CATEGORYBJJ, BJJ Coach, Boulder, Kids, Purple Belt
Coach Alex Yablong grew up in Winnetka, IL, playing competitive hockey and baseball. He studied at the University of Denver, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. When he isn’t coaching or training at Easton, he loves to snowboard and splitboard in the backcountry, and is always up for a concert–especially at Red Rocks.
He got involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after graduating college in June of 2012. He found himself in the worst shape he had ever been in because he was no longer playing competitive sports and never enjoyed going to the gym. After his first class, he was hooked. He found that BJJ was more like playing a game than working out, so it was easy to dedicate his time to it. In the fall of 2013 he quit his office job and took a 3-month trip to Rio de Janiero where he got to train at several world-class gyms, and ever
since then, Jiu Jitsu has been his full-time pursuit.
After getting back from Brazil and competing several times, Alex found that he really enjoyed spreading his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He wants all of his students to enjoy the art as much as he does, and to understand that it’s such a broad area of study that everyone can have their own style. He remembers taking a class with Professor Brian Carlsen where Brian said, “I can teach you moves like kimuras and triangles, but I can’t teach you Jiu Jitsu. To learn Jiu Jitsu, you must figure out on your own how the techniques fit together.” This really stuck with Alex, and he wants his students to be able to make the art their own.
Eventually Alex aspires to be a competitive black belt and qualify for the world championships. Ultimately, he would like to start his own academy somewhere near a beach or mountain. The most valuable lesson Alex has learned from his time training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that
if you don’t know what you want to do in life, don’t worry! Just keep working hard at something (preferably something you really enjoy) and things will work themselves out.