Who I Am

 

My name is Steve Zacher. I’m a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under James Foster. I’ve been training BJJ since November, 2006.  I had decided that I had to make a change.  I’ve always been athletic, but never an athlete.  I enjoyed sports, but have never been a part of a team or really involved in any formal competition.

At 33 years of age, after 15 years of smoking too much, drinking too much and not doing nearly enough exercise, I was (like most Americans) overweight, had high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic. I was a wreck.  When my son asked about martial arts classes, I thought it was a great idea.

I ended up training at that school for about three years, when, for many reasons, I decided to make a change.  About four months later, shortly after my 36th birthday, I walked into Foster  BJJ, which was at that time located in Auburn, WA.  I was nervous and felt completely out of place.  

I started this blog a few weeks later and the rest is history.  I love it, and it’s been tremendously good for me mentally and physically. I lost 40 lbs steadily over the first six months, and have kept it off ever since.  I’m happier, healthier and have learned a lot about myself as I work to balance my training with my family, my age and my health.

Now, at 41 years old, I’m still training and hope to continue doing so for the rest of my life.

 Posted by at 8:32 pm

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Comments (20)
  1.  

    hey Steve nice to reach out to you. Been reading your blog a little while now and enjoy it. I think you have a positive outlook on many things and enjoy your observations on life and bjj. Im a newbie thats been training at Serras academy out here on Long Island and im a 4th stripe white belt. Im a little guy and have to work a bit harder to keep up with everyone who seems so big these days. Im enjoying the process and learning alot. Train safe and speak to you soon.

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      Mike,

      Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate the kind words. Keep in touch and let me know when you get your blue belt. Doesn’t sound like it’s too far off!

      Steve

  2.  

    Hi Steve,

    Can you drop me a line regarding you blog, I think its great!

    Thanks,
    Mike

  3.  

    hey Steve nice to reach out to you. Been reading your blog a little while now and enjoy it. I think you have a positive outlook on many things and enjoy your observations on life and bjj. Im a newbie thats been training at Serras academy out here on Long Island and im a 4th stripe white belt. Im a little guy and have to work a bit harder to keep up with everyone who seems so big these days. Im enjoying the process and learning alot. Train safe and speak to you soon.
    +1

    •  

      Hey, I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment for so long. You got picked up by the spam bots. Matt Serra would be great to train with. He’s no joke.

      Stay with it and keep in touch!

  4.  

    Steve,

    Great site – I started BJJ myself at age 40. I was always in good shape, but I was feeling my age and my back was in poor shape from all the years of weightlifting. Now, I am closing in on 42 and I have my blue belt – I’ve never felt better! My eating habits have improved, and I look and feel 20 years younger!

    On a side note – you do a great job with reviews (helps those of us that aren’t in the know), and I have a product that may be of interest to you (or anyone that grapples) for a review. If interested, shoot me an email, I’ll send you a sample.

    Keep up the good work!

    Rich

  5.  

    Way to go, bro. You made a good change and I bet it’s paying off!
    My son and I started training BJJ 5 months ago at Bowie MMA in Maryland under Carlos Catania and I can’t believe how good it’s been. Great sport, great people, great teams all over the place.
    Rock on and get your choke on!

  6.  

    Hi Steve,

    nice blog! A lot of things I can relate to. I have a question I’d like to ask you. Could you please drop me a line?

    Thanks!
    Alex

  7.  

    what’s your email? You should have it listed on the site. Or email it to me, whatever.

  8.  

    Hi Steve. I saw you dyed a TEKO gi on one of your blogs. Do you know if the TEKO brand is still available for purchase? I checked there website, but couldn’t get on their “on-line” store. Wondering if they even exist anymore. If you know anything about them, I’d love to hear. Thanks. Great reviews and great blogs by the way!

  9.  

    Steve,
    Just read your blog for the first time. Great looking sight and great articles I’ll bookmark your sight.

    HVJudo

  10.  

    I can’t believe I don’t know how else to get a hold of you, but oh well.

    You’re so freakin’ rad Steve! My gi is out-of-control awesome, thank you so much! Highlight of the season for sure. And thanks for always being so genuine and interesting – you always get me thinking and it makes it really fun to train with you.

    Merry Christmas, bro.

  11.  

    Hi Steve,

    I think sharing your bjj experience does a great service to the community. Can you send me an email on how to contact you? I have some sample product I would like you to review if you have the time.

    Thanks,

    Alex

  12.  

    I just stumbled onto your site and noticed some eerie similarities — I’m 42, was fat(ter), smoked and was generally out of shape after six months of inactivity due to a severed tendon on my hand. Then I had the crazy idea of taking on BJJ when my son’s dojo added a BJJ instructor. Man, I almost died that first month, and the next and the next. Now, almost three months later, I can at least keep my gas for a whole class instead of dying during the warm up.

    Anyway, just thought I’d say great idea for a Website and I’ll be looking it over to see what’s ahead of a me as a 42-year-old n00b to BJJ.

  13.  

    Hey Steve, email me. I have good stuff to share with you

  14.  

    Hey I was just wondering what it would take for you to dye a gi for my wife and I? She loves the green gameness one you just did and I’d like mine purple! Let me know please.

  15.  

    Hey Steve! What’s the best way to email you??

  16.  

    Hey Steve:

    I was wondering if you could give me a quote about the dying process. I’m looking to color a gi that I just bought for really cheap. Let me know how I can get in touch with you. I really love your blog. Thanks!

    Kindest regards,

    Abi

  17.  

    Hey i was telling my mom about the wax that you used and showed here the punisher gi she told me to let u know that you should draw your design on the gi, grab a very fine mysting spray bottle and lightly (super light) spray over the design. take that gi and throw it in the freezer and after about 4 hours apply that hot wax over it and it will adhere much better to the fabric and will also be easier to control where it is applied. keep up the good work on the dyeing, i hope to send you one of my own gi’s as soon as my instructor gets rid of his stupid white gi only rule!

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