● By Wendy Sipple
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
My business consists of teaching and training people in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in order to enhance their lives with invigorating exercise and provide the gift of safety and self-preservation techniques.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We do a lot of hands-on training, so our customers really absorb and learn the techniques that we teach. We want our customers to feel safe in a world affected by a bad economy. The crime rate is rising due to unemployment and the down economy, so we give people confidence and a peace of mind. We believe when the world is out of control, the only control you really have is yourself and how you feel about yourself. We help people get control of themselves, their self-confidence and their self-esteem. Plus – it’s a great weight loss program.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
We have a new approach to martial arts, and it has proven to work in competition. We produce champions – our students come home with top finishes and medals – so I can proudly say our training method is the best in the business.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of having a family and children who I can pass down my knowledge to.
Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?
Bruce Lee. He was an innovator and has influenced the world in a positive way, for the betterment of mankind.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
I go to a quiet place and meditate, and I ask for assistance from an eternal father.
What’s your hidden talent?
I can break dance!
What’s your biggest job perk?
I get to see people change in a positive way physically, mentally, and from my perspective, spiritually.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
Hoa Viet Vietnamese cuisine.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Riding waves in Hawaii.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Bruce Lee, because he had a vibe about him that I would like to feel and be a part of.
What’s your favorite local event that you go to?
The fireworks show in Rocklin.
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
If you could be any other profession what would it be?
And finally, customer service is…?
Having genuine care and wanting people to be happy.