Oshea taking gold at the SJJIF World Championships 2018

Hi Oshea, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Oshea Connell. I am currently 18 years old and joined Silanoe Martial Arts when I was seventeen. Often I am in the Monrovia area and went to school there for the most part.

What classes do you take and what got you interested?

At the moment, I take both the Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai classes. What got me interested was that my uncle Ismael and cousins Jacob and Isaac were already training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over there.

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

I have been training for around a year and I am currently a white belt.

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

My favorite part about Jiu-Jitsu class is that professor Gino goes into detail when he explains and if we need assistance he comes and helps right away.

Do you have a favorite Jiu-Jitsu technique?

My favorite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is the Berimbolo.

Oshea at the Jaime Canuto Jiu-Jitsu master class

You have recently been doing a lot of competitions, how do you prepare for them & what’s your favorite part of competing at tournaments?

I prepare for my competitions by eating right training with weight and also showing up to class for at least 3 to 4 times a week.

You also assist the kids BJJ classes 3x a week, how do you like it and does it help you in your own BJJ training?

I love the kids class it taught me how to be more patient and it does help with my Jiu-Jitsu the moves we teach to the kids I remember them and do them when I roll with someone.

What current and future goals do you have?

My current and future goals are to fight in MMA and continue competing in Jiu-Jitsu.

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

I just wanted to say Silanoe Martial Arts has helped me to become a better person not only in the gym but outside of the gym also. And with being with you guys for a year I feel good about my weight now. Thank you guys for everything!

Student of the Month Oshea Oconnell with his team mates at the Silanoe Martial Arts San Gabriel Alhambra location
Oshea in a group picture together with his Jiu-Jitsu teammates

Training Martial Arts helped Oshea to become a better person.

He mentioned it helped him on and off the mats. He also feels good about his weight now. Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai helped him to become fitter and aided his weight loss. Read about some of the other students and their goals such as Phuong Kwan, or request a Free Week Trial and experience the benefits of martial arts yourself.