I find myself back in Hilo, where I grew up (yes that same Hilo where BJ Penn also grew up), for a few weeks before the journey across the Pacific begins. I contacted some friends and the consensus I received was that I had check out the new Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Chris Smith. A Google, an email, and a phone call and I found myself making my way to the dojo where Tiger Martial Arts Hilo is located.
By: Jason M.A. Walter for BJJ Legends Magazine | The Beginning - Pan Ams 2010
I grew up believing that following your heart was important though societal norms seemed to indicate otherwise. Over the years, I have struggled with deep conflicts throughout my life as I was trying to fit in with what the world told me was “right.” At 26, I found myself young, unhealthy, and feeling dead inside. It was not until I realized that the shackles that were holding me back were invisible and of my own creation.