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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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Do I Need to Compete in BJJ?


Should you do the damn thing? What is that thing anyway?

I can remember when I fell in love with competing.  I’m not sure when I started but, I can remember the night where my views on competition turned from playful games to something much more intimate. I found something inside of me that I could tap into; something that made my world flash brightly with purpose.

I was sixteen or seventeen years old and it was track season. Which also was rudely interrupted by a busy choir “post season” of district, regional, and state competitions. It just so happened that the State Choir Competition was being held in San Antonio, Texas the same day as the District Track Meet in Arlington, Texas.

I know choir wasn’t what you were expecting and it’s about as exciting as showing a gnarly trick from my sweet ass, Duncan Imperial Body, Double Bearing, YoYo. But, this isn’t about any other tune than that of victory.

Directly after the Choir Ensemble, a coach picks me up in his 2004 F150 and we hoof it to Arlington so that I can qualify in the 400m and 4 x 400m relay. We didn’t stop. I peed in bottles and ate a sandwich that had been sitting in the cab for two days and a sleeve of cinnamon donuts.

Just outside of Arlington, we receive a phone call telling us that they had run the 400m and I had missed my shot at qualifying for Regionals.

When we arrived at UTA, somehow, Coach Chris McKinney talked the state officials into letting me qualify on an empty track.  I got out of the truck, threw my pee bottle to a teammate exclaiming, “Fresh apple juice, JB!” warmed up with a two hundred meter jog and hit the blocks. On an empty track. All eyes on me.

Bang! Starting gun blasts. As I round the first corner, I can feel the heat of the crowd and the guys that qualified; not the heat of other runners. On the backstretch, I can hear my coach telling me to pace myself and to “keep pumpin!!”. I remember thinking to myself, “Pace myself? Against who?”

And it hit me. Set the pace. Break the pace.

I hit the home stretch. Last 100 meters, baby.

There was a kid on the last corner that yelled, “You’re not gonna make it!”. I made my last kick with Coach McKinney & Smith trailing me, “MOVE YOUR BUTT!!” “KICK!!” “KICK!!” I crossed the line not knowing if I had sucked it up or proved the kid on the last corner wrong. I just gave it my whole heart.

I ended up running one of my best times and placed 2nd. Edging out the asshat on the corner by 2 seconds and costing him a trip to Regionals.

I came to run. So I did.

So, how the hell does this apply to training and competing in BJJ?

I’m sure I could twist this into some lesson about perseverance or some self-righteous crap but, I’d rather not.

There is no growth without discomfort.

Competing brings more than just the physical discomfort of going 100%. on a few different people.

There is the anxiety of what’s going to happen and possibly the idea of making a weight limit that sometimes it’s overwhelming for some people.

But on the other side of all of this is some of the largest personal discovery and growth you can experience.

It’s scary, man. Most people that start jiu jitsu have never had a physical altercation. The idea of paying to get into a fight where you could get choked unconscious seems pretty far out there.
Showing up can be a win for some.

Do I think you should compete? Hell yes. It makes you feel so alive! Whether you win or you take home bronze for losing two matches.

BUT, you’d better be prepared to perform and have a coach that knows how to deal with the immense pressure that is on you as a first time or, non regular competitor.

If you miss the idea of a team, a REAL Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy is where you are going to find that sense of having teammates that support you and hold you accountable. Plus, having a group of guys you can hang out with that you can relate to is freaking awesome.

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