Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Public Transportation

We met around 4:30pm at the Old Town Transit Center to catch the trolley to downtown San Diego.

As we boarded the trolley, I noticed people staring.

Not at me. 

The stares were for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes I was with who were there for a photoshoot for Choke Republic (you can see all their cool BJJ T-shirts at this link: )

The trolley was crowded, and we squeezed into what space was available to make room for a cast of characters that included students, city workers, the elderly, and our small group of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes.

As the Trolley lurched forward, everyone standing grabbed the overhead railing and those who were seated steadied themselves. Our group all stood, holding on and bumping into each other. I was off to the side watching the passengers watch the athletes...

As we made a stop in Middle Town, the ones who needed to get off made their way thru the trolley car and the sea of commuters parted allowing them to disembark. I bumped into something and looked down to see who I was probably stepping on or hitting inadvertently with my backpack stuffed with gear.

It was an elderly woman, seated, with a walker in front of her for support.

I looked down and apologetically said, "I'm sorry I didn't mean to bump you like that."

I turned back around to grab the overhead railing because I knew the trolley would take off again for its next stop and didn't want to fall. And then I felt another bump...I turned around to apologize again to the woman, but this time she shook her head and then motioned for me to lean down and come closer to her so she could say something to me.

I thought she was going to scold me for bumping into her, but instead she said softly into my ear,

"I want to know something."

I had no idea where this might be going... but I saw her looking over my shoulder at the athletes and one of them, Leandro Lo, was facing away from her.

"What would you like to know?" I asked.

"I want to know how you ended up with all these gorgeous men," she said with a sly smile crossing her face.

I smiled back and looked back over my shoulder; as I did, the trolley heaved forward and Leandro turned to face us while reaching up to grab hold of the overhead rail.

The woman literally gasped at this sight.

Leandro then looked over at us, with bright eyes, and looked right at the woman. I don't know if he could tell the woman was having a euphoric moment, but he flashed a 500 watt smile at her.

At this point I thought I might have to perform CPR on this lady (or light a ciggarette for her).

Once she collected herself, I told her this was a group of BJJ athletes and we were doing a photoshoot. 

"And you decided to take the trolley so we could all see them!" she said.

"Yes," I replied, "I thought it would be fun to share Jiu Jitsu on the trolley."

She looked up at the athletes as they chatted and smiled and held on to the overhead rail.

She looked back up at me and said, "Thank you so much for sharing Jiu Jitsu."