Andre’s Blue Belt Essay

When moving on to a new belt level, we often ask students to submit an essay that answers questions about their belt journey. For example, “What is the most significant change you’ve experienced since beginning at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Why is it important to you? How has it affected you?”

A fantastic graduation essay to share comes from Andre, who recently earned his blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

The most significant change I experience since beginning at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BBJJ) is my blood pressure. My Blood pressure was on the border line of me taking medication for the rest of my life. Two years prior of joining BBJJ I was going to medical for my pressure every six months. More Importantly, after training since April. 2013, my pressure is good. My doctor was very impressed with the weight loss and my blood pressure being normal…it feel really good.

Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has affected my life style tremendously for the better (without question). In August. of 2005 I injured my lower back (three herniated disc) Rating the pain from( 1) to (10) the pain is a (10) I’m always in a lot of pain. Since training at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the pain still exist, but a little more bearable from (1) to (10) it’s about a (7) thanks (BBJJ). Physically I’m feeling better, lost over 20lbs since I started training in April. 2013. Making a commitment to Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best decision I made for myself…You can’t put a price on your life.

Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very important to me because I always wanted to commit to a school for the discipline, exercise and techniques. Not knowing about BBJJ until I was invited to the school by a friend (Ambrocio) that train at BBJJ…Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful thing. Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu feeds my soul: physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. It feels really good to be doing something for my well being. Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is what I need today in my life…Ambrocio I like to give you a special thanks for introducing me to Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Yours truly,