Every jiu-jitsu practitioner has a unique motivation to train. For some it is to become a World Champion, for others it’s exercise, or just to learn something new. The list goes on. Of the myriad reasons people commit to jiu-jitsu one thing ties them together: personal development.
The culture of an academy contributes to the improvement of each individual on the mat, just as each individual contributes to the culture of the academy. Neil Soderstrom spoke to the “rare air” of Atos HQ, and how it creates a culture of excellence.
So, what is rare air? How is it created? When a group of individuals get together and push each other to raise the bar every day, that is rare air. It doesn’t matter what the goal is or how close or far from it you are. Rare air depends on the mindset and willingness to continue to reach for it. Rare air is when the goal becomes the norm. It allows you to see your progress toward it every day.
From white belts to the world champions who share the mat at Atos HQ they all benefit from and contribute to the rare air that keeps us all improving, on and off the mat.
For the last 12 years, Elizabeth Liera has trained at Atos HQ since she was a white belt. She started her jiu-jitsu journey in the Atos Kids Program and continues to train to this day. On December 19th, she received her black belt from Professor Andre Galvao. Congratulations Elizabeth!
Nick Westra was promoted to black belt first degree during the fundamental class. Nick has been an Atos student for 12 years. He was one of the first students that Professor Galvao had when he started Atos Jiu-jitsu HQ. Well done, Nick!
Kids Belt Promotion & Professor Nisar's Farewell ✨
Last Tuesday (August 2nd), we had our kids belt promotion at Atos Jiu-Jitsu HQ. At the same time, we had Professor Nisar Loynab's farewell. He and his wife Laura Loynab - also an Atos Black Belt - are moving to New York. We are so happy to have had them with us the past years and wish them the be...
Professor Andre Galvao promotes Chris Castagnetti to Black Belt. Chris has been training since he was 17 years old. He has a long journey as a jiu-jitsu practitioner: 8 years as a blue belt, 9 years as a purple belt, and 3 years as a brown belt. Now he has achieved his black belt! Congratulations...