One of the biggest tech companies in the world has taken in the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. While the community of Jiu-Jitsu is comprised of many, many different types of people, the fact that Google has brought in an instructor for Jiu-Jitsu classes on site is something new.
Milton Bastos, a black belt training at GMA Institute of Martial Arts in San Jose, CA has become the Google Jiu-Jitsu professor. Here’s his story of how it came about:
“It’s a funny story because I had read a Facebook post asking who was available to work during lunch time, and I wasn’t doing anything at this time and it was close to my house, so I said I could do it. I sent a curriculum but I didn’t know to whom I was applying to teach. I just knew it was in a company. I have classes at T-mobile too so I thought it was inside a small office as well. Later on when they called me to go there to teach the classes they told me it was for Google… and when I got there to teach I actually found an old student from when I used to live down South and there were guys from Caio’s place too.
I teach inside of the main campus in Mountain View. They have a specific building with an academy inside and they have a lot of equipment for fitness and health. It’s a really amazing facility. The class is open to anyone from Google so I have engineers, designers, lawyers, chefs, all kinds of people and have a lot of girls, too, because it was advertised as self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu.
I kinda run two classes at the same time because the difference between the levels are huge. We have black belts, brown belts, and a lot new people in to try and learn what Jiu-Jitsu is. Plus, there are people who come in to try the self-defense as well.
It’s really different from the work at the academy because the guys over there do the classes really to relax and try to take the focus away from work; especially when they have some problems and can’t find a solution, so they don’t go there to compete. They go more to have fun, and those who know me, know my classes are fun. I’m never serious.”