Our Tiny Grinders

I’ve had a few jobs in my life like Soldier, Alpha Pager Dispatcher, Warehouse Clerk, and Cashier. Some of the jobs I’ve enjoyed for one reason or another, usually for the people I’ve worked with. Most people don’t wake up say I’m going to do anyone of these jobs for a living. They pay the bills and allow me to do the things I love. I understand it for what it is, but being an instructor at the Rebellion Academy has been a dream of sorts.

I always wanted to do something in the scope of teaching or counseling but I never thought it would have been martial arts related. Jiu-Jitsu has bridged that gap between my goals and a passion I’ve had for helping people become better individuals. This is much more to me than picking up some weights or having a client run a few miles on a treadmill, and scream at them to push themselves. This is about paying back a cosmic debt I have to Jiu-Jitsu.

I know that may sound a bit odd to say but when you find something that has changed your life and enriched it beyond what you thought was possible, you will go out of your way to spread it.  You’ll cherish it and want to share it with as many people as possible so that they can experience everything it’s done to you.

Building up the Rebellion Kid’s Bjj program with Will has been an incredible experience. Collaborating and bringing ideas to life has been slow coming from time to time, but rewarding when you see the program start to move forward. Even my wife DeLisa is throwing out suggestions about things we are doing. She’s seen how much work and thought has gone into this. We now have a YouTube channel up; I uploaded a few videos yesterday which will be posted to the new Facebook fan page which now has 72 likes the last time I checked. Thanks to Suz, one of the parents, we have some really nice pictures up on the page.

What I’ve really enjoyed about all this is the transformations you see with the kids. I’ve been around for most of their first classes and to see them now is almost night and day. I remember so many of them were awful at the basic Jiu-Jitsu movements which would cause them to get a little frustrated with themselves. Some came in with confidence issues, being on the verge of being too self-conscious to even attempt the class, every movement was a moment of embarrassment for them.

Just a few weeks in and the growth has been a gift to witness, they seem more confident in themselves and genuinely enjoy coming to class. So much so that four of them come in early to train on Saturday mornings to rep and spar alongside the adult grinders. Will and I are extremely proud of our kids program and can’t wait to see where the kids go from here on out.

Class Warm Ups

Class Warm Ups


Kids putting extra training in with the adult Grinders


Purple Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner

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