I started learning bjj from my instructor way back in the days in another town. I immediately liked the training and it had a lot to do with my instructor’s teaching style. I like that he can draw humor while demonstrating a technique and make it fun for us, but, the same time, be all business when it comes to watching us do our reps and making sure we do every repetition correctly. I like having fun while I work. I don’t believe it has to be all work and no fun. What would be the point of this all if I wasn’t having fun, right?
This school, where I first started, was not my instructor’s academy. He was just teaching there. There was an owner who sometimes participated and sometimes didn’t.
The atmosphere and environment in this school was okay, but there was something missing. It wasn’t until my instructor got his own place that I realized what it was: unity. His leadership has clearly permeated it’s way through the ranks; we have a great environment at the academy balancing the acts of learning, competitiveness, and compassion for one another.
Attitude reflects leadership.
Now I not only have a bjj instructor that I enjoy learning from, but I have a group of people that I am proud to call a team. I am sure that it is in direct correlation with the leadership our instructor has given us. Not only does our instructor treat us like his own brothers on the mat, but he always treats us like family off the mat too. He has become one of my best friends and a person I know I can go to for true counsel and moral support.
I feel like I can go on and on, but, for the sake of everyone reading, let’s be more concise.
The reasons I love my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Sacramento:
- We are a mid sized academy. We all know each other, but there are plenty of people to roll at all times.
- The spectrum of styles run the entire gambit; we have everything from wrestlers and judo guys to half-guard and open-guard players.
- Empirically speaking, I know the level of bjj from my instructor is top-of-the-food-chain elite.
- Empirically speaking, I know the level of my training partners is the highest in the area.
- Besides the fact that they are good, they are also some of the most selfless and nice group of people I have ever encountered. Guys that are always helping each other out as well as doing stuff for the benefit of the team.
- Our instructor is CONSTANTLY improving the curriculum. He comes back from every tournament with a new technique or a new perspective on a technique we have learned in the past.
- Our curriculum is always something that is proven to work at the highest of all grappling competitions.
- We get together to watch UFCs, watch Metamoris, watch ADCCs, for birthday parties, etc.