My name is Eric Olin. I started Jiu Jitsu in the summer of 2007 when a close friend dragged me to Rilion Gracie Academy in Miami, FL. I had no interest in martial arts at the time. I thought that learning to fight as an adult who works in conflict reduction and resolution was kind of ridiculous (I have my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and experience doing therapy and social work). I decided to go anyway and give it a try. After two hours of training (and despite thinking I didn’t have the time to train), I told them to “sign me up!”.
I discovered that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is methodical problem solving of an ever changing puzzle, combined with enjoyable exercise. I was hooked, and I still am! Since then, BJJ has become a huge part of my life, and it has taught me a lot about myself. I was given my blue belt by Master Rilion before moving to San Diego California where I received my purple and brown belt from Professor Alfredo Barum at Barum Jiu Jitsu. My experience in Mental Health has made me an effective communicator and skilled teacher and this applies directly to BJJ instuction. Currently I enjoy spreading my love for Jiu Jitsu by teaching at Glory Martial Arts!