Anthony Ferro a two time war veteran, Marine, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first degree black belt who is 7 and 0 in MMA. He now own a successful Jiu Jitsu academy in Elmhurst Illinois. His YouTube channel ,Sickness Ferro, give his perspective on PTSD struggles combined with BJJ.
20 years ago, I had it all figured out, sure was a surprise to find myself in 2016 contemplating suicide.- Deric Keller's Rise from Darkness
Deric R. Keller is a Phoenix-based coach, businessman, and sales specialist whose compassion, integrity, and work ethic have all earned him the reputation as a service-driven leader. He is also a Warrior Certified Trainer and Decorated Combat Veteran on a lifelong mission to create positive change in people’s personal and professional lives by helping them shift their perception. Throughout the course of over a decade, he has garnered extensive experience within the sales industry.
We created WhereVeteransTrain (Clever name, I know), a private Facebook group of folks who are really into building on our community and message. I guess the idea was that we could get better intel from folks who share the same interests and could provide a better product which could lead to growth which could expose more to Jiu Jitsu which could save more lives. It is also a place to share veteran friendly gym locations, jokes, and ideas on all things you would find where veterans train (see what I did there?). We are lucky enough to already have some members who have been making waves in the Jiu Jitsu community for years.
It’s inevitable……. you are going to get hurt from time to time. You are learning a martial art intended to suffocate or maim an opponent. Don’t let these temporary boo boos get inside your head and allow the enemy (Ego) to put you on the ledge. These temporary, small, normal side effects of being new to the sport will fade.
Finding a Jiu Jitsu gym was easy for me. I had a buddy from work that heard about a place from another buddy at work and we buddied up and checked out a free class. Most good gyms offer a free class for you to see if you are a good fit. And I ended up liking it there