Today, many parents struggle with maintaining a healthy bond with their children. Whether it’s stress from work or lack of common ground, it has become increasingly difficult for parents to get to know them. For Joey and Kayley Snailham, however, all these problems are solved by a common love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).
Both father and daughter started their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey four years ago, and have been loyal students ever since. “The Little Samurai Program had just started then,” says Joey. “And I thought it would be fantastic for kids, especially for my daughter, Kayley.”
Joey enrolled his daughter, and soon BJJ became their way of spending time together. “We do BJJ together on the weekends,” explains Joey. “We get ready in the morning together and go to class.” BJJ has also inspired many discussions between Joey and Kayley. “We talk about BJJ a lot and watch videos, then discuss and analyze all the moves we see,” Joey reveals.
For the Snailhams, BJJ has not only brought them closer together, but it has changed their lives as well. After enrolling his daughter in the program, Joey saw tremendous changes in Kayley. “She has so much control. Over her moods, and showing restraint in sparring,” says Joey. “It’s also given her a big boost of confidence, helping her win the Evolve in-house tournament for kids.” Kayley agrees.
Prof. Almiro really pushes me to do my best,” she exclaims.
Joey, on the other hand, has learned the importance of perseverance.
Persevere, persevere, persevere – even if you feel like stopping, don’t give up!” encourages Joey.
The lessons that Kayley and Joey have learned from BJJ are lessons that they share with the students of the Little Samurai class. “Joey is very patient and loves to help the kids,” says Prof. Almiro Barros. “Kayley is also very friendly and always ready to assist me.”
The Evolve Family would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Joey and Kayley Snailham on their well-deserved Student of the Month honors. We look forward to seeing Joey and Kayley continue their martial arts journey at Evolve MMA, and we believe they have what it takes to become champions on and out of the mats.
Here’s what Joey and Kayley’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Prof. Almiro Barros has to say about them:
Although Joey’s height and build gives him the advantage of using strength and leverage, he uses technique instead. It’s quite a change from his time as a beginner, when he would use strength to overpower his opponents. I believe he has what it takes to become a great BJJ practitioner.”
Kayley’s ability to learn concepts easily is quite amazing for someone her age. She performs really well under pressure and is very confident about her game. I think she’ll be a future world champion. There’s no doubt about it!”