If you have ever seen the movie “Goon
” with Shawn William Scott, then you get an idea of where John Mejia has come from. He used to play semi pro hockey in Canada, as an enforcer of course. Now a full time student in pre-med, coaching hockey at the college level and an absolute beast on the mats at 10th Planet Chicago. I am proud that he represents Fight Chix. I consider him a killer training partner because he is super hard to submit, but more importantly I consider him a brother because he will go to the ends of the earth for his friends. Now, get to know Fight Chix Athlete John Mejia…
How did you get involved in jiujitsu and the martial arts?
One summer I came back from playing hockey, and my dad was messing around trying to wrestle with me, and he kept putting me in the lockdown and sweeping me over with it.
He invited me to come train at private lessons with Josh Passini at what would become 10th Planet Chicago North, at first I really didn’t like jiu Jitsu coming from a team sport environment, but immediately loved beating my dad with the technique we learned at the private lessons. After that the rest is history, I fell in love with the art and haven’t looked back since.
Who do you look up to in the sport and why do you train and compete?
I look up to a few people. My Coach Josh Passini
and main training partner Matt Paul are two guys I look up to, who’ve got an unparalleled work ethic and have been involved in the game for a long time. Eddie Bravo
who’s innovations have allowed the 10th planet to grow rapidly and provide us with a ton of knowledge.
What is your favorite item on the Fight Chix site?
My favorite item on the website is a toss up between the Banned T-Shirt (discontinued) and the Hurt Business
Where do you see yourself in 5 years both in jiujitsu and personally?
In 5 years I hope to coach Jiu Jitsu, along with working in my field of study (Bioengineering). I would love to be able to compete on a big stage such as ADCC, EBI, Polaris, or Metamoris. I’d also like to relocate to Seattle or somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
Who do you look up to for inspiration or as a role model?
I’ve always found inspiration in my parents. They’re both hard working people and I hope to continue on with their tradition of hard work and dedication. They had sacrificed so much for my sister and I to play hockey growing up and I hope to be able to give my kids that opportunity one day.
What is your favorite submission?
I love the D’arce choke and every transition off of it. It’s been a staple in my game and it definitely one of my highest percentage submissions. I also love Straight Ankle locks and a bunch of the transitions off of the Ashi Garami series.
Can you list some of the titles you have won?
Most notably would be Gracie Worlds which I’ve won at the White and Blue belt divisions.
I’ve placed second and third at Five Grappling in the expert division, and the IBJJF.
For people considering trying jiujitsu, what words of encouragement do you have or advise would you give?
The first year is all about survival. Be consistent and show up and you will for sure get better. There’s always someone better than you. Once you receive a promotion, train harder than you did before you got the promotion, don’t lose steam try and gain as much momentum as possible.
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