Martial Arts without question has the ability to shape a person's life in a positive manner. The physical and mental knowledge acquired in practice is so powerful it can even be transferred to tackle the daily challenges life presents to us outside the dojo. American judoka Lee Heitzman is a prime example of this theory’s logic as it has assisted him in his personal and professional life that was shared with us at BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado with the support of his parents Heitzman would be opened to a new world that would prove to be an essential element for his entry into adulthood in the future. Starting his practice in Judo at the age of five years old, Lee began his campaign at the Northglenn Judo Club under the watchful eye of Sensei Shuichi Otaka. Although small in stature from his time as an adolescent to his teen years Otaka would supply the young hopeful with the fundamental tools necessary that serviced his development into becoming a remarkable athlete.