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.