest. While the majority of times this behavior usually springs up laughs from family and friends, there are those times...
  • Giving Back To Kids

    This month’s Success story is something a little different. It comes to us from Annie and David Iturrino of Mount Dora/Eustis BJJ Academy in Eustis Florida. Annie is a brown belt while David is a black belt. During November of 2014, Annie was diagnosed with cancer. Over the path of...
  • Jamie Wright: From Heavyweight to Featherweight

    We all say jiu-jitsu will change your life, and in many instances that’s very true. Many of the benefits we discover after beginning jiu-jitsu are relatively hidden to the outside world or not immediately recognizable. However, when a woman standing just five-feet, two-inches tall manages to lose 56 pounds,...
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