I’m 27 years old (at time of this post), and I’ve spent more than 15 of those years practicing martial arts. Though I’ve only been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for three years, I love teaching and working with children to improve their jiu-jitsu skills. When I was presented with the chance to teach underprivileged children for free, I didn’t doubt it for a minute.
After my city, Portoviejo, was destroyed in April by a massive earthquake, it has been difficult for our communities to recover. This opportunity means so much to me, being able to help poor children in my country find discipline and strength in martial arts. I believe one of the best ways to teach kids to improve themselves is through sports, and the best sport to do so is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Already, this sport is captivating and helping so many people across the world and I’m excited to take part in that movement. Thank you to IJEF for their support in helping bring this beautiful sport to the children of Portoviejo!