There’s a saying in Jiu-jitsu that is echoed in life and sports in general, “you either win, or you learn.”
As I sit at San Francisco International airport waiting for my flight home after just completing my third Jiu-Jitsu tournament in 4 weeks, and winning my first gold medal, I reflect on my journey to this moment.
On July 6th at the American Nationals in Las Vegas, I took the silver medal. At the Austin Open on July 22nd, I did not make it to the podium because although I won my first match, I lost my second. On July 29th at the San Jose Open, I won gold! I won, but I also learned. I took my previous losses as lessons to fix my game and correct the mistakes I made, preventing me from getting on the podium the first two rounds. This journey was so empowering and uplifting because it is difficult to know how to deal with a loss or defeat and I’m proud to say that I learned and made myself better in a matter of weeks.
I have been a TRX instructor for 11 years, and been studying Jiu-Jitsu for the past 2 1/2 years. Being a TRX instructor has had an impact on getting me to where I am today. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of being a TRX instructor carry over to all aspects of life. As both a TRX Instructor and a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, I have learned to be more understanding and patient with those who might not be able to pick up things as quickly, or those who have a deeper understanding of movement.
Through my experience as a TRX instructor, I have been able to experience the similarities it has in relation to my practice in the art of Jiu-Jitsu. Exercise and martial arts are both forms of self-expression. Both have taught me how to guide myself and others into our own sense of self-expression.
Arthur Hsu has lived in Las Vegas for the past 17 years. He trains clients in his private home gym and in fitness clubs and studios throughout the valley. Arthur also mentors and educates personal trainers who are seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. He is a certified personal trainer and completed the prestigious Fellowship of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. Certifications he has earned include Applied Functional Science (CAFS) and 3D Movement Analysis & Performance Systems (3DMAPS) from the Gray Institute. He is a TRX Master Course Instructor and has been part of the TRX family for 10 years. When Arthur is not training or teaching, you can always find him on the mats practicing Jiu-Jitsu.