Ally M. securing the hooks after getting the seatbelt grip on her training partner Ethan P. at the Teens Adults All Levels at Silanoe in San Gabriel.
Ally attacking the back to secure the 4 points on teammate Ethan

Congratulations to our Student of the Month: Ally!

Hi Ally, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 13 years old and my hobbies include skateboarding, Jiu-Jitsu, and color-guard. I am the youngest of four siblings.

What is the reason you started training Jiu-Jitsu?

I started training Jiu-Jitsu because my dad was already in Jiu-Jitsu and one day I decided to try it myself because I thought it looked like lots of fun.

When did you start training Jiu-Jitsu and how often do you come to class?

I started training Jiu-Jitsu last May, and now I come 2 to 3 days a week.

What is your favorite thing about Jiu-Jitsu class?

My favorite thing about Jiu-Jitsu is learning new moves like how to do different submissions and takedowns, and I like learning about the history of Jiu-Jitsu.

Ally M. practicing the double ankle sweep knocking her training partner down to the mat. A great Self-Defense technique shown at our San Gabriel Alhambra location.
Ally executing the double ankle sweep which is great for self-defense and sparring

What do you like most about Professor Gino’s teachings?

What I like most about Professor Gino’s teaching is how he shows us the thought process between the moves and what we are learning.

Questions for Ally’s dad Monty:

What improvements have you noticed in Ally since she’s been practicing Jiu-Jitsu?

I have noticed an all-around improvement in the way Ally behaves. Both at home and in public. She has much more confidence and resilience.

You, Ally & her cousins do Jiu-Jitsu together, how has that been going and do you practice together at home?

It’s great to have all of the kids involved because we get to do this together. It’s a family sport now and it’s quality time spending together.  We do little drills and practice some light techniques in our living room sometimes.

Ally fighting for grips on her opponent Ethan P. at the Saturday 11 AM at Silanoe San Gabriel Alhambra San Marino Rosemead.
Ally setting grips from the closed guard at the All Levels class Saturdays at 11 AM

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I would say that Jiu-Jitsu is an activity that will show you that you can overcome things you never thought you could have or even imagined at one time, and all it takes is for you to keep showing up and stepping on the mat. I also would like to say congratulations to Ally! I am really proud of you!

Ally’s Dad Monty is proud of his daughter.

Monty, Ally and her two cousins share Jiu-Jitsu as a family activity and it is considered quality time for them. Monty finds that Jiu-Jitsu shows them overcome obstacles that they never have even imagined before.
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Ally on bottom position and Ethan on top working from the closed guard in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ally and Ethan working from the closed guard once more in the BJJ class