Congratulations to our Student of the Month: Ivan Giang!

Professor Gino with Ivan Giang from Monterey Park working on Jiu-Jitsu guard
Ivan working with Prof. Gino on his guard retention

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

I am Ivan Giang and I am born and raised in Monterey Park, California. Currently, I am currently attending East La college as a Kinesiology major.
I have a younger brother and two loving parents. I enjoy traveling in particular to Japan and Taiwan. My favorite food is sushi, tacos, Korean BBQ, hamburgers and Thai food. I also like listening to music. In particular, Hip Hop, Electronic Dance Music, Taylor Swift, and K Pop. I really enjoy helping people.

What classes do you take and what got you interested?

The classes I take for BJJ are the Fundamentals, the All Levels and the Intermediate/Advanced. What got me interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the technique and complexity of movement. I think that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu resembles playing chess.

Ivan training with Denny at the Muay Thai Kickboxing class
Ivan and Denny at the Muay Thai Dutch Kickboxing class. Ivan occasionally works on his striking too.

How long have you been training and what is your current belt rank?

I have been training about 8 months now and I am currently a white belt with two stripes.

What is your favorite part of the Jiu-Jitsu class?

My favorite part of the class is learning the technique. Doing drills and rolling with professor Gino, coach Chris, Mike, and the whole squad. 

Do you have a favorite Jiu-Jitsu technique?

My favorite technique is the Ezekiel choke and the plastic bag choke. 

What current and future goals do you have?

My goals are becoming a psychical therapist and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?

I love food.

Ivan with Amanda Monteiro Jaime Canuto and Prof Gino at the BJJ seminar at Alhambra San Gabriel
Prof. Amanda Monteiro, Prof.Jaime Canuto, Ivan Giang and Prof. Gino at the Jaime Canuto Jiu-Jitsu seminar.

Want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or striking?

Ivan is training hard at the moment alongside Oshea and Jessica to prepare for a competition. He decided to challenge himself and will compete for the first time at one of the Jiu-Jitsu World League‘s competitions in Azusa, CA.
Would you like to try one of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Kickboxing/Muay Thai classes? Request a Free Week Trial or come visit us at our Alhambra San Gabriel Adjacent location.