Published on February 23rd, 2017 | by Omar

My foray into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

It was 7 months ago when I decided to put my children into martial arts. I have a black belt in karate but after years of following the UFC and MMA in general, grappling is the great equalizer when it comes to a fight between two people of disparate sizes. Therefore, for my kids I wanted them to take jiu-jitsu. The founder of jiu-jitsu; Hélio Gracie, was a 130 lbs and was able to overcome opponents far larger then himself. Add to that and most women are attacked from behind, there is no better martial art for women.

In June, I signed my girls up at True North Jiu-Jitsu in Coquitlam, BC. They have a really good program and the coaches work really well with children. Under the tutelage of Sensei Giacomo Zanini and Sean Lindsay

After 4 months of watching, I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines simply watching my kids learn this amazing martial art. So I approached my wife about me starting up twice a week. I had to wait until January in order to train my kids in order to make them more self sufficient with bedtime routines.

That being said, I attempted to prepare physically for my start in January. I started off with the video above that outlined 7 drills that I performed 5 days a week. Though it was a good start, once I started in January it was clear that it wasn’t nearly enough.

Therefore, this section of my blog will highlight my progression and tips for beginners that may help other get up to speed faster that I was able to. Stay tuned!

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