12 year old, orange belt, Tyler Ransom talks about Jiu-Jitsu and how it has helped him with acceptance, discipline, humility and grace in dealing with chronic disease.
“When I do Jiu-Jitsu it’s like I’m on another planet, I don’t worry or think about anything else,” says Tyler Ransom. This 12 year-old Jiu Jitsu player has been battling a kidney illness called nephrotic syndrome since he was two years old. Specifically, Tyler’s kidneys filtering system malfunctions and causes protein to leak into his urine. Fluid accumulates in his eyes, stomach and legs, and prolonged leakage can cause kidney failure.
His goal, which started in 2010, has been to raise awareness and needed funds for clinical research and help in finding a cure through his love for BJJ. He has rolled with some of the top Jiu Jitsu players in the world and makes appearances at Jiu Jitsu & MMA facilities nationwide.
When it comes to actual training he has trained with a virtual who’s who of the sport, from Ryron Gracie of the Gracie Academy, Eddie Bravo of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and Rubens Cobrinha Charles of Cobrinha BJJ. He credits each of them with not only teaching him on the mat, but also off it, specifically in his battle against chronic illness.
The recent Metamoris competition has shed a lot of light on Ryron Gracie’s monacre, “Keep it Playful.” Gracie has come under a hailstorm of criticism since the event where he played defense for nearly an entire match against a very aggressive Andre Galvao. While many adults seem to be against the idea of using BJJ solely for defense, I think there is a lot we can learn from Ryron Gracie’s approach as it applies to children.
Child development experts advocate what is called a “child-centered philosophy” to help kids get the most out of youth sports, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Here are 4 things you can do to keep BJJ fun for your kids:
1. Look for an academy that puts the goals of kids first – enjoyment, friends, fitness, involvement 2. Remember that kids of different ages will have different needs. Make sure the academy addresses this and is appropriate for your child. 3. Find an instructor that emphasizes enjoyment and involvement over tournament results 4. Ask your child what they want to get out of BJJ. Drop whatever goals you have for them, and adopt their goals.
(Los Angeles, Calif…May 16, 2012) The Gracie Worlds will continue to set the standard for Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling tournaments when they make their San Jose debut in conjunction with California’s premier fitness event, TheFitExpo™, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2012 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose in Halls 1 & 2.
“We’re honored to once again be working with Rose Gracie from the legendary Gracie family on hosting The Gracie Worlds,” said TheFitExpo Executive Director, Erin Ferries.“We’re thrilled to have such an important event at our debut San Jose Expo.We love the synergy they create for competitors and attendees alike.”