Student comments taken from Carolina Course Review at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gracie Jiu Jitsu offered in the Exercise and Sport Science Department since the Fall of 2011
Fall 2011 inaugural BJJ offering
"Keep this course, it was the highlight of my day. Sunny is a fantastic teacher, and this may be the only LFIT where people learn skills that could save their life."
Fall 2011 inaugural BJJ offering
"Sunny is one of my favorites. He really has a passion for BJJ and is a fun guy to be around."
Fall 2011 inaugural BJJ offering
"Thank you so much for offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as an LFIT this semester!! Sunny is a FABULOUS instructor and he cares so much about his students. I think self-defense is so important, especially for women. I feel much more confident in my abilities to defend myself now if I were to find myself in a bad situation. This LFIT was practical, applicable to real life, inspiring, and class each day was an absolute joy. Sunny is so funny and optimistic, I loved having Jiu Jitsu class with him."
"Sunny is a great instructor! Really cares about his students ability to defend themselves! Loved the class."
"I loved this course. It taught us so many important skills about self defense and necessity of proper technique. Thank you Sunny and Travis! You all were the best!"
"Sunny Yu is amazing, and this was a fantastic class. Travis, the volunteer TA is also fantastic. They deserve raises."
"Sunny Yu is probably one of the best instructors I have gotten to work with at UNC"
"Sunny Yu is a wonderful instructor. He demonstrates much passion and enthusiasm about the subject and makes the class every engaging and helpful. He is always willing to help people learn the moves properly either on a one-to-one basis or by demonstrating it step-by-step."
Blue Book comments
"This was a fun LFIT class and I enjoyed learning with the instructor. He always gave helpful tips and good pointers to enhancing my technique. It was engaging and I enjoyed learning with my classmates."
"Easily my favorite course I have taken here. Highly recommended."
"I loved this class! I wish there were higher levels so I could keep studying Jiu Jitsu at school. This was hands down my favorite class this semester. I actively thought about what we were learning all the time and want to keep improving."
"I think Sunny and Travis were excellent teachers. They were really good about emphasizing that the fundamentals were important, and that form is the most important thing with self defense. Also, when we would practice our moves with our classmates, they would work around and help us individually when they saw that we were making mistakes."
"Instructor was encouraging and positive during failures. He reassured me when I was lacking confidence and that helped me develop more confidence in myself and perform better in the class. I love how he handles failure of the students- telling them messing up is ok and that it helps learning then explaining the technique and why the technique is the way it is. "
"One of the most useful class I've ever taken at UNC"
"This class taught me how to defend myself from attackers/strangers that may want to hurt me in a fist fight. I've been able to practice these concepts repeatedly, allowing me to learn to stay calm and patient in a fight, and learn how to submit the attacker. I feel much safer and more capable of defending myself in any hypothetically violent situations that are not weapon enforced."
"Thoroughly enjoyed the class. One of the best classes I've taken at UNC. Not only is it fun, but it's informative and applicable to real life. I plan to continue with Jiu Jitsu beyond UNC."
"Sunny (and Travis) is an excellent instructor. He treats all students with respect, and wants them to succeed. He approaches a phys ed class with a very humanistic approach, and gives life lessons in addition to course materials. He is an absolute gem to have on the EXSS staff. A big thank you to Travis for assisting Sunny this semester. His advice was invaluable."
"Sunny Yu does an excellent job of teaching his classes and instructing his students. It is apparent that he is passionate about Brazilian jiu- jitsu and has many years of experience. The greatest aspect of this course is its real-world applicability. I feel confident in my ability to defend and protect myself. I also feel confident to in my ability to compete and train for sports jiu-jitsu."
"Sunny and Travis are both very enthusiastic about teaching and are both very accessible throughout the semester. They truly wanted the students to succeed and learn the skills required to protect themselves"
"This class was great! Sunny was an amazing instructor and it was a great way for me to work out during the week. I will probably be taking it again."
"The BEST class I have taken at UNC!!!!!!!!!"
"Excellent course that is great for experienced learners and beginners alike."
personal note from student!
"Sunny is enthusiastic about jiu jitsu and about teaching jiu jitsue effectively. He's an excellent instructor and I would take this course again if available."
Facebook message from student
"Sunny is an amazing instructor. He showed great enthusiasm for teaching students Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His personality made the class very enjoyable. I would retake this class with Sunny until I graduate if I could."
Fall 2017 Carolina Course Review
Fall 2017 Course Evaluations - the opportunity for UNC students to experience the Gracie Combatives curriculm
"This was a very fun course, and Sunny is an excellent and joyful instructor. He is really passionate about Jiu Jitsu."
"It was excellent! I loved learning BJJ with Sunny and Travis and everyone, Sunny is an excellent, enthusiastic instructor with a passion for BJJ and a clear concern for teaching students how to defend themselves and succeed, not just at BJJ but at life in general. I'm very glad that I could take this course with Sunny as an instructor for my LFIT"
Orange Co senior workshop Feb 2018
Hey Sunny and Jon! I was just about to email you all to thank you for all the work you put into the Protect Yourself Program. My supervisor was impressed with the program as were the participants. Every single person who attended the workshop took the time to tell my supervisor and coworkers how amazing it was. They kept raving about how great the two of you were and how well you designed the class for them. Meghan Davis
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