We also have lots of veterans who train at the academy, and of course a lot of them come with their own injuries and physical challenges. I was also lucky enough to be invited to the Royal Marines base by Sam Sheriff, and seeing these guys in action was awesome. All of the military and first responders do a great job and it is wonderful that jiu-jitsu and REORG is having such a positive effect on them.
Missing out on exercise is the worst thing people can do for their health, especially in times of stress like we have seen recently. We will see the effect now as the lockdowns are lifted. For sure there will be more people who are overweight, and who are depressed. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel now. It has been an incredibly challenging time for every individual and for every business too. But now that everything is reopening, life is getting back to normal and hopefully we can put this difficult time behind us.
For me, I never see jiu-jitsu as a job, it’s a way of life. When you have a good training session, it is like you sweat your problems away, and you leave lighter. I love doing jiu- jitsu and want to continue as long as I can, until I’m 92 if I am lucky.
Roger Gracie is 10 times world jiu-jitsu champion