ERIC BRESSER

My name is Eric Bresser and if you were to have told me 15 months ago that I would be a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and in the best shape of my life, I would have called you crazy. Two years ago I was diagnosed with severe Chron's Disease and my health began to spiral out of control quick. I was taking 15 pills a day and was in a constant state of pain due to my Chron's flares. The medications caused me to gain 30 pounds and I became very depressed about my situation. During this time my son was already taking classes at B1 BJJ and I had begun to build a friendship with Professor Bruce Guevara. When he learned of my diagnosis he told me that  he felt that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could help me overcome my Chron's. He explained the Health Benefits of exercise, the mental strength you gain from pushing yourself and the importance of having a group of people to support you. I told him that I wasn't sure that I could do it, and then he gave me the best advice of my life. He said that I have two options, I could either continue to sit at home everyday feeling sorry for myself, or I can be sick and tired of being sick and tired and do something about it. I knew that he was absolutely right. I began taking classes and it has been the best choice that I have ever made. I quickly dropped the 30 pounds, began to feel more energetic, made a new group of friends and learned to become mentally stronger when dealing with the pain of my flares. I would recommend B1 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired like I was.

JOSE SAMANO

My name is José Samano (Qtip). Throughout my life I was always a short person and because of it I was constantly bullied when I was in school. Despite this, my mom always told me to respect others, remain positive, and work hard in life. I loved working out and pushing myself to the limits, but there were many times where I was feeling down and didn't know what to do. That's when my friend (Cold Cuts) told me to try Jiu-Jitsu. At first I thought I was too short for this, but on my first day everybody greeted me with open arms. Professor Bruce Guevara greeted me with a smile and welcomed me . Even though I had just met everybody, they accepted me and made me feel like I was family. Everyone is always helpful in teaching me every single day to get better. The road has been tough, and there where days where I wanted to quit, but my friends didn't let me. I'm glad I didn't quit and stuck with it. I fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu, and as the days went by I saw confidence, and happiness blooming over me. Because of Jiu-Jitsu I began feeling a lot better about myself. I will continue training every single day and keep working hard to get better. What I was told about B1 was true.....at B1 we are family. 

ARNE AALRUST

I’m Arne Aalrust Jr. I started training at B1 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness in September 2016. After attending my first class, I was hooked! What first brought me in was that In August 2016, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I needed to find something to get me out of the house and find a way to relieve the stress and anguish that I was going through. I wanted to do something that challenged me physically, so I could release the stress I was going through. From the first moment, I walked in the door I was met with open arms, by Professor Bruce Guevara and the B1 family. What I enjoy the most at B1 is constantly learning new techniques, sparring, and hanging out with my teammates. Jiu-Jitsu has taught me that I can do things I didn’t think were possible, because of my doctor’s cautions. I suffer from sarcoidosis and fibromyalgia, and being able to take part in Jiu-Jitsu has given me the confidence of competing with my inner self and proving to myself that I can do this, and nothing can hold me back. Since joining the B1 family, I have obtained my third stripe on my white belt, and In July I competed in my very first Jiu-Jitsu competition (which was a blast!). Jiu-Jitsu has certainly changed my life for the better and I love being part of the B1 family

HEATHER FISCHER

Hello, my name is Heather Fischer. “Girls can’t be superheroes.” Ever since I was little I was told what I couldn’t do, or couldn’t be. I couldn’t be a cheerleader because I was bigger than all the other girls, I couldn’t run track because I wasn’t fast enough. While I eventually found my niche in swimming and water polo, there were still moments that I was told that I “couldn’t.” After college, I settled into adult life that posed a whole new world of challenges, but over- came that constant of always being told that I couldn’t. For close to a decade, I had everything I had ever wanted -- until unexpectedly one day I didn’t, and was once again faced with the fear that I couldn’t move forward. The last time I told myself that I couldn’t do something was when I first stepped into B1 at the beginning of May. After jiu jitsu was recommended to me by a friend, I learned very quickly how much I am capable of. Now, instead of telling myself that I can’t do something, I look for ways to overcome it. When I am on the mat, I never hear that I can’t do a particular technique. My teammates and Professor Bruce are incredibly patient and help me move through rough spots, while always encouraging me to be the best that I can be. Jiu-Jitsu helps me continually push myself further and harder. Most importantly, Jiu-Jit- su has helped me move forward and improve my health and my life. Every day I learn more about what I can do, and every day I am closer to becoming my own superhero.