Paradise resident Joe Anderson has a come a long way since he decided to try his hand at the martial art
of Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu 7-years ago.
"It gets addicting," said Anderson. "You start to get a little bit better and you start seeing things work and pushes you to want to try harder."
Anderson's effort has paid off. At the intermediate level as a purple belt, he has turned into quite a competitor. Now 42-years-old, he won the bronze medal in the Masters Division at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Pan Championships held earlier this month in Orange County.
"Just hard work. Hard work dedication, my teammates obviously these guys beat me up everyday," said Anderson.
No one could be prouder of Joe than his instructor Andrew Osterlund. The two go way back. Joe began training with Andrew before he could lease store front space to open a studio.
"He one was one our our garage students, that's very special to me because it took a real commitment to stay in a room that was 110 in the summer and 40 in the winter," said Osterlund.
While bringing an opponent on the ground to submission is the goal of every match, Joe gets the most satisfaction with how the martial art has kept him on the straight and narrow, forcing him to improve things like his diet and of course his exercise habits.
"You gotta change some things especially if you're gonna compete," said Anderson. "You know, it's been a life bettering experience for me."
Anderson is now preparing to compete in the World Master Championships scheduled for August 22 - 25 in Las Vegas.