November 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Island Top Team Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts opened its doors (okay, technically the doors belong to the Nanaimo Athletic Club, where Island Top Team makes its home) not quite 2 months ago, and though we had a pretty good feeling that bringing legit, world class BJJ instruction to the Harbour City would turn out well, we certainly didn't anticipate the response would be so overwhelming! Thanks to the fantastic response from the fine people of Nanaimo, we hit our 3 month enrollment targets after just 5 weeks! And not only have the classes filled up with students new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but the students that have migrated to Island Top Team from other schools have embraced our unique training philosophy and cutting edge program, which has allowed them to grow more in their understanding of grappling over the course of a few weeks than they have in months, sometimes even years of training elsewhere! It can be difficult to abandon old ways of thinking, to try new methods, and it takes self-awareness to prevent the negative aspects of ego from interfering with our ability to grow both as martial artists and as human beings. Having said that, the students at Island Top Team have shown that self-awareness, and demonstrated faith in the program, which has been rewarded with vast improvements... and that means promotions are coming soon! Keep an eye on these pages for updates.