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Martial Arts Inspiring Story - Patrick O'Marrah - Harrisburg BJJ Judo

By Created: July, 2017 - Modified: April, 2018

Life has a way of sneaking up on you, and before I knew it, years of leading a sedentary lifestyle had taken its toll on me. In my early 20s I started suffering from gout outbreaks, and I have had back problems for years. I always knew that if I starting eating better and getting regular exercise that I would start feeling better, and I would lose the extra weight. I just never had the will power to do it.

My son has been taking lessons in Jiu Jitsu for a few years and 6 months ago, I decided to give it a try. I figured it couldn't hurt, and at the very least, it gave us something we could do together. I started training at Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, four times a week. Two months ago, my son and I signed up for a submission-only tournament, and I left undefeated with a gold medal.

I have also changed the way I think about food and make much smarter choices about what I put into my body.

Training in Jiu Jitsu gave me the push I needed to make these major lifestyle changes and has resulted in me losing 80 pounds. I can't imagine any other exercise program or work out that would have had such great results. Jiu Jitsu has not only given me a physical workout, but it has also given me the drive I needed to succeed.

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Patrick O'Marrah
Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo
Lemoyne PA 17043