Women of Washington State, Part 2 Jenn Lozada
Jenn Lozada, a purple belt out of Port Angeles (WA), has always loved martial arts and she has trained in several since 1999. However, almost six years ago, at the age of 40, Jenn realized that she needed a change.
Jenn – a small woman at less than five foot tall and 105 pounds – became drawn to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for its use of leverage and strategy, rather than strength. In addition, Jenn found that Jiu Jitsu provided her with immediate feedback on whether a technique was really effective, giving her faith that the skills she was learning were in fact real and useful.
Over time, inspired in part by her coach, Rob Biernacki (www.islandtopteam.com), Jenn has become passionate about teaching. She opened her own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, Solarte BJJ, in the small town of Sequim (“skwim”) in September 2017. Here she offers classes for adults and youth with a focus on Island Top Team’s concept-based BJJ instruction.
As a teacher, Jenn’s greatest achievement is to see students improving and happy on the mats. She believes BJJ is a key element for developing the right automatic responses should one need them for unarmed self-defense. BJJ also encourages people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, be it quitting smoking, eating healthier, or taking better care of themselves. And finally, people make great friends through the sport, most likely due to the close physical contact, which promotes bonding.
Jenn’s advice to both newcomers and experienced Jiujiteiras is the same: Be honest with yourself when something isn’t working and ask the questions that will help you make real progress. Be smart and keep yourself safe from injury. Lastly, Jenn encourages women to ‘hang in there’ even when it’s difficult. The benefits are worth it, deep, and lasting! Don’t give up!
Jenn ended the interview on a friendly note by inviting readers to train at her gym, which is located in the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula. With a focus on being not-for-profit, the club’s mission is to provide a helpful resource to community members, without regard to financial limitations. Locals pay on a sliding scale and visitors from afar can train free, though donations are always welcome. For more information, visit https://www.solartebjj.com/and https://www.solartebjj.com/about-bjj-in-sequim/.