#Sentimental BJJ Post: BJJ and Judo means more to me than just a hobby. I’ve been “grappling” since I was 15, but I don’t consider starting my journey into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until my friend Rafael Penha told me to train with his father, Sergio Penha. It was the first time I put on the gi and I used an old karate gi I had laying around. Sergio - who holds a black belt in both BJJ and Judo and was on top of the food chain during the sports inception in Brazil - showed me a seoi Nage and told me to drill it until I could do it. It took me an hour to learn it but ever since then, I was hooked.
My life took a turn when I was 18-19 years old. My father left Vegas to work a job in a different state and my brother began his basic training for the military. I was left with just my mother and no male figure in my life. To my luck, Sergio took that position and became the mentor I needed. He and Rafael, through Jiu Jitsu, taught me the importance of confidence, morality, and respect. I learned how to work hard, how to never give up, and most importantly, how to stand up for myself. They say 70% of men grow up with a second “father figure” in their life, so I guess I fit in that 70%. BJJ and Judo means more to me than a hobby. I can honesty say that without Sergio and Rafael, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. I continue to practice BJJ just because if I don’t, I won’t remember what it means to work hard and what respect means.
Thank you Sergio for always being in my life and for always mentoring me, even as I approach my 30’s. Thanks to Rafael for introducing me to your family and for also telling me to leave behind bad friends, look for people that actually cares for me and my life.
Family, Loyalty, Respect ! Love everyone in Vegas and will always love those who’s pushed me hard !! #BJJ #Judo #Wrestling #MMA #SergioPenha #SPBJJ #sergiopenhabjj #Brazil #Brazilian #Vegas #Iraqi #Inspiration #Family #Loyalty #Respect #SexMachine