Helio Gracie is the considered to be the father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his words and teachings are what have guided Coach Kevin Hosseini through life. Since the age of twelve Hosseini has trained in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has used these lessons to guide him through life. Hosseini states that “Jiu Jitsu was a key driver in helping me maintain focus on my goals and have the confidence to pursue them as I grew into an adult”. These positive aspects of Jiu Jitsu have helped him achieve the goals of graduating high school, obtaining a black belt (at an exceptionally young age), opening his own school, and just recently, graduating from a university.
In October 2, 2010, at the age of 24, Hosseini opened the first Jiu Jitsu academy in Ramona. Sharing the positive aspects of Jiu Jitsu is important to Hosseini. The goals for the kids class is to instill positive character traits like discipline, leadership, responsibility, respect, and confidence. These skills and traits are an important aspect of becoming a well-rounded adult and a productive part of society. Another goal that Hosseini achieved was graduating from a university. On May 20th he walked with his class, earning a degree in Engineering from San Diego State University. He has given credit to his training Jiu Jitsu as the reason for his academic success throughout school. “Although I am graduating from SDSU, my passion has always been for teaching Jiu Jitsu. My goal is to teach full time and pass on the art of Jiu Jitsu to the students at the academy”, Hoesseini stated.
In the past few months Hosseini has passed on the positive aspects of Jiu Jitsu to his students. Many of the students have already seen the effects of his teaching. Parents of his students have commented that grades and behavior have improved at home and in the classroom. The adult students have gained confidence and improved their physical fitness.
On May 7th, five of Hosseini's students competed in their third regional competition in Las Vegas. In the previous competitions the team has dominated, beating some of the toughest competitors southern California has to offer. Vegas was no exception. With his guidance, five out of five RBJJ competitors brought home a first or second place finish. Matthew Roelle and Lawrence Arroyo both were able to walk away with a second place finish for their divisions. Christian Tolentino, placed first by out pointing his opponents. Brandon Setterberg placed first by submitting three of his opponents. Finally, Hannah LaJaunie, age 16, placed first in the adult woman's division with two straight submission victories. Hosseini attributes the success in all of the tournaments to the relaxed family atmosphere in the academy coupled with hard training.
Like most, Hosseini has seen his ups and downs in life. But, with the guiding words and teachings of Helio Gracie he has been able to persevere and succeed in every goal he has set so far. He is now passing on the success and teachings to his students.