Matthew Neiditch

How long have you been training?

Since the beginning of 2017

Why did you begin training?

I played soccer from the time I was very young and until my late thirties. When I stopped playing, I fell out of shape. I looked into jiu jitsu because I wanted to set a good example for my kids and improve my health. I was introduced to jiu jitsu primarily from UFC and several podcasts. I had trained Taekwondo and I most enjoyed sparring, but we sparred infrequently and the contact was necessarily light. Sparring is, however, intrinsic to training jiu jitsu, and it’s practiced in a real-world situation at full intensity. My son and I ultimately started jiu jitsu the same month for both fitness and self defense. He has now trained for half of his life, and we share a love for the martial art and sport of jiu jitsu.

What encourages you the most about your practice?

When a new technique becomes part of my game.

What challenges you the most?

Techniques that require a lot of flexibility and developing a game that works for me.

How have you evolved as a result of it?

Working with teammates to determine what works on the mats keeps me motivated.

What is something that you learned about BJJ that was unexpected?

I didn’t expect it to be so much fun and intellectually challenging.