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It was a really bad breakup with my ex-girlfriend that pushed me to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the first place. I was going through some really bad depression at that time. I needed to rediscover myself, my true self. I asked someone "what I was doing before I met my ex?" They said that I was lifting weights in the gym all the time. So I decided to take it a step further.
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Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. This growing problem needs a great solution and jiu-jitsu along with other exercises and a healthy diet may be the answer to this epidemic. Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. Obesity is preventable and with the right knowledge and correct lifestyle, countless lives can be saved. 

Zaylen is someone that made a positive change in his life by dedicating his efforts to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. With over a 100lbs lost, his ambitions and work ethic is truly inspiring. This is a great read for anyone that is feeling discouraged or needs some added motivation in both their fitness and jiu-jitsu journey. 

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Adam Kastner is someone that has had a rough past. From losing his mother to suicide and dealing with betrayal from his past friends due to their theft and even his own suicide attempt. With a dark history it can be challenging to find the motivation to pick yourself back up and regain happiness but thanks to jiu-jitsu, it has helped him cure his depression and through this community, he has managed to make new friends and become a better role model for his son as well. Adam is something special as he did something for others that most won't. You will understand how kind-hearted this man is when you learn about what he did for others while he was just a teen in high school.

Story's like this reminds you that no matter how horrible your past may be, you can still be a good person and help others. Make sure to read the full article as you will gain inspiration and learn from Adam's tenacity to keep fighting through whatever pain you may be experiencing. 

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Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best martial arts for controlling an aggressive opponent without inflicting damage. In today's society, many people feel the need to carry lethal weapons as a form of self-defense, this includes law enforcement. Recently there has been a lot of debate over police brutality and unreasonable use of force against potential criminals. Although this issue is complicated and can come from more than just a lack of self-defense training, learning how to properly defend yourself is critical for both civilians and police officers.

Kamilio has lost someone close to him at an early age due to this problem and instead of adding hatred filled fuel to this debate, he decides to offer solutions. He is a tough person that experienced some traumatic events of his own and through jiu-jitsu, he has gained a new found confidence and many other benefits as well. Learn about his journey and join the discussion by leaving a comment with your thoughts on the matter and makes sure to share this article. It could just save someone's life!

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Brotherhoods are built on the mats but this brotherhood started with birth. This is a story about 3 brothers that persevered through personal problems and used jiu-jitsu as a tool to improve and grow. Philosophies about this art differ and it is important to see different points of view. It is interesting to see the brotherly dynamic the Ford Brothers bring to this community. This is a great read to understand the mindset of these hungry sharks on their path to becoming the best versions of themselves. Make sure you read the full article as you may see a special appearance from another Submission Shark Community member.    
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