This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Family Tree

Last night my nephew Sean joined us in the adult jiu jitsu class. Sean is 14 and has been training jiu jitsu for several months. He averages about 2 kids classes a week but is the largest one in the bunch. We asked our coach Marcelo if he could try the adult class to help improve his conditioning and his jiu jitsu skills. I worked with Sean during the drills and I also rolled with him. He already outweighs me but he is still like a little kid in a big body. He is going to be a big guy when he gets older and if he keeps training he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. He really seemed to like hanging out with the older guys and he plans to come to both the kids class and adult class regularly.

I like the fact that our jiu jitsu is spreading to our extended family, Sean's sister Emily and their cousins Jamie and Jon Jon have all expressed interest in joining the class. Jiu jitsu is a healthy activity that builds character, confidence, humility and team work. Brazilian jiu jitsu was created and developed over many decades by the Gracie family; the values they incorporated into the system are still relevant and apply to the American family today.


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