"Why Teach? My father tells me that my grandfather, whom I've only met once, was a Kung Fu master in his Taiwanese village. He continues to add that, among many contributions, he helped a lot of people in his community.
This revelation inspired me to evaluate my personal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey and come to the conclusion that I wished for my measure of success to not be defined by how many people I could "beat", but rather how many people I could help.
I desire that one day my grandkids will hear that their grandfather also helped many people in his community."
In 2016, Sunny completed the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program. He has been a part-time instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since the Fall of 2007, teaching social dance and adding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the course offerings in the fall of 2011.
"I believe life is more enjoyable once we are equipped to protect what we value – including ourselves,
however, for the majority of my life I felt ill-equipped.
When I was younger I had tried various martial arts but none ever “clicked” for me. Therefore, I never developed the confidence with those disciplines to protect myself. Until my mid-20s, I chalked myself up as a lost cause when it came to defending myself.
Then I found Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Finally, I had found a martial art that had structure, taught me the WHY behind every move, and really “clicked” for me!
Before long I felt like I could actually protect myself.
I finally had the equipment I needed to enjoy my life!
Alixander Laffredo-Dietrich completed instructor certification through Gracie University in January 2020. At IBM, he is an Offering Manager and also runs his own business helping professionals and entrepreneurs speak from the stage!