My name is Ed Kang. I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. I’ve been training about 12 years now. I started with a Judo background when I was about 15, and then I found Jiu Jitsu and I realized how effective the groundwork was. So I started at Foster Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, trained at Gracie Barra out there and then I moved over to San Diego. Then eventually found Baret.
I grew up watching a lot of his videos. I never imagined I would have the opportunity to train with him. Growing up, seeing a fighter in their forties still competing at that level, that’s what drew me here. The technical aspect of course is amazing, but the spiritual mental aspect, that’s something nobody else had ever taught me. I think that’s really what kept me.
I think some people are scared to walk into a Jiu Jitsu or an MMA gym. They have this mentality that, Oh, it’s like cage fighting or people are just going to be beating me up. It’s not like that. The mentality is to be the best version of yourself as you can. We’re all here to just help each other and grow together. We’re not putting each other down. That culture is not present at this gym.