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Styron Smith reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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My first steps into vagabond bjj, first and foremost was welcoming. Second was the humbleness of not just the coaches, but from the students as well. There is literally no egos in vagabond bjj, everyone is humble and there to learn. The coaches and the students are uplifting you in any way they can. Also, there is a home feeling to vagabond bjj, I am so impressed by the coaches that I took my three kids out of taekwondo and enrolled them in vagabond. Vagabond is the place to go for bjj, stop by and let the camaraderie speak for itself.

Morgan Smith reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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A welcoming energy and hospitality second to none. Well balanced top tier training. A throw back to what the martial way, and an old school Jiu-Jitsu academy is meant to be. Honored to call it my new training home and family.

Josh Keller reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Vagabond has quickly become my home away from home since I signed up on 12/15/17. I love the friendly atmosphere here among the instructors and students that makes you feel at home from day one. The BJJ instruction for kids and adults, whether beginners or experienced grapplers is top notch. The laid back and friendly atmosphere helps students learn quickly so the training is excellent. In my first month here I lost 30lbs...just from learning and having fun with my friends. You really can't beat that. My wife trains here as well and loves it as much as I do.

I can and do recommend Vagabond to everyone I know. No matter what your goals are this is the place to achieve them in the Permian.

Daniel Powell reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Vagabond has been an amazing experience for my son and I. Don’t be confused Jujitsu is challenging and will push you regardless of your athletic ability, age, or cardio shape but we are all forged in fire. The greatest growth comes from challenging your body, mind, and spirit and in the short time at Vagabond I have experienced that. I look forward to the growth and life lessons I know I will learn.

Jennifer Burdett reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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Coaches are awesome, the kids love it and they teach real skills. The kids grow in confidence, discipline, and respect. My son has been going there for about a month and has already had great improvements in his attitude and he’s excited for class days. I highly recommend this great group of folks.

Jerod Masters reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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I have been here a few weeks and have been very impressed with everyone. I've trained in several places and with quite a few people. the coaches here are very good and very encouraging. I have yet to meet an ego. Even Prof. Hantz who has taught the 530 a.m. one morning was humble and was very patient and encouraging with me. The higher belts aren't egotistical. Both of my young sons train here now and have been seeing improvement in them since day one. there are at least 4 coaches helping with the children's classes and they spend time with every kid to help and teach each individual kid. I have been very impressed and would definitely recommend this place to any age, sex or skill level. I also love that they have a 530 a.m. class. Often it is the only one I'm able to attend. Love this place so far!

Yvonne Lozoya Tarango reviewed Vagabond BJJ
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My 3 year old Son loves going to 'Jitsu'! Vagabond has great coaches and great staff!!

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Depression Is an SOB


How do you cope with it? 

Do you just sweep it under the rug? Overeat? Medicate?


15 million! HOLY HELL!

That, with zero doubt, tells you that someone you know is affected by anxiety or is depressed and may be dealing with something that you just simply, don’t get.


When I came back from college in 2004, I was severely depressed and overweight. EVERYDAY, I contemplated even getting out of bed.

I hated my job, I hated my relationship, I hated myself

After a few months of banging around at bars and getting into trouble and fights, I was directed to a Martial Arts gym.

I didn’t necessarily want to go but, I did out of curiosity and, I was bored and sure as hell wasn’t out doing something, man. Playing video games, eating like crap and, trying to stay away from people I needed to cut out of my life was wearing on me.

It was eye-opening, to say the least. For over an hour and a half, I forgot that I was a sad bag a shit and actually enjoyed myself.

Immediately, I started to think less about how badly my life sucked and more about what I was going to do in the next class.

Back then, youtube wasn’t a thing that people just pulled up and watched cat videos. You had risk giving your computer AIDS by downloading what you hoped was a Grappler’s Quest tournament.

I just kept going to class. Kept absorbing information and with each class I attended, I got better, healthier and, a little more self-confident.

A weight was lifted off of my shoulders.

Not only did I excel at the art & sport, winning contests and championships, I made friends!


Having a constant, positive, support system was KEY to my mental health.  I still have many of these friends today and we all still train jiu jitsu on a weekly basis.

All these years later, I still train to combat the cloud that hangs over my head.

Some days I succeed. Others I fall short but, at least I gave myself a chance to grow.

Training Jiu Jitsu in Odessa, Texas has been pivotal in keeping my mental health in check along with my physical fitness. 

I am in no way saying that training jiu jitsu is going to cure depression or anxiety.

It does, however, allow you an avenue to manage the stresses associated with both.

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