This weekend we competed at the NAGA Grappling Championship in PA. We couldn’t be more happy or proud of our students. It’s inspiring to see the students put into practice what they have been learning and training in class. Competition is a place to test your skills; not just Jiu Jitsu, but mentally, physically, and (most importantly) emotionally.
A note from Professor Tony: “I couldn’t be more happy how each student performed today. They fought very hard and they all exceeded expectations. We will make some adjustments, but overall this competition has been a great reminder that we are going in the right direction.
I would also like to thank the parents that not only supported their kids, they respected both myself and the coaches – allowing us to do our job. I understand how it is not easy for a parent to be quiet on the sidelines at such a challenging moment. It is important that, no matter how young a kid is, that he/she begins to apply and get out of their comfort zone so that as they mature and become an adult they will be able to perform under the pressures that life will bring them down the road.
One of the things that impressed me at the competition was how, when the kids were done with their competition, they asked their parents to stay over 5 hours to watch Coach Josh and their other adult teammates compete. What is impressive is to see that, even in an individaul sport like Jiu Jitsu, that the kids understand the importance of supporting one another and their coaches.
This is just the very beginning of a beautiful journey we have ahead of us!”