Hello My name Is Natalie Loeffler. I am a 31 years old female, and I work as a Holistic Therapist, doing Nutrition Coaching , Energy Therapy, and Skin and BodyWork. Before I started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I was primarily exercising on my own, doing things like running, workout videos, and using an elliptical machine. I grew up playing sports and would also occasional play on an adult soccer or softball team too. After doing this for years I eventually became bored and my exercise routine plattoed. I decided I wanted to learn and try something new. Something that was fun yet challenging. I had some family friends who did martial arts, and since I had never done that but was always interested in self-defense, I thought I would look into it. I didn’t know what style I wanted to do but I started searching around and literally just fell into Brazilian Jiu jitsu at a local gym. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into or what kind of journey I was about to embark on, but I felt as though it was right place for me to be. Well, there’s a saying, “You don’t find Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu finds you.” And that was very true for me. I was hooked. Even though it could be considered an intimidating sport, that’s mostly dominated by males, and very physical, I was not unsure or scared about taking it on as a new sport. I found the other teammates to be very inviting and respectful, and never felt unsafe or bullied. The art itself draws very humble, caring, respectful, and family oriented people, all of which made me feel at home. In terms of the sport itself, it was exactly what I needed, a new skill and workout that would keep me in shape, learning, and challenging myself. I have been doing Jiu Jitsu for three and a half years (now a purple belt!) and its still a great workout that’s fun but also still challenging. I also love Jiu Jitsu because of the self-defense aspect. Jiu Jitsu is the best martial arts for practical self-defense skills and that is very important for women in todays society. Jiu Jitsu is a sport that will not only keep you fit and mentally and physically challenge you, it will also build your confidence and give you the skills you need to protect yourself. A win win I think! As in any sport or even classroom setting, who is teaching you can determine whether or not you have a good experience, learn anything, stay motivated, or get inspired to pursue your own ambitions in life. A great coach can really make all thedifference. That’s why I would recommend Kola Ajose’s Academy. Coach Kola is very passionate about teaching Jiu Jitsu and making sure his students get the best! He is devoted to learning the details of the art to the best of his ability so he can transfer that knowledge to his students. He gives all his students undivided attention and helps them work on their weakness while promoting their strengths! His classes are educational, cardio intense, challenging, and hands down a good time! If you are considering trying something new, testing out a new sports, giving Jiu Jitsu a chance, or simply changing your life for the better, come check out Kola Ajose’s Academy… you wont regret it!