ZANESVILLE – Justin Cable opened Gracie Allegiance in the Colony Square Mall last year. He was concerned with opening a new business during such uncertain times but he’s enjoyed success since opening the gym. He talks about how long he’s been practicing the martial art.
“Jiu-Jitsu has been a part of my life since the early 2000’s. I started training and I used to drive to Cincinnati (and) Columbus from Marietta which is like a 3 hour drive to train. I’ve been beat up. You know, it’s had a lots of ups and downs. It’s been a journey and I fought MMA for a while. If you want to teach something you’ve got to be able to do it,” Cable said.
Never tried…never heard of Jiu-Jitsu? Not to fear.
“I don’t know anything. Honestly, that’s the best way. That means there’s no bad habits to break and I get to teach you from the start, but, yes, it makes it easier. There’s something here for everybody. I specialize with kids. My biggest things with kids is bullying. You learn Jiu-Jitsu; Jiu-Jitsu is like the number one self defense in martial arts right now because you learn how to control a situation without having to punch and stuff. You end the fight without getting hurt and that’s the biggest thing,” Cable said.
“It’s a really good fundamental start. From a self defense standpoint, 90 percent of altercations go to the ground anyways so it’s definitely helpful to know a little bit about that to defend yourself in an altercation. Also, it’s really good exercise. It’s like a lot of aerobics and really keeps you moving and you get a good sweat and it’s a really good thing if you want to lose some weight also,” First Degree White Belt Houston Montgomery said.
Like Cable, Purple Belt student Jordan Blanton has been training in Jiu-Jitsu for many years. Gracie Allegiance is his favorite spot and he looks forward to seeing familiar friends each time.
“I don’t know, it’s just a challenge. When I got out of high school I was looking for something to keep me competitive and this does that. I do enjoy it more here than other academies I’ve been at. I trained in Columbus… it’s close and I don’t have to drive (and) it’s not as clique-y as some as some as the other gyms are. They have their cliques that everybody hangs out with and down here, everybody’s family,” Blanton said.
Cable has future plans including creating a women’s self-defense class and is always looking for news signups. More information can be found at: https://zanesville-jiujitsu.com/