"Kalea and I made the switch to Professor Rodrigo's academy in November of 2018. It only took 1 trial class for the two of us to know that Kalea would be supported in her competition journey. As we made our transition, we were immediately accepted into the RFT family with open arms. The instructors and students were all so kind, and friendships were built instantly. As excited as we were to start a new chapter in our Jiu Jitsu venture, I couldn't even begin to imagine the positive outcome that awaited us in the months ahead.
I was ultimately impressed with the children's program. The amount of support from adult students assisting the kids in every single class is amazing. There are eyes all around, and the kids receive quality mentorship. One factor that stood out the most to me was Professor Rodrigo not only being present at every class, but leading each class and playing an active role in the kid's training. Those that don't train may not understand that, unfortunately, it is not always common to have not only the head instructor, but the owner, actively involved in the children's program EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Aside from the Little Champions, he is present, instructing, and actively training with the adults! I have the utmost respect for Professor Rodrigo. He truly sets an example for his students, and because of his leadership, he has a successful team.
I couldn't be happier to say that Kalea has medaled in every tournament she has competed in since joining the RFT team. That alone speaks volumes of the quality training she is receiving. And after taking a 3-year break from tournaments to focus on Kalea's training, I finally competed again! I could not have stepped back onto the tournament mats if I was not taking the time to focus on my own training, as I am able to do now. I owe it all to Professor Rodrigo and his team of instructors. Because of them, I was able to have confidence in allowing Kalea to train freely (without my presence), rather than taking my personal time to fill in gaps.
In less than a year of training at RFT, our lives have changed for the better. Jiu Jitsu is a tremendous aspect of our everyday lives, and we both look forward to being present at RFT, as the environment is always glowing. I'm excited for our future with the RFT team.
'Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue....Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.' -Peter Drucken"