Jiu Jitsu Traveler, Jiu Jitsu Nomad, Jiu Jitsu Writer, Jiu Jitsu Competitor, Jiu Jitsu Videographer, Jiu Jitsu Podcaster, Jiu Jitsu Shit talker, Jiu Jitsu Coach, Jiu Jitsu is Jesse's life.
I started to receive messages on Facebook from two guys from Canada, they were on this crazy cross country road trip and wanted to stop by Costa Mesa to train for a bit. Enter Jesse Bell and Mike Romano. Immediately they fit in, it worked well because at the time we still had the fighter dorms called Newaza Favela. They came with nothing, just a vision of training Jiu Jitsu and living the dream. After almost two years Jesse remains with us and is currently one of the instructors at 10th Planet Las Vegas.
Since arriving at 10th Planet Costa Mesa Jesse has started a couple pod casts, the most known would be "Pulling Guard". He has also filmed and taken still shots for IBJJF, Dream and EBI (unofficially) lol. Jesse started out making Instagram clips for us in Orange County and now is one of our coaches. Know to be very technical Jesse has found a niche working with our beginners and providing private lessons for side cash.
I talk to my students all the time about living lean, everything you own should have handles on it. Every time one of my guys gets a fancy car I cry on the inside. No one has adopted the LEAN model more than Jesse. When I say LEAN I don't mean to look for handouts, I mean control your spending habits. Accumulate only what you need, go to sleep a little hungry every night, skip a meal. Fast for a day. Make ends meet with your skill and mind. Don't get caught up in the rat race.
Live on the mats literally. Jesse for about a year slept on a small piece of flex roll mat in the favela. Seeking knowledge in Jiu Jitsu is a 24 hour proposition. In order to gain a full understanding you need complete immersion. If you want to know about a culture the best way is to move there and dive in head first. Jesse is living Jiu Jitsu, day after day. I respect the dedication and willingness to sacrifice everything for the understanding of Jiu Jitsu, especially knowing that there is no destination only a journey.
This is something I can speak to. How can one stay motivated to learn and live this lifestyle when you have been struggling with injuries? It's tough and a lot of people give up and move on. I often ask "How much are you willing to give?" For me the answer is everything. People like Jesse are literally Jiu Jitsu, it is our lives. The answer is clear to us, even though it may seem crazy to some. Jesse always finds a way to stay active through injury. Never leave the gym, help the new students. Stay involved. This is a marathon and not a sprint. Jesse knows this.
Jiu Jitsu is about family and friends. Jesse has been able to extend his family across the entire United States all the way into Canada. Jesse is friends with some of the biggest names in the business. We are lucky he ended up with us and I get to call him a family member.