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Jarod Collier, 2nd Dan (Nidan)

Sensei Jarod

At what club do you train?

​ Laindon, Basildon​. ​

When did you start training?​

​ January 2007​. ​

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. ​

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