I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because it emphasizes using proper technique and leverage over muscle and can be highly effective in both sport and self-defense. When I visited the Rocha Academy for the first time I was shown a curriculum of fundamental techniques and positions which I would be learning in the beginner program and given an overview of classes by one of Master Eduardo’s instructors. I had previously visited other academies but none were as structured as the Rocha Academy. Right away I knew that this was the academy for me and signed up after my first trial class.
As a novice I benefited greatly from Master Eduardo’s emphasis on developing strong fundamentals. Yes we do learn advanced and modern techniques but the fundamentals are the foundation on which we build our Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve been training under Master Eduardo since 2010 and still look forward to coming to class daily. Training is challenging both physically and mentally but I’m always glad I went to class. I have also enjoyed the camaraderie with my teammates and teachers.
Jiu-Jitsu and the Rocha Academy are a big part of my life and I will continue to work on improving my Jiu-Jitsu. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned over the past few years under Master Eduardo is that Jiu-Jitsu is infinite. There is always room to improve and there is always something to learn.