Starting Martial Arts in College
Posted: March 11, 2018
I didn't find Judo or Brazilian Juijitsu until I went to college. In fact, I orginally went to school at the University of Redlands in Southern California to play on their soccer team. I had started learning Karate in high school while still in Rhode Island, but I had never even heard of Judo or Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ).
One of my best decisions that I have every made was to go out of my comfort zone and search out both Judo and BJJ. It was as if a whole new world opened up to me. Through engaging in Judo and Brazilian Jiujitsu I was able to meet AnnMaria Demarrs and train with her daughter, Ronda Rousey. I was even in Blackbelt Magazine with her as her Uke (throwing partner). These two martial arts allowed me to travel around the United States to learn from other great Judo and BJJ players and coaches such as Jeff Glover, Kurt Osiander, and Marcelo Garcia.
As I look back at my own personal journey, Judo and BJJ not only gave me focus, confidence, and kept me in shape. Judo and BJJ gave me a community that I could be a part of. When I returned from college back to Rhode Island, I found a home and community with head instructors Serge Bouyssou and Liz Bouyssou at Mayo Quanchi Judo and Wrestling now located in Coventry, Rhode Island. It was through Judo that I met my wife, Sandra. My Sensei's daughter!
College offered me the opportunity and time to start martial arts. Understanding this, we actually opened our own school in Exeter - right near the University of Rhode Island. When I was in college, I had to drive over and hour away just to get to the closest Judo school. We are happy we can give other students the opportunity to learn martial arts only minutes away from their campus.