Satori Stories- Taylor Bradley

“The event was the Dublin open international 2018.

After a couple of years of competing at blue belt I never quite put on the performance that I was looking for and had never got to the top of the podium. Not to be too discouraged. I know the way the sport works. It takes time. I also knew this will be my last competition at blue belt. So, my eyes were on double gold.

Topped off with my coaches wrapping the purple belt around my waist and onto the next chapter. Expectation usually leads to disappointment Which I experienced.

I lost my first match on points. Frustration didn’t last long as there is always that wildcard to salvage the day. Open weight. I put my name down and had my first match. I finished with an armbar from closed guard and won my second by points. It was my final competition at blue belt. It was a special day; one I Will Never Forget.

I also had my eldest daughter competing with me who trains at Satori for 6 years now Which makes it even more special. Anyway, I got promoted to purple belt on the top of the podium and I was happy with that.”

Satori Stories- Oriana Litovskich

“What I love about Satori is that every memory is a good one, whether it’s a trip to a competition, learning a new technique or seeing all my teammates at training.

I love that in Satori we aren’t there to just train for ourselves, everyone helps each other out even outside of the gym. Without each other we wouldn’t be as far as we have gotten now.

BJJ isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of making friends, building character and a way of life…”

Satori Stories- Max Fogarty

“One of the many great memories I have from training at Satori is competing in the quintet tournament in November 2018.

Fighting alongside 4 other teammates really enforces that team attitude and comradery that can’t be bought.

Encouraging each other and making friends with other competitors during friendly matches gave us a break from the nervous intensity one experiences at conventional tournaments.

 The mutual respect between teammates and competitors alike is just another reason why I think Jiu-jitsu is the best sport in the world.”

Satori Stories- Thomas G Anderson

“I joined Satori 2 and a half years ago to try something different and to train with my brother. There was certainly anxiety to walk into a martial arts gym and look to begin training.

This anxiety I quickly discovered was not necessary. The coaching staff immediately made me feel very welcome and at ease. Over the years in Satori I have made great friends, both inside the club and the BJJ community.

 I have been up and down the country with Satori both competing and supporting my teammates. I have gained great life skills from Jiu Jitsu regarding working and thinking under pressure, also finding ways out of what appear to be impossible situations.

John and Pat the head coaches have put their heart and soul into Satori and their students. A sentiment that is clearly seen and felt when you step inside our HQ.”

Satori Stories- Jake Ngai

“One thing I love about training in Satori is the atmosphere.

Everyone is positive and wants to help improve each other every day. I love training because I enjoy the sport and I get to socialise with my friends.

Another thing I love about being a part of the club is teaching the kids classes. I enjoy teaching kids the moves and helping the kids also helps me learn myself.

Being a part of the club helps me mentally and physically. One of my favourite memories is winning an award in my school for my hard work in Jiu Jitsu and I’m looking forward to more great memories to come.