AUSTIN, TX, January 25, 2012 – We’re back with the first TXMMA Technique of the Week! This time, we go to Austin and visit with Paragon BJJ’s Darrin Lillian, a black belt instructor who’s been training and competing since December 1996.
“There are so many reasons why I love BJJ,” Darrin says about this sport. “I think BJJ is limitless,” he says. “I have been training for so long and I still feel like I have so much to learn. I enjoy competition because it gives me a different feel than training in the gym. I learn something every time I compete, win or lose. All of it is important.”
Moving forward, Darrin said that participating in BJJ has enhanced his life in so many ways – from eating right and exercising more to intangible benefits that help him with the challenges of life off the mats, he credits the martial art with putting him at ease and clearing his mind.
“At Paragon Austin we have a great team of students and instructors. We train hard, but also have an atmosphere that makes the gym comfortable and welcoming to all of the gym members, from beginners to the experienced students. We try to create a culture of sharing information and team building. Everyone is valued and can contribute towards the team.”
Before we get to his technique video with Derrick Garza, Darrin wanted to share this piece of advice for beginners or those considering taking up BJJ.
“The main thing is don’t give up. There are going to be times when you are going to be in bad positions and feel like tapping from the pressure, or you may have had a hard day at work and just don’t feel like going to the gym and you have to just keep it up. The sport of BJJ can and should have a positive impact on people’s days and lives. The reward for all of the hard work and dedication that guys and girls put in far outweigh the difficult times that are experienced early on.”
For more from Darrin Lillian, please visit the Paragon BJJ Austin on the web or check him out in person at 6800 Westgate Blvd, Suite 116, Austin, TX 78745.
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Darrin Lillian demonstrates the “93 guard” pass
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