JiuJitsuSweep.com had an incredible opportunity to talk with Pedro Sauer brown belt and head instructor at Portage County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , William Jones. He is one of the many military war veterans who train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , having spent 8 years in the army reserves he was deployed to Iraq in 2003 on a mission of primarily fuel supply and operated security operations for the post and gun truck operations for convoys. Having trained his unit in hand to hand combat and physical readiness, Bill is a natural born teacher.
he can be found teaching at Portage County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is located at;
7311 St. Route 43
Kent, OH 44240
Global Martial Arts
220 West Main Street
Ravenna OH 44266
Here at JiuJitsuSweep.com we are proud to have the opportunity to speak with an Iraq war veteran and Jiu Jitsu brown belt William Jones. Bill we would like to first thank you for serving our country during the Iraq war, i cannot even begin to think of what sacrifice you have made to keep our freedoms safe, again thank you. Being in the military we understand the need for knowing hand-to-hand combat , Bill how did you first get involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Bill Jones :
I became involved with BJJ first through my training in Aiki Jujitsu. I was teaching the Aiki Jujitsu class at a school when I was deployed to Iraq in January, 2003. To fill in during my absence, the school owner hired a BJJ instructor named Tony Rinaldi to teach while I was gone. When I returned from service in April of 2004 the school owner asked me to take over classes again. Wanting to see what BJJ was about, and thinking I was gonna be able to defeat Tony easily, I took one of Tony’s classes. I was immediately hooked. Tony had kicked my butt all over the place and, at the same time, let me work all the moves he had taught. That was the day i realized I didn’t really know Jujitsu. I haven’t worn a black belt in any art since (one exception for a seminar at a karate school). Tony always said he admired me for taking off my rank and becoming a beginner again.
Wow that’s fantastic, Bill. Having the humility to remove your rank in a different martial art to start over in Jiu Jitsu says alot !
From the early days of the UFC when Royce Gracie was cleaning house using only Jiu Jitsu, the sport has exploded in recent years, Bill , what motivates you to train in Jiu Jitsu?
We couldn’t agree with you more! Competitions are a great way to expand Jiu Jitsu knowledge and advance rank quicker. You also teach BJJ at Portage County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , and since we love to promote the sport, what are you doing to promote BJJ to a broader audience?
I really try to get women into BJJ. I’ve been training martial arts (black belts in Shotokan, Aiki Jujitsu and Kung Fu) for over 25 years now. But BJJ is the best art for self defense I’ve ever trained. It’s so alive and that translates to combat effectiveness. When you instill that into women, they really start feeling like they are accomplishing something.
We couldn’t agree with you more , Bill. Having that self confidence with Jiu Jitsu is very powerful , and more women should train . At Porter County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you are the head instructor, and since our sport grows each and every day do you plan on expanding your academy?
Not in the near future. I’m currently teaching at two locations and that keeps me pretty busy. I can see myself eventually getting a big place of my own. But right now, I like having my little nook.
Well our sport IS a grassroots supported sport. Even at the highest levels of media exposure some people still don’t know what BJJ is. It is why and how our emagazine was born, to get the word out and to help promote the sport to a broader audience.
We believe that this sport is still growing and in some degree we would like to see it in the ultimate proving grounds, the Olympics!
We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us , Bill. Is there anything else you would like to add before we conclude this interview?
Big thanks to Master Pedro Sauer for bringing BJJ with you to Brazil. Thanks to Tony Rinaldi and Brian Mlinarsik for teaching me. Thanks to SPC CrossFit (www.spccrossfit.com) and Global Martial Arts for having me teach. It’s an honor and a privilege to know and train with all of you. My website is www.pcbjja.com and my Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portage-County-Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu-Academy/109107732486944
Thank you Bill.
And if you would like to find out more information on Portage County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you can visit his website at www.pcbjja.com