0:27 – What I did before that was I played football, I played semi-pro football for the National Storm and I played high school football at Seneca Valley where I was all state and all met athlete and at George Michael’s going 11.
0:48 – A lot of the guys that were winning the tournaments, these IBBGF tournaments, a lot of these guys were from Crazy 88 and I was like, man I thought it was really awesome that a lot of guys from the Maryland area were going to these professional Jiu Jitsu tournaments and they were winning, winning medals and I just followed them and that’s how I pretty much found out about Crazy 88 and sparked my interest to come train at Crazy 88. The instruction is phenomenal. Just being able to understand the instructors is one thing, but the little small things that a lot of instructors either don’t really know to teach people or like it’s the secret to their game so they don’t really want to teach people so the instruction and their attention to detail on teaching techniques is the reason why I’m here.
1:46 – The hardest thing about training for me is being able to just let go. So what I mean by that is being a guy that’s always lifted weights and you play competitive sports where this aggression to unleash it on people and to be the dominant force on the field or on the court or whatever you do, if you want to get good at Jiu-Jitsu, you can’t do that, you have to be able to let that go and just be able to feel when you’re on smaller people, being able to feel the space and learn the techniques because when you count on your strength, a lot of times you just forget the technique and you’re not even thinking about what you were just taught.
2:37 – But when you let go of that strength and you let go of that aggression and you let go of not caring about getting your bar passed or getting submitted or having somebody take your back, that’s when you really start to learn and you see, OK, I messed up here, I shouldn’t have put my hand here, or I should have had a faster transition here. A lot guys it just seems like they come into Jiu Jitsu to stay in shape, you have mothers, you have little kids here, you have you know, a few fighters, but the atmosphere isn’t, they’re not trying to push you toward, you have to fight, everybody has to fight, you have to compete. It’s very open for everybody and it’s very inviting for everybody to come and train.
3:28 – I think the thirty day trials is also because it gives you a chance, I mean really, they don’t even really have to offer thirty days, they could just offer you a week and within that week you should be able to figure out if Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai or martial arts in general is something you want to do. I already knew that doing Jiu Jitsu and training at Crazy 88 is what I wanted to do, so they let me do my whole thirty day trial before I had to sign any papers and I thought that was really nice of Crazy 88 to let me do that even though me personally I already wanted to sign the papers the first day I stepped in the door.