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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!

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My 3 year old Son loves going to 'Jitsu'! Vagabond has great coaches and great staff!!

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What it’s Like to Lose 100lbs

Could You Imagine What it’s Like to Lose 100lbs?

Shoot. Some of us would disappear or, just be a sack of vital organs.

I’ve had the pleasure of coaching two students through their journey of losing 100+ lbs. Losing this amount of weight is astonishing to think about. What it takes to lose that is even more so!

The soreness, fatigue, diet failures, gym partners not showing up and, lack of visual results can be such a huge hurdle to cross and, very few people have the willpower to get this monumental goal of getting into better shape and, taking care of yourself, completed!

It will take time. It will be difficult. But, IT IS WORTH IT!

From the dedication to diet and showing up to train every day whether you feel like it or not, I love being able to share their stories. Meet Paul. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this student!


My name is Paul Cicconetti, I am 25 years old. That picture is me when I first started Jiu Jitsu at Vagabond at 281lbs.

I’ve always been active in sports growing up. I played football throughout high school and even played a little in college. I was an offensive and defensive lineman my whole life so, I had to be big.

I decided to participate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because a good friend of mine was doing it and would always talk to me about it. I wasn’t lifting or working out at all and was incredibly overweight for my age. Training martial arts sounded like a good idea. 

Having an urge to start something new and get into shape, Jiu Jitsu sparked my interest.

What made me want to lose as much fat as possible was the simple fact that I was fed-up with being the fat guy wherever I went! I was only 24 years old!

I resented myself for allowing it to get out of control as badly as it did.

On my 24th birthday I made a promise to myself that in exactly one year, on my 25th birthday, I would be in the best shape of my entire life.

That personal goal was accomplished to the day exactly as I had promised myself it would. I lost 100 pounds. I haven’t weighed this much since I was in junior high and I’m stronger and feel better than I ever have.

It’s like I’m a new person.

One of the biggest benefits for me that I have noticed is that I do not get nervous in potentially tough situations. It is also a great stress reliever. My job is very stressful; Jiu Jitsu is the outlet for that stress.

Having a bad day? Go choke a fool.

Lastly, it was a huge lifestyle change. I love striving to be the best that I can every day in my life because of Jiu Jitsu.

I don’t have the want to go and make poor diet choices or slug down brews. I want to be able to do my best during training.

If I could tell someone one thing that is in similar shoes to the ones I used to wear, I would tell them to just go out and get it done. Take care of your business. Stop making the same lame excuses everyone else makes.

Be bold and believe that you can and also believe in yourself. People are going to try and drag you down. Don’t let them waste your time.

This is me exactly one year later. 🙂

These results are absolutely amazing! With a sound diet and an amazing place to train martial arts in Odessa, Texas, Paul lost the equivalent of a teenager.

I’ve seen a few MAJOR changes in his attitude as well.

He’s not quick to choose anger as the frustration default because his patience level has been increased. (Which also translates into his everyday life at work)
There is a smile on his face almost everytime I see him walk through the doors at Vagabond Martial Arts and always a positive outlook on what he has to face at work, with home-life or whatever.

All of this AND 100 lbs.

So, that’s what it’s like to lose 100lbs!  Pretty freaking awesome!




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