I started training jiu jitsu in 2012. My brother Frank, my friend Ian and I were all really into rock climbing back then. Slowly, we all began to lose interest in challenging a static wall; my brother was the first one to fall off.
Sooner or later, Ian was “busy” every afternoon and had no time to hang out. A month goes by and it turned out that Ian had joined the same gym Frank had and didn’t want to tell me. I guess he wanted a head start in our latest rivalrous pursuit.
We’ve always been competitive with each other since high school. Skating, surfing, rock climbing and now, jiu jitsu. From humble beginnings in Ziggy’s class on Tues/Thur nights to getting promoted to purple just a few months ago, jiu jitsu has been a foundational rock in my adult life.
I wake up sore nearly every day. My hands ache from grabbing the gi and I get bruises and scratches in awkward places but it’s all worth it.
This collection of photos were taken in 2017 at Jiu Jitsu League in Signal Hill, CA. Professor Kevin Howell owns and operates his gym under the ATOS banner headed by André Galvão, a known BJJ champion.