What does it take to become a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt? When starting out as a white belt, it is not uncommon to be hyper-focused, driven by excitement, and set on achieving the aforementioned highly coveted rank. As if initiation onto the mat automatically enrolls the practitioner into a rat race toward the finish [...]
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T-minus two. The countdown to 2019 is nearing its final hour. As we move forward hard charging another 365, ready to combat challenges and execute personal goals, continuing to grow as individuals, developing relationships, competing and training diligently, we need to pause. We need to take a breath. In a moment of reflection, it is [...]
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt How easy it is to become consumed by life. Although each of us may never experience the same struggle, we all struggle with something. As a father of three energy-demanding beings, who devour my attention as quickly as their on-the-hour demand [...]
Name: Destiny Julia Javier Age: 15 Rank: Blue Belt Number of years training: 2 years “Time and attention.” Easily overlooked, the battle for our individual attention wages on, as our “focus” becomes the most valuable modern day commodity. And as if living in a world driven by ever-advancing tech and screen-based entertainment wasn’t distracting enough, try being a young [...]
Name: Merced Thomas Age: 31 Rank: Blue Belt Number of years training: 2 years Looking back, it’s easy now for Merced Mercado to reflect on her once-held curiosity. The unknown world of ground-based martial arts that we know as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, had peaked her interest. Further still the voice of a peer, her classmate, friend, and regular [...]
Anyone keen on following the BJJ scene in Hampton Roads will immediately recognize that Diego Bispo Academy is steadily growing into a local juggernaut. Even at this time of year where family vacations cap off the end of summer, and parents and their children pour into department stores to score school-year loot, DBA’s dominance [...]
Name: Kaitlin Wonder Age: 32 Rank: Brown Belt Number of years training: 12 years A stomach full of butterflies, the nervous energy associated with anticipation is commonplace in first endeavors. We have all experienced these newbie jitters in some form of uneasiness or terse anxiety. And so I imagine in the beginning, when Kaitlin Wonder stepped onto the mat, [...]
Name: Lindsay Asbury Age: 31 Rank: White Belt Number of years training: 6 months Being a parent is no easy feat. Ultimately, we want our kids to experience the best, behave the best, and turn out the best. Consequently, we set out to find or create an environment of opportunity and learning that will hopefully lend itself to [...]
Name: Nikki Nik Age: 30 Rank: Blue Belt Number of years training: 1 year, 8 months “What got me into Jiu Jitsu was Rhonda Rousey!” When Nikki recounts her introduction to the sport, it all started in a Buffalo Wild Wings during UFC fight night. Plastered across a large LED screen, the former judoka Olympic [...]
The world of combat sports can be intimidating and even daunting for an individual to approach. For some, simply conceiving the idea of giving it a try induces nervous laughs and quick dismissal from the conversation. Further still, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a combat sport that is primarily a ground-based martial art has been dominated [...]