10 Questions with Instructor Nicolas Hand:
1. When did you first become interested in Jiu Jitsu?
I first became interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when i was about 9 or 10 years old watching the UFC. I started training Jiu Jitsu at age 15.
2. Why did you decide to enroll at the Dragon Gym/become a martial arts student?
I decided to enroll at Dragon Gym to become a Jiu Jitsu Instructor because I was presented an opportunity to work at the gym by Chris Taylor after I received my BJJ brown belt. Teaching BJJ and training is what i want to do for a living so this is great practice for myself!
3. How did you get involved with teaching/becoming an instructor?
I got involved with becoming an instructor from training for the last 5 and a half years. I really focused these last 2 years on helping lower ranked students which made me an even better teacher. Although I'm one belt away from black belt I'm very knowledgeable of the game.
4. Tell me a little bit more about your training regimen, including cross training.
My training regimen is pretty intense. I was always a hyper kid with Tourette Syndrome so I needed an outlet to release some of my energy. I train pretty much everyday and lift weights 3 days a week. I'm always training, and even when I'm not training I'm mostly thinking about training.
5. What would your advice be for someone considering Martial Arts training?
My advice for someone considering martial arts would be to go for it. Martial arts can only help you to instill confidence in yourself. My confidence level from age 15 to 21 has grown TREMENDOUSLY thanks to martial arts. Martial arts is a healthy lifestyle worth living.
6. What about someone with ambitions of becoming an instructor?
My suggestion to someone wanting to become an instructor would be to really focus and dedicate your time to your craft. Excellence comes from work ethic, if you want to be a great instructor you have to love what you do and put time into your craft. There simply is no other way.
7. What kind of benefits have you received from your training at Dragon Gym?
Some benefits I have already received training at Dragon Gym is not only training, but meeting very nice people that are there to help each other. This is what I love to see in the BJJ community where people come together.
8. What’s your next goal?
My next big goal is to keep training and improving to receive my BJJ black belt and open up an academy. My goal is to make a living off of doing what I love, I wasn't born to chase money I always trusted myself and BJJ is what I want to do for the rest of my life so if I could make a living off of BJJ that would bring happiness to my life.
9. What Fears and Reservations did you have about starting here/your training?
I honestly have no fears when I'm on the mat training.