Renan – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & No Gi Program Review

By March 14, 2014Blog, Gym Reviews

TRANSCRIPT: My name is Renan Cortez. 38 years old. Cardiovascular specialist. Device pacemaker rep.

0:06 – It’s the most honest form-expression that you can find. I mean, there’s no BS-ing through it. Either you’re getting better or you’re not. Either you can roll hard, or win, or get the positions that you want, or you can’t. You can’t go around telling people, oh yeah, I’m really good. And then you hit the mat, and then you skunk out.

0:27 – Before I came to Crazy 88, I did train at a couple different spots. The level in Jiu Jitsu is different everywhere you go.

I’ve been training 8 years. I’ve been here two and half, three years, I’d say. And to get to the level where I am right now, starting from absolutely zero, two and a half, three years. Because that’s how I feel.

When I came here, it’s like I reset everything. No, in all honesty, I was in better shape back then. So, I say, a year and a half, two years. I would’ve been kicking my own butt.

0:53 – First thought about Crazy 88. I thought, oh, elite level, you just have to be top-of-the-line to even train here; to even get accepted into this school. But once I started training here, I saw there’s a wide variety. There’s people from the very novice, from beginner. The hobbyists, the people who, once a week, once a month, to the people who are very serious, and they train three times a day.

Great family environment. Great camaraderie. I was in the army for 12 years, and this reminds me very much of how it was when I was in the military with my comrades-in-arms.

1:28 – I love that all my kids are actually involved in Jiu Jitsu. They wanted to, so that I have three daughters actually training here currently. Age 13, 9, and 5. A boy that’s just waiting to get on the mat. He’s too young right now — he’s two and a half — but he will be on the mat also.

Cleanliness. It’s clean. Very family-friendly environment. I trust all the coaches. Everybody, they look out for each other.

1:58 – And the techniques that we learn here, like I said, very realistic. It’s the stuff that you’re seeing in the tournaments, it’s the latest Jiu Jitsu stuff. All our guys were at the tournaments. They’re scouting, they’re seeing what’s happening, bringing back the latest techniques. We’re drilling it, and playing around with it. Really studying the game. I’ve seen other places where they teach a technique, and you look at it, and like, it’s not going to happen. It’s just not going to happen. So, this is tried-and-true technique.

And it’s just paying attention more. More to detail.

2:30 – Like I said, our head coach, Julius, he’s not only Jiu Jitsu coach, but a philosopher as well, in my opinion. He speaks to a lot of things that makes you successful, not only in Jiu Jitsu, but in life, in general. And that’s what I think the difference is here. I haven’t seen many other places where that whole mentality of success and being successful in anything and everything, and every facet of life is presented.

2:56 – It’s funny, because I talk to a lot of my friends and that’s their biggest concern, I would love to train, but I’m afraid I’m going to get my butt kicked on the first day. And, I reassure them, but that’s because I’m here, and they know me, and they trust me.

For those that don’t have a friend that’s in a gym, or training currently, my biggest thing is bring a friend. Bring a friend so you’re sharing it. So, you’re sharing your experiences right off the bat. Check out the gym. You should be able to walk around and be able to see the classes. Any good gym, anyway. Things shouldn’t be behind closed doors. Do a 30-day free trial, you know. You come and see how you like it. See if it’s for you. You can see for yourself. You can start meeting the people, and see all right, this is a good place for me to be, or this isn’t really my cup of tea.

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