0:32 – I had wrestled in high school and college and wanted to really get back into physical contact. So Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve always been a fan of old school Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Pride, UFC, stuff like that. And since I don’t really have an affinity to getting punched in the face, I thought that Jiu-Jitsu would probably be the best line or best activity to get involved in.
0:55 – My youngest daughter, Kayla is a junior at Andrews University in Michigan. And she’s always liked the UFC and of course because I wrestled I would always wrestle around with the kids. So I started coming here, she came home for a Christmas break and the Jiu-Jitsu bug bit her. So much so that she joined a gym up near where she goes to school and she’ll go back and forth to classes there. When she’s home for Spring Break, when she’s home for Christmas, she comes back here for Crazy 88 to train at Crazy 88. I believe her goal is after she graduates from college is to move back closer to us, not necessarily home, but to move back closer to us so she can train here at Crazy 88 again.
1:41 – Really what my biggest concern when I started to come to train was to be around a group of individuals that were really respectful of my background, of my job. I don’t listen to a lot of hard core rap, I don’t normally cuss on a regular basis, and so I wanted to find an environment that was conducive to where I would not feel uncomfortable on a daily basis. From my very first time coming in, speaking with Tim Spriggs, very respectful young man; Devin, incredibly respectful;
2:21 – but really the one that sold me on the gym was Aungla. And we had had a conversation and come to find out, we’re the same denomination and he asked me the same question. Tell me, how do you handle the different concerns that people have with martial arts? I just told him I wanted to get in shape and I wanted to learn something that I didn’t know. But I wanted to be around a group of individuals that were positive influence and that also were respectful in their language and in their attitudes.
2:54 – The joke I like to say is that there’s a lot of miles on this body of mine, but Jiu-Jitsu I’ve found has helped me tremendously as far as my flexibility goes, as far as my cardiovascular abilities. It’s really bled over into other ways. And I really try to carve off some time each week to be able to come in and train. I don’t train as much as I would like since we have an empty nest, all three kids are out of the house and away at either working or away at school. It’s just me and my wife. So I try to come in during the day and I don’t get to come in at night as much, but the guys, they’ve really helped a lot and I’m just really happy to be here.