(Here at ASR we like to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate our students. By writing these blogs with our student interviews is one of the ways. We want to say “thank you” to all of our students who have contributed to our blog over the past few months. So, Thank you!)

For our next student interview, we have chosen Dylan Jennings. Dylan currently is a white belt with two stripes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here at ASR. Dylan has been with us for a little over a year. Dylan is one of our most likable students. He is very courteous and polite to all of his peers. Dylan is also known for his good attitude and smile not often will you find him unwilling to greet you and say hello. He is currently in his junior year of college and lives with his family.

With his growing interest in the world of martial arts, Dylan has taken a recent interest in Muay Thai Kickboxing. His hard work and dedication for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has given him a great foundation for pursuing other interests in the world of martial arts. We are excited to help him continue on his journey in practicing the arts that he loves.

We took a few moments to sit down with Dylan and ask him a few questions about his journey here with Coach Ruas and ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 (Dylan with Grand Master Mansor)

(Dylan with Coach Jerry Johnson, lead instructor of ASR)

What first interested you in ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

I wanted to learn self-defense and also because I saw UFC fights and it interested me. So I went home and researched and found ASR and Coach Alex Silva Ruas online. After doing a few classes, I knew it was for me.

How has ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Coach Alex Silva Ruas helped you?

It has increased my general fitness, self-confidence, and taught me about comradery. ASR and Coach Ruas have also given me a family here.

Do you think ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the right choice for you?

Absolutely. The atmosphere here is everything I want and needed. If you are not at class for some reason everyone knows and wonders why. Often times I will get messages on Facebook or texts asking me if I’m doing okay and even sometimes I get asked if I need anything. That is my ASR family right there.

(Dylan with some of his ASR family)

What would you say to anyone interested in ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Just try it. If you are nervous or anxious about it everyone is their first time. I know I was. When they say everyone can do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu they mean it.

Do you think everyone would benefit from a foundation in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Yes. The discipline definitely would benefit everyone in society. Also, law enforcement specifically would benefit due to the fact they are reactionary.

Who is your favorite martial artist?

UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum

(Dylan with Coach Alex Silva Ruas)

What is your favorite submission?


What are your goals with ASR Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

To stay in shape and continually enjoy myself.

What is your favorite part of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

How broad of a spectrum the BJJ world is. I enjoy meeting all the people who practice it and benefiting from the large network.