Before I started training jiu jitsu I suffered from disturbing nightmares about being attacked and not knowing how to defend myself or protect my daughter. I met the owner of the academy through a mutual friend and he said that continued jiu jitsu training could help empower myself and my thoughts. After researching jiu jitsu, I decided to join to improve my confidence, get in shape (being that I was in my early 30's and having never really worked out) and hopefully get rid of my insecurities.
Since I started training, 4 1/2 years ago, I am in the best shape of my life and have never felt so well conditioned physically and mentally. The daily training methods some of which consists of full resistance matches with men, replicates what could happen if I were to ever be attacked in the streets ( full resisting attacker trying to take down and subdue his target). The empowerment that I have gotten from training and submitting men who at times are bigger and stronger than me in practice is priceless.
The feeling of camaraderie and respect amongst the instructors and students make it easy for anyone to adapt to the training, be it in the women only or co-ed classes. I was invited to perform rape prevention demonstrations at free seminars for women in our community.
Another aspect of the training that I love is the option to enter tournaments, which are held all over the state. My female teammates and I compete regularly and have even won major tournaments in NorCal.
The academy is always clean and is very spacious. They offer two large training areas, one for jiu jitsu and one for Muay Thai (which I also love). Coach Stephanie Horine is very knowledgable, friendly and has a fantastic energy.
Their kids jiu jitsu program is also very comprehensive and teaches a lot more than just self defense to the children. My daughter trained for 1 1/2 years and learned a lot about discipline, respect and improved her athleticism a lot.
This gym is a great addition to any family and I'm very thankful that they are in our community and I am a part of it.
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