Jiu Jitsu Instructor in Lehigh Valley


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Jiu Jitsu near Easton

Sid Tavolaro

I began my martial arts journey at age 5. My first martial arts school was Action Karate Nazareth. I received my Junior Black Belt from them at age 9. From there, I moved on to a school called Apgar MMA. I received my second black belt there at age 11. When that school closed, I decided to pursue the jiujitsu aspect of martial arts. I set up trial classes at some of the local gyms, including 10th Planet Bethlehem. I took my first class on a Friday in August 2016. That day, I took a kickboxing class and a jiujitsu class. I rolled for the first time during that jiujitsu class, and it was with none other than Jon Blank, who was a purple belt at the time. He taught me my first armbar during our roll. I also rolled with Grace. When my parents came to pick me up, I decided that the other trial classes were not necessary, and they I had found the next step in my martial arts journey. 4 years later, I am still training under Zach and JM. In December 2019, I received my 10th Planet Blue Belt at the age of 15. Additionally, I am now an instructor for the kids classes.

Martial Arts has been a big part of my life. With over 2/3 of my life being part of a martial arts gym, the sport has taught me massive amounts of lessons, including discipline, integrity, respect, and humility. I try to spend as much time on the mats as possible, trying to better myself and the people around me. I have been presented many opportunities as a result of martial arts, including the opportunity to travel around the country to compete and train at other gyms, to getting my first job, to making friendships that will last a lifetime. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has helped me along my journey. My martial arts family has pushed me every day to become the best version of myself every day. I hope to see everyone on the mats.


Accomplishments-
10th Planet Blue Belt
Action Karate Junior Black Belt
Apgar MMA Black Belt
NAGA Expert Champion
Finishers Open Expert Champion
Goodfight Worlds Expert Champion
10 years of Martial Arts Experience

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