Since retiring from competitive football, I have been looking for an activity that will give me an appropriate level of physical exertion and challenge. After trying numerous sports and activities, a friend of mine who trains Jiu-Jitsu at another Gracie Barra School recommended that I try it out at Gracie Barra Yeovil.
During my free two weeks I felt that the Fundamentals Class is a fantastic place to be. Learning different technique and skills within the session is well supported by the more senior and experienced club members, a nurturing culture runs naturally through the club, there are no big egos.
Sam is a wealth of knowledge, not only in terms of Jiu-Jitsu, but also in fitness and conditioning, allowing and him to help both experienced athletes and those who are just starting out/looking for a gentle introduction to physical activity.
While the quality of the physical training is fantastic, in my opinion, the real strength of Gracie Barra Yeovil is the way that people of all shapes, sizes, ability and genders are made welcome and are quickly made to feel part of the club.
In the two weeks free training at Gracie Barra Yeovil, I have learned a huge amount. In addition to the physical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Grappling techniques learnt, I have also learnt to remain calm and composed while in some quite tricky situations.
In pretty much any circumstance where experiencing an unwanted physical challenge, despite previously training in boxing, kick boxing and karate, it will be the knowledge gained from Jiu-Jitsu that will be of most use to me.