BJJ black belt professor from Gracie Barra Arcadia in Los Angeles, CA, Lucas Rocha taught on May 17th a special self-defense class at the US Army recruiting center Azusa for 150 attendees.
According to Prof. Lucas, the class aimed to sharpen the US soldier’s self-defense skills through Jiu-Jitsu and bring them closer to the teaching of the martial art. The Brazilian black belt said he felt honored with this opportunity to show the military that Jiu Jitsu is much more than what they see in the competitions and MMA events on TV.
Besides working on self-defense that can be used by the soldiers in their day-to-day lives, the black belt professor explained that Jiu Jitsu has different focus points, which are often imperceptible, like the possibilities of socialization, a healthy lifestyle and the respect between partners.
About his visit to the US Army recruiting center, Lucas Rocha said:
“I saw discipline and willingness to learn, it was something that caught my attention. I admire the work they carry out and I am honored to share a bit of my art and my lifestyle with them today. I am very grateful to the US Army for having received us here so well.”