Granite Bay Jiu-Jitsu offers fun, fit and authentic lessons to the South Placer region
GRANITE BAY, Calif. – For those searching for a dynamic way to exercise, an introduction to self-defense, or how to keep energetic children calm and focused, Granite Bay Jiu-Jitsu is here to serve the community.
Granite Bay Jiu-Jitsu owner, Ryan Rich has been operating his Charles Gracie method Jiu-Jitsu studio since November 2017, and he laughs when people say they don’t have time for exercise.
“If you list ‘Netflix’ as an interest on a dating profile or your Facebook, you have time to exercise,” Rich said. “Everyone always seems to have time to go to the gym at the first of the year.”
“I don’t know if the time-space continuum bends,” Rich laughs, “All of a sudden there’s an extra hour in the day where people can workout that only happens in January.”
Jokes aside, Rich encourages people looking for a non-traditional workout to come to his studio and gain confidence, learn self-defense skills and never be bored.
“No two classes are the same,” Rich said. “Jiu-Jitsu is a very unique thing, I think that’s common in almost all martial arts, there’s lots of different walks of life. No matter why they all started, it becomes a really cool sport and workout.”
Rich said that starting a business, especially when the unit he has had been unused for years, can be a real labor of love. Rich dedicated long hours, typically finishing at 3 a.m., to bringing his studio up to the highest standards.
“I had to take the ceiling out, there was no drywall, I had to put a lot of work into this building,” Rich said. “But when I finally got my sign put up in front, that was a really big milestone. I was just, ‘whoa, oh my god, now it’s real!’”
After a nearly-year long process, Rich finally opened his studio. He credits one of his students, a local commercial real estate broker, with helping him realize his full business potential. Now Rich handles lessons with as many as 30 kids with ease. He considers one of his biggest success stories as a Jiu-Jitsu teacher to just be a testament to finding something that challenges someone.
“I worked with this woman and she had a stroke when she was 20 years old, 20!” Rich said. “I didn’t know her before her stroke, but when I met her, she had trouble doing things by herself that we all take for granted. She went from being unable to move around on the mat to being able to stand up on her own. She just found an activity that she could sink her teeth into and she was able to challenge herself.”
“I have some adults that say they’re afraid to try Jiu-Jitsu but honestly this girl literally could barely move effectively and she came in to a class and killed it!” Rich said that after months of practice, “if you didn’t know any better, you wouldn’t even think she had a stroke.”
The first class is free to attend and special New Year’s pricing will be available soon. Granite Bay Jiu-Jitsu is a proud member of the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Granite Bay Jiu-Jitsu, visit granitebayjiujitsu.com or visit them at 4120 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 309, Granite Bay.