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Why Everyone Should Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
After living in California for most my life, I packed up and decided to move to Aurora, Colorado. I had visited Boulder with my friends and fell in love with the scenery and mountain air. I found a nursing job in Aurora and to pass the time on my days off, I stumbled upon a martial arts academy and decided to jump into a BJJ intro class. I immediately fell in love with it! The people were great and I felt like I was a human puzzle piece in a giant jigsaw puzzle. I became addicted and couldn’t wait to learn more. I progressed quickly and was beaming every time I mastered a move. I left everyday with a giant smile on my face and I felt so proud when I would get promoted with stripes. I met a wonderful group of people who shared the same passion. They gym became my family.
I learned my most important lesson outside of the gym and truly believe it saved my life. One of the gals at the hospital insisted I go on a date with her a friend of her friend so I obliged. I parked my car at his place and he drove to the restaurant. Things went ok so we decided to share an Uber back to his place and he invited me in for a drink. That’s when things took a turn for the worse. He started making sexist comments and I could tell the liquor was taking over. I tried to leave and he pushed me down on the couch. We hand fought for a couple seconds. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and tried to remain clam to allow me make the best decisions. I was able to get my legs around him, put him in a triangle choke and he went to sleep. I ran out of the apartment and thanked the stars above that I was able to get away. That is why everyone should learn to protect themselves in the unfortunate event that you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
BJJ is not biased. It does not favor sex or size. The mat is an open playing field and fair game. Happy training!
Thank you to all those who supported Professor Chaun Sims and Coach Robin Solsbery at the F2W Pro 4 event; it was an exciting night, showcasing the best of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Robin battled a tough opponent and with ten seconds left, submitted him with a d’arce choke. This earned him the win and teen submission of the night bonus. Processor Chaun took home a win via leg lock and also submission of the night bonus in the black belt division! Coach Bojan Velickovic made his UFC debut in Croatia on Sunday and after 3 rounds of action, won via unanimous decision. Please take a minute to congratulate Professor Chaun, Robin, and Bojan on a job well done by all!
Next up, we have Coach Cory Sandhagen vs. Dalton Goddard as the main event for Paramount MMA 2016 on Friday, April 15th. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are still available online or at the front desk. Cory’s after party will be at The Robusto Room at 8pm on April 16th. Gerald Scott is also on the card, fighting Jorge Sanchez.
On Sunday, April 17th at 2pm, HAMA has several students competing in the annual Muay Thai tournament. We took 1st place last year so please come support your teammates and cheer them on as they try to take it home again! Best of luck to:
Wilson Sojo Jr
Ilias El Kasri
Houssam El Kasri
Noufel El Kasri
Fight To Win Pro returns to Denver, CO for the 4th show and two fighters will be representing High Altitude Martial Arts/ETC Aurora in the event.
Our very own, Professor Chaun Sims, takes on Andy Smith in a 205lbs Black Belt Nogi match. Professor Chaun is a 1 stripe black belt under Amal Easton and has been training for over 10 years. He has competed all over the country and some of his notable wins include: 2004 Humboldt Invitational Champion, 2006 RMBJJ Champion, 2007 Pan Am Blue Belt Champion, 2009 gold at Worlds in absolute and division, 2009 silver in Grapplers Quest, 2015 F2W gold in black belt gi and nogi absolute. Aside from being involved in the BJJ and MMA community, he is perhaps most well known in the gym for his story telling and motivational speeches in his fundamental and competitive BJJ classes at High Altitude. Professor Chaun displays great passion in his classes and for his students. And in return, he is highly respected as a role model, leader, and coach.
Needless to say, his bout in this event is highly anticipated. We are all excited to see Professor Chaun showcase his skills and entertain the crowd!
Tickets are still available at the front desk. Please come support your coaches as they compete and show your gym pride with your yeti shirts!
Now, Robin is set to compete in Colorado’s first professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event at National Western Complex on November 20, hosted by Fight To Win. He faces the number seven ranked teen in his division. Robin has been training for two years and is a three time Colorado State BJJ Champion and six time F2W gold medalist.
Corina Sojo is a blue belt who is also competing in Friday’s event in a teen gi match. She has been training for four years and has competed all over the country. Corina holds an impressive competition history and is a seven time gold medalist with IBJJF, NABJJF, and F2W. She holds five silver medals with F2W, Kids Worlds, Super Cup, and IBJJF; along with seven bronze medals from the organizations previously listed including NAGA. Corina is busy balancing high school, BJJ, and a coaching apprenticeship at HAMA.
High Altitude’s own brown belt, Pat Garland, is taking on Josh Golderger from Colorado Brazilian Jui-Jitsu in a no gi match. Coach Pat has been training and coaching at HAMA for eight years, winning several gold medals at various tournaments, and has led many students to be world BJJ champions.
This highly anticipated event will showcase talent from across the state! Tickets are still available at http://fighttowinmma.com/
Professor Cody Donovan heads to Long Beach, CA with Melissa Myers and Robin Solsbery to coach them at World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship. The tournament is one of the largest BJJ tournaments in the world and High Altitude’s students couldn’t be more excited to compete.
About Melissa Myers
Melissa is a purple belt who recently took gold at Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship in New York and is a professional mixed martial artist.
About Robin Solsbery
Robin is a blue belt and ranked in the top five of his division in Colorado. He is also preparing to compete in Colorado’s first Professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event on November 20th.
Both competitors head to Long Beach after great training camps at High Altitude Martial Arts and Easton Training Center. Please wish your teammates luck and stay tuned for updates and results!