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Meet Nathanael Soli of Oceanside Jiu Jitsu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathanael Soli.

Nathanael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Oceanside Jiu Jitsu was founded in 2009 by Jeff Gorumba, Brendan Guccione and Myself, Nathanael Soli, as a side project of Oceanside Crossfit. The idea behind OJJ was to offer the same high-level training as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, here in North County San Diego. Our mission: to share the amazing Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the people of Oceanside. We feel we have successfully accomplished this mission and we are just getting started.

Since 2009, we have grown to nearly 15o students with specialized Jiu Jitsu and self-defense programs for: men, women, teens and kids (ages 4 & 5, 6 & 7 and 8-12).

Oceanside Jiu Jitsu has moved a couple of times since our inception. We started at 1,100 sq. ft. Our current facility is 5,500 sq. ft. with two mat spaces. We now have a super convenient location just off 1-5 on Oceanside Blvd.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Things haven’t always been easy. My partners have both gone on to do other things. Jeff Gorumba is doing private contract work overseas and Brendan is somewhere in America touring with the Grateful Dead.

Pursuing your dream of doing what you love can be a bumpy road. I ate Top Ramen for the first 5 years or so.

However, I can’t complain. I’m doing what I love and I don’t have to wear shoes or a shirt to work! How many people can say that?

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Oceanside Jiu Jitsu story. Tell us more about the business.
We teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defense. We empower people through this incredible Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We teach men, women and children how to build confidence and prevent bullying, physical or otherwise.

We help people to build their minds, their bodies and their spirit.

Jiu Jitsu is self-improvement at the highest level. Is it hard? It can be. But, it’s totally worth it.

Oceanside Jiu Jitsu has the #1 kids’ program in the area! If you live in Oceanside, you probably know someone who’s child has benefitted from our Lil’ Samurai Program. Just ask around…

We are the oldest and most established Jiu Jitsu academy in the Oceanside area. We pride ourselves on being Jiu Jitsu specialists and not just another “jack of all trades” gym that offers a little bit of everything. Our focus is on providing high-quality service and a positive experience to our members in a World class facility. We specialize in Jiu Jitsu because we believe in Jiu Jitsu.

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