Samurai Fitness Center: MSgt Bob Williams Jiu Jitsu Class

Master Sergeant Bob Williams is one of a few military service members with a black belt
in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Yokota Air Base. Along with practicing this form of self-defense,
he also teaches it. Sergeant Williams first got into Jiu-Jitsu in 2002 while in Korea.
Now, he continues to share his knowledge with service members on Yokota. He believes that
Jiu-Jitsu not only trains the body, but tests mental strength.
MSgt Bobbie Williams Jiu-Jitsu Instructor:
One of the things about Jiu-Jitsu as well is that Jiu-Jitsu teaches you about problem solving. You’re constantly problem solving in Jiu-Jitsu. I can teach you a thousand things, but it’s
up to you to decide which one of those thousand things that you’re going to use to get out
of that situation. So it also teaches resilience, so you have confidence and resilience, it’s
the two major things that I love about teaching about Jiu-Jitsu and teaching the military
His passion for teaching has a lot to do with how he feels the art contributes to his students’
lives. To Sergeant Williams, the skills of Jiu-Jitsu reach further than just the classroom. MSgt Bobbie Williams
Jiu-Jitsu Instructor: The best part about teaching Jiu-Jitsu is
just developing that confidence with people, helping them get to the next level as far
as confidence is concerned. A lot of good things come from confidence. You able to tackle
other types of issues and deal with them a little bit better. The best part about that
for me is just watching them grow. REPORTER:
Along with that confidence, Sergeant Williams also wants his students to take away something
else from his classes. MSgt Bobbie Williams
Jiu-Jitsu Instructor: One of the things that I would like for my
students to get is just being resilient. Having the ability to be flexible, you know. That’s
what Jiu-Jitsu teaches you, it teaches you to be resilient. A lot of guys are going to
come here, are going to get tapped out, going to be emotionally distraught, but you got
to learn to deal with those things. REPORTER:
Airman First Class Justin Stokes, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

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