Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to learn more about Jits for Life.
I’d like to tell you a bit about my one of my passions. Teaching. But not just teaching anything. I enjoy helping people improve their lives. First as a college professor, and now as Fitness and Martial Arts instructor.
You see, I started my career teaching college students after enjoying many years as a student myself. I eventually started a consulting business helping many different kinds of people learn about their customers and how to create products and services that benefited them and their customers.
Fast forward a few years. Whew, the gray hair and belly fat. I was out of shape and struggling physically and with had high levels of stress. I needed to make a change.
But, Change is scary. Which drove me to look into courage. Imagine, doing something you’re fearful of doing and with the possibility of becoming hurt in some way.
Courage. I wanted to know more and know how to become more; courageous myself. And I discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offered me a way to experience real, physical fear in a controlled, but yet violent at times way.
I loved it! I loved it so much I competed and medaled in various tournaments and eventually earned my black belt.
During my training I saw many people start learning Jiu Jitsu with similar goals of becoming more fit, learning a martial art, and perhaps to compete and learn self defense.
But I also saw almost everyone who started training with me quit. That was and still is disturbing to me.
The benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are many. We’ll talk about some of them in a later blog. But to the point, I wanted to do something to help others find a way to keep training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and to reach their fitness and personal goals. So I started Jits for Life.
For me, Jits for Life means practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a way of improving my life. I can be more fit. I can move so much better. And yes, I can certainly defend myself perhaps better than most people walking the streets.
But just as important to me, I became an ACE certified personal trainer so I could base Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training on proven training science.
And you know what? Getting fit can be fun and not as scary as people may have experience trying to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the first time.
In fact it’s better when fitness is based on real, fundamental and functional programs that can be safe and provide a HUGE amount of physical, mental, social, and even business benefits.
I dare you to check it out for yourself. I’d love to meet you, train with you, and learn from you.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post.
Move Better! Coach Don.