CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The company GovSmart trains in a form of martial arts, leaving employees with the confidence to run billion-dollar business deals.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves rolling, flipping and choking your opponent. It came about in early 1900s and was formed from the fundamentals of Kodokan Judo ground fighting.
"You see exactly who the person is," said GovSmart CEO Brent Lillard. "You really don't know someone, I feel like, until you've rolled with them."
Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial arts that focuses on ground fighting.
"It's basically wrestling," said Lillard. "The goal of Jiu-Jitsu is basically to submit your opponent through either a joint lock or a choke."
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not only a form of martial arts, but also a form of self defense. The company GovSmart has been practicing and training for six years.
The million-dollar IT solutions company was just named the fastest growing business in Charlottesville for the second year in a row and credits much of its success to Jiu-Jitsu.
"When we get in stressful situations where some of the equipment we're delivering is mission critical, we're able to keep our heads clear," said GovSmart Vice President Adam Deane.
Business professionals by day and Jiu-Jitsu masters by night, company leaders have seen a change in some employees.
"I see smaller more easily intimidated people becoming more comfortable and then I see the bigger cockier person become a little bit more humble because they are getting beat up by people
much smaller than them," said Lillard.
Physical fitness is also a big benefit.
"I myself lose five pounds of water weight every class," said Lillard. "One guy lost over 160 pounds doing Jiu-Jitsu."
Whether it's for a good work out, self defense or simply a good time, Jiu-Jitsu has helped GovSmart form a bond that can't be broken.