This episode is Jiujitsu heavy. Juan Aguilera is an important friend of mine and really interesting character. He was the first person I met when I began training at Mario Aiello BJJ in Valencia, CA and I was immediately impressed by his dedication to BJJ. I was also impressed by him seemingly being that classic case of a young dynamic guy who had a checkered past and Jiujitsu was his savior.
I have since found Juan to be that guy that can't hold his tongue when someone needs to hear a hard truth. He is one of those guys that we all envy a little because he seems ever prepared to "write checks and cash them."
We talked about his start in BJJ and quick rise to brown belt, the possible causes of his troubled youth, and his future competition plans for both Jiujitsu and MMA.
If you ever wondered what drives someone to become a professional fighter this is one example that is pretty interesting.