💡MONDAY MEMBER PROFILE
🎆🎇🎆🎇🎉 Congratulations!!!! Big Russ for achieving the level of blue belt last Monday. 👏👏
📋Name: Russell, also known as “rusty dog” or “big Russ”
Big Russ started training with us in January 2017. He’s worked his way from not even being able to do the warm up to training 4 to 5 days per week. Now sometimes even double classes with kickboxing before or after on a Tuesday and Thursday. After talking about how much he enjoyed his new passion at home his 2 adult daughters in their 20’s started training with us too.
➡️ What brought you to Legion 13 & why Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu?
I was stuck in a rut, had gained weight over the years and finally made a decision to do something about it. I had never shown much interest in martial arts and had absolutely zero experience in any combat related sports. I would often drive past the academy most days and noticed the signs. I signed up to an offer through social media, with the attitude of what do I have to lose.
➡️ How was your first class?
My first class I was introduced to Craig, I noticed he was smiling a lot, I think he knew what I was in for😁. My first lesson consisted of me completing the warm up, only just. Twenty minutes in I was exhausted and cramping up. It was a bit of a wake up for me, realising I was no way near as fit as I thought I was. I sat out the rest of the class, but the very next week I was there again.
➡️ What has been the biggest benefit you have got from training?
There have been numerous benefits I have obtained from training, meeting such great people and developing friendships from them, small goals such as losing weight, increase in fitness. I have found all the small successes and achievements have lead to others. However, the biggest benefit I believe I have obtained from training, is a total change in lifestyle.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I have also gained a great son in law from BJJ!
➡️ How does it feel to be finally in the coloured belts?
I am still coming to the realisation that I have been promoted from white belt, I have found myself questioning myself if I am indeed ready for the coloured belt. But like everything I have found with BJJ it is challenging no matter what you do, it is not easy, if it was everyone would do it. I have realised that the learning has only just begun, and I will expect a lot more out of myself to progress further.
➡️ Any advice for people just getting started or new to Jiu-Jitsu?
My advice to anyone starting Jiu Jitsu, the sport is challenging. Just keep on turning up for training and challenge yourself with small goals.
It will change your life for the better if you allow it.