My name is Oscar Lopez I'm 30 years old and I've been an athlete my entire life. Ever since my mother Signed me up for baseball I know that I would be involved in sports in one way or another for the rest of my life. As a boy I began to fall in line with the rest of the kids but, I began to fall behind and quickly found out that my best was falling short of average. Still loving the game I told my mom that I wanted try something else not because I was quiting but because I would only slow down the team. While my mom worked I was busy trying to figure out what I was going to do next, Enter Bruce Lee. Like other kids on the 90's Marital Arts movies were a must, from Van Damme to Jackie Chan to young Jet Lee, these movies were great to watch but nothing sucked me in like a good Bruce Lee movie. His style was quick but effective witch I was not, I was slow and kind of sloppy in my movement. I started to notice that not only was he fast with his punches and kicks but he was also moved on the ground. I noticed that it looked a lot like wrestling so I told my mom that I was going to be that and so though out high school that what I did and continued to do so after high school at adult leagues but I knew that something was miss still so I stopped going. Over the years I tried other forms of martial arts and just when I was about to hang up my athlete Cao up I was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by a friend from work. He was an instructor and invited me to train with him. So I followed up with him, as I arrived to the gym I felt at home again I knew that I would like it but I didn't know to what extent. I trained for a few months and was really into it. I started having financial and personal problems so I ended up.walking away from it. At first it didn't really bother me that I wasn't doing any. A few years went by I had gone through so much and just fell down a rabbit whole of financial problems, I was already dealing with depression and eventually ended up sleeping in my car. After few weeks of sleeping in my car my friend got wind of my situation and offered to to let me sleep on there couch with the condition that I start going back to the gym. I slowly tried to get my head back in the game but as we all know life has obstacles that you have to over come. While at the gym I tore my knee up had to take off a whole year. Needless to say I at my lowest and felt like I had nothing left.
While laying on my friends couch I began to go through the last few years trying to figure out how and what I could do to stop being so unhappy. After a few months of Physical therapy, counseling and analyzing my situation I was off to a very good start. While 2015 was the beginning of a new me but I wasn't quite there yet. I began training at fortunes gym in Hollywood, I pick-up boxing and I slowly went back to kickboxing. While at fortunes gym I started to thinking about what could have been, I had spent most of the previous year looking and jiu Jitsu videos and I knew that that's where I needed to be. I started training at fortunes but it was really going any where so I sot out my friend who initially introduce my to Jiu Jitsu.
At the beginning of 2016 walked into systems training center feeling like the child who was ready to learn, so full of energy and potential. Unfortunately I didn't have the finances to cover what I wanted the most. So I waited, in the middle of August 2016 I walked back into STC as the best version of myself, was ready and o knew I was ready. I met up with my old friend and he introduced me the gym. Here at STC is were I would make my home and here is where I met one of the best teachers I've ever had. Coach Gabe has been a person who come to admire and respect. Coming from a wrestling background I knew that this where I belong and that would love jiu Jitsu but, Coach Gabe solidified it. His love, respect and dedication has made the art of Jiu Jitsu a major part of my life. With his guidance and encouragement he has unknowingly help me come full circle from where I was a just few years ago. I know now that with his help my skill level is unlimited and with his coaching my first tournament won't be my last and even though my financial situation has not allowed me to pay my way though my training Coach Gabe has not let that get in the way of me coming in witch is also why I'm commented to this gym and Jiu Jitsu.