Hi my name is Dave Keane and I am from Cork in the south of Ireland.
I moved from my home to Fribourg in February 2012 to be with my girlfriend who has lived here for over 2 years.
I left my family, my job and my team at my gym in The MMA Clinic Cork.
Prior to my move I went on Facebook to a Swiss MMA Forum and asked to be directed to a gym in Fribourg where they pointed me to Gracie Barra Fribourg.
I sent Peto a message before I left Ireland and asked if it is cool to join-up and train with his guys as I never wanted to give up fighting.
When I arrived to Switzerland Peto asked when I can come training, and I replied that I did not want to spend money until I got a job, to which Peto replied ‘Man come to train, we talk about money later’ (WHICH WAS AWESOME OF HIM)!
So I went to train with Gracie Barra Fribourg (Gi, Grappling & sometimes MMA). Everyone, and I mean everyone, was so welcoming, they all shook my hand and introduced themselves to me. This was maybe 3 weeks after leaving Ireland and already I felt at home.
It is one big fight-family.
My name is Aleksander. I come from Poland.
I have been doing martial arts since I was a kid. During my studies I was doing Judo. When I came to work in Switzerland I was looking for martial arts’ schools where I could improve my ground game. Then I have found JJB Fribourg Team.
Here I have met many new friends from all over the world. I think that Jiu-Jitsu is very universal style for everyone. During the first 6 months of training I have cut more than 10 kg. It works!!!!
My husband and I moved to Switzerland a little over five years ago. Having practiced jiu jitsu in the US for a few years before our move, one of the first things he did was to look for a local school to join, which led him to Gracie Barra Fribourg. At that point, our French was nonexistent, but the coach and other team members were happy to translate for him. A few months later, I joined him at the dojo after hearing so many good things about the school.
Being out of shape and in my early thirties at the time, as well as usually the only female in class, I worried that I would be left out or unable to keep up. I worried that it would be uncomfortable to fight with men other than my husband. I worried that I wouldn’t even like the sport, as I have never been much of an athletic person. After a year of training, I was amazed to find myself slimmer, stronger, and an enthusiastic fan of jiu jitsu and of my team in particular. Whether there were three or twenty people in the class, our coach always gave more than 100% (often teaching in three or more languages) and always had time to help.
Je m’appelle Saïd, algérien d’origine et né dans le sud de la France, j’ai 37 ans et c’est vers le début des années 2006 que j’ai suivi les tout premiers cours de jiu-jitsu brésilien.
Après avoir fini avec des cours de Taekwondo un ami m’a dit que des cours de jiu-jitsu brésilien, plus complet physiquement car se pratiquant en majorité au sol, commençaient à être donnés dans le canton.
C’est comme ça que j’ai fait la connaissance de Peto, un professeur passionné, discipliné, respecté et terriblement efficace. À cette époque les cours se passaient dans un gymnase à Grangeneuve et nous étions 5 ou 6 le soir lors des tout premiers entraînements…
J’ai suivi Peto pendant quelques mois avant de devoir accepter un travail de nuit qui m’empêchait de profiter des cours suivants.
Ich habe im Jahr 200? mit Jiu-Jitsu begonnen. Mein Cousin hat mich zum Training mitgenommen. Diese Sportart kannte ich damals noch nicht. Nach kurzer Zeit war es für mich klar, dass ich weiterhin Jiu-Jitsu trainieren möchte.
Ich habe hier viele gute Freunde für’s Leben kennengelernt und eine zweite Familie gefunden.
Das Training bietet mir einen optimalen Ausgleich zum Alltagsleben. Es hält mich in Form und es stärkt meinen Geist. Es treibt mich an und gibt mir die Kraft die ich brauche.