So I started practicing Jiu Jitsu in September of 2009. When I started I had no idea that I’d be where I am at today in my progression of the art or where I am at as a person. I consider myself a pretty loyal person, so when I started at Redline, that meant that Redline was home, My Jiu Jitsu home. Unless for some unforeseen circumstances Redline had to close or we as a family had to move, Redline was were I was going to train, period. I came to this thinking because of the Coach, Ty Gay. My Daughter started before me in Sept 2008 and he was teaching all the classes including the kids. Now you can tell a lot from a person on how they handle and teach kids, especially martial arts . . . and he was phenomenal. His ability to communicate proper technique with patience to children and adults alike made our decision to come to Redline very easy. He also has created a gym at Redline with a family friendly atmosphere that we appreciated very much. Now, It’s easy to gym hop or change gyms, just as it’s easy to quit other things in life. But sometimes you have to decide what is worth your time and effort and never quit or give up on those . . . We’ve invested time, effort and money at Redline and the people who choose to be there. There was a moment in time that our family along with only a very small handful of others were left to train at Redline when we changed curriculum and Redline had a mass exodus of students. I am proud that we stayed and stuck it out and have since re-grown the school to be a very strong Martial arts force in Edmond, Oklahoma. Thanks mostly to Ty and his vision and school format he wanted to create. I say all this as a sort of history, but also because it adds to the understanding of why I am who I am today. You see in deciding to “stick it out” for the long haul meant I had to grow as a person to learn how to deal with people from all walks of life. There is no other place like a Jiu Jitsu gym. It’s not like a church where you all believe the same core principle, it’s not like a job where you feel like you “have” to be there, it’s not like school where again you “have” to be there. You choose to attend a gym and you choose to stay at a gym. When I say all walks of life, I mean ALL walks of life . . . Christians, Atheist, Muslin, Computer Tech, Housewife, Lawyers, Bankers, Real estate Brokers, and the list could go on. Do you get where I am going with this . . . I hope so . . . in order to be at a place like this and get along with all and somehow become friends beyond what you believe and what you do for a living, one must grow. It is easy now /in/ days to walk away from relationships, but isn’t it so much more worth while when we stick around for each other and foster these relationships into something more than just fake smiles and gratuitous hellos . . .