Student Spotlight: Brian Tanner Woo

Brian Tanner Woo Gold medalist at Jiu-Jitsu World League

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, such as your name, age, where you reside, and how long you’ve been practicing martial arts?

My name is Brian Tanner Woo, my age is 28, currently residing in Monterey Park, CA. I have been practicing martial arts since 2018!

2. What inspired you to start practicing martial arts?

I have always had an interest in biomechanics and limits of the human body. It wasn’t until my friend introduced me to a trial week at Silanoe Martial Arts on what I now know is called Jiu Jitsu. It has opened my eyes and became one of my favorite hobbies ever since!

3. What motivated you to join Silanoe Martial Arts?

I came to Silanoe for my friend, but stayed because of the right combination of a playful and competitive environment that Silanoe has to offer.

4. Can you share some memorable experiences or milestones you’ve achieved during your time at the academy?

I would say getting a belt promotion is a pretty big milestone, because it means you’re progressing but other than that, I would say it’s two things: the moment where everything you learn clicks and it becomes muscle memory and the memories you make along the way with friends on and off the mat. As corny and cliche as it is, it is truly about the journey and not the destination.

5. What aspects of Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai do you find most challenging, and how do you overcome them?

The most challenging thing I think is about jiu jitsu is learning a new move or new playstyle and applying it to your game. But also, that’s the best part about jiu jitsu as well because there will always be something to challenge yourself with.

6. In what ways have you seen yourself grow, both physically and mentally, through practicing martial arts?

An aspect I have seen myself improve on is self discipline and just honestly being a part of something that’s bigger than yourself while still having room for individuality. I’ve made many friends and memories along the way and I’ve learned irreplaceable knowledge that can be applied to daily life. My cardio still sucks though but that one is on me.

7. What advice would you give to someone considering starting martial arts?

My advice for people starting is honestly just keep going. I know people say that a lot but that’s usually because there is some truth to it. It may be daunting or discouraging to start because you’ll be the nail for good while, but one day you’ll start being the hammer and you’ll see that all those hours you sacrificed paid off.

8. Where do you envision your martial arts journey taking you in the future?

I hope to one day reach black belt before my age catches up to me and hopefully enlighten others on how to learn from the mistakes I’ve made along my journey.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to add or share with our readers?

Thank you for listening to me speak and more importantly, thank you to Gino for being the coach that he is. If he didn’t make a great environment to practice jiu jitsu in, I wouldn’t have stayed for so long. I would also like to thank everyone else that has helped me become a better student and competitor.

Brian Tanner has seen improvement on his self discipline and enjoys being a part of something that’s bigger than himself. Jiu-Jitsu allows to have that while allowing room for individuality. If you would to experience Jiu-Jitsu please reach out to us or request a Free Trial. You can also read more about our previous month student in the spotlight which is Raidyn L.