The Head Coach of Aces Jiu Jitsu Club, Mikal Abdullah has had some major revelations up to this point in his journey to personal optimization through Martial Arts – particularly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. One revelation was the desire to share what helped him become an international champion by creating a club that has a true community experience. Not one that was like the ”Cattle call” experiences he’d seen at other martial arts facilities the world over.
Through his extensive fighting experience all over the world and training at many other gyms he realized there was a better way. He took the plunge and decided to create it.
Coach Mikal says, “I saw many things in other facilities I knew could be improved. I had a vision for what our club would be: family-friendly, a place where people want to commune before and after class, and provide world-class training for those who aspire to defend themselves in the street and if they choose, compete at a high level.” Amazingly, 100% of those who’ve trained at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club and then decided to compete have won medals. Coach Mikal has even trained 8 fighters now in the UFC. He is especially proud of the trophy case displaying his students’ medals as symbols of their hard work and accomplishments.
Looking at him now, a person might suspect it was always Coach Mikal’s destiny to instruct out of his own club. But the tug and time commitment of competitive fighting was his main focus after leaving the Army in his early 20s. He has fought in many international Jiu Jitsu tournaments. He has medaled more than 18 times in 12 months (most fighters do 6 fights or fewer per 12 months).
He enjoys training and fighting but didn’t start with the intention of earning his black belt. Somewhere along the way, the idea of earning his Jiu Jitsu black belt inspired him.
As a testament to his dedication, he earned his black belt in only seven years – it normally takes 10 to 15 years to achieve this status. There are very few Jiu Jitsu black belts in the Austin area, probably less than 20 – and even less that actually instruct – though accurate numbers are hard to gauge. Through the countless hours of training he did a lot of self-reflection. He feels what he’s learned about himself is more valuable than the techniques learned from training.
“All things I’ve learned through Jiu Jitsu have made me a more optimized person,” Coach Mikal says, “and while competing is beautiful, I’m most passionate about sharing with others how to optimize themselves.” Coach Mikal loves seeing his knowledge empower his students.
Coach Mikal’s world-class results, background and knowledge are what students in the Austin area have access to at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. His emphasis on community and the unique structure of his classes – taught as conversations from Aces own unique organized syllabus – are two big reasons Aces Jiu Jitsu Club is one of the fastest growing clubs in Austin.
“We even have an application process because we want to get to know each potential student and make sure they’ll be a good fit for our community. This allows us to build a purposefully designed club culture,” Coach Mikal emphasizes.
Unlike many other training facilities, at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club children can train alongside their parents in the same space. This provides a unique and rare opportunity to learn alongside their parents instead of just from their parents. This unique bonding experience is designed to bring families closer together. Another difference is immediately after all classes, each student shares an insight they had during that class. This further supports comprehension and retention of the information the students just went through.
“Students have an active role in the direction the class will take. Everyone feels important and everyone’s personal gain improves. This club isn’t just a club; it’s a community, bringing together a group of people that want to empower and improve themselves.” Says Coach Mikal. He likes to keep at the forefront of his students’ minds that Jiu Jitsu isn’t just about fighting techniques but should be applied to the lens through which they view all of life’s experiences.
Aces Jiu Jitsu Club seems poised for long-term success because of the unique way it’s designed and the growth in students it has seen in just its first 12 months since opening. Coach Mikal has the championship background, he’s fostered a community students enjoy, he’s attracting skilled instructors, and because of these factors Aces will likely empower students in the Austin area for many years to come.
To learn more about the Aces Jiu Jitsu Club experience and optimize yourself visit: http://acesjiujitsuclub.com/