About fifteen years ago, a young man named Ido Pariente moved from Israel to Lincoln for a couple years, to train at the SRSK dojo, because one of his martial arts teachers had recommended that Ido come to Nebraska to study with Shihan Roseberry. During the time he was here, he trained Karate and Judo, as well as asking Shihan to work with him on some groundwork. It was during the early days of the local MMA scene, and Ido became one of it’s first fighters (with great success!).
While he was here in Nebraska, Ido began teaching the very first Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo, which progressed into the one where I, and many of my Lincoln BJJ teammates, began our Jiu-Jitsu journey. Ido went back to Israel before I started training, so I never met him, but there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have found my way to grappling if he hadn’t introduced that class.
Ido has gone on to have a very successful MMA career, he’s a BJJ black belt, he runs nine of his own schools, and he’s quite famous in Israel. Now he’s finally returned to the place where he got his start in MMA, and he’s in town this week teaching seminars and classes at Lincoln Martial Arts dojo and Lincoln BJJ!
Unfortunately, I’m still suffering from sickness and injury, so I wasn’t able to participate in the no-gi class that Ido taught at LBJJC yesterday, but I did go watch, and I was glad of it (although I was itching to be on the mat!). Ido’s class was a little different from what we normally do, especially the warm-ups! The focus was on half-guard, and he showed a variation similar to a knee shield, then from this position he taught a back take, and if your opponent blocks with an overhook, he showed how to transition to a triangle choke. At that point, I was even more sad that I wasn’t able to join in, because I love me some triangles!
Ido said he was going to roll with as many of the students as he could, and I would’ve loved to have stayed and continued watching, but due to other obligations, I had to leave. The good news is that Ido will also be teaching classes at Lincoln BJJ this Wednesday, and he’ll be holding a grappling seminar at LBJJC from 10:30-1:00 next Sunday, (for the low cost of $20 for members!). Hopefully I will be able to do more than just watch, because it’s an awesome opportunity to learn from an accomplished grappler and teacher, not to mention the man that is partially responsible for me discovering Jiu-Jitsu!
“Jiu Jitsu is a life style. Doesn’t matter if you train twice a day or twice a week. If you want to be a champion or just train for fun. You decide what path to take in this life style. And no matter what path you take, make sure it makes you happy. Train and smile.” -Ido Pariente