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Student Feature

Grace Ortiz


Past generations called upon Bruce Lee and Karate Kid movies to conjure up an image of Martial Arts. Nowadays, the iconic image of a smaller Royce Gracie defeating bigger and stronger opponents has taken over our society's interest. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has become the premier Martial Art for kids. The prime example is self-defense. BJJ has demonstrated to be one of the best martial arts for self-defense. There are several examples blasted all over YouTube of grade-schoolers being able to control a bully's attack without causing harm to their attacker. Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself over and over again to be most effective not only in quality but ethically as well.

Therefore, BJJ has become very popular with a particular population, young girls. Meet Grace Ortiz, who started training BJJ at 4.5 years of age. This young 6-year-old is a Rockstar! She is one of our smallest students, but extremely dedicated. Since Grace has been training under Professor Dave, we have seen "...an increase in her confidence. I think her social skills have also improved by the interaction that she has in class with kids of all ages. BJJ gives her something to work towards, whether it be a new stripe, a new belt, or perfecting a move. I think that is such a great benefit of her doing BJJ," says Grace's mom.
Miss Grace has a long-time wrestler and blue belt for a dad who empowers and encourages her to learn how to protect herself. Professor Dave, who also has a young daughter of his own, "I think it's a great way to bond sharing the mats with your daughter. Grace definitely rolls like her dad, always looking for the takedown."

Grace also has two little sisters, one of which Lil' Eva, sometimes joins the class on Saturdays. This cute 3-year-old cheered her big sis into winning silver at the recent American Grappling Federation tournament!!

Congrats Gracie! You're awesome!!

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