About Greg: "Greg Souders is the founder and owner of Lineage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a brand new martial arts program in Bethesda, MD. He is a brown belt under 2nd degree black belt Dave Jacobs and has a decade of BJJ training experience, including 8 years of teaching students both adult and adolescent. He has trained at some of the top facilities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He has directed programs for both adults and children, ranging from the typical 5-year old child to the full time adult competitor, focusing on helping them reach their fitness, developmental, and competition goals. He was once a full time competitor and competed at the world level until a severe neck injury removed him from regular competition. He now focuses his efforts on creating his own lineage in the sport and sharing his love for BJJ with as many people as possible."
Greg was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his Brazilian jiu-jitsu background and his new school in Bethesda.
1. How long have you been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)? What brought you to the sport?
February 4th 2004 was my very first day of BJJ. So as of February 10th 2014 (the day I opened my school) i've been training for ten years.
My path in jiu-jitsu was sort of random and scattered. I had always liked martial arts and I had always wanted to find a martial art that was more physically demanding and competitive than the traditional taekwondo and Karate style programs. So I started to look for programs that offered intense classes that focused on “real” fighting and self defense. And, of course, like everyone else who grew up with a martial arts interest in the 90s, I ran into a bunch of old UFC tapes, reality street fighting programs, and Royce Gracie. I tried to find and visit any school in the area that offered a BJJ program, but I could not find one that I felt like they had what I was looking for. Then while working at a local video store a customer came in asking about a local school of which I had never heard. After a brief conversation about the school and the program I decided to check it out for myself. When I dropped by I had a poor perspective on what BJJ was; I thought that BJJ was only full contact fighting. But upon visiting this new school I saw kids grappling in uniforms without strikes and without the “hardcore” aspect of what I thought BJJ was. It intrigued me so much so that I was like “I want to do what they are doing”, and I have been doing BJJ almost every day since.