Jarod Collier, 2nd Dan (Nidan)
At what club do you train?
When did you start training?
Why did you choose Ju Jitsu over other martial arts?
I chose jujitsu over other material arts as my older sister was doing this and it was something we could do together.
Did you do other sports/martial arts before Ju Jitsu?
No, just jujitsu.
Tell us about your first Ju Jitsu class.
I was very excited to start my first lesson, to make new friends and to start learning self defence and to work my way through the belts.
When did you think about getting your Black Belt?
I started to think about my black belt when I achieved my junior black belt.
Was it difficult to attain?
No, I liked to think I was confident and had the right people around me to help me achieve this.
What does a "black Belt" mean to you?
It means hard work, never giving up when something is hard and working through your hard times to achieve something you've always wanted.
Ever had to use Ju Jitsu for real?
No, I would never hope to use it.
Do you enter martial arts competitions?
Yes, I love the competitions and work hard. There's the fun part of achieving something not just alone but with a team. I'm always happy just taking part and meeting new people.
Has Ju Jitsu changed your life in any positive or negative way?
Yes, it has shown me that hard work pays off and that I can inspire other people out there to learn and to be part of a team but to have fun and keep safe. It has also allowed me to meet new people, new places and share my life with my friends.
What do you see as the advantages of Ju Jitsu?
It's fun, healthy exercise and a way to keep safe. It's also good for obtaining and keeping long last friendships.
How much time does your training require?
It all depends on what belt you are going for. I am currently working hard for my third dan and I am trying to juggle training around my work life so I am fitting in about 3 sessions.
If you could advise a beginner on one thing about Ju Jitsu what would it be?
To have fun and not take anything too seriously. Everyone is there for the same reasons - to be aware and keep safe but to also meet new people, share friendships. Always smile and listen and anything is possible.