"My name's Michael Lung, I'm a member here at Citadel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Iowa City, and I want to take a moment to tell you how Jiu Jitsu has changed my life for the better.
"So, first off I'm a medical student and I thought that meant that I had to dedicate everything to my studies, putting it before my health, my diet, my well-being, and that's what did.
"Pretty soon it started taking a toll on my body, you know, I just didn't have energy, I was always irritable and I started putting on weight like crazy. I actually put on, like 25 pounds over a four month period! So, you guys know how poorly I was taking care of myself.
"Then, I realized I needed to do something to change my life, and so I decided to come down here to Citadel BJJ, found my way onto the mats, started training. Next thing you know I have more focus, things are just getting easier and the weight just starts melting off, and in fact, I end up losing 30 pounds!
"So, I lost more weight than I actually had put on. But, most importantly to me as a medical student is that, since I've been training here at Citadel BJJ, I've done better academically than I've done in my entire life! And, I truly believe it's because I have more focus, discipline and just have more energy to really attack my goals.
"That's just kind of a testimony in to what Jiu Jitsu can do for your life, and it's not unique to my life. You ask anyone that trains down here, I guarantee you, they'll tell you a similar story of how Jiu Jitsu has made their life better.
"So, if you either lost a step, or, are just looking to take your life to the next level, I highly recommend coming down here, doing some training, not only are you gonna get in shape, but you're just gonna be on the path to becoming the best you. Hope to see you on the mats!"
- Michael Lung, BJJ blue belt, Citadel Brazilian Jitsu in Iowa City